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.


Mpls. Park Board president: 'Not going to be large gatherings'

Alarmed by the numbers gathering at the most popular lakes and trails, parks leaders doubled down on their call for people to spread out and visit smaller neighborhood parks instead. They say doing so could head off more drastic action, such as closing parks altogether.


Motorcyclist killed in crash north of Mankato

The driver's identity has not been released.


Corner stores play essential role as Minnesotans cope with virus

Operators scramble to keep supplies coming and their employees safe.


Skyways in Minneapolis, Duluth are cutting hours or closing altogether

Minneapolis' skyways are owned by each building, and as a result have different hours of operation.


Ginger Hop, beloved club Honey permanently closing in Mpls. amid pandemic

Honey and Ginger Hop were open just outside downtown Minneapolis for more than 10 years.


Minneapolis to close some parkways so runners, walkers can spread out

The Park Board is expecting to close other parkways, but hasn't said which ones.


Google Hangouts, virtual happy hours: Minnesotans find ways to connect

From Google Hangouts to alley parties, friends and family are staying connected in creative ways.


Livestreams, Google hangouts and alley parties: How Minnesotans are keeping their distance during coronavirus

Despite social distancing, we need to maintain our links with others.


It's too close for comfort on wildly popular Minneapolis park paths

Park Board echoes health advice: Enjoy nature, but stay 6 feet apart.


A forlorn St. Patrick's Day reveler, missing benches, empty plazas: Scenes from downtown Minneapolis

Some people were still working, but mostly, downtown is becoming deserted.