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.


After criticism, Minneapolis eases proposed rules for neighborhood groups

Hundreds commented on Mpls. plan to cut funds to neighborhood groups that didn't diversify on time.


Green light given to $444,000 restoration of Lake Nokomis' shoreline

Seeding of native plants is likely to begin in summer, end by fall.


Minneapolis approves use of tax subsidies for market-rate housing

Four council members voted against using public financing for the Seward complex.


Trump cites Minnesota economy as he touts tax cuts

Trump recited a number of GOP selling points for the tax cuts, which Democrats opposed for conferring most of its benefits on the wealthy and large corporations.


Minneapolis looks for safer, more vibrant Hennepin Avenue via reconstruction

One of downtown's main drags is due for a major renovation.


Tobacco shops in Minneapolis doubled after menthol restrictions enacted, report finds

The City Council is now considering other restrictions once ban on new shops ends this summer.


Minneapolis' first pump track coming to North Side park

Riders use upper- and lower-body strength, not pedals, to move along the track.


Minneapolis looking to move hundreds of public-housing properties under nonprofit

The cost of maintaining single-family homes is far outpacing what the federal government is providing the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.


Minneapolis, Hennepin County unveil new strategies for tackling opioid epidemic

The sweeping recommendations would help deal with a "public health emergency and epidemic," Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said.


Sale of Mpls. park land for Islamic center still possible, Park Board says

Mpls. Park Board told the center's supporters that a deal is still possible.