Marjorie Otto

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

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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. 

Sun
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.

Sun
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. 

Sun
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. 

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.

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