Marjorie Otto

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

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01
Jul

St. Paul PD pumps up its traffic unit to deal with distracted driving


As the St. Paul Police Department increases the staffing of its Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Unit to combat distracted driving crashes, the department is also continuing its Stop for Me education events. During the events — which take place at problematic intersections flagged by neighbors — police officers and citizens cross the road, educating both drivers and pedestrians about laws and expectations. (courtesy of Stop for Me)

With four fatal pedestrian crashes already this year in the city, the St. Paul Police Department is working to crack down on distracted drivers while helping out pedestrians.

Mon
01
Jul

New name, same character: Flat Earth is now Saint Paul Brewing


Saint Paul Brewing, formerly known as Flat Earth Brewing, is looking to make some changes to its brewery and taproom at 688 Minnehaha Ave. E., the location of the old Hamm’s Brewery. Owner John Warner would like to expand a few floors up, creating a restaurant and event space. (courtesy of Saint Paul Brewing)

When John Warner bought what would become Flat Earth Brewing in 2010, he looked at a few locations to move it before settling on the old Hamm’s Brewing buildings off Minnehaha Avenue on the East Side.

Mon
24
Jun

Community takes on study of McKnight Road


As a result of a crash that killed a pedestrian on McKnight Road earlier this year, the District 1 Community Council is working with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs this summer to collect data on non-vehicle users of the busy street. Ramsey County is planning to convert much of McKnight from four lanes to three lanes over the next two years to increase its safety. (file photo)

County planning for lane conversion

 

Mon
24
Jun

Summer is here!

Photos courtesy of Therese Scherbel, St. Paul Public Library

Mon
17
Jun

Village on Rivoli development will continue to grow


Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services, which has been leading development at the Village on Rivoli site, plans to construct nine new homes this summer. They will be the seven labeled “A” at the end of Rivoli Street and the two marked “C” on the western side of Otsego Street. (courtesy of Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services)

Those behind the Village on Rivoli housing development in Railroad Island shared plans during the May 28 Payne-Phalen Community Council meeting for building nine more houses at the site this summer. 

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.

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