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.


Group wants $20 million settlement in Jamar Clark death

Justice for Jamar wants city to match settlement in Justine Damond case.


Last flour mill carries forward Minneapolis' industrial legacy

Looming across from the 38th Street light-rail station in south Minneapolis, the century-old Atkinson Mill survives in a city that once boasted dozens.


How did Nicollet Island become parkland with private housing on it?

The sliver of land in the Mississippi River is home to a secluded enclave of historic homes sitting atop public parkland. But that's just one of the oddities of this place, an often-overlooked landmark of early Minneapolis that looks radically different today than it did half a century ago.


Sale likely spares Minneapolis apartment relic from wrecking ball

Multimillion-dollar restoration lies ahead for apartment building.


Sub-Mississippi River water tunnel illustrates feats of modern engineering

Minneapolis will employ a boring machine to drill a 5-foot corridor deep beneath the Mississippi River to keep one of the city's most important drinking water pipes safe from the elements.


Bloomington goes ahead with Mall of America water park

City leaders commit $7.5 million to fully develop plans for the massive $250 million facility.


Number of people moving to Twin Cities from abroad falls dramatically

Trump policy changes shift area's demographics, prompting employment worries.


Court: State can enforce law that favors burning trash over landfilling

Trash firms sued after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency fined metro-area landfills


Why is Uptown south of downtown in Minneapolis?

These days, Uptown is the common way to describe the district around Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis, but that is a relatively recent phenomenon.


Minnesota filmmaker Robert Byrd, who tackled tough topics and sought to reveal humanity, dies at 66

Robert Byrd encountered an arsenal of guns when he entered a neo-Nazi’s home to shoot a documentary about hate. Then his subject said something surprising:…