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Suburban Reporter

Miguel Otárola is a metro reporter for the Star Tribune. He covers Minneapolis' western suburbs during the week and breaking news on weekends. He also writes about immigration and music on occasion.

Otárola moved to Minneapolis in 2016. Born in Chile and raised in Arizona, he graduated with a master's in communication from Arizona State University. He is obsessed with music, listening to and reading about music from across the spectrum, digging at local record stores and writing a music newsletter. He is the proud caretaker of a black cat named James Blake.


On Adoption Day, Twin Cities parents and kids celebrate new families

Almost 40 children were adopted by more than 20 families in Minneapolis. More got new families in Ramsey County.


Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan likely to pass, council members say

Even opponents concede there are enough votes to pass proposal at Dec. 7 City Council meeting.


Minneapolis neighbors gather for latest chance to weigh in on 2040 Comprehensive Plan

The public hearing held by the City Council, among the final steps in a contentious process, went on for nearly five hours.


Shakopee police kill person they say pointed gun at officer

A Shakopee police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at the officer who was responding to a fire alarm late Friday,…


From Richfield to Anoka, women of color made history in this year's election

Newly elected leaders bring diverse voices, backgrounds and experience to local offices.


'A clean slate': Hutchinson claims victory over Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek

Hutchinson leads vote, but Stanek not conceding


Dave Hutchinson narrowly leads Rich Stanek in race for Hennepin sheriff

A historic election was seen Tuesday night in Hennepin County, where residents elected their first commissioners of color and a first-time candidate was leading in a bid to unseat Sheriff Rich Stanek.


Mike Freeman holds on to Hennepin County Attorney's office in tight race

Mike Freeman was re-elected as Hennepin County attorney, besting his…


Richfield elects Maria Regan Gonzalez, the first Latina mayor in the state

Regan Gonzalez, 33, ran unopposed after incumbent Pat Elliott announced he wouldn't seek re-election this year.


Minneapolis gets tougher on sidewalk snow removal, may take it over

It steps up enforcement and weighs taking on the job.