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.

Virus throws 2020 census into 'uncharted territory'

Events as well as early counting delayed as leaders respond to growing pandemic restrictions.

To lower housing costs, lawmakers want new limits on cities' zoning

Bills would limit rules that drive up prices .

Lobbyists fight surge of bills targeting plastic packaging

Faltering recycling systems and concerns about ocean plastics have spurred state lawmakers from California to Maine to propose new rules targeting plastic waste, particularly from packaging. Many prompt a visit from Ameripen, a decade-old nonprofit that now has registered lobbyists in eight states.

Census applications pouring in after warning of Minn. hiring crunch

The bureau hopes to receive more than 38,000 applications in the state.

Minnesotan helping to run 2020 census says it is ready for its national online debut

Tim Olson, who was raised in South St. Paul and Lindstrom, Minn., also spoke about promoting turnout in a difficult political climate and what it takes to send mail to every household in the country.

'Big John' Duhart, bouncer at Palmer's Bar, dies at 66

The gentle giant manning the door for two decades at the West Bank institution earned a loyal following among its eclectic clientele.

Approval of MOA water park delayed by dispute over payments to mall

Various entities must determine ground rent, fees in unprecedented funding deal

Metro Transit hopes new signs end the confusion at bus stops

Amid slumping ridership, Metro Transit offers more amenities, information.

Is it recyclable? Recyclers offer some holiday help

Batteries and holiday lights wreak havoc at local sorting centers, while some toy packaging and disposable cups must take a long and expensive trip to the landfill or incinerator. Even some gift wrap isn't recyclable.

Police officer, suspect hospitalized in Waseca shooting, BCA says

Both were taken to North Memorial, and details were not released. A 10 a.m. news conference is scheduled.