Marjorie Otto

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

Sun
17
Jul

The power of neighborhood collaboration


Jeremy Sartain, along with his sons Kai and Ezra, load bikes into the trailer Sartain will be using as a portable bike repair shop for ESP Bikes.

East Side businesses are coming together to support ESP Bikes

Sun
17
Jul

Likely Totem Town exit sees possible community divide


The facilities at Boys Totem Town are aging and the county must decide whether to relocate or rebuild.

2009 plan calls for preserving wooded site as open space

The Boys Totem Town correctional facility has been operating on the East Side for more than 100 years.

Sun
17
Jul

Dragon Festival


(submitted photo)

July 9 and 10 saw the 18th annual Dragon Festival celebration at Lake Phalen. The festival is a celebration of pan-Asian culture and heritage.

Sun
10
Jul

Aspiring Eagle Scout connecting to heritage through project


Chinu Thao (center) is working to become an Eagle Scout by helping out with the Edible Streetscape project.

A Boy Scout from the East Side is connecting with his Hmong heritage through his Eagle Scout project.

Sun
10
Jul

Payne-Phalen Planning Council in a stage of transition


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.

District 5 seeks direction for coming years, new executive director

 

2016 has been a busy year so far for the Payne-Phalen District 5 Planning Council.

Sun
10
Jul

Program at Sun Ray Library sheds some light on honeybees


Erin Rupp, executive director of Pollinate Minnesota, lifts a rack from one of the beehives. She uses a smoker (on the left side of the photo) to prevent the bees from sharing warning smells with each other.

Hives and classes explain importance of pollinators

 

“Woah!” exclaimed a group of five to 12 year-olds decked out in beekeeper suits.

Thu
07
Jul

Storm damage in Maplewood


As residents returned from the holiday weekend, many came home to a doozy of a storm on Tuesday evening, July 5. The National Weather Service had recorded wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour and about 250,000 Xcel Energy customers lost power.

As residents returned from the holiday weekend, many came home to a doozy of a storm on Tuesday evening, July 5.

Sun
03
Jul

“Brothers and sisters in clowning”


Kristine Steenberg, left, and Denise Chapeau, members of the St. Paul Clown Club, apply their makeup and tranform into their clowning characters.

Any clown will tell you that his or her favorite part of clowning is trying to make people laugh.

Sun
03
Jul

Port Authority giving the public art reins to the East Side


The new police training facility, located at 600 Lafayette Road, will begin being constructed this fall. The East Side Arts Council is working to create public art that will be integrated into the site based off community input. (courtesy of the city of St. Paul and the Port Authority)

Work on new police training building to begin this fall in Railroad Island

Sun
03
Jul

Tips for a safe and legal Fourth of July

It’s fireworks season and a great time to review state laws regarding the use of fireworks as well as how to safely enjoy fireworks.

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