Miguel Otárola | Star Tribune
Suburban Reporter

Miguel Otárola is a metro reporter for the Star Tribune. He covers Minneapolis' western suburbs during the week and breaking news on weekends. 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.


Quiet reception for proposed development in Linden Hills

Development plans in the commercial district have previously caused strife.


David Shove, poet and curator of Minneapolis reading series, dies at 81

The curator of the Midstream Reading Series died of a heart attack on Dec. 31, shortly after moving into a senior living community.


Coffee shop is a safe and fun gathering spot for St. Louis Park students

High school students wanted their own place to socialize, study and destress. So they created one.


Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz charged with perjury

He is accused of falsifying evidence in an effort to get a 2016 suit dismissed.


Colossal Great Seal sculpture to rise again in Minneapolis

Put into storage in 1988, the seal is to be displayed in the lobby of a new municipal office building.


Lawsuit: High-rise would block view from Witch's Hat tower in Minneapolis

A group wants to stop construction of a condominium near the landmark.


After plea from Gov. Dayton, Garth Brooks says he's in favor of a second Minneapolis show

Tickets for the country megastar's May 4 concert at U.S. Bank Stadium sold out within an hour Friday.


Crews to repair areas of Minnehaha Creek damaged by historic flooding

Historic flooding in 2014 eroded stream banks and ruined trails and habitat.


Minnesota certifies first black-led cooperative credit union

Village Financial aims to stop predatory lending, support black businesses.


Hennepin County Board approves 2019 budget after lengthy protest

Dozens in Hennepin County disrupt meeting, demand an end to technical parole violations.