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.

Longtime head of Metro Transit ousted in Met Council shake-up

15-year general manager Brian Lamb a casualty of Met Council's shake-up.

Minneapolis may make home sellers check insulation, draftiness

Officials want to require home sellers to check energy efficiency.

Owner wants to raze historic but vacant apartment in Minneapolis

The building, gutted by a fire in 2016, was designed by famed architect Harry Wild Jones.

Tax break for poor areas boosts Mall of America district

Zones meant to help the poorest neighborhoods.

Vision for former port in north Minneapolis nears approval

A public park, amphitheater, retail spaces, apartments and even a hotel could one day replace Minneapolis' defunct river port under a plan nearing approval at City Hall.

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Gambling growth gives boost to U.S. Bank Stadium reserves

As financing projections finally pan out, leaders mull how to handle the surge.

Rising concern for Minnesota firefighters: Calling 911 for help standing up

More than 7,100 times last year, fire departments across the state were dispatched to assist frail but uninjured people.

Met Council aims to extend its wastewater treatment network to Rogers

The council's regional wastewater system has expanded outward over time, serving new areas of urban growth.

Minneapolis sewage heat plan draws concerns from Met Council

Regional government staff said they will stop analyzing a plan to tap the sewer near the University of Minnesota.