District 1 Updates from Commissioner Frethem

Español | Hmoob | Soomaali

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.

District 1 Header

May 2, 2023


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

Ami Wazlawik
Principal Assistant

Nancy Larson
Administrative Assistant

View previous newsletters

facebook logo

Follow us on Facebook

twitter logo

Follow us on Twitter

Instagram Logo

Follow us on Instagram

Board Meetings

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is May 9, 2023. Links to board meetings, workshops, and related documents can be found on the Ramsey County webpage.

Sign up for weekly COVID-19 emails


Sign up for the County's coronavirus email newsletter.

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.


MN benefits image

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.

Public Safety Event Recap and Resources

Public safety event

Thank you to attendees and panelists for the great conversation about public safety last week!

Professor Sarah Greenman kicked things off with an informative presentation about the causes of crime, highlighting the fact that these causes are complex and cumulative. I shared information about what Ramsey County is doing to promote public safety, including our work on the Appropriate Responses Initiativealternatives to juvenile detention, and more. We ended with a facilitated conversation with our panelists, addressing questions posed by audience members.

On a related note, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office launched a new website and preliminary evaluation of collaborative efforts to (re)imagine justice for youth. You can learn more about these efforts and read the evaluation report here.

Head Start Visits

Head Start visit

Kiddos in one classroom were very interested in my hair :)

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties (CAPRW) provides Head Start services in Ramsey County. As we continue to on-board our new Executive Director, Sonia Gass, we toured several Head Start sites to meet with children and staff and observe classroom operations. I was able to visit three different sites in Saint Paul and learn more about how each program operates, our partnerships with school districts and non-profits, and talk with staff members who work with families to provide wrap-around services. It was an absolute pleasure to get to hang out with the children and join in their program for the day even though I was informed that my hair “is very weird and needs to be fixed.” CAPRW currently has a waiting list of hundreds of children who are eligible and want to receive Head Start services. Unfortunately, CAPRW desperately needs more Head Start teachers to be able to open additional classrooms. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please visit https://caprw.org/about-us/join-our-team.html. There are opportunities for all skill and experience levels with training and career advancement opportunities.

No Mow May

No Mow May

Several cities in District 1, including Arden Hills, Blaine, Mounds View, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park and Vadnais Heights, have proclaimed the month of May as "No Mow May" (or "Slow Mow May, in the case of Vadnais Heights). Check your city's website to learn more, register to participate, and/or get your lawn sign.

You can learn more about No Mow May and its impact on the U of M's Extension website.

Rice Creek Commons Update

Last week, the Rice Creek Commons Joint Development Authority (JDA), which consists of elected officials from Ramsey County and the City of Arden Hills, announced that it had issued a Request for Development Interest (RDI) for Outlot A, also known as the Thumb Parcel. This is a significant step forward in the redevelopment of the Rice Creek Commons area. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 11 pm on July 28, 2023. More information is available here.

"I Love My County Because…" Student Art Contest

The National Association of Counties (NACo) and Americans for the Arts are pleased to announce the third annual "I Love My County Because…" Student Art Contest. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit artwork for the contest.

Winning artwork will be included in a 2024 wall calendar distributed to all NACo member counties, including Ramsey County. Learn more and submit artwork here.