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.


Missing from Hennepin Avenue overhaul: Somewhere to sit

Some worry that a lack of benches will punish pedestrians and the homeless.


Fight to make Mpls. streets safer revolves around Lyndale

Demonstrators have clamored for safety improvements on Lyndale, protesting with signs that say "Safe Streets For All" and "#FixLyndale." Members of a new campaign called Safe Streets Save Lives say they plan to protest each month until more changes are made to the street.


No-shows force cancellation of second Mpls. Park Board meeting this year

Some see the absences as petty politics surrounding the new board president.


New lease gives Mpls. parks superintendent full use of Wirth Home

The new lease limits public access to the historic home, while Superintendent Al Bangoura will pay more in rent.


Architect and educator Janis Skujins dies at age 79

Skujins was also a prominent member of the Twin Cities' Latvian community. His family fled during World War II and Soviet occupation.


Lyn-Lake businesses balk at Minneapolis' plan to redevelop parking lot

The city built the lot in the late 1990s to benefit businesses. Some say they still need it.


Minneapolis downtown population jumps above 50,000 for first time

The population boom in the city center has accompanied a surge in apartment construction.


African market still a go, Minneapolis mayor says

An outgoing City Council member had a re-election pledge to build the mall.


Minneapolis orders shutdown of mushroom farm for code violations

Minneapolis gave farm a month to cease operations after finding it violated its zoning, its owner says.


Minneapolis parks superintendent seeks full use of Wirth Home

Al Bangoura said Park Board must decide whether home is residence or museum.