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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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Most drivers in crashes that kill pedestrians don't face charges

Most drivers in crashes that kill pedestrians don't face charges

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 3,069 crashes with pedestrians in the Twin Cities and its suburbs. 95 were killed. 28 drivers were charged. But many of the deaths weren't even judged worth a traffic ticket.
Southwest LRT report outlines noise, visual impact near lakes

Southwest LRT report outlines noise, visual impact near lakes

The project's environmental impact statement also detailed remedies.
Proposal would open more Minneapolis apartments to Section 8 housing vouchers

Proposal would open more Minneapolis apartments to Section 8 housing vouchers

Minneapolis proposal would force landlords to accept housing vouchers.

Minneapolis sorts out details ahead of downtown stadium park opening

Downtown park near stadium is set to open, but lack of Portland crosswalk raises questions.
St. Paul crosswalk safety event calls on drivers to yield to pedestrians

St. Paul crosswalk safety event calls on drivers to yield to pedestrians

Police ticket drivers who fail to yield for pedestrians as Stop For Me campaign gets underway.

Minneapolis approves $800 million plan to fix roads, parks

The Park Board will still need to pass its own version of 20-year plan.
Minneapolis parks, roads maintenance plan clears key council hurdle

Minneapolis parks, roads maintenance plan clears key council hurdle

A committee featuring the City Council OK'd the $800M plan.
Mpls. reaches $800M deal to pay for road, park repairs

Mpls. reaches $800M deal to pay for road, park repairs

Deal would set "new level of service" for maintaining the city's streets, and overhaul deteriorating park facilities across the city.

Datadrop: What we're tossing out, but could be recycling

Minnesotans are sending about a third less recyclable material to landfills than they were a decade ago, but plastic bags are nonetheless being trashed in…
Minneapolis ditches 'honor boxes' at parking lots

Minneapolis ditches 'honor boxes' at parking lots

About 30 unattended lots will need to accept payments electronically or by phone.
What you've been throwing away, but could be recycling

What you've been throwing away, but could be recycling

Data tracking recyclable items that ended up in landfills or at incinerators shows Minnesotans are trashing less than they used to overall, but more of some items like plastic bags and bottles.
Met Council touts developments near LRT stops

Met Council touts developments near LRT stops

About $4 billion in projects with the biggest built in Minneapolis.
Obituary: Carl Auerbach, former law school dean and liberal political confidant

Obituary: Carl Auerbach, former law school dean and liberal political confidant

Carl Auerbach’s century-long life had a remarkable number of chapters, each brushing up against some of the most consequential figures and events of the 20th…
Empty lots linger a year after a fire ravaged W. Broadway

Empty lots linger a year after a fire ravaged W. Broadway

The cause of W. Broadway blaze is still a mystery.
Mpls. rapid bus project on Penn Avenue faces new delay

Mpls. rapid bus project on Penn Avenue faces new delay

Timeline for the Penn Avenue rapid bus line now calls for construction in 2018 and a 2019 opening.
Restaurant inspectors shift attention to high-risk violations

Restaurant inspectors shift attention to high-risk violations

Violations that could make diners sick are getting more attention

Datadrop: A closer look at landlord code violations

The Star Tribune requested data on housing code violations at large apartment buildings in Minneapolis while reporting on a lawsuit against Stephen Frenz, owner of…
Nicollet Mall redo back on track, on budget with new bids

Nicollet Mall redo back on track, on budget with new bids

At one point, the $50 million overhaul of Nicollet Mall was $24 million over budget after only one company bid on the project.
A plea from planners: Don't drag out I-35W overhaul 'torture'

A plea from planners: Don't drag out I-35W overhaul 'torture'

County engineer warns of years of chaos if the road projects are not coordinated.
Minneapolis translates kitchen safety for immigrant restaurateurs

Minneapolis translates kitchen safety for immigrant restaurateurs

Minneapolis employs multilingual inspectors to educate restaurateurs
Mpls. police look to move drugs, guns, other evidence out of City Hall

Mpls. police look to move drugs, guns, other evidence out of City Hall

The city is considering the purchase of a 110,000-square-foot industrial building on the western riverfront, due in part to growing space constraints at City Hall.
Minneapolis Mayor Hodges looks to levy to cover road, parks shortfall

Minneapolis Mayor Hodges looks to levy to cover road, parks shortfall

Mayor's plan:  $30M per year for 10 years to close the funding shortfall.

Minneapolis puts brakes on suburban-style Walgreens in Uptown

Plan for larger Uptown store with drive-through draws negative reaction from neighbors, board.
Amid the strife, Little Earth works for reform and harmony

Amid the strife, Little Earth works for reform and harmony

These are crucial times at Little Earth, a 43-year-old housing project that has long been the heart of the Twin Cities' urban American Indian population. A heroin epidemic, coupled with persistent gun violence, has spurred efforts large and small to restore peace there.

Target Center renovation advances with City Council approval

Minneapolis to pay $74 million of the $129 million cost.

Mpls. council members pitch plan to avoid park funding vote

Two Minneapolis City Council veterans say the city can draw from existing funds.
Mpls. planners reject Vikings bid to rename Chicago Avenue

Mpls. planners reject Vikings bid to rename Chicago Avenue

The final decision will be made by the City Council, but the planning commission's unanimous decision disappoints the Vikings.
Fed-up tenants take major Minneapolis landlord to trial over violations

Fed-up tenants take major Minneapolis landlord to trial over violations

Stephen Frenz is on trial in Hennepin County housing court, accused of fostering substandard conditions at a south Minneapolis apartment building. City records show he has more violations than other landlords with large apartment buildings.

Vikings want to rename Chicago Av. near stadium

The Minnesota Vikings see a branding problem with the street next to the new $1.1 billion downtown football stadium — and they intend to fix…
Crosswalks as speed bumps? It's one idea for Hiawatha-Lake makeover

Crosswalks as speed bumps? It's one idea for Hiawatha-Lake makeover

None of the fixes are yet funded or planned in Minneapolis.
First Uptown hotel since '70s likely a 'go' after City Hall vote

First Uptown hotel since '70s likely a 'go' after City Hall vote

The 120-room boutique hotel will be built on the corner of Lake Street and Emerson Avenue, now the site of surface parking lots and a shuttered restaurant.
Native Lives Matter activists' march in St. Paul breaks up before downtown

Native Lives Matter activists' march in St. Paul breaks up before downtown

Group protested police shooting of Philip Quinn and dispersed near Crashed Ice event.
From CenHen to WeDo, neighborhood monikers attempt to redefine Mpls.

From CenHen to WeDo, neighborhood monikers attempt to redefine Mpls.

Can you point the way to WeDo? How about SoFa? International Gateway? The name game is ever-present these days in Minneapolis, as people seek to…
Plaza Verde in Minneapolis finds a new owner

Plaza Verde in Minneapolis finds a new owner

The pending sale confirms that the business incubator on E. Lake Street is on the upswing.
Rail expansion plans anger and surprise in northeast Mpls.

Rail expansion plans anger and surprise in northeast Mpls.

A quiet street in northeast Minneapolis has been upended by BNSF Railway's sudden plans to expand its tracks closer to houses there, simultaneously leveling a thick tree buffer that once shielded residents from the 92 trains — several carrying crude oil — that pass through every day.
BNSF Railway builds sound barrier in compromise with Mpls. neighbors

BNSF Railway builds sound barrier in compromise with Mpls. neighbors

The railroad compromises with city after expanding tracks by Northtown Yard.

Car2Go plans to reduce Mpls. service area

The plan cuts availability on North Side and southern edge but will offer remote stations.
Mpls. opts for nonprofit Eureka Recycling over nation's largest waste firm

Mpls. opts for nonprofit Eureka Recycling over nation's largest waste firm

The city will sign five-year contract with local firm.
Architects unveil revamped design for Nicollet Mall overhaul

Architects unveil revamped design for Nicollet Mall overhaul

The new renderings show concrete in place of thousands of brick-like pavers.
Minneapolis considers putting the brakes on drive-throughs

Minneapolis considers putting the brakes on drive-throughs

Minneapolis leaders want to clamp down on drive-throughs in favor of pedestrians. Further changes would restrict where drive-throughs could be installed in the city.
Competition for Twin Cities' recycling contracts sparks discussion of workers' rights, environmental goals

Competition for Twin Cities' recycling contracts sparks discussion of workers' rights, environmental goals

Recycling contracts, at least in Minneapolis and St. Paul, are about more than what people toss in the bin. Local nonprofit Eureka Recycling is competing…
Nicollet Mall redo won't include any brick-like pavers

Nicollet Mall redo won't include any brick-like pavers

The design change expected Feb. 10 and shift in bus shelter costs come after sole bid was over budget.
Minneapolis taking steps to protect historic Armory, now being redeveloped

Minneapolis taking steps to protect historic Armory, now being redeveloped

Dating from the 1930s and now serving as a parking garage, new status could affect development.
Minneapolis officials scramble to redesign Nicollet Mall redo

Minneapolis officials scramble to redesign Nicollet Mall redo

A makeover for the state's signature pedestrian thoroughfare has had a setback after the lone construction bid for the project came in $24 million higher than expected.
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[NOT FOR ONLINE, AS IT'S ALREADY IN A BLOG POST]

No "historic" status for North Side site, but no plan to raze it.
Renters forced out of affordable downtown Minneapolis gem

Renters forced out of affordable downtown Minneapolis gem

City officials worry about pressure to turn affordable housing such as the Alden, an 87-year-old former hotel tucked between the Laurel Village complex and I-394, into market-rate units.
Parts of park near Vikings stadium now likely to be phased in

Parts of park near Vikings stadium now likely to be phased in

Construction is outpacing the fundraising effort, prompting a shift in plans.

Elements of park near stadium delayed

Accelerated construction timeline means some elements remain unfunded.

Minneapolis aims to sync its marijuana laws with those of state

As in state statute, minor possession would be a petty misdemeanor
Obit: Samantha Pereira, Twin Cities improv veteran

Obit: Samantha Pereira, Twin Cities improv veteran

Samantha Pereira, a veteran of the local improv scene whose tenure as a teacher and performer spanned nearly two decades, died on Dec. 10 after her car crashed into a guardrail in Vadnais Heights. She was 46.

Opponents of Southwest route win in quest for Met Council documents

Federal court sides with Lakes and Parks Alliance's request for Met Council communications.
Mpls. council's Cano fights 'status quo' at City Hall

Mpls. council's Cano fights 'status quo' at City Hall

Ninth Ward's Alondra Cano is an outspoken advocate for minorities.

Minneapolis outdoor skaters idled by one of latest lake freezeups in half-century

It's only third time in 52 years (but second in six) that ice-over hasn't been done until January — and the ice still isn't safe.
Protesters sue Mpls. claiming excessive force at Fourth Precinct

Protesters sue Mpls. claiming excessive force at Fourth Precinct

The plaintiffs say police struck them. The federal lawsuit is the first to come out of protests that followed the death of Jamar Clark, who was shot by police Nov. 15.
Mpls. council members express frustration with new Nicollet Mall tower

Mpls. council members express frustration with new Nicollet Mall tower

Frustrated with changes, council members want more attention on lighting and the public plaza.
Minn. cities say prices of water-quality chemical were inflated

Minn. cities say prices of water-quality chemical were inflated

Cities across the state are suing a group of chemical producers for allegedly bilking taxpayers out of millions by inflating the price of alum, a compound needed for water treatment.
Minneapolis aims to yank landlord's licenses

Minneapolis aims to yank landlord's licenses

Mahmood Khan says he will fight the city's revocation effort, pledging to take his case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
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.
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.
Alondra Cano defends posting critics' messages on Twitter

Alondra Cano defends posting critics' messages on Twitter

An ethics complaint has been filed over the posts, which the Minneapolis council member said were meant to "keep the public discussion going."
Minn. man loses job after outcry over racist Facebook messages

Minn. man loses job after outcry over racist Facebook messages

Archer Daniels Midland said the comments about Black Lives Matter do not reflect the company's values.
One north Mpls grocery proposal fails, but two more advancing

One north Mpls grocery proposal fails, but two more advancing

One planned store would combine food shopping with health services.
What happens after you flush? Work never stops at St. Paul plant

What happens after you flush? Work never stops at St. Paul plant

"We get rubber duckies. We've had bowling balls," said an official at the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is scheduled for a $137 million upgrade.
Revamped Holidazzle marks final weekend amid mixed reviews

Revamped Holidazzle marks final weekend amid mixed reviews

While an ice rink was a popular addition, other reviews of the festivities were mixed, with posts on the Holidazzle Facebook page noting a lack of holiday lighting and requests for more merchandise vendors.

Minneapolis may push harder for affordable housing units

Proposal looks at using incentives, requirements.
Mpls. budget passes, minus controversial police station upgrades

Mpls. budget passes, minus controversial police station upgrades

A last-minute proposal would have directed $605,000 in city money to repair Fourth Precinct headquarters.
New style of bus for Snelling Avenue A Line rolls into Metro Transit

New style of bus for Snelling Avenue A Line rolls into Metro Transit

Service will debut next spring on the Snelling Avenue A Line.

Minneapolis boosts 2016 affordable housing fund to $10 million

City Council shifts funds ahead of final budget approval due next week.
Lake St. eatery to lose its liquor license after years of violence

Lake St. eatery to lose its liquor license after years of violence

Minneapolis plans to strip the liquor license of a Lake Street restaurant, La Que Buena, after years of trying to stem persistent fights and shootings…
Police clearing Fourth Precinct protest site

Police clearing Fourth Precinct protest site

Minneapolis police issued dispersal orders around 4 a.m. and gave the 50 demonstrators 10 to 15 minutes to leave the site. Police made "a few arrests" of those who did not comply.
Long-awaited WorkForce center in north Minneapolis aims to ease disparities

Long-awaited WorkForce center in north Minneapolis aims to ease disparities

Groundbreaking comes at a tough time for north Mpls.
Departing Minneapolis public works director drove city infrastructure plans

Departing Minneapolis public works director drove city infrastructure plans

Steve Kotke will retire after 27 years.
More N.D. oil trains entering Twin Cities via west suburbs

More N.D. oil trains entering Twin Cities via west suburbs

Temporary rerouting sends more past Target Field and through downtown Minneapolis.
Hennepin County uses courts to revive vacant homes sooner

Hennepin County uses courts to revive vacant homes sooner

Pilot program cuts the red tape for problem property.
Minneapolis' 'Park for Posterity' never materialized — what happened?

Minneapolis' 'Park for Posterity' never materialized — what happened?

Avid preservationist Joseph Zalusky dreamed big of a history theme park in Minneapolis.
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