Marjorie Otto

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

Mon
17
Jun

A reminder: We’re all terrible at driving and need to do better


courtesy of Washburn County Sheriff’s Office

When I came back from a week-long camping trip in Canada, I thought I would only be writing a fun personal piece about the vacation.  

Mon
17
Jun

A week in the Canadian wilderness


The start of our trip on the Turtle River included a stop at White Otter Castle, a three-story log home built in the early 1900s by hermit Jimmy McOuat. (Marjorie Otto photos/Review)

A respite from modern society

I wouldn’t call myself a super experienced paddler and camper, but I’ve done enough Boundary Waters trips to have a pretty good feel for how it works. 

Mon
10
Jun

With fundraising halfway there, Wakan Tipi Center planning is on


The future Wakan Tipi Center will be built to the southeast of the Kellogg Boulevard bridge in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. With more than half of a needed $6.7 million raised for the center, the Lower Phalen Creek Project has been holding meetings to work on community goals for the future facility. (courtesy of Google Maps)

Creating an interpretive center at the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary has been a goal of the Lower Phalen Creek Project for more than a decade.

Wed
05
Jun

Boys Totem Town to close


Boys Totem Town, the juvenile detention facility in the Highwood Hills neighborhood of St. Paul, will close Aug. 1, as announced in late May by Ramsey County officials. The 36-bed facility currently has five residents, the last of which is set to finish his programming July 27. (file graphic)

Boys Totem Town will be closing Aug. 1, as announced by Ramsey County Director of Community Corrections John Klavins last month.

Mon
03
Jun

A universal connection


Marjorie Otto photos/Review

As a way to share a community meal, and to share in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with non-Muslim neighbors, a community iftar dinner was served May 28 at Highwood Hills Elementary School.

Mon
03
Jun

Boys Totem Town to close, many details yet to be worked out


Boys Totem Town, the juvenile detention facility in the Highwood Hills neighborhood of St. Paul, will close Aug. 1, as announced in late May by Ramsey County officials. The 36-bed facility currently has five residents, the last of which is set to finish his programming July 27. (file graphic)

Boys Totem Town will be closing Aug. 1, as announced by Ramsey County Director of Community Corrections John Klavins last month.

Mon
03
Jun

Work continues on Swede Hollow Master Plan


The City of St. Paul held a community meeting May 22 to gather feedback for a master plan it’s creating for Swede Hollow Park. Some attendees said they want an urban park with extra trail infrastructure and open spaces, while others said they prefer a nature sanctuary that serves as a break from busy city life. (file photo)

Building off themes collected from surveys and an initial community meeting, work on the Swede Hollow Master Plan continues. 

Tue
28
May

East Side Freedom Library marks 5 years


The East Side Freedom Library, located at 1105 Greenbrier St., is celebrating its fifth anniversary in June. To mark the occasion, it’s releasing a book about the history of the neighborhood and library, and on June 12, New Yorker staff writer and scholar Jelani Cobb will speak there. (file photo)

The East Side Freedom Library is celebrating its fifth anniversary in June. 

Tue
28
May

In the season of graduations, East Sider finishes at West Point


East Sider Christian Banks just wrapped up his U.S. Military Academy education. He graduated from West Point May 25 as a second lieutenant, and after a few months at home, will spend the next five years in the U.S. Army. (submitted photo)

Back in 2014, just ahead of Christian Banks’ high school graduation, he was preparing for a big life change — he was about to attend the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Mon
20
May

Huffman resigns from Ramsey County board following conflict of interest investigation


Blake Huffman (file photo)

Blake Huffman is stepping down from the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.

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