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 28, 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 September 5th 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


I stopped by Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park last week to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization (VLAWMO) and the 50th anniversary of the Ramsey County Soil and Water Conservation Division.

A BIG thank you to staff and volunteers for all their work leading up to these milestones!

City Council Updates


Munch Bunch goats behind Vadnais Heights City Hall, hard at work eating buckthorn

Gem Lake

Presenting at a recent Gem Lake city council meeting

I’m visiting with city leaders in my district to update them on various Ramsey County initiatives.

I gave a presentation to Vadnais Heights city council members and staff, and stopped by to say hello to the ‘Munch Bunch’ goats behind City Hall. I also presented updates to council members/town board members and staff in Gem Lake and White Bear Township.

It’s been great to connect with local leaders and provide updates on the work that Ramsey County is doing in a variety of areas, including public safety, workforce development, housing, and more.

I'll be presenting to the Arden Hills city council tonight, to Mounds View on October 3rd, and to Shoreview at the Council's work session on October 16th. We're working on scheduling something with North Oaks, too.

Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus

Though summer is wrapping up, mosquitoes are still active and can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus. Below are steps you can take to reduce the chance that you'll get bit by a mosquito carrying the virus:

  • Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when most mosquitoes are active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors.
  • Spray clothing with repellents containing DEET or permethrin.
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET sparingly to exposed skin. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for use of repellents. Several DEET repellents which are formulated for use on children are available. Ultrasonic devices and vitamin or herbal supplements do not provide effective prevention from mosquito bites.
  • Remove any water-holding containers from your property, they can produce mosquitoes. If you are a resident of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, MMCD will recycle your unwanted tires provided they are off the rims.

You can learn more about West Nile Virus on the MMCD website here: https://mmcd.org/west-nile-virus/

Save the Date

I'll be hosting an event about property taxes on November 8th from 6 to 8:30 pm at new District 1 wine bar, In Vino Veritas. Stay tuned for further details!