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.


Why did Minneapolis tear down its biggest train station?

Minneapolis' two train stations met very different fates in the 1970s.


Listen: How Ford made millions of windows from St. Paul sand

For part of the 20th century, Ford Motor Co. relied heavily on sand mined from beneath its plant in St. Paul to make windows for its cars.


Petition campaign begins to put Mpls. police overhaul on ballot

Political committee aims to replace the department with an entity focused on public health.


Modernist Minneapolis building that replaced 'skid row' destined for demolition

City planners argued against allowing the razing of 21 N. Washington Av.


A historic Minneapolis church is crumbling. Can anyone save it?

The First Church of Christ, Scientist is on its last legs after years of neglect. But the city won't let owners raze it.


Twin Cities landfills are filling up, and they're asking for more space

State regulators who have fought to reduce landfilling in the metro area must now decide whether to allow more of it.


Listen: How is Mississippi River water made safe to drink?

We visited Minneapolis' drinking water treatment facility to understand the complex process that makes river water safe to drink.


Park Board winding down last Minneapolis encampment

Crews began clearing Minnehaha Park on Tuesday morning, but a handful of residents left have more time to find other shelter.


Minneapolis planners say 1969 modernist building downtown shouldn't be wrecked

The property is a vestige of the city's redevelopment of the former "skid row" area.


Family of man shot by Mpls. police wrestles with questions

Hours after 23-year-old Dolal Idd was laid to rest in a Burnsville cemetery, his mother and older sister gathered with female family members and friends at an Eden Prairie mosque to grieve.