Marjorie Otto

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

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11
Dec

Sheriff Matt Bostrom announces retirement


Matt Bostrom

County board will appoint new sheriff to fill out his term

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11
Dec

Sewer pipes near Lake Phalen being updated


The Metropolitan Council Environmental Services are rehabilitating sanitary sewer pipes that run under Phalen Regional Park and Phalen Golf Course. The project began in November and will be completed in Nov. 2017.

Following pipe collapse in 2014, pipes are being rehabilitated

What comes out must be carried away and to make sure we never see it again, East Side sewer pipes are being rehabilitated.

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11
Dec

St. Paul astronaut visits Farnsworth


During his visit to the Farnsworth Aerospace campuses, retired NASA astronaut Duane “Digger” Carey had lunch with students. Above, students, like Sadie Wall, eighth grade, were able to ask Carey questions about his career and his experience in space.

Duane “Digger” Carey encourages kids to aim for the sky

It’s not every day you get to talk with an astronaut, let alone have lunch with one. 

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11
Dec

Juvenile justice dialogue sees little community involvement

Community leaders struggle to connect with residents

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04
Dec

Phalen Rec Center’s refrigerated ice rink to get big upgrades


Phalen Recreation Center refrigerated ice rink is on tap to get a permanent cooling system. The new system, which will be installed during the summer of 2017, will consist of PVC pipes encased in concrete. The North Dale Recreation Center (pictured) had the same system installed this past summer.

Skating rink will have permanent cooling system next season

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04
Dec

‘I hope that everyone...has a neighbor like this fella’


Chester Sheehan was recently awarded the Roger Tetu Award by the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council because he offers “kindness without hesitation on a daily basis.” His neighbor, Jeanelle Foster, right, nominated him for the award.

Chester Sheehan, 74, is a shy man, but he doesn’t shy away when neighbors are in need.

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27
Nov

Donations will be rolling into Merrick


The food shelf has different rooms for each type of food. For example, there is a refrigerated room for dairy and meat products, a room for fresh produce, and a room for dry goods.

Union Depot chooses East Side nonprofit for holiday donations

The holiday season is a time to give and Merrick Community Services will be a recipient in a big way. 

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27
Nov

Payne Avenue vacant lot is a developing hotspot


The lot at 848 Payne Ave. has been vacant for more than 10 years, and the owners of nearby Ward 6 Food +Drink and Kendall’s Ace Hardware say they are excited to see some upcoming apartment developments.

Empty lot between Ward 6 and Kendall’s being eyed for apartments

A once quiet and largely forgotten lot has been getting a lot of attention recently. 

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20
Nov

Eastern end of East Seventh seeing a revitalization


Outdoor Lab Landscape Design will be bringing all of their employees under one roof at 1196 East Seventh St. The company broke ground for construction on Nov. 3 and hope to be using the space by early January.

 New ‘green’ building receives St. Paul STAR funding

In the long process of reviving a commercial district, it appears East Seventh Street has one more brick in place. 

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13
Nov

Weaving helps Karen women improve overall health


The Karen Weaving Circle has been meeting for about a year and a half at the East Side Freedom Library. The women are provided transportation each week, as most don’t drive.

Exhibit brings spotlight to little-known refugee group

“Hta tah” or “weaving” in the Karen language could be described as essential for the health of St. Paul area’s Karen women. 

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