District 1 Updates from Commissioner Frethem

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Serving the communities of Arden Hills, Gem Lake, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Township, and parts of Mounds View, Spring Lake Park and Blaine.

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April 17, 2023


Nicole Frethem
Commissioner, District 1
651-266-8362 or 651-425-9580 

Ami Wazlawik
Principal Assistant

Nancy Larson
Administrative Assistant

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Board Meetings

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is April 18, 2023. Links to board meetings, workshops, and related documents can be found on the Ramsey County webpage.

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Ramsey/Washington County Food Scraps Pickup Program

Food scraps

The food scraps pickup program website is now live! Visit foodscrapspickup.com to learn more about the program and when it will be available in your community.


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Are you or someone you know struggling to pay for housing, food or childcare? Apply for financial assistance via MNbenefits.mn.gov, a new, mobile-friendly benefits application for Minnesotans.

Learn more about eligibility, programs you can apply for, and more at https://mnbenefits.mn.gov/faq.

Ramsey Connected

Ramsey Connected is an initiative designed to ensure all Ramsey County residents have access to low-cost internet and computers and the skills to use them.

Ramsey County believes internet access is a basic need and low-cost internet should be available to all residents. While Ramsey County is not an internet service provider, we serve as a promoter, connector and partner through our Ramsey Connected program. 

For more information on internet resources, please visit Ramsey County's webpage

2023 Road Construction Projects

Road construction

Ramsey County Public Works will lead or support numerous construction and maintenance projects across the county during the upcoming 2023 roadwork season.

Find a list and map of upcoming road construction projects and sign up for roadwork updates here.

Lexington Ave Reconstruction

Lex Ave

Beginning today, Canadian Pacific Railway will be closing Lexington Avenue at County Road E in Arden Hills and Shoreview to replace their crossing. Approximately 200 feet north and south of the railroad tracks will be closed.

A signed detour will be in place using County Road E, Victoria Street and I-694. The closure is expected to last 3-4 weeks. More information is available here.

Burns Institute Trip


Later this week I'll be traveling to Montgomery, Alabama with colleagues from the Ramsey County Burns Institute Learning Community Cohort #2. 

The purpose of the Learning Community is to identify and address structural racism embedded in the County's delivery of services. This trip will  provide an opportunity for my colleagues and I to better understand the structural nature of the pillars of racial hierarchy; and how the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation shapes policies and practices today.

We'll spend time learning and reflecting at the The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and engage in reflective, action-oriented discussions.

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe weather

Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 17-21. Learn more about how to prepare for and respond to weather events like thunderstorms, floods, and extreme heat.

Statewide tornado drills will happen at 1:45 pm and 6:45 pm on April 20th.

Community Conversation on Public Safety

Comm Conversation

I'm hosting a community conversation about public safety on April 26 from 6 to 8 pm at the Shoreview Library. We'll discuss public safety concerns and what the County Board is doing to address them. Hope to see you there!

Need for Technology Updates

The Star Tribune published an editorial piece about the need to update the computer systems that counties rely on to provide services to residents across the state. This is an issue that I've been concerned about since before I was elected to the Board, and I'm glad to see it being highlighted!

Farm Family of the Year

The University of Minnesota Farm Family Recognition Program honors farm families from throughout Minnesota for their significant contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities.

Last year's Ramsey County Farm Family of the Year was Perry Family Farms. If you know of a farm family in Ramsey County that deserves recognition for their efforts please send their name(s) to my aide, Ami Wazlawik, at ami.wazlawik@co.ramsey.mn.us.