Stay warm, everyone!

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In this time of extreme cold in Minnesota, we thought we should share tips for keeping safe and warm during these very chilly days.

If you have a home and transportation, some steps you can take to be safe are:

  • Monitor your space heaters and fireplaces
  • Dress in loose layers, and be aware that frostbite to exposed skin can occur very quickly in extreme cold
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car.

Many residents in Ramsey County are not so fortunate. For those who are homeless in Ramsey County, an option might be Ramsey County Cold Weather Hotel Program.  This program is available for homeless families residing in a place not meant for human habitation who are on, or need to be added, to the waiting list to get into Ramsey County emergency shelter. A family must have an unsheltered status within the last seven days and the unsheltered homeless status must be verified by a third-party professional. Any families that are residing in a place not meant for human habitation may contact the Ramsey County Homeless Services office directly at 651-266-7818.

Other shelter and warming options:

The Salvation Army has two locations in Ramsey County that offer shelter from the extreme cold.

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities is preparing overflow and additional space will be added to the Saint Paul men’s campus at 435 University Ave. E, St. Paul, MN 55130. through Thursday night.

Listening House, a drop-in center located at 464 Maria Ave., Saint Paul, 55106 extended their hours on Wednesday and will be at closing at 2 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, they close at 4:15 p.m.

For younger residents, ages 16-24, a safe option is SafeZone Drop-in Center located at 130 E. 7th St., Saint Paul, 55101.  SafeZone will hav extended their hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 through Friday, Feb. 1.  Safe Zone will serve three warm meals throughout the day and provide youth with extra hand warmers and winter gear throughout the day.

A full list of housing and shelter resources for Ramsey County residents is on the county website here.

It is very cold outside today!  Please pass on this information to those in need.

 

 

 

Don’t forget to vote!

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The Ramsey County Law Library encourages everyone to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday November 6th. We have collected some interesting information about voting and this election to help ensure that you can participate in this year’s election.

Early voting has started

If you are worried about lines and crowds, early voting may be the solution for you. You can vote early in person, or by mail, though if you haven’t gotten your mail in ballot by now, it might not be the best way to ensure your vote is counted in time. If you have mailed in an absentee or ballot, you can track your ballot via the Secretary of State’s website.

Don’t know where your polling place is? The Secretary of State website has a link for that, too.

Take the time to vote

It is the law that in Minnesota that your employer must pay you for the time you need to vote, if it falls within your scheduled work time. Your employer cannot require you to use personal leave or vacation time (see Minnesota Statutes 204C.04 and 204C.08 subd. 1d).

Know your candidates and issues!

If you want to know who is on your ballot, the Minnesota Secretary of State website is a quick way to find out who you will vote for based on your mailing address. Minnesota Public Radio has provided voting guides for the election in multiple languages  (English, Somali, Hmong, and Spanish).

Need assistance with voting?

If you have a disability or just need assistance at your polling place, you have rights! You can:

  • Ask to sign in orally if you cannot sign your name
  • Bring anyone except for your employer, your union, or a candidate, to assist you while you vote
  • You can ask to use an accessible voting machine that can mark the ballot for you
  • You can fill out a ballot using a Braille keypad or other devices
  • Curbside voting is available if you can’t leave your vehicle
  • You can cask for a replacement ballot if you make a mistake before you cast your vote

And if you need a ride to your polling place, please remember that Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to the polls on election day.

Minnesota consistently  has a high voter turnout. Let’s continue this tradition. Please remember to vote on November 6.

 

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