Miguel Otárola | Star Tribune
Reporter | Minneapolis City Hall

Miguel Otárola is a reporter covering Minneapolis City Hall for the Star Tribune. He previously covered Minneapolis' western suburbs and breaking news. 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.


Park officials announce Mississippi River overlook in north Minneapolis

The overlook will be the first new access to the river for the North Side in almost 20 years.


Bde Maka Ska pavilion won't be rebuilt until '21, Park Board says

In the meantime, Lola on the Lake is serving from a food truck near the site on weekends.


As Marla's closes doors, Minneapolis residents protest gentrification

Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine drew people in with slow-cooked meals, warm hospitality and tingling spices. The south Minneapolis restaurant was featured on food shows, including the…


Mpls. has work to do on sidewalk snow removal, officials say

Most households inspected by the city during a pilot program last winter shoveled their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowstorm. But council members and pedestrians say the city still has work to do.


Virginia Beach shooting sparks call for more security at Mpls. City Hall

After Virginia Beach shootings, council member calls for guarded entries, other changes.


Challenges to home valuations surge in Minneapolis

Minneapolis assessor's office overrun with rise in homeowners' requests.


Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey nominates Kim Keller to stay on as regulatory services head

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey nominated Kim Keller to stay on as the official overseeing the city’s inspection and regulatory agency after she stepped into the…


Is it Bde Maka Ska or Lake Calhoun? Official name of Mpls. lake still unsettled

The state lacks authority to restore the Dakota name. But that's only part of the story.


Bde Maka Ska pavilion is razed; man in video called a suspect

As the fire investigation continues, the man in the video has not been arrested, and the woman caught on camera is not considered a suspect, police said.


CAIR files complaint against Minneapolis Park Board over 2018 police incident

The group wants details after four Somali-American teens were handcuffed by park police at Minnehaha Park last year.