Marjorie Otto

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

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Oct

Reviving oral traditions


Left to right, Pang Chang, Pa Lee Thao, Phasoua Vang and May Lee-Yang will be performing in a comedy, written by Lee-Yang, called “Poj Laib Laus” or “Old Gangster Ladies.”

Local artist uses theater to connect Hmong elders with youth 

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16
Oct

Academia Cesar Chavez opens 35,000 foot expansion


Academia Cesar Chavez recently completed a 35,000 expansion for its charter school, which is located at the site of the former Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Charter school occupies former Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church property 

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09
Oct

Sanctuary in the city

The Lower Phalen Creek Project, an East Side environmental nonprofit, hosted the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary celebration on Saturday, Oct. 1. The sanctuary is located below Indian Mounds Park, just east of downtown St.

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09
Oct

First St. Paul Tuj Lub courts open on East Side


City leaders and Tuj Lub players gathered at the Duluth and Case Recreation Center on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to celebrate the opening of two courts for Tuj Lub, a traditional Hmong game.

 

Tuj Lub (pronounced “too loo”) is a traditional Hmong sport that Laotian immigrants brought with them to Minnesota. 

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09
Oct

Old Animal Ark building sees new light


Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services recently purchased the old Animal Ark thrift store building, located at 809 East Seventh St. The building will be used as a “construction incubator.”

When Animal Ark thrift store moved out of its location at 809 East Seventh St. in early 2016, the building stayed dark and empty for the better part of the year.

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09
Oct

Judy’s Kitchen serves food for the soul


Charles Dexter, center, opened Judy’s Kitchen in honor of his late mother. He runs the business with his girlfriend Tia Davies, left.

East Sider opens restaurant in memory of his mother

When Charles Dexter’s mother passed away over a year ago, it was a defining moment in his life. 

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02
Oct

High school girl murdered during armed robbery in alleyway

A 16-year-old girl was killed Sunday morning, Sept. 25, in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.

The shooting occurred near 737 Sims Ave. at about 7:30 a.m. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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