Marjorie Otto

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

Sun
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. 

Sun
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. 

Sun
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. 

Sun
13
Nov

Popular pizzeria opens second location on Payne Avenue


The East Side Pizzeria recently open a second location along in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood at 1050 Payne Ave.

Richard Finch likes to tell everyone that the East Side has the best pizza in all of St. Paul. 

He has lived on the East Side his whole life and says he has always felt it was the place to find delicious pizza.

Thu
10
Nov

Payne Avenue serial rapist caught


Larry Donnell Griffin

38-year-old man faces multiple counts of criminal sexual assault

A St. Paul man has been charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree in three separate rape cases along Payne Avenue.

Wed
09
Nov

Incumbents successful, but face challenges next session


Tim Mahoney

State senate and house will now both be Republican majority

Sun
06
Nov

Girl Scouts making a difference through books


Julia McKenzie, left, and Violet Schafer, right, are Girl Scout Cadettes who are working to make sure books and reading are accessible to everyone, no matter their income levels.

Teens want everyone to have access to reading

Violet Schafer and Julia McKenzie, both 14, are working on the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can achieve: the Silver Award. 

Sun
06
Nov

Dayton’s Bluff elections sees new and familiar faces


From left to right, the newly elected board members include Barry White, Holly Windingstad, Crystal Norcross, Rasheed Wade, Tamara York-Tallman, Kirstin Scanlan Madore, Yingya Vang and Micheal Boyd. Newly elected candidates not pictured include Elizabeth Matakis and Henry Garnica.

“Let’s create a paradigm that changes the East Side,” said Jesus Ramirez, Dayton’s Bluff resident, artist and keynote speaker for the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council’s annual meeting on Oct. 27.

Sun
30
Oct

Opera commemorates 60-year anniversary of burning of Swede Hollow


Joe Sanchelli, a former resident of Swede Hollow, said his house can be seen in this picture in the bottom, right corner with the picket fence. He said his dad built the fence to keep their chickens from roaming the Hollow.

Former Swede Hollow residents share their memories

Sun
30
Oct

On the eve of elections, candidates discuss the issues


District 67 candidates participated in a League of Women Voters forum on Oct. 24, moderated by Sarah Risser. Candidates participating were, left to right, Foung Hawj, Sheldon Johnson, Andrew Livingston, Joseph Weverka and Tim Mahoney.

Voting rights, public transit and educational disparities were among some of the questions posed at the League of Women Voters District 67 legislative candidate forum on Monday, Oct. 24. 

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