Marjorie Otto

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

Thu
20
Apr

English Street triple-homicide investigation continues

St. Paul Police were called to an apartment building in the 1600 block of English Street, an area east of Lake Phalen, at about 1 a.m. April 7, on reports of a shooting.

Wed
19
Apr

Metro State inaugurates new president


Marjorie Otto/ Review One of the first things new Metropolitan State University president Virginia Arthur put up in her office was a blanket given to her by Native American elders, pictured behind her. She said it was given to her last spring, after she was named president, during a White Buffalo Woman Ceremony. She said she was wrapped in the blanket and individuals came up to give her good wishes. “It has a lot of meaning,” she said. Arthur is the university’s seventh president, and said she looks to continue the institution’s involvement in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood.

Virginia Arthur is the university’s seventh president

Marjorie Otto
Review staff

Tue
11
Apr

143-year-old church changes name with changing times


Marjorie Otto/ Review "I feel like Vanna White," laughed Joe Stodola, manager of building and grounds for what will now be called LifePoint Church, as he took down the church's old signage. The church, located at 2220 Edgerton St. in Maplewood, was called Trinity Baptist Church until April 1.

 

Marjorie Otto
Review staff

Trinity Baptist Church, a longtime community member of both the East Side of St. Paul and, within the past 50 years, Maplewood, has changed its name. 

Thu
30
Mar

New Rice Street retail includes a Tim Horton's coffee and doughnut shop.


A new multi-tenant retail space is being built at 2158 Rice St., the site of a former Sinclair gas station. One tenant will be a Tim Horton's, a Canadian-based chain known for its coffee and doughnuts. The new retail space in Maplewood is estimated to open around June 1. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

Development located at the corner of Rice Street and County Road B.

Marjorie Otto
Review staff

Sun
26
Feb

Nation’s first sepak takraw courts to be built on East Side


The Southeast Asian game of sepak takraw is played by using only the head, feet, or knees to knock a plastic ball back and forth. Hands cannot be used and players go to gravity-defying measures to ensure the ball does not fall on their side.

Soccer-like game is a tradition for Southeast Asian cultures

Sun
26
Feb

East Siders march from Mexican Consulate to capitol on ‘Day Without Immigrants’


On Thursday, Feb. 16, marchers gathered at the Mexican Consulate along East Seventh Street to march to the Minnesota State Capitol on the “Day Without Immigrants.”

Businesses close as the community marches

Sun
19
Feb

Merrick Community Services finds a new home


Merrick Community Services will lease 15,000 square feet within Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, located at 1669 Arcade St.

Gustavus Adolphus church is leasing space to social services agency

After 10 years of searching, Merrick Community Services has found a new permanent home on the northern edge of the East Side. 

Sun
19
Feb

Sanneh Foundation receives $600,000, plans to expand programming

The Sanneh Foundation, which is based out of the Conway Recreation Center on the East Side, recently announced it has received $600,000 in grants from the Otto Bremer Trust.

Sun
19
Feb

Assisted living project in limbo


While the St. Paul Zoning Committee rejected to rezone the vacant lot at 1475 Ames Ave. (arrow), a future assisted living facility project may be saved a land swap with the city. The city owns a vacant lot along Magnolia Avenue (black circle).

Possible land swap with city could save project

Plans for an assisted living home at 1475 Ames Ave. have been put on hold after neighbors expressed concerns about increased traffic along the narrow street.

Sun
12
Feb

Week of gun violence rattles East Side

Within four days the East Side saw two people killed by gun violence. 

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