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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October 3, 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

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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

Holiday Sponsorship Program

Ramsey County's Holiday Sponsorship Program matches community sponsors with Ramsey County individuals and families who are receiving Ramsey County social services and are identified by social workers as needing extra help with food and gifts during the holiday season. Sponsors get the opportunity to personally shop and wrap gifts for their matched individual(s) or family.

Sponsors can be a single individual, a family group, a work group, a school group, a church group, or members of a club, service or civic organization.

Sponsors make a commitment to provide an individual/family with at least:

  • One clothing item per child.
  • One toy item per child.
  • One parent gift.
  • One grocery gift certificate.

Gifts should be wrapped and labeled for their specific recipient. Sponsors are provided information about their matches, such as the ages of any children, clothing sizes and gift suggestions. Social workers will pick up gifts from sponsors and will deliver to families per Ramsey County policy to protect confidentiality.

A budget of $30 to $50 per person is recommended, plus an additional $15 per person for food for a holiday meal. For a family of four, a sponsorship would total about $180-$260. The cost of your sponsorship is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

To register to become a sponsor please visit our webpage.

Discharging Racial Covenants

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A map of properties with racial covenants (marked in green) in District 1. You can see a larger map on the Mapping Prejudice website, linked below.

Discriminatory covenants were once used to keep people of color from buying houses in many Minnesota neighborhoods, including some in Ramsey County. This resulted in a century of segregated communities. 

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners took action on this issue last year, voting to join the Just Deeds coalition in an effort to highlight the importance of discharging and releasing historical racial covenants on property records. 

At last week's board workshop we heard updates from staff in the Property Tax, Records, and Elections Department on discharging racial covenants in Ramsey County.

To see if your community or property has racial covenants check out this map from the Mapping Prejudice Project. To learn how to discharge a racial covenant visit Ramsey County's webpage on the topic.

Save the Date

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) is hosting a community event about Rice Creek Commons on the evening of November 1, 2023.

Please check the Rice Creek Commons website for more information about the development and details about this event as they become available.