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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November 1, 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 November 14th at 9:00 am. Links to board meetings, workshops, and related documents can be found on the Ramsey County webpage.

County Budget Information

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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 had a great time at the grand reopening of Northeast Youth and Family Services' White Bear Lake location! I'm proud to be a board member of this organization and appreciate the services they provide to members of our community.

CAPRW fall festival

I stopped by CAPRW's Fall Festival last week to celebrate the important and impactful work that CAPRW does in Ramsey and Washington counties.


Highlight of the week - volunteering at the Tamarack Trick or Treat event last weekend!

Rice Creek Commons Open House

The Rice Creek Commons open house is TONIGHT from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility in Arden Hills. Doors will 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 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!

Property Tax Discussion

Join me for a discussion about property taxes. Learn more about how they're calculated, what they're spent on, and more.

This event will take place from 6 to 7 pm on November 8th. Please RSVP via the Facebook event, which includes the Microsoft Teams link for the meeting. Hope to see you there!