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

March 5: Mpls. City Council votes against LRT tunnels

Minneapolis City Council opposes digging tunnels for contentious light-rail line.

Updated: March 05, 2014, - 09:40 PM

Lyft ride-sharing dodges City Hall clampdown with free promotion

For now, the service avoids “for hire” definition by offering users in Minneapolis two weeks of free service.

Updated: February 28, 2014, - 09:04 PM

Custody of north Minneapolis man's chickens heads to court

Cheng Lor wants his 15 birds back after the city seized them over suspicions of cockfighting. The Hennepin County attorney’s office is reviewing the matter for possible felony animal fighting charges, but in the interim Lor has launched a legal fight to retrieve the animals.

Updated: February 28, 2014, - 10:26 AM

Lyft car service to start up despite Minneapolis feud

Ahead of launch Thursday by car-sharing business, city says it has not given its OK and will ticket and impound cars.

Updated: February 27, 2014, - 10:36 AM

Dad who lost five children in Minneapolis fire blames landlord

Troy Lewis said he told the landlord about the problem, but the landlord said Lewis never complained about heat problems.

Updated: February 26, 2014, - 09:44 PM

High hopes for development unfulfilled for Minneapolis' Hi-Lake LRT stop

But new city leadership brings fresh interest in development.

Updated: February 26, 2014, - 03:12 PM

Feb. 25: Space heater ran 'for several days' before fire

Three of the children who died were on the third floor of the north Minneapolis duplex; two others were on the second, according to a Fire Department incident report.

Updated: February 25, 2014, - 02:35 PM

Minneapolis tows fewer cars in southwest area in snow emergencies

It turns out that cars in the southwest corner of the city rarely get towed during a snow emergency.

Updated: February 24, 2014, - 09:50 AM

Mpls. City Council votes to preserve Dinkytown building, ending hotel plans

City Council blocked effort to demolish 1920s brick building to make way for the six-story hotel.

Updated: February 21, 2014, - 07:55 PM

Father, 2 kids escape N. Mpls. duplex blaze that killed 5 siblings

A neighbor who escaped said that as she watched firefighters, her heart sank: “No kids were coming out.”

Updated: February 15, 2014, - 10:25 AM

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