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.


Man, 75, killed in Metro Transit bus attack is identified

The Minneapolis man died almost a week after the attack.


St. Louis County courthouse in Virginia, Minn., evacuated following bomb threat

Authorities did not find an explosive inside the building.


U professor who pleaded guilty to domestic assault resigns

Aaron Doering, 48, pleaded guilty to choking his fiancée in 2018.


Minneapolis looks to improve access to composting in order to reduce waste

City plans to go through some trash to make sure it's being sorted right.


Rising to Court of Appeals, Susan Segal looks back on tenure as Minneapolis city attorney

Minneapolis' legal counsel to join state appeals court.


Minneapolis moves forward by allowing triplexes citywide

The City Council sets first part of 2040 plan in motion, eliminating single-family zoning.


Minneapolis mayor nominates Erik Nilsson as interim city attorney

In an interview, Nilsson said he was "enthusiastic and excited" about the interim job.


Claim of pesticide dumping near Lake Harriet being investigated

Hundreds of park visitors, volunteers and wildlife were potentially exposed to the pesticides around Lake Harriet, including a frog discovered with mutations.


Minneapolis tries again to set nickel fee on plastic, paper bags

The Legislature blocked the city's efforts to ban plastic bags in 2017.


Minneapolis parks budget seeks service cuts, new fees in order to boost youth programming funding

The Park Board's 2020 budget reflects "constraints of the maximum tax levy" set by the city Board of Estimate and Taxation, Superintendent Al Bangoura said.