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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May 15, 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 May 16, 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

Visit foodscrapspickup.com to learn more about the Food Scraps Pickup program and when it will be available in your community. Check out the FAQ page for answers to common questions about the program.


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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.

Medical Assistance Renewals

MA renewal

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all Medical Assistance (MA) participants nationwide were eligible for continuous health care coverage. This means enrollees did not have to renew their MA benefits each year and counties did not take action on reported changes to enrollees' circumstances that would make them ineligible for MA, like a new job or increase in income.

In late December 2022, Congress passed legislation requiring states to return to standard eligibility procedures, which will require all MA participants to complete annual renewal applications as before. This is referred to as “unwinding” the continuous health coverage. 

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) began mailing pre-renewal notices to enrollees in late March, followed by renewal packets this month. The resumption of renewals begins with enrollees who have a renewal scheduled for July. This means the first group of residents/enrollees will be subject to MA closure on Friday, June 30. 

DHS is currently running a campaign for residents to report any changes to their mailing address as soon as possible. This will help ensure MA enrollees receive their notices and renewal forms. 

Enrollees should visit the DHS website (translated in multiple languages) and sign up to receive email alerts and report any address changes.

File for Your Property Tax Refund

It's that time of year again - time to file for your property tax refund! There are several ways to file for your refund - online (homeowners only), using a software program, or on paper. You can find more information, including a link to file online, necessary forms, and more, on the Minnesota Department of Revenue website

The due date is August 15. You may file up to one year after the due date.

Recycling and Energy Center Annual Report

R and E page

At our last Recycling & Energy Board Meeting we received an overview of the R & E Center's 2022 Annual Report. The image above features some highlights.

You can read the entire report, which details the center's programs, outreach and education efforts, financial information, and more, here.

May Community Conversation

mental health

Our next Community Conversation will be on May 24th from 6 to 8 pm at the Ramsey County Library in Shoreview. We'll hear from a panel of experts about current issues in the field of mental health, resources for those who need help, ways to get involved, and more. Hope to see you there!