Marjorie Otto

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

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Holy moly Batman! Dayton’s Bluff will be the new home for High Class Comics


The pink and green storefront at 371 Earl St. will be the new home for High Class Comics starting on Leap Day, Feb. 29. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

After being in business for about nine months in Minneapolis, High Class Comics is expanding, with Dayton’s Bluff being the choice for its new store.

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28
Feb

Precinct Caucuses held March 1

Precinct party caucuses are Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m., with a 6:30 p.m. registration time. Voters will express their preferred presidential candidates as well as their preferred party platforms.

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28
Feb

Teens volunteer for 2,211 total hours in 2015, with no end in sight


From left to right, Sierra Ose, Lilyanna Lofgren-Garcia, Raijanee Meadows, Selena Morales, Britney Rodriguez, Jordan Schuster, Breyana Turner and Emily Gronewold. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

At the Payne Ave. Salvation Army Center, a group of girls are giving back in a big way.

From Monday through Thursday, the kids, ages 12 to 14, help with the after-school program every week during the school year.

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21
Feb

Local auto body shop paints with a greener shade

At Windy’s Collision, owner Jon Philmalee is thinking ahead of the curve.

His auto body shop recently installed a system that will paint cars with a water-based paint, instead of solvent-based paint.

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21
Feb

Byerly’s East Side store closing next month

The East Side Lunds & Byerlys will be closing at the end of the day on March 6. The store appeared to be operating as normal last week but that will change when the going-out-of-business discounts begin Feb. 27. (Mary Lee Hagert/Review)
The property at 1959 Suburban Avenue, which had been the location of Lunds & Byerly’s since 1972, has been purchased by Ha Tien Market, an Asian grocery store and Vietnamese deli.

Store opened in 1971 with chandeliers, carpeted floors

After 45 years of serving the East Side community, the Lunds & Byerlys store will close its doors at the end of the business day on March 6.

Aaron Sorenson, communications manager for Lunds Food Holdings Inc, stated last week that a decline in sales was causing the shuttering of the store at 1965 Suburban Ave.

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21
Feb

Hmong archives getting settled in new home

Potential donors show Marlin Heise an newspaper article they want to add to the Hmong Archives at the East Side Freedom Library. (Marjorie Otto/Review)
Potential donors show Marlin Heise an newspaper article they want to add to the Hmong Archives at the East Side Freedom Library. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

The Hmong Archives has had many homes over the years.

On Feb. 10, the Archives celebrated its relocation to its newest home, the East Side Freedom Library. 

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14
Feb

Payne-Phalen community leader proposes bike lanes

Parking would remain on both sides of Payne Avenue and include bike lanes. (Image courtesy of Eric Saathoff)
Parking would remain on both sides of Payne Avenue and include bike lanes. (Image courtesy of Eric Saathoff)

New lanes could help Payne Ave. businesses
“Within Payne-Phalen, there really aren’t places, safe places, to ride,” said Eric Saathoff, a member of the District 5 Planning Council and Board, and the chair of the District 5 Transportation Committee.
Saathoff is also a bike commuter, who goes back and forth to his job as a teacher at Crossroads Elementary in the Como neighborhood. 

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14
Feb

Two East Side teachers are candidates for Teacher of the Year

The list of 114 candidates for 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award was released Feb. 3. Among them were two East Side teachers, Koua Yang and Juanita Ortiz. 

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14
Feb

China Garden project taking shape

The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department released an architects’ rendering of the future China Garden at Phalen Regional Park, This pavilion is designed to look like the Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, China. (submitted illustration)
The St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department released an architects’ rendering of the future China Garden at Phalen Regional Park, This pavilion is designed to look like the Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, China. (submitted illustration)

Conceptual plans released for Phalen Park amenity
After months of discussions, the proposed China Garden at Phalen Regional Park has begun to take shape, even if it’s still in the blueprint stage.
St. Paul Parks and Recreation and The Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society recently released conceptual plans for the China Garden. According to their press release, the garden will be built in phases, with a goal of starting Phase 1 in 2016. 

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14
Feb

Two East Side teachers are candidates for Teacher of the Year

The list of 114 candidates for 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award was released Feb. 3. Among them were two East Side teachers, Koua Yang and Juanita Ortiz. 

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