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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July 18, 2023

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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 August 1st at 9:00 am. Links to board meetings, workshops, and related documents can be found on the Ramsey County 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.


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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.


Northeast Youth & Family Services (NYFS) is a nonprofit, community-based and trauma-informed mental health and community services organization that has been serving people in the northeastern suburbs since 1976.

NYFS services include clinic-based and telehealth counseling for all ages, school-based services, day treatment services for middle and high school youth, diversion programming for youth, Community Connections programming for isolated youth, and Community Advocate services.

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

In the Community

Food Scraps celebration

Washington County Commissioner Michelle Clasen and I at the R & E Center

On Monday I attended an event celebrating the Food Scraps Pick Up Program at the Recycling & Energy Center in Newport. I'm looking forward to seeing this innovative program expand to all of Washington and Ramsey counties in the coming years!

Slice of shoreview

Join friends and neighbors at the Slice of Shoreview at Island Lake County Park! Check out the schedule to see what events and activities are happening, attend the parade on Saturday, or read the FAQ page for answers to your burning questions.

NACo Annual Conference

NACo 2023

I'm traveling to Austin, TX later this week for the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference! I'm excited to spend time with county commissioners from across the country, celebrating our successes and learning from one another. Ramsey County's own Mary Jo McGuire will be sworn in as NACo president at the conference!

Lexington Ave Construction Update

The west leg of Red Fox will be closed from July 24-28. The official detour to get to and from Red Fox businesses will be Grey Fox to Dunlap to Red Fox. In addition, the owner of Lexington Station has agreed to have an unofficial detour through their property to make the detour route shorter and to provide quicker access to the Health Partners Urgent Care in the event emergency vehicles need to respond to/from the clinic. 

The Arts in Ramsey County

Arts video

At the NACo legislative conference earlier this year I had the opportunity to talk about Ramsey County's thriving arts scene. Check out the video here.

Rummage Sale

The North Oaks Children’s Hospital Guild II Annual Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, September 16th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (early birds can start at 7 am for a $5 fee) and Sunday September 17thfrom 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. It’s a great place to shop for gently used furniture, boutique items, children’s clothes and toys, houseware items, bicycles and much more.

Location: Shoreview Arena, 877 West Hwy 96, Shoreview, MN 55126

Donations will be accepted at the Shoreview Arena on Saturday, September 9th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Interested in volunteering?  Check out the website at www.northoaksrummagesale.org