Marjorie Otto

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

Sun
27
Mar

East Side residents see opportunity, Oakdale residents resist change

As planning continues for the Gateway Gold Line, a bus rapid transit line that would run from downtown St. Paul to the east metro suburbs, planners are finding that support varies from one community to another.

Sun
20
Mar

Hmong Village parking expansion closer to reality


Besides not having enough parking spots, vehicles are having difficulties making left turns from the parking lot onto Johnson Parkway. Hmong Village wants to add a traffic signal to make it easier to make left turns. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

 Parking has been tight at the Hmong Village Shopping Center ever since its grand opening in 2010.

Sun
20
Mar

New coffeehouse and record shop will add a new ‘Caydence’ to Payne Ave.


Caydence Coffee and Records will be located on the corner of Payne Ave. and York Ave. and have patio seating along York Ave. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

On the corner of Payne and York avenues, some born-and-raised St.Paulites are putting up drywall and dreaming of warmer days.

Wed
16
Mar

3M celebrates opening new R&D lab


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Building 280 is the latest addition to 3M’s Maplewood campus

3M opened its new research and development laboratory for viewing on Friday, March 11, during a grand opening event. 

Attendees included Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Tom Emmer, Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik, Maplewood City Council members, top leaders from the Legislature and Mattias Fyrenius from the Nobel Organization.

Building 280, the newest addition to the Maplewood-based company’s campus, cost $150 million. The four-story building is approximately 470,000 square feet, which is about the size of eight football fields in area. About 700 scientists and researchers will occupy the high-tech building. 

Mon
14
Mar

Ted Bearth, longtime Oakdale leader and resident, passes away


Ted Bearth (middle) was known to many as the face of Summerfest. The “Ted Bearth Grande Parade,” a popular Summerfest event, is named in his honor. (file photos)

Oakdale community leader and Washington County Commissioner Ted Bearth died on March 10 at age 77.

Sun
13
Mar

Jeremy Sartain rolls out his bike repair project


East Side resident Jeremy Sartain teaches East Side kids basic bike repair skills, such as how to replace a tire or inner tube. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

East Side resident filling a need for youth programs

“There’s just not a heck of a lot for teens to do around here,” says Jeremy Sartain, an East Side resident and creator of ESP (East St. Paul) Bikes.

Sartain is using bicycles to get East Side youths involved in their community and to learn some valuable skill sets. He teaches them how to fix donated bikes and then has them give them away in the community.

The idea of instructing kids on how to repair bikes came about in an unlikely way -- after a bike theft.

In 2015 Sartain had two of his bicycles stolen from his garage. One bike was traced by police to a nearby pawnshop. While searching for his second bike, Sartain noticed many homes in his neighborhood had a bunch of bikes, but most were inoperable because no one knew how to fix them up. 

Sun
13
Mar

Parkway Little League adds field to support more diverse players


Field Four will have its inaugural pitch on Saturday, April 30, depending on the weather. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

After 2,000 hours of volunteer work clearing brush and waiting through a cold, damp winter, Parkway Little League will be using its new fourth field starting April 30th, for the organization’s 61st season.

Sun
13
Mar

Harding High School team wins culinary competition


From left to right, Kaylyn Vang, Xia Vang and Chinue Yang. (Submitted photo)

With a winning dish of Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps, cucumber salad and pineapple crisp, one of two teams from Harding High School will be going to Washington, D.C., in June.

Sun
13
Mar

St. Paul ready to cruise into road construction season

 

Sun
06
Mar

Business and economic leaders discuss economic development along the Rush Line Corridor

In continuing research into the Rush Line and its effect on east metro communities, the Rush Line Pre-Project Development study held a developer roundtable discussion recently to evaluate how businesses expect development to evolve along the Rush

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