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.


Super Bowl bid shows Minnesota agreed to NFL's requests

Super Bowl demands ranged from free parking spaces to tax breaks.


Minnesota recyclers scramble in wake of Chinese restrictions

Deprived of the biggest overseas customer, local haulers are raising rates, laying off workers and trying to process mountains of excess waste.


Minnesota groups prep for challenging 2020 census

Much is at stake as groups scattered across the state get ready.


Denny Hecker released after serving 7 years for fraud

The former auto mogul had been living in halfway house in Minneapolis since February. His initial release date was scheduled for July 2019, but it was later changed to July 2018.


Minneapolis sues opioid manufacturers and distributors

City is latest to sue over issues related to addiction.


Twin Cities apartment boom takes off in suburbia

Multifamily housing is rising quickly outside the central cities.


Met Council to add more flames to its wastewater fire

The agency expects to install a fourth incinerator at its Metropolitan wastewater treatment plant in St. Paul.


Super Bowl spending boosted Minneapolis tax coffers

The city made about $2.4 million more than it expected it would have without the game.


Elwood Caldwell, who helped put the crunch in Cap'n Crunch, dies at 95

Caldwell would go on to become of the nation's premier experts in cereal science.


As Kmart fades, Lake Street store remains a beacon

The Minneapolis store is defying the odds of the modern retail upheaval.