Eric Roper | Star Tribune
Reporter | Twin Cities

Eric Roper is a metro reporter covering urban affairs in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Since joining the Star Tribune in 2009, he has covered the city of Minneapolis, the state Legislature and Congress for the paper. 

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.


Intense competition for Twin Cities houses attracts flippers

By one estimate, investors accounted for nearly 10% of all Twin Cities purchases last year. But it's taking more work to make it happen.


'Cookie jar' e-mail inflames debate over Minnesota cities' permit fees

Builders say message is proof that cities are overcharging them.


Dr. Helmut Diefenthal, who brought crucial medical expertise to Tanzania, dies at 95

The German-born physician launched a pioneering radiology training program and worked to expand access to radiology in the region.


Mpls., St. Paul can commiserate on one shared burden: annual property tax hikes

As the cost of running a city rises, so too must property taxes, city leaders say — despite billions of dollars in new development in the core of the Twin Cities.


Builders say cities are overcharging for permits

New report shows wide gap between fee revenue, costs of providing the service.


How much of what we think we're recycling is actually getting recycled?

One reader wants to know what percent of Twin Cities sorted recyclables are actually recycled. Another wondered whether most of it is just sent to the dump. We get to the bottom of both questions.


Mall of America owner puts megamall on line for huge N.J. project

Triple Five secures loan for glitzy N.J. complex with 49% stake in megamall.


Study could expand public access to roaring Minneapolis riverfront

The Army Corps of Engineers is holding two public meetings about what to do with the Upper St. Anthony Falls lock and dam site.


Twin Cities woodworker has quietly become one of the state's social media stars

Matt Cremona has amassed a devoted online following by showing the hidden potential in the trees around us.


Nonprofit with aim of 'lessening burdens of government' hired for MOA water park

Bloomington leaders voted to hire Provident Resources Group to play a crucial role in the unusual borrowing arrangement they are pursuing for the proposed $250 million park