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.


Surge of new apartments raises fears of a changing northeast Mpls.

St. Anthony West, a quiet area with modest homes, is growing more densely populated.


Electric scooters will be available in Minneapolis parks under new agreement

Companies previously weren't allowed to leave vehicles on park property.


Minneapolis leaders announce plan for new East African market in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

A developer for the "destination place" will be selected by year's end.


Thor Cos. out as partner in Minneapolis riverfront development

The firm shut down its construction arm amid lawsuits and other issues.


'There is no safe space,' Latinos say, as threats of ICE raids linger

Business is down in a thriving immigrant hub in Minneapolis and residents are on high alert as President Trump steps up his threat of deportations.


Mpls. landlords are ramping up campaign vs. ordinances; pushback follows

Other groups are posting fliers around the city in an attempt to counter the Minnesota Multi Housing Association's efforts.


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.