Marjorie Otto

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

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Feb

Byerly’s East Side store closing next month

The East Side Lunds & Byerlys will be closing at the end of the day on March 6. The store appeared to be operating as normal last week but that will change when the going-out-of-business discounts begin Feb. 27. (Mary Lee Hagert/Review)
The property at 1959 Suburban Avenue, which had been the location of Lunds & Byerly’s since 1972, has been purchased by Ha Tien Market, an Asian grocery store and Vietnamese deli.

Store opened in 1971 with chandeliers, carpeted floors

After 45 years of serving the East Side community, the Lunds & Byerlys store will close its doors at the end of the business day on March 6.

Aaron Sorenson, communications manager for Lunds Food Holdings Inc, stated last week that a decline in sales was causing the shuttering of the store at 1965 Suburban Ave.

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21
Feb

Local auto body shop paints with a greener shade

At Windy’s Collision, owner Jon Philmalee is thinking ahead of the curve.

His auto body shop recently installed a system that will paint cars with a water-based paint, instead of solvent-based paint.

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21
Feb

Hmong archives getting settled in new home

Potential donors show Marlin Heise an newspaper article they want to add to the Hmong Archives at the East Side Freedom Library. (Marjorie Otto/Review)
Potential donors show Marlin Heise an newspaper article they want to add to the Hmong Archives at the East Side Freedom Library. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

The Hmong Archives has had many homes over the years.

On Feb. 10, the Archives celebrated its relocation to its newest home, the East Side Freedom Library. 

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14
Feb

Payne-Phalen community leader proposes bike lanes

Parking would remain on both sides of Payne Avenue and include bike lanes. (Image courtesy of Eric Saathoff)
Parking would remain on both sides of Payne Avenue and include bike lanes. (Image courtesy of Eric Saathoff)

New lanes could help Payne Ave. businesses
“Within Payne-Phalen, there really aren’t places, safe places, to ride,” said Eric Saathoff, a member of the District 5 Planning Council and Board, and the chair of the District 5 Transportation Committee.
Saathoff is also a bike commuter, who goes back and forth to his job as a teacher at Crossroads Elementary in the Como neighborhood. 

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14
Feb

Two East Side teachers are candidates for Teacher of the Year

The list of 114 candidates for 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award was released Feb. 3. Among them were two East Side teachers, Koua Yang and Juanita Ortiz. 

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14
Feb

China Garden project taking shape

The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department released an architects’ rendering of the future China Garden at Phalen Regional Park, This pavilion is designed to look like the Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, China. (submitted illustration)
The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department released an architects’ rendering of the future China Garden at Phalen Regional Park, This pavilion is designed to look like the Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, China. (submitted illustration)

Conceptual plans released for Phalen Park amenity
After months of discussions, the proposed China Garden at Phalen Regional Park has begun to take shape, even if it’s still in the blueprint stage.
St. Paul Parks and Recreation and The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society recently released conceptual plans for the China Garden. According to their press release, the garden will be built in phases, with a goal of starting Phase 1 in 2016. 

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14
Feb

Two East Side teachers are candidates for Teacher of the Year

The list of 114 candidates for 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award was released Feb. 3. Among them were two East Side teachers, Koua Yang and Juanita Ortiz. 

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07
Feb

U of M professor donates trove of materials to East Side Freedom Library

Should fill gaps in library's collection relating to women, feminism
As a young adult, Dr. Paula Rabinowitz started collecting various feminist journals, poetry chapbooks, pamphlets, books, and any other kind of material she could find related to feminism and women.
She said she understood as a young person how important it would be in the future to have a collection of the evolution of feminist thought. Now she has decided to share her collection with others by donating it to the East Side Freedom Library. 

Sun
07
Feb

State Sen. Foung Hawj announces re-election bid

Foung Hawj
Foung Hawj

State Sen. Foung Hawj, 50, announced his bid for re-election in Senate District 67 on Jan. 16 at a community celebration at the Carpenter's Union Hall in St.Paul. 

Sun
07
Feb

Libraries offer free criminal record expungement information

Criminal records, sometimes decades old, can be a barrier to employment, buying a house or even volunteering at a school.

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