Marjorie Otto

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

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11
Dec

History in the now


Ben Greilanger

Local photographer highlights St. Paul’s past

 

East Sider Ben Greilanger spent much of the past spring and summer taking pictures around St. Paul. 

Mon
11
Dec

Construction of Swede Hollow overlook postponed until spring


courtesy of St. Paul Parks and Recreation • An overlook planned for the intersection of Payne Avenue and Bedford Street will look down onto Swede Hollow Park. It will include a viewfinder that will have historic images of Swede Hollow. Construction of the overlook was planned for this fall but is being postponed until spring.

While construction on an overlook near the Payne Avenue and Bedford Street intersection was planned to take place in this fall, the project has been postponed until spring.

Sun
03
Dec

Phalen Creek may soon see some daylight


courtesy of Inter-Fluve • A technical study conducted by Inter-Fluve on behalf of the Lower Phalen Creek Project looked at two areas where Phalen Creek could be brought back above ground, or “daylighted.” The areas, which on themap are identifed as “Reach 7” and “Reach 5,” were determined based on geology, topography, soil quality and land usage, among other factors.

When the Lower Phalen Creek Project was established in 1997, it was created in order to plan a project to “daylight” Phalen Creek.

Sun
03
Dec

‘I know she’s watching us and smiling down at us’


Marjorie Otto/Review • The Karen Weaving Circle celebrated Paw Boh Htoo’s life during a Nov. 29 ceremony at the East Side Freedom Library. The event, which had been planned months before Htoo’s death, wrapped up another year of weaving at the library. Visitors had the chance to purchase items made by the circle and watch weaving demonstrations.

courtesy of the Karen Organization of Minnesota • Paw Boh Htoo was the weaving coordinator at the Karen Organization of Minnesota and worked with the Karen Weaving Circle at the East Side Freedom Library. She was killed Nov. 7 while trying to help a neighbor during a domestic violence situation.

Karen Weaving Circle grieves death of friend

 

Fri
01
Dec

SNAPSHOT: Remnants of summer

SNAPSHOTS - because sometimes all you need is a few great photos and a few words. (Marjorie Otto photos/Review)

Mon
27
Nov

Polly’s Coffee Cove takes a different shape


Marjorie Otto/Review • Ann Polachek, the former owner of Polly’s Coffee Cove, and one of her youngest patrons, Thomas Richardson, 19, stand in a former Sunday school classroom at First Lutheran Church, the soon-to-be new home for the next phase of Polachek’s coffee and social gathering place.

The shop’s mission continues at First Lutheran Church

 

After more than 11 years at 1382 Payne Ave., Polly’s Coffee Cove unexpectedly closed earlier this fall. 

Mon
27
Nov

Longtime East Side state Rep. Sheldon Johnson announces retirement


Sheldon Johnson

East Side community activist announces run for seat

 

Mon
20
Nov

Johnson High School renovations wrapping up with finished touches


Marjorie Otto/Review • A 6,200 square-foot-expansion, along with roofing and plumbing work, began in 2016 at Johnson High School. The expansion, seen on the east side of the school building facing Arcade Street, includes a new entrance, new administrative offices and five new classrooms.

Two years and $15.9 million later, the construction at Johnson High School is just about finished.

Mon
20
Nov

St. Paul nonprofits win more than half a million dollars in grant funds from Bush Foundation

Two St. Paul organizations, including an East Side-based nonprofit, were each awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars by the Bush Foundation.

Fri
10
Nov

Johnson High School alumni donate bench to the school


The Denissons spent about 100 hours constructing the bench and donated about $4,000 worth of materials. The bench can seat some 20 people and a commemorative plaque will be added next spring. • submitted photo

As a way to mark their 50-year class reunion, members of the Johnson High School class of 1966 wanted to create or donate something to the school. 

They decided on a bench, and not just an ordinary wooden bench, but a big stone “J.”

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