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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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Ice, flurries and freezing rain headed toward Twin Cities

Ice, flurries and freezing rain headed toward Twin Cities

Along with some snow, we'll get rain, slop and ice.
Edina's drunken-driving arrest rate shows focus on state highways

Edina's drunken-driving arrest rate shows focus on state highways

The suburb, with a dedicated enforcement officer, focuses on freeways that carry most traffic.
Tracking Edina's DWI arrest rates

Tracking Edina's DWI arrest rates

Edina Police Department has higher rates of DWI arrests than many other Minnesota law enforcement agencies.
Section of Minneapolis' Riverside Park to be renamed after long-serving commissioner

Section of Minneapolis' Riverside Park to be renamed after long-serving commissioner

Board may name entire park after Annie Young, who died last month.
Rooftop dining in Edina, now prohibited, may be allowed again

Rooftop dining in Edina, now prohibited, may be allowed again

Under a proposal, it could become an option for any restaurant in the city's commercial districts.
Get ready for the coldest Super Bowl Sunday in history

Get ready for the coldest Super Bowl Sunday in history

Windchills could drop to -30 degrees Sunday morning.
Mall of America's 'functionally obsolete' transit station to be renovated after Super Bowl

Mall of America's 'functionally obsolete' transit station to be renovated after Super Bowl

The $25 million renovation at Mall of America has been waiting for funding.
Satirical Robbinsdale tourism video costs student his seasonal job

Satirical Robbinsdale tourism video costs student his seasonal job

His "Tour of Fabulous Robbinsdale!" wasn't funny to city officials.
Allegedly drunken snowmobiler hits family on Minn. lake; boy critically hurt

Allegedly drunken snowmobiler hits family on Minn. lake; boy critically hurt

The snowmobiler was speeding, one witness said, before he hit a pickup truck and a portable icehouse.
Displaced tenants get $290K in Richfield housing dispute

Displaced tenants get $290K in Richfield housing dispute

In addition to payout, judge forced company to change policies, teach employees about Fair Housing Act.

Low-flying helicopter to measure radiation levels during Super Bowl festivities

A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter is expected to take measurements around Minneapolis from Monday to Feb. 5, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Bloomington mosque celebrates 'amazing' renovation in wake of bombing

Bloomington mosque celebrates 'amazing' renovation in wake of bombing

Six months after bombing, it welcomed all in to see the 'amazing' new space.
In Edina, claims of racism bring action

In Edina, claims of racism bring action

With Edina in a harsh spotlight, residents offer their take on bias and inequities.

18-year-old man dies in shooting in Stillwater

Police have detained one man as a person of interest.
For 45 years, the Allstadts have run the 'Nordstrom of the vacuum world' in Bloomington

For 45 years, the Allstadts have run the 'Nordstrom of the vacuum world' in Bloomington

The longevity of Al's Vacuum is a product of careful risk taking and loyal support from the community, they say.
'So much left undone': MLK Day events look to King's legacy to build future dreams

'So much left undone': MLK Day events look to King's legacy to build future dreams

Speakers in Minneapolis, and later in the morning at a celebration of King's birthday organized by Gov. Mark Dayton's office in St. Paul, echoed his message of honesty, unity and hope for racial progress and equality.
St. Louis Park students look to build 'Nest' for themselves as a place to decompress

St. Louis Park students look to build 'Nest' for themselves as a place to decompress

St. Louis Park students raise funds for a coffee shop away from school.
Large bridge goes up on Nicollet Mall for Super Bowl

Large bridge goes up on Nicollet Mall for Super Bowl

The bridge is used during the American Birkebeiner ski race in Hayward, Wis.
Aitkin County missing since November returns home

Aitkin County missing since November returns home

Alexis Elling, 16, had been last seen at home in November.
Watch St. Paul's new mayor lead the moves at his inaugural ball

Watch St. Paul's new mayor lead the moves at his inaugural ball

Mayor Melvin Carter, dressed in a black tuxedo, steps with his friends to Das EFX's "Mic Checka (Remix)" while others surround and cheer them on.
Arnellia Allen, who welcomed all to her namesake club in St. Paul, dies at 79

Arnellia Allen, who welcomed all to her namesake club in St. Paul, dies at 79

A fixture of the live music scene in the Twin Cities, Allen died Thursday from ovarian cancer.
Ranked-choice voting in St. Louis Park? Some are making the push

Ranked-choice voting in St. Louis Park? Some are making the push

The city's Charter Commission could make a recommendation to the council early next year.

More than 260 crashes on icy Minnesota roads in past 24 hours

Minnesota State Patrol reminded drivers to slow down, be cautious.

Hennepin County scraps relocation of courtrooms from Edina to Bloomington

When Southdale facility closes, some residents will be directed downtown.
Seven years after his 'miracle,' Kenyan boy returns to Minnesota

Seven years after his 'miracle,' Kenyan boy returns to Minnesota

Moses Mwaura first came to the Twin Cities for life-changing surgery that straightened his crossed eyes and corrected his vision.
I-694 in Oakdale reopens to traffic after week of detours

I-694 in Oakdale reopens to traffic after week of detours

Highway was closed to traffic for almost a week following a massive water main break.
Bloomington to reject all building proposals for Hyland Greens Golf Course

Bloomington to reject all building proposals for Hyland Greens Golf Course

The city was looking to sell a portion of property for development.
Bloomington to negotiate new deal for proposed World Expo site

Bloomington to negotiate new deal for proposed World Expo site

City was to pay $32M for farm but bid for 2023 event failed.
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.
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