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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.
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North Side auction experiment puts families in vacant homes

North Side auction experiment puts families in vacant homes

The event — which drew about 40 people — was a county effort to give prospective homeowners a better chance to pick up the vacant homes that fall into government hands after owners stop paying taxes.

Nonprofit seeks funds to reclaim fire-damaged HQ

Nonprofit wants to stay in fire-damaged W. Broadway location.
Plan floated to lure soccer stadium to Minneapolis

Plan floated to lure soccer stadium to Minneapolis

County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin proposes using sales tax shift from Target Field.

Minneapolis City Council scrutinizes reconstruction plan for Penn Avenue

Some council members worry long-term renovation plan scraps county road’s bike lanes.
Neon no more: Mpls. looks at redo for City Hall clocks

Neon no more: Mpls. looks at redo for City Hall clocks

That familiar red glow isn’t exactly 1889-appropriate.

Minneapolis stays the course on major parking contract

Minneapolis is sticking with a Los Angeles-based company for one of its largest contracts — managing the city’s massive parking system.The City Council on Friday…
Parking tensions flare in NE Minneapolis over dance studio's request

Parking tensions flare in NE Minneapolis over dance studio's request

Owner’s request to rely on street parking upsets neighbors.
St. Paul's MLS interest is deep, e-mails show

St. Paul's MLS interest is deep, e-mails show

The city's interest in a soccer stadium dates back well before it was publicly revealed. Minneapolis leaders met with team officials Friday.
Minneapolis eyes entertainment fix for late-night crowds

Minneapolis eyes entertainment fix for late-night crowds

Some business groups are not sure offering later food and dancing will curb crime.
Hennepin County outlines process for renaming Lake Calhoun

Hennepin County outlines process for renaming Lake Calhoun

Hennepin County outlines a legal process, but the Park Board isn’t sure it has the authority.
Grant boosts effort to beautify W. Broadway in north Minneapolis

Grant boosts effort to beautify W. Broadway in north Minneapolis

Money will be used to beautify the prime commercial hub in north Minneapolis.

More than 100 top Minneapolis officials are getting big raises

Under their new pay, 10 Minneapolis officials — including the city coordinator, engineer and convention center chief — will make more than any state commissioner.

Minneapolis City Council gets tough on flavored tobacco products

Sales will be banned at convenience stores.
Push is on for more policing reforms in Minneapolis

Push is on for more policing reforms in Minneapolis

Civil rights groups called for an overhaul that goes beyond the repeal of spitting, lurking laws.
Soccer stadium could land in St. Paul, MLS executive says

Soccer stadium could land in St. Paul, MLS executive says

Two sites reportedly in the mix are near Snelling and University avenues, where a former Metro Transit bus barn stood, and near the State Capitol where a Sears store now sits.
Demolition expected for fire-damaged W. Broadway buildings

Demolition expected for fire-damaged W. Broadway buildings

Community leaders hope the stretch of W. Broadway won’t stay vacant for long.

Metro Transit outlines big plans for Mpls. campus

Plan includes new police headquarters, $100 million bus garage
Amid overhaul, Minneapolis pauses transparency reports

Amid overhaul, Minneapolis pauses transparency reports

The city hasn’t issued its usual reports as it alters its program.

Plan to relax apartment parking rules in Mpls. heads for final vote

Proposal aims to reduce housing costs in Mpls.

District would preserve Dinkytown's older buildings

A vote next month could establish a historic district and require future growth to retain character of area.

Minneapolis forms group to examine soccer stadium proposal

Mayor, City Council will have formal discussions about the proposed $150 million facility.

Fight intensifies over Mpls. plan to limit sale of flavored tobacco

Minneapolis to vote on being first city in state to ban such products in many locations.
Time is up for rare slice of old downtown Minneapolis

Time is up for rare slice of old downtown Minneapolis

Building project will demolish century-old hub of eclectic Minneapolis businesses.

Proposal to relax Mpls. parking requirements clears hurdle

Mpls. council will take up the controversial change next week.
Minneapolis takes first step to revive Peavey Plaza

Minneapolis takes first step to revive Peavey Plaza

Legal victory by preservationists doesn’t halt ‘a new vision’ by city
Mpls. considers restrictions on flavored tobacco products

Mpls. considers restrictions on flavored tobacco products

Backers of Mpls. proposal say the cigars entice minors
Minneapolis nixes lurking and spitting bans

Minneapolis nixes lurking and spitting bans

Repeal advocates say the bans unfairly targeted minorities, but police and business leaders say they bolster security.
Expert dishes on Mpls. development boom — from the street

Expert dishes on Mpls. development boom — from the street

Consultant Sam Newberg offers insights on how it feels to walk around newer developments in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis, Hennepin County look for responsible buyers for tax-forfeited homes

Minneapolis, Hennepin County look for responsible buyers for tax-forfeited homes

New restrictions on buyers with unpaid taxes and rental license problems. A special auction is being considered for people who live in the homes.
Minneapolis takes up the 'challenge' to ban plastic bags

Minneapolis takes up the 'challenge' to ban plastic bags

The plastic bag race has begun.The race to ban them, that is. The news Tuesday that St. Louis Park is considering a ban on plastic…
Landlord under fire from Minneapolis fights back

Landlord under fire from Minneapolis fights back

In a federal complaint, Mahmood Kahn said he is being unfairly targeted and that city officials are discriminating against his predominantly low-income, minority tenants.
Feb. 14: Minneapolis moves to shut down low-rent landlord

Feb. 14: Minneapolis moves to shut down low-rent landlord

Mahmood Khan said he’s appealing the attempt to revoke his licenses.
Bill McGuire: Soccer stadium 'very difficult' without tax breaks

Bill McGuire: Soccer stadium 'very difficult' without tax breaks

Time is running out to secure help from Legislature in this session.
Minneapolis officials hope 'Promise Zone' boosts aid to North Side

Minneapolis officials hope 'Promise Zone' boosts aid to North Side

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan came to Minneapolis to announce the “Promise Zone” designation, one of eight awarded nationally Tuesday.
Fate unclear for North Side Mpls. buildings ravaged by fire

Fate unclear for North Side Mpls. buildings ravaged by fire

Uncertainty looms over one of the last historic stretches of W. Broadway in Minneapolis as businesses and tenants recover from the blaze that gutted a row of apartments and several storefronts on April 15.

CenturyLink nears approval for cable TV in Minneapolis

All wards included in plan that would cover 15 percent of city.
Barbara Flanagan remains opinionated about city landscape

Barbara Flanagan remains opinionated about city landscape

From skyways to her “beloved” Nicollet Mall, Barbara Flanagan still has strong opinions about the Twin Cities landscape.

Mpls. police dept. will launch new gang unit

Police chief Harteau says officers will focus on preventing retaliation.
Credit, debit cards have boosted Minneapolis parking revenue

Credit, debit cards have boosted Minneapolis parking revenue

Revenue from meters in Minneapolis has nearly doubled since 2009 under a new payment system.
Soccer stadium adds to plans for revamping neglected corner of city

Soccer stadium adds to plans for revamping neglected corner of city

A year-round Farmers Market, garbage-fueled heat, reconnected streets and the elimination of a freeway viaduct are among the lofty ideas in play.
Legislators: 'Modest' deal to help soccer stadium faces long odds

Legislators: 'Modest' deal to help soccer stadium faces long odds

Team owners seeking construction material, property tax break, but no direct subsidy.
April 10: Minneapolis MLS team's owners to begin stadium push at Capitol

April 10: Minneapolis MLS team's owners to begin stadium push at Capitol

Team owners will meet with legislators next week and outline their plans
Farmers Market moving to Hennepin for Nicollet Mall redo

Farmers Market moving to Hennepin for Nicollet Mall redo

Vendors worry two-year project will disrupt customer ties built over decades
Farmers Market moving to Hennepin for Nicollet Mall redo

Farmers Market moving to Hennepin for Nicollet Mall redo

Growers are concerned the move could cause them to lose a substantial amount of business after building a reliable customer base on Nicollet.
Morgue near Vikings stadium could become lively spot

Morgue near Vikings stadium could become lively spot

Leasing of parking lot near Vikings stadium would expand access to park, event tents.
Fake windows disguise blight of vacant Minneapolis homes

Fake windows disguise blight of vacant Minneapolis homes

Officials are conducting a pilot project examining whether disguising vacant homes reduces vandalism and improves nearby property values.
Morgue near Vikings stadium could become lively party spot

Morgue near Vikings stadium could become lively party spot

Leasing of parking lot near Vikings stadium would expand access to park, event tents.
How old is enough for a building to be historic?

How old is enough for a building to be historic?

Preservationists debate whether buildings from the 1950s and '60s merit the same distinction as structures that are much older.

Indiana trip for Meet Minneapolis reps follows call for travel ban

Two tourism employees were allowed to observe Final Four and collect information.
Soccer land deal near Target Field hints at public subsidy request

Soccer land deal near Target Field hints at public subsidy request

The owner of industrial land proposed for a Major League Soccer stadium says he is convinced that Minnesota United team owner Dr. Bill McGuire plans to seek public money to help build it.
Stadium plan is crucial next step for MLS in Minneapolis

Stadium plan is crucial next step for MLS in Minneapolis

Major League Soccer says its decision to move into Minnesota isn’t final until a plan for a dedicated soccer stadium is secure. Although a likely site beside the Minneapolis Farmers Market has emerged, financing details are unclear.
Minneapolis council panel gives first OK to $24 million for Target Center

Minneapolis council panel gives first OK to $24 million for Target Center

The arena’s renovation costs are expected to be up $24 million over projections.

Minneapolis to weigh $24.5M increase to Target Center project

A City Council committee will look at new expenditures linked to increased construction costs.
Mpls. intensifies efforts to get people to buy abandoned homes

Mpls. intensifies efforts to get people to buy abandoned homes

But some say the City Hall bureaucracy and extra financial hurdles make the process too difficult for all but the most dedicated rehabbers.
Funding troubles delay another rapid bus line

Funding troubles delay another rapid bus line

Unlike larger regional projects, the Penn Avenue route is not funded by transit sales tax.
Revealed: The story behind Minneapolis' sailboat logo

Revealed: The story behind Minneapolis' sailboat logo

Creators of the Minneapolis logo never expected it to be used so widely for so long.
Judge says core of lawsuit over Southwest light rail can move forward

Judge says core of lawsuit over Southwest light rail can move forward

Met Council, shown above, acted too fast on getting cities’ consent, judge rules, calling a Monday hearing.

Survey: Minneapolis neighborhood boards lack renters, minorities

Mpls.-funded groups’ leadership is low in minorities and renters.
Something fishy at Gandhi Mahal? A tilapia farm!

Something fishy at Gandhi Mahal? A tilapia farm!

Owner hopes basement aquaponic farm is just the beginning.
Tilapia raised in basement help fuel south Minneapolis eatery

Tilapia raised in basement help fuel south Minneapolis eatery

A jungle of sorts has sprung up in a basement off Lake Street in Minneapolis, where tilapia now swim amid Minnesota’s first aquaponics system based in a restaurant. And the Gandhi Mahal restaurant owner hopes his basement aquaponic farm is just the beginning.
U-area pedestrian bridge could be replaced

U-area pedestrian bridge could be replaced

Neighborhood wants crossing over 35W widened, illuminated.
Minneapolis calls for rethinking of Olson Hwy. to ensure LRT success

Minneapolis calls for rethinking of Olson Hwy. to ensure LRT success

Minneapolis officials are calling for major changes to Olson Hwy. that would coincide with construction of the region’s fourth light-rail line, saying the existing seven-lane road through the North Side is “hostile” to people on foot.

Bottineau LRT stops draw skepticism from Golden Valley neighbors

Crime, parking and traffic were among residents’ concerns about the Blue Line extension, scheduled to open in 2021.
Will busy roads ruin Minneapolis' new downtown park?

Will busy roads ruin Minneapolis' new downtown park?

Park and Portland avenues are likely to remain open after the 4.2-acre, $15 million Commons is constructed in downtown Minneapolis. But neighbors worry the green space could become unpleasantly divided into several segments.

Dayton taps Dorfman, Letofsky, Barber for Met Council

Reshuffling jettisons two existing members of the board
Recovery housing for historic Minneapolis home draws resistance

Recovery housing for historic Minneapolis home draws resistance

Critics fight Pillsbury mansion becoming yet another treatment facility in their part of the city
Nov. 9, 2014: Minneapolis hones list of problem landlords

Nov. 9, 2014: Minneapolis hones list of problem landlords

A new metric helps the city focus on those properties with numerous or recurring issues.

Problem landlords may face Mpls. fee hike

Minneapolis proposal aims to shift burden to properties that consume the most staff time.

To save on IT outsourcing, Minneapolis takes over help desk

The city is ending 12-year contract with Unisys.
Met Council takes on contentious divide over streetcar

Met Council takes on contentious divide over streetcar

Wednesday's meeting kicked off a debate that will ultimately determine whether they are a worthwhile investment for the region.
New delays for SW LRT with Met Council park analysis

New delays for SW LRT with Met Council park analysis

If all goes smoothly for the project — which so far it has not — the line now would open at the tail end of 2019.
Lake-Hiawatha overhaul prepares for 2015 liftoff

Lake-Hiawatha overhaul prepares for 2015 liftoff

First phase of the ambitious development project could be completed late next year.
$147 million later, Minneapolis looks at parting ways with IT vendor Unisys

$147 million later, Minneapolis looks at parting ways with IT vendor Unisys

The city of Minneapolis is cutting ties with the company behind its largest contract, IT provider Unisys, ending a relationship ultimately worth about $147 million to the Pennsylvania-based firm.

Downtown Minneapolis population up 22 percent over 2006

Increase noted over nine years, Downtown Council says.
Minneapolis looks at easing parking space restrictions

Minneapolis looks at easing parking space restrictions

Hoping to promote more affordable living options in the urban core, Minneapolis leaders may soon make way for a new kind of housing that’s missing…
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