Marjorie Otto

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

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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. 

Sun
11
Sep

Gov. Dayton promises $3 million for Gateway Gold Line


Gov. Mark Dayton spoke with Gateway Gold Line BRT commission members and other community leaders, such as Woodbury state Rep. JoAnn Ward (center), on Sept. 1. Many leaders, including Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega (right) felt that the east metro could use more investment from the state.

As a part of his 87 counties in 86 days tour, Gov. Mark Dayton made a stop in the east metro on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Sun
04
Sep

East Side author shares life as a 911 dispatcher


Caroline Burau, above, has been a 911 dispatcher for 12 years in various Twin Cities agencies. Her new memoir, left, shares her experience as a 911 dispatcher, from the sleepless night shifts to dealing with 911 callers on the worst days of their lives.

Caroline Burau releases new memoir about front lines of emergency response 

Sun
04
Sep

Traffic light at Hmong Village not coming anytime soon

Advocates frustrated by process

Pedestrian safety has become a hot topic for the East Side this summer, with two deaths occurring earlier in the season. 

Sun
28
Aug

419 Whitall rezoning approved; city council next step


The vacant lots in the 400 block of Whitall Street, marked with a star, are located just up the hill from the HealthPartners medical complex (light purple) along Phalen Boulevard. (courtesy of the St. Paul Zoning Committee)

The rezoning application for 419 Whitall St. was approved unanimously by the St. Paul Planning Commission on Aug. 19 and awaits final approval by the St. Paul City Council.

Sun
28
Aug

As new businesses come in, historical restorations come as well


The modern view of the corner of Payne Avenue and York Street, facing south, with 900 Payne on the left side. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

As new businesses begin occupying storefronts along Payne Avenue, many building owners are discovering that careful considerations must be made regarding the historic character of the avenue’s historic commercial corridor. 

Sun
21
Aug

Parklet on Payne, but what’s a ‘parklet?’


The parklet, which is located in front of Plaza Latina at 927 Payne Ave., was installed in early August and will remain until October.

Driving south on Payne Avenue, one may have noticed an odd, wooden structure in front of Plaza Latino at 927 Payne Ave., which now houses Mangos Restaurant, a Mexican restaurant that opened there in July last year.

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