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Welcome to Ramsey County, Minnesota

Blue Confirmation Lights Added to 128 Ramsey County Traffic Signals

Blue-colored confirmation lights have been installed on traffic signals at several intersections throughout Ramsey County. These assist law enforcement in reducing crashes caused by motorists driving through red lights. The highly-visible blue lights illuminate when a traffic signal changes to red, allowing a patrol officer to witness a signal violation from many positions and improving enforcement. Right angle crashes at signalized intersections usually involve a motorist running a red light, and these crashes are typically severe with injuries. Ramsey County received a federal safety grant to fund installation of these 128 blue lights at 49 intersections.

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MNsure Application Deadline Now Dec. 20 for Coverage Beginning Jan. 1

Saturday, Dec. 20 at 4:30 p.m. is the deadline to apply for MNsure in order for coverage to begin Jan. 1, 2015.

In-person application assistance is available at the Ramsey County Application Center, located at 160 E. Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul. The center is open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Certified MNsure navigators are also available at the Maplewood and Roseville branches of the Ramsey County Library to help applicants understand the enrollment process and insurance options available. Call 651-645-0215 to schedule an appointment.

New applicants can also call the MNsure contact center at 855-366-7873 or visit for assistance. Open enrollment ends Feb. 15.

Holiday Events: Free Movie Night Dec. 19 at Union Depot, Skate with Santa Dec. 21 at Aldrich Arena

Union Depot is offering a free movie night Dec. 19 in the waiting room. The event begins at 7 p.m. and includes viewings of Disney's Frozen and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Enjoy a special appearance by Olaf the snowman! Candy and beverage concessions will be offered for sale.

Skate with Santa – the popular holiday open skate hosted by North Stars Skate School and Ramsey County Parks and Recreation – will take place Dec. 21 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood. Session is open to skaters of all ages and abilities and includes treats, games on the ice, a Santa on skates and skating assistance from North Stars instructors.

Fee is $5/person in advance at 651-501-3667 or $6/person at the door. Skate rental is available for $2/person.

Learn more about open skating.

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2015 Budget and Levy Hearing FAQs

On Dec. 1, about 65 citizens attended the public hearing on Ramsey County's proposed 2015 budget and levy. The Board of Commissioners has maintaned a 0% increase in the county levy for the second year in a row. However, many homeowners have seen property tax increases coresponding with rebounding residential values as outlined in this Pioneer Press article. The Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence recently published "Understanding Your Property Tax Changes: Know Why Your Tax Bill is Changing... And What is Repsonsible." This step-by-step guide explains how to understand your statement and the reasons your property tax is changing.


A number of the questions and comments at the public hearing related to how property values are determined. WCCO recently put this same "Good Question" to Ramsey County Assessor Stephen Baker in this edition of the segment.

Ramsey County Board Outlines Next Steps on Economic Prosperity Efforts 

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has outlined next steps in a bold strategic plan to cultivate economic prosperity and eliminate concentrated poverty, following a year of data-driven analysis and research, staff workshops, and community discussions.  The strategic plan addresses structures, processes and programs across all county departments in a holistic attempt to provide opportunities for greater prosperity for all residents.

To learn more, visit


Courthouse Tours Available

Guided tours of the Ramsey Courthouse and St. Paul City Hall are open to the public every Monday except holidays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Tours will be held on Tuesdays following holidays. Meet in front of Vision of Peace Statue on the first floor.


Courthouse Tours include (as time permits):

  • Building history
  • Memorial Hall
  • Vision of Peace statue
  • Artwork of elevator doors
  • Mayor’s Office
  • Council Chambers
  • Law Library
  • Lower Level and tunnel with view of river

In addition, more in-depth tours of the building are available by appointment. Contact Debbie Erickson, (651) 266-8002.