Marjorie Otto

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

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11
Dec

Juvenile justice dialogue sees little community involvement

Community leaders struggle to connect with residents

Sun
04
Dec

Phalen Rec Center’s refrigerated ice rink to get big upgrades


Phalen Recreation Center refrigerated ice rink is on tap to get a permanent cooling system. The new system, which will be installed during the summer of 2017, will consist of PVC pipes encased in concrete. The North Dale Recreation Center (pictured) had the same system installed this past summer.

Skating rink will have permanent cooling system next season

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04
Dec

‘I hope that everyone...has a neighbor like this fella’


Chester Sheehan was recently awarded the Roger Tetu Award by the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council because he offers “kindness without hesitation on a daily basis.” His neighbor, Jeanelle Foster, right, nominated him for the award.

Chester Sheehan, 74, is a shy man, but he doesn’t shy away when neighbors are in need.

Sun
27
Nov

Donations will be rolling into Merrick


The food shelf has different rooms for each type of food. For example, there is a refrigerated room for dairy and meat products, a room for fresh produce, and a room for dry goods.

Union Depot chooses East Side nonprofit for holiday donations

The holiday season is a time to give and Merrick Community Services will be a recipient in a big way. 

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

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