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Miguel Otárola

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Miguel covers Bloomington, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Richfield and St. Louis Park and also reports on Latino and immigration issues. He's a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
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Apartment complex opens in Hopkins exclusively for those with less

Apartment complex opens in Hopkins exclusively for those with less

The Oxford Village is open to those who make less than 60 percent of the area income.
Cities across Minnesota begin to tackle tobacco regulations

Cities across Minnesota begin to tackle tobacco regulations

Restricting sales has run into economic issues and stout lobbying pressure.
Immigration advocates ask Hennepin County Board for legal aid for inmates facing deportation

Immigration advocates ask Hennepin County Board for legal aid for inmates facing deportation

Many are critical of the Sheriff's Office's relationship with ICE.

Woman dies in house fire off W. Seventh in St. Paul

It was the second fire-related death in St. Paul in 2017.

Overnight gunfire wounds four in north Minneapolis

A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition. No one has been arrested, police said.
Minnesota loses bid for 2023 World's Fair; Argentina wins instead

Minnesota loses bid for 2023 World's Fair; Argentina wins instead

City officials may decide to turn back the former farm acreage, which it had agreed to purchase, to the family that owns it.
Minnesota's team gears up for World's Fair decision vote

Minnesota's team gears up for World's Fair decision vote

The Twin Cities is one of three worldwide finalists to host Expo 2023, to be decided by vote Wednesday in Paris.
After 3 years, Minnetonka burial mound restoration reaches completion

After 3 years, Minnetonka burial mound restoration reaches completion

Cooperation helps to heal wounds over cultural site.

In west metro, newcomers step in to win municipal seats

The west metro saw various political newcomers take municipal leadership roles and one nail-biting race after polls closed, with all precincts reporting by Tuesday night.…

Swastikas, anti-Arab markings investigated at Macalester

The vandalism isn't the first of its kind at the St. Paul college.
Foster care conversation brings all parties together

Foster care conversation brings all parties together

200 people gathered in St. Paul for the two-day parenting workshop.
Eden Prairie, home of Vikings for 36 years, bids team farewell

Eden Prairie, home of Vikings for 36 years, bids team farewell

Eden Prairie bid an official farewell Monday to the Minnesota Vikings, the team that has called the city its off-field home for 36 years.
After news of reprimand for 'intimidation,' St. Paul fire chief steps down

After news of reprimand for 'intimidation,' St. Paul fire chief steps down

The announcement comes just days after it was made public that Tim Butler was reprimanded by the city in 2016 for retaliating against an employee.

One dead in early-morning St. Paul shooting

A man was shot and killed early Saturday in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood, according to police. No one has been arrested, according to police spokesman…
Former tenants of Crossroads apartments in Richfield reach $650K settlement

Former tenants of Crossroads apartments in Richfield reach $650K settlement

The settlement is the largest of its kind in the nation, housing advocates say.
Edina rejects height change for residential towers project

Edina rejects height change for residential towers project

Residents fear $250 million high-rises near Galleria would overshadow them.
Two months after explosion, Bloomington mosque leaders desperate for justice

Two months after explosion, Bloomington mosque leaders desperate for justice

There has yet to be an arrest in the Aug. 5 blast that destroyed part of the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington.
Charge of 'political indoctrination' heats up Edina school board race

Charge of 'political indoctrination' heats up Edina school board race

An article in Thinking Minnesota, a magazine produced by the Center of the American Experiment, became the focus of a recent candidate forum.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Nekima Levy-Pounds' run born in Fourth Precinct protest

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Nekima Levy-Pounds' run born in Fourth Precinct protest

Levy-Pounds has hammered on the theme of police reform and demanded greater racial equity.

Officials identify man who died in Minneapolis apartment blaze Friday night

Royce Wayne James jumped from his window and died. Suspect arrested.
Historical societies in the suburbs offer so much more than just history

Historical societies in the suburbs offer so much more than just history

Historical societies in the west metro area long have served as go-to places to learn about a city's past and connect with local resources. Now several are taking steps to get more exposure and attract greater audiences.
Suspect arrested in wake of fatal Minneapolis apartment fire

Suspect arrested in wake of fatal Minneapolis apartment fire

A suspect has been arrested in connection with an arson fire late Friday at a Minneapolis apartment building that led to the death of a man who jumped from a third-story window, authorities said Saturday.
Volunteers gather to fix up St. Louis Park baseball fields

Volunteers gather to fix up St. Louis Park baseball fields

This was the eighth annual partnership between the Twins and Toro Company.
Hopkins candidate says light rail would bring 'ethnics' and 'riff raff'

Hopkins candidate says light rail would bring 'ethnics' and 'riff raff'

The clip is circulating online and drawing a strong reaction.
After Lowry Grove mobile home park closes, residents face unknowns

After Lowry Grove mobile home park closes, residents face unknowns

Lowry Grove families say they're haunted by worries about their former neighbors.
Minnesota officers volunteer to help with Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico

Minnesota officers volunteer to help with Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico

15 Minnesota volunteers, all Spanish-speaking, hope to fly to the damaged island to aid relief efforts on Monday.
After significant tweaks, Minnetonka approves 49-unit affordable housing complex

After significant tweaks, Minnetonka approves 49-unit affordable housing complex

Council members said the project foreshadows future development in the suburb.
Apartments evacuated after car crashes into Loring Park bar

Apartments evacuated after car crashes into Loring Park bar

Vehicle struck a Loring Park bar, forcing nearby residents out of homes.

At Code Switch, techies tackle social justice

First day of Code Switch event draws hundreds to St. Paul.
Bloomington buying farm near MOA for $32M for World's Fair

Bloomington buying farm near MOA for $32M for World's Fair

The 59-acre property, the last farm in the suburb, has been owned by the same family since 1932. Bloomington hopes it will become the site for the 2023 World's Fair.
Edina approves disputed park and creek restoration plan

Edina approves disputed park and creek restoration plan

The plan was denounced for months by "Save the Waterfall," a neighborhood group.
Cyclist struck by Metro Transit bus in Mpls. dies days later

Cyclist struck by Metro Transit bus in Mpls. dies days later

Friends confirmed Michael Williams' death on social media this week.
How a Minnesota program could become the new standard in crisis intervention training

How a Minnesota program could become the new standard in crisis intervention training

One-day class is designed to be more affordable and accessible.
A final tribute as fallen Wayzata police officer is taken to his rest

A final tribute as fallen Wayzata police officer is taken to his rest

Members of the public lined roads in Plymouth and Wayzata on Thursday to pay their respects and bid farewell to Wayzata police officer William Mathews, killed last week by a motorist who struck him while he was clearing debris from a highway.

Two stabbed in Lake Elmo neighborhood; suspect arrested

The two victims suffered noncritical injuries.

Man found shot to death in vehicle near I-35W in south Minneapolis

A witness had called 911 to report that a vehicle crashed into an Interstate 35W sound wall near the 4500 block of Stevens Avenue S.
Wayzata officer struck, killed while clearing Hwy. 12 debris

Wayzata officer struck, killed while clearing Hwy. 12 debris

A car hit officer William Mathews, who had pulled over to the side of the eastbound highway to clear the road. The driver stopped and was cooperating but has been booked into jail.
Rick Stafford, former DFL chair and party activist, dies at 65

Rick Stafford, former DFL chair and party activist, dies at 65

Stafford was the first openly gay person to lead a state political party in the country.
Months later, Edina residents argue for or against Arden Park renovation

Months later, Edina residents argue for or against Arden Park renovation

Project would remove a fishing hole and affect all of Minnehaha Creek.
3 injured when bus, limousine collide in downtown Minneapolis

3 injured when bus, limousine collide in downtown Minneapolis

A vehicle driver, bus passenger and the bus driver were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
After almost 40 years, man who helped bring MOA to Bloomington retires

After almost 40 years, man who helped bring MOA to Bloomington retires

"I was convinced that this was something we should do," Larry Lee remembers. "All I needed to do was say, 'This is important.' "
Senses, fairgrounds come alive on Minnesota State Fair's opening day

Senses, fairgrounds come alive on Minnesota State Fair's opening day

The huge crowd was treated to beautiful weather among other high notes on the first day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

St. Paul police discover pipe bomb inside suspects' vehicle

The two men inside the vehicle have been arrested, police say.
Edina's Morningside neighborhood braces for inevitable change

Edina's Morningside neighborhood braces for inevitable change

Anticipated redevelopment at France and 44th has residents debating the area's identity and future.
Sheriff Stanek's absence at Mpls. forum on incarceration, immigration upsets activists

Sheriff Stanek's absence at Mpls. forum on incarceration, immigration upsets activists

The Hennepin County sheriff's absence drew strong words at the event, held at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
Once homeless, young adults settle in at new apartment complex in Edina

Once homeless, young adults settle in at new apartment complex in Edina

A new supportive housing complex is the first of its kind in the west metro.
GOP state representative announces run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar

GOP state representative announces run against U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar

The Becker Republican legislator made the announcement the 15 months before the midterm election.
Bloomington, St. Louis Park prepare for City Council primary elections

Bloomington, St. Louis Park prepare for City Council primary elections

This will be St. Louis Park's last municipal primary election.
Work to move gas meter is focus after deadly blast at Minnehaha Academy

Work to move gas meter is focus after deadly blast at Minnehaha Academy

Fire officials are looking at whether workers turned off gas inside the building, rather than the street, ahead of the explosion at Minnehaha Academy. School officials said classes won't start until Sept. 5.
Hours after gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy, second body is found

Hours after gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy, second body is found

The discovery came hours after the explosion at the academy's upper school. Two died in the blast; nine were injured and went to HCMC. They were remembered at a prayer service.
Twin Cities neighbors, police take a step toward harmony

Twin Cities neighbors, police take a step toward harmony

National Night Out, promoting partnerships between communities and police, was a welcome respite amid tragedy and a growing gulf.
Mendota Heights police ID suspect wanted in homicide after body found, search

Mendota Heights police ID suspect wanted in homicide after body found, search

Police said they believe the suspect, who fled after running inside the White Pine Senior Living facility, is armed and dangerous.
Mall of America shuts down amusement ride after Ohio fair death

Mall of America shuts down amusement ride after Ohio fair death

Mall officials said they did not know when the ride will reopen.
Richfield City Council approves construction of long-awaited band shell

Richfield City Council approves construction of long-awaited band shell

Residents raised more than $200,000 to go toward construction.
Bus rider killed in fiery St. Paul crash is ID'd; car driver arrested

Bus rider killed in fiery St. Paul crash is ID'd; car driver arrested

Police on Saturday identified the 26-year-old Minneapolis driver who smashed into a Metro Transit bus Friday evening in St. Paul, slicing through it and leaving one bus rider dead.
Rep. Keith Ellison introduces bill supporting mobile home parks

Rep. Keith Ellison introduces bill supporting mobile home parks

He introduces bill to protect the parks where residents live and to give them 'a fighting chance.'
Back in spotlight, Bachmann praises Trump, addresses police shooting

Back in spotlight, Bachmann praises Trump, addresses police shooting

The ex-congresswoman was the featured speaker in Waconia at a forum for Republican candidates for Minnesota governor.
Edina considers resuming passenger rail service that ended 75 years ago

Edina considers resuming passenger rail service that ended 75 years ago

In a policy U-turn, the suburb will hold a public hearing to gauge interest.
St. Louis Park is second Minn. city to raise tobacco sales age

St. Louis Park is second Minn. city to raise tobacco sales age

St. Louis Park's action follows in the footsteps of neighboring Edina.
As mobile home parks close, attention turns to how to protect them

As mobile home parks close, attention turns to how to protect them

Half of Hennepin County's mobile home parks have closed since 1991

Two arrested in connection with possible fentanyl overdoses in Minn.

Investigators found more than 19 grams of the opioid at a home in Becker.
Edina police hope arrest ends 'one-man crime spree' that targeted unlocked doors

Edina police hope arrest ends 'one-man crime spree' that targeted unlocked doors

After Edina's biggest string of burglaries in recent memory, suburban police officials urge their residents to secure their cars and homes.
In Lowry Grove's final hours, neighbors band together

In Lowry Grove's final hours, neighbors band together

The St. Anthony park closed Friday, more than a year after it was sold.

3 injured, one critically, in early shootings in Uptown Minneapolis

Police are searching for the suspect or suspects who shot three people near Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood early Saturday, leaving one in critical condition.
Lowry Grove residents race for exits ahead of midnight deadline

Lowry Grove residents race for exits ahead of midnight deadline

Residents must leave the St. Anthony mobile home park before July 1.
St. Louis Park poised to become 2nd city in state to raise tobacco sales age to 21

St. Louis Park poised to become 2nd city in state to raise tobacco sales age to 21

The move follows that of neighboring suburb Edina, which approved the increase last month.
Richard Caire, rock 'n' roll musician known as Kai-Ray, dies at 81

Richard Caire, rock 'n' roll musician known as Kai-Ray, dies at 81

Caire, known as Tony to his friends and Kai-Ray (a play on his surname) to his fans, was there first. A guitarist and songwriter who inspired local legends such as the Trashmen, Caire died June 2 at his home in Farmington. He was 81.

St. Louis Park picks new community development director

St. Louis Park officials last week selected Karen Barton to become the city’s new community development director. Barton, now the assistant community development director for…

Three injured in Little Canada overnight shooting

The suspect is in custody.
After rally by Philando Castile supporters in St. Paul, marchers hit I-94 and arrests follow

After rally by Philando Castile supporters in St. Paul, marchers hit I-94 and arrests follow

Protesters' grief, anger spill over onto I-94
Mall of America's writer aims to turn poems into performance

Mall of America's writer aims to turn poems into performance

"I'm used to writing in very weird contexts," said Brian Sonia-Wallace, the MOA's first writer in residence.
The prize for being good students? A day spent fishing in Lake Minnetonka

The prize for being good students? A day spent fishing in Lake Minnetonka

Police chief's dad started the outing in the 1980s.
Fights break out, 7 arrested at dueling rallies at State Capitol

Fights break out, 7 arrested at dueling rallies at State Capitol

Seven people were arrested after scuffles broke out between counterprotesters and some members of a group that believes sharia law is a threat to America.
Once feared left for dead, St. Louis Park community garden comes back to life

Once feared left for dead, St. Louis Park community garden comes back to life

The garden, a homegrown treasure of the Birchwood neighborhood, has been fallow since 2014.
TPT documentary covers tenant displacement in Twin Cities suburbs

TPT documentary covers tenant displacement in Twin Cities suburbs

On this weekend, it dives into displaced tenants of affordable housing.
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