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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August 15, 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 today 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

Tree Trust

Ramsey County board members and staff had the opportunity to meet with staff and youth participants of the Tree Trust program.

Last week we got to learn more about the work that Tree Trust is doing in our community, specifically at Tamarack Nature Center. My aide was able to attend the event and hear from some of the young people involved in the program.

This partnership is part of the County's young adult employment program, which provides employment and training opportunities to low-income and/or at-risk young adults. Services provided by vendors include career planning, job search assistance, paid work experience and assistance with tuition costs. Learn more about the program here.

Volunteer Opportunity: Home Restoration Crew

Are you part of a group looking to volunteer in your community? Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW) is working with volunteers, contractors, and staff to revitalize a home in White Bear Lake!

They are seeking both skilled and unskilled volunteers who are passionate about landscaping, interior cleaning, exterior painting, and more to revitalize a home for a homeowner in need. See the detailed position description here, and sign up here or visit https://tinyurl.com/CAPRWHousingCrew.

Hodgson Road Open House

The County will be hosting an open house about the reconstruction of Hodgson Road (County Road 49) from Gramsie Road/Rice Street to Bridge Street on August 16th from 4 to 6 pm at New Life Lutheran Church in Shoreview. Staff will discuss the construction phases of the project.

For more information check out the project webpage.

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.

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