Eric Roper | Star Tribune
Reporter | Twin Cities

Eric Roper covers the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the Metropolitan Council. He previously covered the city of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Legislature at the Capitol and the state's congressional delegation at the paper's Washington bureau.


Chaska considers a pedestrian-friendly vision for downtown block

The city is hiring a consultant to begin sketching a vision for City Square West in downtown.


Minneapolis to launch drones to survey sewer problems

The city is experimenting with the technology as part of its annual smoke testing of the sewers.


Legal fight over Woodbury fees could echo across Twin Cities area

At issue is whether developers or taxpayers should bear the brunt of road projects that are needed to accommodate growth but are located outside of a new subdivision. "This is a landmark case," the executive director of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities says.


Riverfront overhaul for Water Works park gets underway in Minneapolis

Demolition will begin next month on the former Fuji-Ya restaurant site.


Fatal stabbing puts safety at downtown Mpls. parking ramps in the spotlight

Before the killing of Mai Yer Cha, parking areas near Target Field had seen a spike in violence.


Dayton: New Met Council Chairwoman Alene Tchourumoff must 'bring people together'

But challenges abound as Alene Tchourumoff becomes the regional agency's new leader.


Minnesota planners begin to envision driverless future

Minnesota is starting to confront what promises to be the biggest shift in urban living since cars arrived a century ago.


Hennepin Co. considers requiring curbside organics recycling

The plan would divert food waste away from landfills and garbage burners.


Minneapolis police chief resigns; protesters shout down mayor

Protesters interrupted Mayor Betsy Hodges' news conference at City Hall. Earlier, Hodges said she would name Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to replace Janeé Harteau, who resigned.


Met Council set to dole out $4 million to clean polluted sites

Most projects receiving funds are in Minneapolis and St. Paul.