Marjorie Otto

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

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Jun

MPCA identifies contaminated site on East Side


The Arcade and Hawthorne contaminated site has been added the the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s “Superfund list” in order to receive state funding for further testing and cleanup. (courtesy of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency)

Arcade Street neighborhood added to state funding list for further testing

 

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12
Jun

Renewal in the northwoods

Paddling along with nature’s BWCA plans

 

Wildfires are an essential part of forest health. They’re a chance for the northwoods to reset and restart with a fresh palette.

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12
Jun

American Indian Magnet School student’s project on display at museum


Alyssa Downwind, a student at the American Indian Magnet School in the Dayton’s Bluff neighberhood, has her History Day project on display at the Madeline Island Museum in Bayfield, Wisconsin. (submitted photos)

Seventh-grader Alyssa Downwind never thought her History Day project would one day be at a museum.

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05
Jun

East Side incumbents fill ballot

Early candidate filing closed on May 31 with many familiar East Side names on the ballot. 

 

The offices up for re-election in 2016 that cover neighborhoods on the East Side and those vying for the spots include:

 

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05
Jun

Overlook chosen to revitalize Lower Payne commercial zone


There are two options for how the Swede Hollow overlook might be designed. Upcoming surveys of the area will help determine which option will be viable both structurally and fiscally. (courtesy of St. Paul Parks and Recreation)

The St. Paul department of Planning and Economic Development has chosen a project to move forward with to help revitalize the Lower Payne Avenue neighborhood. 

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29
May

An “oddity” coming to Payne


Studio Payne, located at 1129 Payne Ave., is located across the street from Cook restaurant and will include a sign marking the oddity shop and art space.

Cameren Torgerud defines oddities as “things that you wouldn’t expect people to collect but they do.”

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22
May

Payne-Phalen below standard for air pollution


The graph above compares the fine particle (PM2.5) concentration of Payne-Phalen and other test sites. These daily concentrations are the averages of the readings taken during 24-hour cycles. The graph below compares the air toxins measured in Payne-Phalen with Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburbs.

At a May 17 Payne-Phalen Environmental Committee meeting, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency shared the results of three months of air monitoring at Bruce Vento Elementary School, 409 Case Ave. E.

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22
May

Karen Tobacco-Free program graduates its first students


The class consisted of both tobacco users and those who had family that used. Many of the students said they hope to share what they learned within their community.

Participants in the Karen Tobacco-Free program have finished up the first five-week course that educates them on the harmful effects of tobacco use. 

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15
May

Wilder Play Area is being updated


The Wilder Play Area will have its playground equipment replaced due to safety and accessibility issues. Renovations will begin at the beginning of June and take about two months to complete.

Construction is scheduled to begin in early June

Due to aging equipment, safety and accessibility issues, Wilder Play Area is scheduled for renovations this summer.

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15
May

New ‘Youth Council’ gives teens a voice and a purpose

“Even though I am youth, I get to show people that I too am a part of the community, and I too have some ideas for what we can improve,” said Hafsa Mohamud, a resident of District 1 and a member and the newly created Youth Council, which had its f

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