Marjorie Otto

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

Wed
20
Apr

East Side sees two homicides in two days


The Rev. Darryl Spence, a Minneapolis Baptist minister, stands before a microphone and prays with police and leaders of the St. Paul African American community during a press conference following gun violence on the East Side last week. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

Community leaders come together to ask for help

After a rash of gun violence and two shooting deaths early last week, St. Paul civic and religious leaders came together on April 20 to share their ideas on how to curb it.

The gathering took place on the Mississippi River bluff at Indian Mounds Park, the site of last week’s first homicide. Leading the group were: Tyrone Terrill, chairman of the African American Leadership Council of St. Paul; Nathaniel Khaliq, former president of the St. Paul NAACP; the Rev. Darryl Spence from the collective of religious leaders known as the “God Squad;” St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith, and Mayor Chris Coleman. 

They shared their plans for reining in gun violence before the summer heats up, with Smith urging those in the community to report gang activity, either to the police, or to religious and African American leaders in the city.

Sun
17
Apr

Bald eagles move across lake


The new nest can be viewed from the southernmost park and pavilion area on Keller Lake. The nest is in the large tree to the right (Marjorie Otto/Review)

Highway 36 nest abandoned for new spot on Keller Lake

It seems as though a change in scenery is a need shared by both humans and bald eagles.

Sun
17
Apr

East Side Lions Club donates baby monitor to couple


Starting in the back row, from left to right Tim Triplett, Tom Casperson, Stu Sonnee; front row, left to right Kathy Hofmeister, Khou Thao, Magdelene Xiong, Chai Xiong, and Chue Fang. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

Khou Thao and Chai Xiong, a Hmong couple living on the East Side, had their first daughter, Magdalene Xiong, on April 4. 

She’s a healthy, alert baby, and the family is happy. 

Sun
17
Apr

Johnson High to undergo internal, external construction


The new entrance and addition will be made of glass and metal to reflect Johnson High School’s aerospace program. (courtesy of St. Paul Public Schools)

The changes will take place during the summers of 2016 and 2017

Clogged toilets, wandering visitors and a gloomy entrance that’s not handicap accessible are just some of the building-related issues that have plagued Johnson High School. 

However, long-awaited building improvements are finally on the horizon. At a District Five Committee for Planning and Economic Development meeting on April 5, community leaders learned of some changes coming to Johnson High School. 

Sun
10
Apr

Dayton’s Bluff homes get a second chance


The homes on the tour are located in the Dayton’s Bluff Historic District. (courtesy of St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority)
Sun
10
Apr

Rush Line project down to four options for north end of transit corridor


The Rush Line Corridor Transit Study has four alternatives planned for the suburban route (Phalen Village to Forest Lake) and eight alternatives planned for the downtown routes. (courtesy of Rush Line Corridor Transit Study)

The Rush Line Corridor project is seeking more community input regarding possible transit routes and station locations.

Sun
10
Apr

‘Eyesore’ to be demolished


The gas station at Minnehaha and Payne Avenues will be torn down and replaced with a new restaurant and coffee shop. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

East African cuisine & coffee shop to replace gas station

The vacant gas station building at 719 Payne Ave. will soon be replaced with a new East African coffee shop and restaurant. 

Mon
04
Apr

Gov. Mark Dayton takes a break to sing songs and do crafts at Kaposia


Gov. Mark Dayton joins in on one of the activities during class at Kaposia called “choices,” where students choose a toy to play with and share with others. (Marjorie Otto photos/Review)

Gov. Mark Dayton, along with Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, visited South St. Paul Schools’ Kaposia Education Center, a half-day preschool, on March 31. 

Sun
03
Apr

Payne Avenue is a little sweeter thanks to a new business in town


Dulceria Bon Bon opened for the first time March 19 and is located at 882 Payne Ave.(Marjorie Otto photos/Review)

Dulceria Bon Bon
specializes in Mexican & American candies

 

Marjorie Otto

Review staff

 

Dulceria Bon Bon has been a dream for a long-time East Side family.

Fri
01
Apr

Business meeting discussion veered toward Payne Avenue street assessments

While the intention of a March 29 meeting between city planners and business owners was to discuss the Commercial Vitality Zone program, business owners quickly brought up frustrations regarding city assessments for road improvements.

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