Marjorie Otto

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

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21
Jan

In discussion of City Hall murals, many ask for them to go


courtesy of Jane Prince The East Side Freedom Library held a community conversation about murals in St. Paul City Hall on Jan. 10. The murals have raised concerns for a number of years due to their depiction of African American and indigenous peoples in relation to white men. More recently, residents have wondered if the murals should continue to be on display in what is considered a democratic space.

Community members gathered at the East Side Freedom Library Jan. 10 to discuss murals inside St. Paul City Hall and whether the city council chambers is an appropriate place for them to be on display.

Mon
21
Jan

Lower Phalen Creek Project hires interim executive director


Jacob Jurss

The Lower Phalen Creek Project announced via an email newsletter Jan. 9 that its board had hired an interim executive director for the organization. 

Mon
14
Jan

New House session missing a familiar face


Sheldon Johnson

Sheldon Johnson reflects on time in public office

 

When the new legislative session started on Jan. 8, a familiar face was missing from the House chambers. 

Mon
14
Jan

Sanneh Foundation makes plans for more Conway upgrades


courtesy of the Sanneh Foundation The Sanneh Foundation, which manages Conway Recreation Center, is planning to make a series of outdoor renovations at the center during 2019. Planned upgrades include new LED lighting, installation of 250,000 square feet of turf and fencing to keep kids and equipment off the busy nearby streets.

The Conway Recreation Center, which is managed by the Sanneh Foundation, will have it’s outdoor facilities upgraded in 2019. 

Upgrades wll include new field turf, improved lighting, new fencing and a seasonal domed field. 

Mon
07
Jan

Christmas in Botswana


Marjorie Otto/Review Chobe National Park, located in northern Botswana, has the largest elephant population in the world, an estimated 50,000.

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Botswana or southern Africa until one of my best friends told me two years ago she was thinking about serving in the Peace Corps, and ended up being assigned there.

Sun
23
Dec

Reflections in ornaments


Marjorie Otto/Review Most of Marjorie Otto’s holiday ornaments hold special memories or meanings, like the tiny red mailbox her grandma gave her years ago with a note she left inside it. Though her grandmother passed away years ago, Otto still takes the note out every year to read it.

I often think of my boxes of Christmas ornaments as some kind of time travel devices. 

Mon
17
Dec

Shooting on Payne leaves 1 dead, another injured

 A shooting near the intersection of Payne and Jessamine avenues Dec. 9 left one person dead and another injured.

Mon
17
Dec

Looking at Indian Mounds Regional Park differently


Marjorie Otto/Review The native community and the City of St. Paul are working together on a cultural landscape study of Indian Mounds Regional Park with the goal of creating a shared vision that respects the sacredness of the land. As part of the project, a series of community engagement meetings are being held so community members can learn from each other about the significance of the park.

Native community and city work on cultural landscape study

Mon
17
Dec

Construction season planning underway in West St. Paul

 

The cold weather means Minnesota has moved out of construction season and into winter. That doesn’t mean cities aren’t looking ahead to next year’s season change. 

Mon
17
Dec

Garlough Elementary School improvements get the go-ahead


courtesy of City of West St. Paul As part of a bond that was approved earlier this year, Garlough Elementary School will be getting two new classrooms as well as a new front entry and an expanded kitchen/cafeteria.

Concerns about parking almost stall project

 

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