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 objecting to reporters, Minneapolis advisory committee will be educated on Open Meeting Law

Reporters were asked not to record or photograph during a meeting.


Dispute at Minneapolis meeting sparks concern Open Meeting Law violated

The City Council appointed the committee made up mostly of residents from north and northeast Minneapolis to help guide the redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal.


Minneapolis must spend more on neighborhoods to make them racially equitable, analysis shows

Funding might be found by renewing tax district, council member says


Appeals court: City of Minneapolis can't operate Commons park

The Park Board has run the downtown park since an initial ruling last year.


As snow turns to ice, Minneapolis residents want more done on sidewalks

Residents take to social media to call out scofflaws and urge more enforcement.


After lengthy process, Minneapolis' ECCO neighborhood renamed as ... ECCO

But now it doesn't stand for anything.


Minneapolis Park Board selects new president for 2020

Three abstained from the vote won by Jono Cowgill, 31.


Minneapolis may get a new drive-through despite recent ban

Owner submitted plan before city banned any new drive-throughs.


Chisago County authorities seek father after abducted 6-month-old is found safe

The father, who does not have custodial rights, is armed with knives, according to deputies.


Experts urge caution when going out on frozen lakes

After a string of above-freezing days in the Twin Cities, experts are urging lake visitors to take precautions before driving or stepping out on the…