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 27, 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 28th 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

Public Hearing on 2024-25 Proposed Budget and Tax Levy

Ramsey County residents are invited to provide feedback on the proposed 2024-25 budget and property tax levy. A public hearing will take place at the Maplewood Community Center from 6 to 8 pm on December 6th.

  • Interpreters will be provided in ASL, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and Karen. Additional interpreters available upon request.
  • Onsite parking is free at the Maplewood Community Center
  • Refreshments will be provided

Both in-person and online options will be available. You can find more information, including a Zoom link and instructions for submitting comments if you can't attend the meeting, on the event information page.

NEW Child Care Calculator

While the Legislature made significant investments to support families in the last legislative session, there is still more work to be done to make child care affordable for families in Ramsey County.

The Legislature passed a law setting a goal that no family would ever have to pay more than 7% of their yearly income for child care, no matter how many young children they have in care.

Think Small's child care calculator estimates what you would pay for child care if the Minnesota Legislature invested the resources necessary to meet this 7% goal. Check it out!

If you're a resident of District 1 please also share your child care story with my office on our Google form.

Medical Assistance Renewals

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people did not have to renew their Medical Assistance (MA) or MinnesotaCare. Now that the pandemic has ended, most people will have to complete a renewal.

Completing a MA renewal may be new for some. To help with the Medical Assistance renewal process, Ramsey County and Briva Health are providing free one-on-one appointments with MNsure navigators on Friday, December 1st at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville.

Interpreters and bilingual navigators will be available onsite to help with renewals. More information and a link to register are available here.

Events at Union Depot

The North Pole Express will be at Union Depot the first two weekends of December. Take a short train ride to the North Pole, meet Santa and his elves and enjoy meeting some entertaining characters along the way!

Find more information and purchase your tickets here.

The European Christmas Market will be open at Union Depot the next three weekends. This is a wonderful opportunity to support local crafters and artisans selling unique, handmade holiday gifts and delicious European and festive foods! Visit this web page for Market hours.

To view more upcoming Ramsey County events check out the County's event calendar.