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.


Homeowners getting peek at property tax bills might not like what they see

But preliminary property bills could change after city councils set budgets.


Bloomington gets ready to set water park tax plan in motion

City leaders are expected to grant key approvals for the deal next month.


Elizabeth Whitbeck, early Marine Corps veteran, dies at 98

Female uniforms weren’t yet available when Liz Whitbeck enlisted in the newly formed Marine Corps Women’s Reserve in 1943. But she joined enthusiastically, a trait…


Minnesota DNR secures dumpsters for deer carcasses

The agency had been scrambling to install the dumpsters after its expected supplier dropped out.


Why does the Stone Arch Bridge cross the Mississippi at such an odd angle?

Older than most historic buildings still standing in the Twin Cities, the 136-year-old bridge has long been Minneapolis' de facto welcome mat. But why was it built the way it was, with such a long angle?


Met Council chair resigning after 10 months on the job

Nora Slawik is the second member of the cabinet of DFL Gov. Tim Walz to leave during his first year, while a third was issued a formal reprimand.


Minnesota scrambling after deer disposal plan falls apart

Waste Management, the expected to provide most of the dumpsters in central and southern Minnesota, told the state recently that it won't offer the service.


Two firefighters injured while battling blaze in St. Paul

They were among four dozen firefighters who were called to the home on the city's East Side.


Arizona agency will help build Mall of America water park

The Arizona Industrial Development Authority had been selected to issue tax-exempt bonds for the project, possibly worth more than $300 million.


Mpls. formally OKs landmark 2040 plan around higher density

Now the City Council will move forward on other changes aimed to reshape the city into a denser urban core. The most controversial part of the plan allows duplexes and triplexes in large tracts of the city zoned only for single family homes. With final votes expected next month, that change could go into effect Jan. 1.