Marjorie Otto

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

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Maryland Avenue will permanently be three lanes


file photo • Ramsey County traffic engineers have decided to make permanent the three-lane configuration on Maryland Avenue between Johnson Parkway and Payne Avenue. A mill and overlay of the arterial street will be completed in May.

Marjorie Otto

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Traffic engineers from Ramsey County have decided to keep the three-lane configuration on Maryland Avenue between Johnson Parkway and Payne Avenue. 

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09
Apr

Mayor talks East Side issues ahead of State of the City Summit


file photo • St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter visited students Feb. 28 at New Horizon Academy in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, where he read “Pete the Cat I Love my White Shoes.”

Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter is finishing out his first 100 days in office and to mark the occasion, he will be hosting a State of the City Summit on Saturday, April 14, at 8:30 a.m. at Johnson High School. 

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09
Apr

Listening House sues St. Paul over guest restrictions


file graphic • Listening House, a homeless day shelter that operates out of First Lutheran Church at 463 Maria Ave., is suing the City of St. Paul over restrictions put on it by the St. Paul City Council that limit the number of guests it can serve, among other things.

As Listening House, a homeless day shelter in Dayton’s Bluff, neighbors and the city struggle to find a balance so all can coexist, the organization filed a lawsuit against the City of St. Paul in Ramsey County District Court on April 2. 

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02
Apr

Sen. Smith goes to the East Side


Marjorie Otto/Review • U.S. Sen. Tina Smith took a tour of Payne Avenue with state Sen. Foung Hawj on March 27. The pair stopped at Plaza del Sol and were given a brief tour by building owner Sonia Ortega.

During a break from her Washington, D.C., duties, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith took a tour of Payne Avenue with state Sen. Foung Hawj on March 27. 

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02
Apr

District 1 Community Council reflects on a successful year and new leadership


file graphic • The District 1 Community Council represents the southeast portion of St. Paul, including the Eastview, Conway, Battle Creek and Highwood Hills neighborhoods.

courtesy of LinkedIn • Betsy Mowry-Voss was recently hired to serve as the new executive director of the District 1 Community Council. Former executive director Betsy Leach, who served the council for 12 years, retired at the end of last year.

“We’re in a really strong place right now,” said Paul Sawyer, the District 1 Community Council board president during the organization’s March 26 annual meeting. 

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26
Mar

East Sider wins prestigious Bush Fellowship


submitted photo • East Sider Pheng Thao has been awarded a Bush Fellowship to study culturally responsive ways to address gender-based violence in the Hmong community.

Out of 751 total applicants for the 2018 Bush Foundation Fellowship, 24 people, including a local East Sider, have been awarded fellowships to help them develop their leadership skills. The fellowship recipients were announced March 20.

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19
Mar

East Side students join nationwide walkouts against gun violence


Marjorie Otto/Review • Participating in nation-wide walkouts to protest gun violence, hundreds of students walked out of Harding High School March 14. Students left at 10 a.m. and stayed outside for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Hundreds of students walked out of Harding High School at 10 a.m. on March 14 to protest gun violence in schools, in solidarity with students at schools across the state and nation.

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19
Mar

Dayton’s Bluff ‘greenhouse’ to be renovated this year


courtesy of 292 Design Group • The original, 3,000-square-foot facility will be renovated and a some 750 square feet of space will be added to the front of the building to create a demonstration area.

A project that was only about 50-percent-funded less than a year ago is now planned to be completed by the end of the year. 

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19
Mar

East Side auto shop aims to keep air cleaner


Marjorie Otto/Review • O’Keeffe’s Collision, located at 860 Payne Ave., was recently awarded $29,000 in grants to help cover the $80,000 cost of installing a new paint system that will use water-based vehicle paints. The use of water-based, rather than the solvent-based paints that are currently used at the shop, will help improve local air quality.

As a way to reduce pollution and keep the air cleaner in its neighborhood, O’Keeffe’s Collision has been awarded grants to help install a new painting system.

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13
Mar

Pregnant woman killed in Hayden Heights area

A pregnant woman and her unborn child died after she was shot in an East Side neighborhood the evening of March 9. 

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