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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December 12, 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 December 19th 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

Happy Holidays

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

A Busy Few Weeks

Ramsey County recently hosted the National Association of Counties (NACo) board of directors meeting. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the County's innovative youth and young adult employment and training programs; tour the 3M Innovation Center; enjoy a holiday bazaar and reception at Landmark Center; and hear from county leaders about inspiring community engagement, leading intergovernmental partnerships, and more.

This event was a great opportunity to showcase the work that Ramsey County is doing in a variety of areas, build relationships among county leaders, and introduce attendees to fun holiday traditions like the holiday bazaar and European Christmas Market.

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Commissioner McGuire and I with Irondale Choir Director Jason Etten, whose choir performed at a NACo board meeting breakfast

A few days after the NACo board meeting wrapped up the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) hosted their annual conference.

My staff and I attended workshops on juvenile restorative justice, tackling 'wicked' problems, modernizing human services systems, and implementation of the new Department of Children Youth and Families. We heard from a variety of keynote speakers and elected new AMC leadership as well.

Bail Reform Townhall

Bail Reform town hall

The Ramsey County Bail Reform Work Group (BRWG), a collaborative group working to  address key issues in the county’s pretrial system that impact community safety and well-being, will be hosting a town hall event tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation at 451 Lexington Parkway North in Saint Paul.

Community members are welcome to attend in person or online. Please register here.

European Christmas Market

The European Christmas Market wraps up this weekend! Support local crafters and artisans selling unique, handmade holiday gifts and enjoy 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.