Marjorie Otto

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

Sun
02
Oct

Margaret Park improvements postponed, but mural on its way


The mural at Margaret Park would be painted on the concrete retaining wall located at the southeast corner of the park. Sara K. Udvig, the artist commissioned to paint a mural at Margaret Park, recently completed a community mural at the Shamrock Apartments in District 1 with the help of neighbors, pictured below.

While park renovations have been pushed back until next summer, Margaret Park may at least be getting a new mural this season, if the weather allows it. 

Sun
02
Oct

Schwietz Saloon to become Brunson’s Pub


Schwietz Saloon, located at 956 Payne Ave., will reopen as Brunson’s Pub in November of this year.

Schwietz Saloon is getting a facelift and a name change. 

The neighborhood icon, located at 956 Payne Ave., was recently purchased by a new couple, Thomas and Molly LaFleche.

Sun
02
Oct

Plans in the works for a new assisted living facility


The assisted living facility would be located on the corner of Barclay Street and Ames Avenue, just a few blocks east of Johnson Parkway.

Former lawmaker Cy Thao requests zoning change for project

As baby boomers retire and begin exploring senior housing options, some may discover a void on the East Side. 

Sun
25
Sep

Unique housing development planned near Payne Avenue


This is a possible layout for how a weeHouse cluster may look in the vacant lot along Maryland Avenue near the intersection of Payne Avenue. However, the project is in the very early stages of planning.

The development will be made up of weeHouses

A unique housing option — a weeHouse cluster — is being discussed for the East Side. 

Sun
25
Sep

Study finds East Side receives low city investment


This graph shows the total St. Paul Capital Improvement Budget funding for the four East Side districts (in red), excluding citywide projects.

Local leaders decry lack of funding for projects in poor neighborhoods

East Siders have often felt that they are forgotten or left out when it comes to the distribution of city funding.

Sun
18
Sep

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council board elections


The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council’s coverage area is made up of 4 subdistricts.

The Dayton’s Bluff Community Council will hold their board elections at the annual meeting on Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There are 10 seats open for this year’s election.

Sun
18
Sep

East Siders sending support to Standing Rock


Members of Water Warriors Twin Cities, a group of East Siders, celebrate the passage of a resolution by the St. Paul City Council to support protestors at Standing Rock Reservation who are demonstrating in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

A group of East Side organizers, called Water Warriors Twin Cities, are helping demonstrators from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Sun
18
Sep

Harvest Festival Parade honors Ted Hecht, an East Side community activist and volunteer


Ted Hecht is this year’s Harvest Festival Parade grand marshal. Ted and his wife, Polly, lived on the East Side for over 50 years and helped shape many East Side programs and organizations through their volunteerism.

Ted & Polly Hecht made a lasting impact on the East Side

With the Harvest Festival this weekend, Sept. 17-18, organizers say now is a perfect time to look back at the East Side’s long and diverse history. 

Wed
14
Sep

Mississippi rowers visit local schools

On Sept. 8, four paddlers made landfall in Minneapolis to visit Twin Cities schools.

Sun
11
Sep

A fun celebration steeped in tradition


Payne Avenue parade-goers are greeted by the St. Paul Winter Carnival Vulcans, often leaving their trademark “V.”

The warm days are cooling, the kids are back in school and that can only mean one thing — the 110th Annual Payne-Arcade Harvest Festival is right around the corner. 

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