Eric Roper

Reporter | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-1732
Eric Roper covers the city of Minneapolis with a focus on City Hall. He previously covered the Minnesota Legislature at the Capitol and the state’s congressional delegation at the paper’s Washington bureau.

Recent content from Eric Roper

City gave league free rent, discounted services for All-Star FanFest

The city waived $258,850 in rental fees for the 5-day baseball enthusiast event. MLB also got steep discounts for convention center security, audiovisual rentals, vacuuming and food.

Updated: July 23, 2014, - 10:39 AM

Hodges picks state official for Minneapolis coordinator post

Key job oversees number of city departments

Updated: July 22, 2014, - 08:22 PM

Light rail inspires futuristic vision for U area

The arrival of light rail to the University of Minnesota has conjured dreams of remaking a forgotten industrial area into a self-sustaining neighborhood, one that planners say would be unlike any other in the country.

Updated: July 18, 2014, - 11:33 PM

Mpls. OKs giving passengers a Lyft

Car services such as UberX let people chauffeur own vehicles, finding passengers on apps.

Updated: July 18, 2014, - 09:41 PM

Minneapolis' 4,000 crosswalks keep fading to black

City leaders are considering whether to transition from latex paint to the use of more durable — and expensive — materials. These heavy-duty crosswalks would be melted onto the street with heaters, in some cases, or just glued there.

Updated: July 16, 2014, - 07:58 AM

Minneapolis has its game face ready for All-Star spotlight

Years of planning and work are about to fulfilled as Minneapolis takes advantage of the showcase that is the Midsummer Classic.

Updated: July 13, 2014, - 06:35 AM

Lyft, UberX, new taxi rules get initial OK in Minneapolis

The full City Council will vote on the measure next week.

Updated: July 08, 2014, - 11:33 PM

July 8: Legal disputes escalate in Kahn-Noor race

DFL primary for legislative post has divided Minneapolis’ Somali-American community.

Updated: July 08, 2014, - 05:26 AM

Hundreds of metro bus stops have thousands seeking shelters

A Metro Transit analysis shows 462 Twin Cities stops qualify for shelters, but don't have them. The need for shelters is starkest downtown, down Franklin Avenue and along Penn and Fremont avenues on the North Side.

Updated: July 07, 2014, - 09:46 AM

Couple killed in Cannon Falls crash are identified

Authorities said the trooper was responding to an injury crash when a vehicle pulled out in front of his squad car as he drove through Cannon Falls.

Updated: July 05, 2014, - 06:25 PM

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