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.


Park Board votes unanimously to end working with police in Minneapolis

It was the latest partner to pull out of relationships with the embattled department, joining the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, museums and a host of other venues.


'Fire, fire, fire': Night of terror in Minneapolis as calls to 911 don't deliver help

Neighborhoods around Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue became a focal point as groups of protesters converged on the Fifth Precinct station.


Latest: Firefighters rush to contain blaze at Cedar-Riverside pawnshop

More businesses vandalized, looted overnight in wake of George Floyd death during arrest.


Mpls. small-business owners pick up pieces after night of destruction

"COVID didn't close me, but this is going to close me," says one shop owner.


Minneapolis back on top in ranking of best parks system; St. Paul is No. 3

The annual ranking by the Trust for Public Land restored Minneapolis' bragging rights.


Open Streets Minneapolis events canceled in June and July

Organizers are considering rescheduling some of those events for October.


Bde Maka Ska name stays, Minnesota Supreme Court says

The ruling that the Minnesota DNR has the authority to rename the lake caps a yearslong dispute over the popular Minneapolis lake and reverses a decision from the Court of Appeals last spring.


Masks pose a new problem for Minnesota's deaf and hard of hearing

Masks muffle voices and make reading lips impossible for folks who "already feel isolated at times."


Third DFL incumbent blasts party endorsement process after losing

A third Democratic state legislator is questioning his party’s endorsement process after losing his bid for the DFL’s backing to a primary challenger. State Sen.…


Officials seek to contain growing Camp Quarantine in south Mpls.

Citing urgent public health concerns, Metro Transit authorities are moving to contain the spread of a large and growing homeless encampment near the light-rail line in south Minneapolis.