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 17, 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 October 24th 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

Rice Creek Commons Open House

You're invited to attend an open house to learn more about the Rice Creek Commons redevelopment site in Arden Hills, formerly known as the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP). The open house will be held on November 1st from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility in Arden Hills. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Informational stations will be set up with visuals and related materials for attendees to explore, learn and ask questions about the different components of Rice Creek Commons. City and county staff and project partners will be available to answer questions and provide detailed information on various topics, including:

  • Current and proposed development plans
  • Land use and zoning for the site
  • Housing and homeownership opportunities
  • Parks, trails and open spaces
  • Renewable and sustainable energy vision
  • Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
  • Traffic, roadway and infrastructure planning
  • Environmental safety and cleanup
  • Commercial development and business opportunities

Brief presentations will be held at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to ground attendees in the overall vision for Rice Creek Commons and outline how the project intends to move forward. 

All Ramsey County community members are encouraged to attend; and while it is optional, please let us know whether you plan to be there. This will help determine room capacity and allow for adjustments as needed. RSVP today!

Climate Action Community Conversation

Climate action

Please join Ramsey County staff for a discussion about the County's plans to address climate change. Register here.

Cross-Country Ski Passes Now Available

Mutual Ramsey County/Saint Paul cross-country ski passes for the 2023-2024 season are now available for purchase online. Passes are required for skiers age 12 and older. Ski passes may be purchased in person at Tamarack Nature Center, Battle Creek Recreation Center and Como Regional Park starting in December. 

Save the Date

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