Marjorie Otto

Marjorie Otto can be reached at motto@lillienews.com, or at 651-748-7816.

Mon
08
May

Release the goats!


Goats were released into Indian Mounds Regional Park on May 2 to help graze away the invasive plant species in the park. The effort is a part of a partnership between St. Paul Natural Resources and the Great River Passage to restore foliage along the Mississippi River to the original, native plants.

Indian Mounds Regional Park has some new, friendly workers​

St. Paul has hired some 30 to 40 new employees — a flock of goats. 

Tue
02
May

Payne-Phalen Community Council annual meeting gets tense over bylaws


The city of St. Paul consists of 7 wards and 17 district councils. The district councils are separate from city government and are a liaison between community members and their city council representative.

Renamed council also reduces number of board seats

Tue
02
May

Two East Side teachers finalists for Teacher of the Year


Ong Xiong, a kindergarten teacher at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet, teaches in a dual immersion Hmong classroom, where 90 percent of the students’ materials are taught in Hmong and the other 10 percent are taught in English.

Phalen Lake teacher finds passion in protecting Hmong language

Walking into her kindergarten classroom at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet, Ong Xiong laughs about how busy her students keep her.

Mon
24
Apr

Residents chat with Chief Axtell


St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell spoke about the department’s challenges, the main one being an increase in gun violence, at the District 2 Community Council’s Annual Meeting on April 19.

District 2 Community Council holds annual meeting​

“We’re here as neighbors concerned about our neighborhood,” said Gary Unger, a District 2 board member, kicking off the District 2 Community Council Annual Meeting.

Mon
24
Apr

St. Paul Art Crawl: what’s what on the East Side


Artist Emily Gray Koehler will be showcasing her woodcut prints at J.A. Geiger Studio during the St. Paul Art Crawl, April 28-30.

The crawl expands its reach east​

The St. Paul Spring Art Crawl is April 28-30 and the East Side’s footprint in the crawl has grown quite a bit since last year. 

Mon
24
Apr

Eastview Recreation Center reopens to the public


The Eastview Recreation Center, which had been closed to the public for almost 10 years, reopened the first week of April under the management of St. Paul Urban Tennis, also known as SPUT.

Center was closed for nearly a decade​

After closing almost 10 years ago, the Eastview Recreation Center is reopening to the public under the management of St. Paul Urban Tennis, commonly referred to as SPUT.

Thu
20
Apr

English Street triple-homicide investigation continues

St. Paul Police were called to an apartment building in the 1600 block of English Street, an area east of Lake Phalen, at about 1 a.m. April 7, on reports of a shooting.

Wed
19
Apr

Metro State inaugurates new president


Marjorie Otto/ Review One of the first things new Metropolitan State University president Virginia Arthur put up in her office was a blanket given to her by Native American elders, pictured behind her. She said it was given to her last spring, after she was named president, during a White Buffalo Woman Ceremony. She said she was wrapped in the blanket and individuals came up to give her good wishes. “It has a lot of meaning,” she said. Arthur is the university’s seventh president, and said she looks to continue the institution’s involvement in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.

Virginia Arthur is the university’s seventh president

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Review staff

Tue
11
Apr

143-year-old church changes name with changing times


Marjorie Otto/ Review "I feel like Vanna White," laughed Joe Stodola, manager of building and grounds for what will now be called LifePoint Church, as he took down the church's old signage. The church, located at 2220 Edgerton St. in Maplewood, was called Trinity Baptist Church until April 1.

 

Marjorie Otto
Review staff

Trinity Baptist Church, a longtime community member of both the East Side of St. Paul and, within the past 50 years, Maplewood, has changed its name. 

Thu
30
Mar

New Rice Street retail includes a Tim Horton's coffee and doughnut shop.


A new multi-tenant retail space is being built at 2158 Rice St., the site of a former Sinclair gas station. One tenant will be a Tim Horton's, a Canadian-based chain known for its coffee and doughnuts. The new retail space in Maplewood is estimated to open around June 1. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

Development located at the corner of Rice Street and County Road B.

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Review staff

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