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.


Golf courses give way to new housing amid demand for land

More than 900 acres of golf courses have been redeveloped across the metro.


Farms and factories fade in burgeoning metro cities

Three suburbs and two central cities led the metro area in the most acres changed to a new land use between 2010 and 2016. Here's which ones, and why.


Barricades are being removed on south end of Nicollet Mall

The mall's new design elements are also starting to take shape, from tree plantings and new seating areas to a mirrored "light walk" between 6th and 7th streets.


Hopkins project adds novelty to Mainstreet storefronts

The city hopes 'Friendly Fronts' program proves popular with downtown pedestrians.


Obituary: Melisande Charles helped breathe life into Minneapolis' Warehouse District

Minneapolis got more than a bureaucrat when it hired Melisande Charles to lead its new arts commission. It got a whole new neighborhood.


East metro trash will be trucked to county-owned facility in Newport

Ramsey, Washington county haulers will be required to truck garbage to Newport facility.


St. Paul mayoral candidate Elizabeth Dickinson envisions a greener city

Third-party hopeful fights for sustainable energy, eco-minded jobs and industry.


Woodbury ruling may shift road development costs to taxpayers

A developer sued Woodbury over a fee to pay for roads outside a new subdivision and won, a ruling that could affect development across the metro area.


Golden Valley debuts Minnesota's first playground 'challenge course'

The city debuted the state's first such timed obstacle course and a new accessible playground.


Wear comfortable shoes: St. Paul hosts national conference for walkers

The national event focuses on the issues facing pedestrians in the U.S. and included a number of tours around the Twin Cities.