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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September 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 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

Lots of activities happening in the community these past few weeks. Here's a sampling...

Zeus open house

Congratulations to Zeus on the opening of their new catheter manufacturing facility in Arden Hills! I had the opportunity to tour the facility during their grand opening celebration last week and learn more about the important work they do in the medical device field.

Heats On

I attended the Heat's On Kick-Off Breakfast this weekend and got to meet some of the volunteers who participate in this great event. Heat’s On is a volunteer effort that was started in 1986 to service and repair the furnaces of elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners. A BIG thank you to all of the volunteer union pipefitters from Minneapolis & St. Cloud Local #539, St. Paul Local #455 and Rochester Local #6 who took part in this year's event!

CAPRW event

I attended the Community Action Partnership Cultural Fair this weekend. The event included a celebration of cultural backgrounds with dances and Asian, Somali, and Hispanic street foods.

Check out this short video from KSTP Channel 5 about the event.

Bonding Tours

Bonding Tour

Commissioner Moran, Representative Moller, Councilmember Fabel, and I spoke with House Capital Investment Committee members at a bonding tour stop at Rice Creek Commons

Senate bonding tour

State Senators learned more about the Rice Creek Commons site during a bonding tour visit

Last week, members of the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee stopped by the Rice Creek Commons site as part of their bonding tour, and members of the Senate Capital Investment Committee visited the site earlier today. Local elected officials spoke with the group about the importance of this development and the need to get things moving after years of delay.

I'm hopeful that legislators recognize the value of this development  - not just for Arden Hills but for the entire region - and will include funding for it in next year's bonding bill.

Public Hearing on the Proposed 2024-2025 Budget

You're invited to provide feedback on Ramsey County's proposed 2024-25 budget and property tax levy at a public hearing on September 19th at 4:30 pm in the Council Chambers at Saint Paul City Hall.

Learn more and sign up to comment here.

NYFS Celebration

Northeast Youth and Family Services (NYFS) recently completed their three-year strategic plan and they want to celebrate with the community on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Vadnais Heights Commons. Drinks and light appetizers will be served. RSVP to Amelia at amelia@nyfs.org.