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Welcome to Ramsey County, Minnesota

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Property Taxes: Homestead Applications Due Dec. 15

The deadline to file for homestead status for property taxes paid in 2016 is Tues., Dec. 15, 2015.

Residents need to apply for homestead if they’ve purchased a property in the past year and they, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 2015. Applications also need to be submitted for properties being used for homestead purposes on Dec. 1, 20145 that were previously classified as non-homestead.

Applications must be submitted to the County Assessor's office. Once a homestead designation has been granted, the Homestead Market Value Exclusion will be applied to property taxes payable in 2016.

Contact 651-266-2040 or for additional assistance.

Learn more about eligibility requirements and application instructions  |  Printable application

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Foster Care Information Session Dec. 1

An information session for residents interested in becoming foster parents will be held Dec. 1 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Ramsey County offices located at 450 N Syndicate St. in Saint Paul. The session will cover the basics of foster care and provide attendees a chance to ask specific questions to determine if foster care is right for them.

Call 651-266-5437 to register or learn more. Please note that due to content, this meeting is for adults only. Session will be located in the Paul and Shelia Wellstone Room.

Foster care frequently asked questions 2015 information meetings schedule


New MnPASS Express Lanes on Interstate 35E open Nov. 30

Two new MnPASS Express Lanes on Interstate 35E in Saint Paul will open for the first time on Nov. 30, weather permitting. To celebrate the arrival, MnPASS account holders with a transponder or a new MnPASS Express Lane tag can drive in the MnPASS lanes on I-35E between Cayuga Street and Little Canada Road during peak-travel times for free from Nov. 30 through Jan. 4, 2016.

MnPASS information

Other News & Information:

Gov Delivery LetterSubscribe to Ramsey County Updates

2015 Road Projects - Construction season is finished. Learn more about the more than 30 projects that Public Works led or participated in this year, or view all the projects on a new interactive map.


2014 Performance Measures Report - Ramsey County participates in the Minnesota Council on Local Results and Innovation’s comprehensive performance measurement system for cities and counties. View the 2014 report.

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.
12 Priority Actions to Enhance Prosperity | 2015 Priority Actions


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. Learn more about the building and its architectural style by listening to KFAI’s documentary on Art Deco.


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.