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.


Jamal Osman, Minneapolis' newest council member, seeks to move past turbulent start

Osman won a special election in August that was quickly dragged into national politics.


Lawsuit seeks end to clearing of homeless encampments in Minneapolis

Plaintiffs say Minneapolis, county violated rights.


Twin Cities voters flock to early voting centers in huge numbers

The votes accepted to date have surpassed the total number of early voters in the 2016 presidential election by more than 234,600, according to the secretary of state.


After summer in Minneapolis parks, homeless seek other spaces for winter

As tents come down at one Northeast park, a hotel and a church are getting ready.


Mpls. Park Board abandons plan to change park police uniforms to green

The board had requested changing to green uniforms to separate park police from the Minneapolis Police Department.


Police, cameras on Nicollet Mall help fight 'challenging behavior'

Business leaders and police hope new efforts will help rein in bad behavior and intoxication in desolate downtown. "The hope is to calm things down on Nicollet and restore a sense of confidence," Steve Cramer says.


Bill Savran, Savran's Paperback Shop owner, dies at 84

At the height of the countercultural movement, Savran’s Paperback Shop was the place to be in Minneapolis. The bookstore was nestled in the corner of…


Trump seizes on conservative group's claim of fraud in Minneapolis election

Looking at "harvesting" allegation in council election would fall to MPD, Hennepin County.


Months after riots, volunteers seek changes to help homeless

Those who identify with the Sanctuary Movement are calling on the state to stop clearing encampments and use COVID funding to house more people in hotels during the winter.


Fines, fees, fear: Mpls. neighbors decry 'harassing' homeowners association

The Heritage Park homeowners association has filed liens and foreclosure actions on homeowners who fail to pay fees and other costs on time, even during the coronavirus pandemic.