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.

Twin Cities woodworker has quietly become one of the state's social media stars

Matt Cremona has amassed a devoted online following by showing the hidden potential in the trees around us.

Nonprofit with aim of 'lessening burdens of government' hired for MOA water park

Bloomington leaders voted to hire Provident Resources Group to play a crucial role in the unusual borrowing arrangement they are pursuing for the proposed $250 million park

Minnesota census advocates hopeful after high court ruling

Opponents have argued that including a citizenship question would reduce participation in the 2020 census, leading to a less accurate count.

When death calls, this Twin Cities mortician for hire goes to work

Specialty funeral directors work around the clock in the Twin Cities to transport the dead.

Minnesota civil rights activist Charles Mays dies at 85

The advancements of the civil rights movement relied on the steadfast efforts of people like Charles Mays, who challenged the status quo in Minneapolis and…

Why was Minneapolis' mansion street destroyed, but St. Paul's survived?

At its peak, about 36 mansions lined Park from Franklin Avenue to 28th Street, once known as the "Golden Mile." Most of them were owned by boldface families of the era. Now, just a handful of the mansions remain.

Sale likely spares Minneapolis apartment relic from wrecking ball

Multimillion-dollar restoration lies ahead for apartment building.

Minneapolis replacing aging water meters

A new Wi-Fi-enabled technology will allow residents to spot leaks.

Chaska High School yearbook delayed to remove blackface photo

The photo is the latest in a string of racially charged incidents at the school.

Winona native dies rock climbing in Colorado

A 22-year-old Minnesota man died over the weekend while rock climbing in Colorado, officials there announced Wednesday. The Larimer County Medical Examiner’s Office said Mitchel…