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 15, 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 21st at 9:00 am. Links to board meetings, workshops, and related documents can be found on the Ramsey County webpage.


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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

Looking to the Future

It’s been the greatest honor of my life to represent my community on the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners. Many changes in my life, in the community and the world at large during these past few years made it challenging for me to commit to campaigning and serving another four-year term. Although I will not be seeking reelection, I will be forever grateful for this experience.

I have enjoyed serving my community since winning the 2019 special election for the seat, and I am immensely proud of the board initiatives I have been part of during my term. My work is not done. I intend to complete the term I was elected for through the end of 2024 and make sure District 1 remains represented in county decisions.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I look forward to continued work and positive change together as I carry out my term in 2024.

2023 Elections

Thank you to all of the election judges for their service and congratulations to all of the candidates who were successful in their elections last week! 

Mounds View Mayor-elect: Zach Lindstrom

Mounds View School Board: Alissa Daire Nelson, Heidi Danielson, Jim DeMay, and Jonathan Weinhagen

Roseville School Board: Todd Anderson, Mike Boguszewski, and Rose Wan-Mui Chu 

In the Community

Landmark Center is a dynamic cultural center in the heart of downtown Saint Paul and home to music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and more. The Center hosts countless special events for the community as well.

Landmark Gala

I enjoyed attending the annual Once Upon a Time gala, a fundraiser for the Landmark Center. You can learn more about the Center and upcoming events here.

VHEDC dinner

Commissioner Reinhardt, Director of Workforce Solutions Ling Becker, and I at the VHEDC dinner

I joined Ramsey County colleagues at the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation's annual dinner, where we heard from Xcel Energy's regional VP about building a carbon-free future and celebrated community award winners.


Ribbon cutting for the Clinic 555 mobile CareVan

The Clinic 555 mobile CareVan is bringing health and wellness to communities that don't have easy access to healthcare services. The CareVan provides free STI testing and pregnancy tests as well as in-person and telehealth visits and harm-reduction supplies like naloxone and syringe exchanges. 

You can learn more and reserve the CareVan for your next community event here.

Infant Safe Sleep Week

At their meeting earlier today the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners declared November 12 through November 18, 2023 as Infant Safe Sleep Week in Ramsey County.

Parents, families, childcare providers, and hospitals can engage in safe sleep practices by practicing the ABC’s of safe sleep which include (A)lone: infants should always sleep or nap alone, (B)ack: always put a baby on their back to sleep or nap, and (C)rib: babies should always sleep or nap in their own safety-approved crib or bassinet without blankets or pillows.

Learn more about safe sleep practices on the Minnesota Department of Health's website.