Eric Roper | Star Tribune
Reporter | Twin Cities

A native of New York City, Roper lives in south Minneapolis with his partner and their cat, George. He is interested in the hidden systems that make urban life possible, as well as Minneapolis history. Roper is a graduate of the George Washington University and was named "Young Journalist of the Year" by the Society of Professional Journalists' Minnesota chapter in 2013. In his spare time, he is an amateur woodworker who enjoys learning new furniture making skills.

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Stench along Mississippi generates complaints.

Big-box stores in Minnesota fight for lower tax bills

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Railroad's objection throws future of Bottineau light rail in doubt

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Denny Hecker released after serving 7 years for fraud

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