Marjorie Otto

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

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12
Mar

Help create a St. Paul poem at your local library

This month The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library are asking residents to come out to their local library and share their thoughts about their neighborhood to help create a St. Paul poem.

Mon
12
Mar

After chaotic end to 2017, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council slowly stabilizing

The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council board of directors has slowly been picking up the pieces to stabilize the organization following tumultuous events at the end of last year.

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11
Mar

‘Granny flats’ could be coming to East Side


Courtesy of the City of St. Paul • St. Paul city staff is looking at expanding the use of accessory dwelling units to select East Side neighborhoods. Commonly known as “mother-in-law apartments” or “granny-flats,” accessory dwelling units are small, separate apartments that can be created within an existing structure, as a separate, small dwelling, or on top of a garage.

The St. Paul City Council voted to begin a study of the use of accessory dwelling units in select parts of the city during its meeting on Feb. 7.

Sun
11
Mar

East Side educators make it to semifinals for Teacher of the Year award


Justin Hudalla

This year there were 167 candidates for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. That initial field, the third-highest number in the award’s 54-year history, has been cut to 43 semifinalists, as announced Feb.

Mon
26
Feb

Totem Town discussion kick-starts evaluation of juvenile corrections in Ramsey County


file photo • Discussions about Boys Totem Town’s ageing facilities have turned to conversations about Ramsey County’s juvenile corrections system and changes the county could make with the goal to better serve youth.

What started as a conversation about Boys Totem Town’s ageing facilities has now turned into an evaluation of Ramsey County’s juvenile correction programming and how to better serve youth.

Mon
26
Feb

Eggroll Queen’s trailer burns, neighborhood rallies to to get it rolling again


file photo • Mai Vang and her son Kevin made and sold egg rolls during the 7th Street Live festival in 2016. Vang’s food trailer was destroyed by a fire on Jan. 14 and friends have set up a GoFundMe fundraiser webpage to help get her mobile businesses back up and running.

Many East Side neighbors know Mai Vang as the Eggroll Queen. She and her family park their food trailer at various sites across the East Side, selling her locally-famous egg rolls. 

Mon
19
Feb

Changes to Margaret Street planned for this summer


courtesy of City of St. Paul • The City of St. Paul is planning to add features to Margaret Street to help slow down traffic to make the street safer for all modes of transportation. The street is already a marked bike boulevard, meaning that cars and bicycles share the same space. In addition, an off-street trail will be added along McKnight Road between Minnehaha Avenue and Hudson Road.

Project aims to improve bike and pedestiran safety in the corridior.

 

Mon
19
Feb

Dayton’s Bluff fifth-grader wins state-wide essay contest

Rachel Jeong, a fifth-grader who lives in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, is one of three winners of the League of Minnesota Cities “Mayor for a Day” essay contest.

Mon
12
Feb

Free dental clinic moves to Dayton’s Bluff

Hope Dental Clinic, the largest free dental clinic in Minnesota, has moved to the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. 

Tue
06
Feb

A hidden addition


courtesy of John Vaughn • The final steps of installing a cell tower atop East Immanuel Church took place Jan. 29. The church is leasing space on the top of its bell tower to Verizon for a cell phone antenna.

Passing by East Immanuel Lutheran Church along Payne Avenue, one might notice that something seems different, or maybe not. It’s not very noticeable, and that’s the point. 

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