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.


Before nightfall, Minneapolis residents debated what was safer: staying or going

From hoses to garbage cans, residents across the Twin Cities prepared Saturday for destruction reaching their neighborhoods.


A Minneapolis neighborhood expresses sadness, fear, resolve

They saw the stores they relied on for groceries and supplies smashed and burned. They saw fires that had smoldered for hours.


How do food scraps get recycled in Minnesota — and how good are we at it?

Residents can now recycle food scraps at the curb in more than 40 cities, either in an organics bin or special bags tossed in the trash.


Minnesota Poll: Majority support mailing ballots to voters

A majority of Minnesotans support a proposal to mail ballots to every registered voter in the state, a measure aimed at addressing fears that the…


Why are the recycling bins overflowing in my alley?

If it seems like big blue bins are overflowing more than usual, it's not your imagination.


Senate leader, governor consider aid plan for Mall of America

A proposal to use a tax subsidy fund will have to overcome opposition from the city of Bloomington.


How can mourners hold a respectful funeral in age of social distancing?

Social distancing has made it increasingly difficult to give the dead a proper send-off.


Can you freeze whole pig carcasses to preserve the meat?

Minnesota pork plants sidelined by coronavirus outbreaks have begun euthanizing and disposing of thousands of pigs. A reader wanted to know whether they could just freeze the carcasses instead of wasting all that meat.


Can I still collect unemployment if I refuse to return to an unsafe workplace?

Many Minnesotans may soon be asked to return to work as the governor eases closure orders on some businesses. But if some refuse to go due to health concerns, they will likely lose unemployment benefits.


Why does Hennepin County have so many more COVID-19 fatalities than Ramsey?

COVID-19 is hitting Hennepin County far harder than any other county in Minnesota. And its size alone does not explain why.