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 transit advocates saw a lot to like in election results

Some hope Democratic majorities will boost bus and rail funding in the Twin Cities.

Walter Halloran, who captured WWII scenes for posterity, dies at 95

The Chatfield native, who had been living in Edina, was a U.S. Army photographer who rushed into heavy gunfire with his camera to document the first wave of soldiers storming Omaha Beach on D-Day.

Met Council chair Alene Tchourumoff departs for job at the Fed

Harry Melander will lead regional agency until Jan.

Little crime, but Holiday station got 2,000 Mpls. police visits last year

The Holiday station had few reasons to dial 911 last year. Yet it received an extraordinary amount of attention from police.

Closure of burner could send Twin Cities trash back to the dump

250K tons of waste, including recyclables, would be diverted to landfills if Elk River incinerator closes.

Fighting the fat: Cities push to keep grease out of the sewers

New rules help ensure restaurants are keeping grease, fat out of sewers

After 10,000 comments, revised Mpls. 2040 plan is released

Supporters say it doesn't go far enough, while detractors still dislike the citywide upzoning.

Minneapolis fire chief eyes smaller vehicles for medical calls

The cost-saving move would also help the department get reimbursed for some of its work.

Met Council scrambles to disperse sewer stench in south Minneapolis

Stench along Mississippi generates complaints.

Big-box stores in Minnesota fight for lower tax bills

They say assessments are too high. Cities, facing lost revenue, are pushing back.