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 31, 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

NACo Annual Conference

Travis County

I was in Travis County, Texas last week for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference. I attended workshops on a variety of topics, including: building the child care workforce, strengthening food systems, preventing child abuse, homelessness and housing, arts as a catalyst for change, and more.

I also got to spend time with commissioners and staff from other counties in Minnesota and across the country, and celebrate Commissioner MaryJo McGuire's swearing-in as NACo president.

I saw some beautiful traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latino art at the Mexic-Arte Museum and enjoyed feeding the animal friends at my AirBnB (two goats and a tortoise) and exploring some of the great amenities the City of Austin has to offer.


Feeding the tortoise at my AirBnB

Austin Library

Exploring the Austin Public Library

In the Community


Join friends and neighbors at  Vadnais Heights' Heritage Days (August 14-20), Mounds View's Festival in the Park (August 18-19), Ribfest in Arden Hills (September 16th) or White Bear Township Day (September 16th)! Click on the links for more information.

Free Tire Removal


Waste tires can become habitat for several types of mosquitoes including the species that can transmit diseases like La Crosse encephalitis or West Nile virus. In order to reduce disease risk, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District has enacted a waste tire recycling program to pick up and remove tires from District residents. Learn more and request a pick up here.

New Yard Waste Site Policy

Starting September 1, 2023, mechanical or hydraulic dumping trailers and dump trucks will not be allowed at Ramsey County yard waste sites - this includes both residential and commercial equipment. Dumping trailers and dump trucks pose safety and contamination concerns and are primarily used by commercial services, which are not permitted at our yard waste sites. If you have a dumping trailer or dump truck, you should use a commercial yard waste site. You can read the full policy here.