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.


Minneapolis considers lower speed limits citywide

It's one of several strategies the city is considering to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from crashes.


Minneapolis mayor offers boost for parks, but leaders say, 'We need more'

Higher levy sought for youth programs; issue now goes to taxation board vote on Sept. 25.


Minneapolis City Council warms to request for more police officers

Mayor Jacob Frey wants 14 new officers; some council members now call for even more.


Northeast Minneapolis neighbors fight off new apartments on popular street

The mixed-use building won't be built on 13th Avenue NE.


Neighborhood group pushing back on more Mpls. control

Residents in the revived Folwell neighborhood association want to show city officials that the groups can rebuild themselves from the ground up –without municipal oversight.


Lake Nokomis beaches reopen after 73 confirmed cases of E. coli illness

A park commissioner says action should be taken to avoid similar closures next year.


Protesters shut down Mpls. meeting over African market in Cedar-Riverside

Mayor Jacob Frey and Council Member Abdi Warsame left shortly after arriving.


Crews unearth riverfront history as part of Water Works project in Mpls.

Downtown Minneapolis plaza will reflect recent, ancient past.


Minneapolis needs to make drastic cuts to natural gas emissions

Boosting building efficiency could be one way to trim natural gas use.


Mpls., St. Paul can commiserate on one shared burden: annual property tax hikes

As the cost of running a city rises, so too must property taxes, city leaders say — despite billions of dollars in new development in the core of the Twin Cities.