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.


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.


Mpls. council members object to relocating Third Precinct station to nearby warehouse

The council was set to vote on the lease last month but allowed more time to gather public opinion.


Mpls. officials, community members at impasse over reopening 38th and Chicago

The people who occupy the space say the city needs to agree on their calls for this struggling area of south Minneapolis.


Hiawatha Av. homeless camp returns, bringing a call to action

The Wall of Forgotten Natives had grown to several hundred occupants before it was disbanded two years ago. Now more than 40 tents have reappeared.


One dead, two injured in Brooklyn Park shooting, police say

This is the second shooting reported in the Minneapolis suburb in two days.


One dead, one injured in shooting in rural Long Prairie, Minn., officials say

Authorities believe the shooting was related to a drug transaction.


934 more COVID-19 confirmed cases, 2 more deaths in Minnesota

There are now a total of 75,189 coronavirus cases confirmed by the state.


Despite outcry, Londel French still sees parks as a refuge for homeless

Commissioner says it was right to offer them a refuge in Minneapolis parks.