Marjorie Otto

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

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May

East Yard tiny home project put on hold


file photo • The East Yard, a tiny home community that would have been located on an odd strip of land just south of the Payne-Phalen neighborhood at 627 Bush Ave., has been put on hold due to a variety of issues, including pollution remediation and site configuration, among other things.

Costs and configuration make it a challenge

 

After more than a year of studying and collecting feedback, work on a planned tiny home community, the East Yard, has stalled.

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21
May

Little farm in the big city


Marjorie Otto photo/Review • The Rivoli Bluff Farm, located in the Railroad Island neighborhood at the western end of Minnehaha Avenue, consists of a large garden, an orchard, beehives and a gravel garden for starting trees. New this year, a high tunnel greenhouse is being constructed, which will extend the time for produce to grow. The farm is run by Urban Roots, an East Side youth organization that employs area high school students and teaches them agriculture, cooking and conservation skills.

Walking down to the Rivoli Bluff Farm, some may forget they are still in the heart of the city as they breath the smell of fresh-turned soil and watch bees whiz by. 

Mon
14
May

L’Etoile students get hands-on in the neighborhood


Courtesy of Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District • L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School students went around the Beaver Lake neighborhood in early May to encourage neighbors to “adopt a drain” and help keep local water sources clean. The students have been working with the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District all year on various water quality projects.

L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School fourth-grade students went around the Beaver Lake neighborhood in early May encouraging neighbors to adopt a drain. 

Mon
14
May

East Side fifth-grade students become published poets


Cover art courtesy of Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute • Fifth-grade students from John A. Johnson Elementary are now published authors after spending the school year writing and editing poems. Their work is appearing in an anthology called “The Bold, Untold North,” through the help of creative writing and tutoring nonprofit the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute.

Anyone can be a writer and everyone’s voice matters is a lesson that John A. Johnson Elementary school students have been learning throughout the school year. 

Mon
14
May

Candidate filing opens next week for East Side area

Minnesota midterms will be busy.

The midterm elections are quickly approaching and that means it’s time for candidates to file to run. 

Mon
07
May

Being at home in Momma’s Kitchen


Marjorie Otto/Review • DeMarco Cavil, an East Sider turned professional chef, is returning to his childhood home to open a restaurant, Momma’s Kitchen, dedicated to his mother. The restaurant will have a soft opening on June 7 and will be located at 1058 Maryland Ave. E.

For DeMarco Cavil, coming home and opening a restaurant on the East Side is a dream come true. 

“It feels so great,” Cavil said of opening a restaurant in the neighborhood where he grew up.

Mon
07
May

More direct travel coming for East Side transit


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.

One of the main bus lines connecting St. Paul to the international airport and the Mall of America will be extended through the East Side starting June 9. 

Mon
30
Apr

Railroad Island to be an energy conservation hotspot


courtesy of Google Maps • A new solar garden, part of an energy conservation program taking place in Railroad Island, will be located at the end of Minnehaha Avenue near the Village on Rivoli housing development. Homes with low income occupants will be hooked up to the solar garden for free, with the goal of eliminating barriers to renewable energy.

The little neighborhood of Railroad Island has become a big target when it comes to energy consumption and renewable energy.

Mon
30
Apr

Beloved literary park receives new bench


submitted photo • Mem Lloyd, pictured with the bench she created, is a founder and board member of the East Side Arts Council.

Poetry Park, a literary sanctuary in Phalen Regional Park, is about to have a new seat for contemplation. 

The East Side Arts Council plans to install a new bench to honor one of the council’s founders, Kitty Anderson. 

Mon
30
Apr

Payne-Phalen council gets back to the business of taking care of the community

The Payne-Phalen Community Council held its annual meeting on April 24, where the council announced upcoming changes and achievements. 

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