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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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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.
Minneapolis mayor takes heat over handling of fatal shooting

Minneapolis mayor takes heat over handling of fatal shooting

Mayor Betsy Hodges is walking a political tightrope as activists protesting the death of Jamar Clark push her to rein in police.
North Minneapolis rehab sales spark call for equity

North Minneapolis rehab sales spark call for equity

Activists say city should help locals buy homes.
Mpls. targets dismal impound lot experience for $7M overhaul

Mpls. targets dismal impound lot experience for $7M overhaul

That unexpected and expensive trek to the Minneapolis impound lot ranks among the most maddening experiences in a snowy city. Now city leaders want to make the visit more pleasant.
Mpls. poised to buy Kmart parcel and reopen Nicollet Av.

Mpls. poised to buy Kmart parcel and reopen Nicollet Av.

Officials announced that they have a two-year exclusive option to purchase the land beneath Kmart, which would allow the city to reverse the unpopular 1970s-era decision that shut down Nicollet Avenue.
West Broadway transit study nears the finish line

West Broadway transit study nears the finish line

Planners are examining options for streetcars and rapid buses.
Officials break ground on development at Lake St. and Hiawatha Av.

Officials break ground on development at Lake St. and Hiawatha Av.

County service center, housing, and transit plaza will be built along LRT line.
HUD secretary gets an earful about Twin Cities affordable housing woes

HUD secretary gets an earful about Twin Cities affordable housing woes

Hundreds attend a third meeting with Julian Castro, who hears about tensions among those trying to balance inner-city housing needs with a growing desire to integrate affluent suburbs..
Ex-mayor Rybak writing book about time in office

Ex-mayor Rybak writing book about time in office

Memoir sure to stoke speculation on next steps.

Key player on major Mpls. financial deals departs city

Kevin Carpenter says he needs to focus on work-life balance.
Mpls. council nixes workplace regulations, will return to sick pay

Mpls. council nixes workplace regulations, will return to sick pay

The City Council president noted the "pushback" from business.
Dayton writes BNSF to criticize oil train traffic near downtown Mpls.

Dayton writes BNSF to criticize oil train traffic near downtown Mpls.

The largest rail hauler of Bakken crude oil recently disclosed a shift in traffic that sends trains through western suburbs.
Wrongful-death suit filed in 2014 Mpls. fire that killed five kids

Wrongful-death suit filed in 2014 Mpls. fire that killed five kids

Complaint says deaths of five children were due to conditions at the north Minneapolis duplex.
Streetscapes: Minneapolis' Park Avenue mansions find new uses

Streetscapes: Minneapolis' Park Avenue mansions find new uses

Homes along Minneapolis' once-grand Park Avenue are changing hands, facing alterations and finding new uses.
'Creepy' crew refurbishes Minneapolis graveyard

'Creepy' crew refurbishes Minneapolis graveyard

Headstones at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery receive a much-needed face-lift.
Metro Transit adding information at bus stops

Metro Transit adding information at bus stops

A $300,000 effort by Metro Transit will add route numbers and other helpful information, and a smartphone app is coming soon.
Target Center overhaul pushed back to 2016

Target Center overhaul pushed back to 2016

Target Corp. also renewed its naming rights for the revamped arena.

Long development fight ends over Linden Hills corner

Neighbors worked for years to shape development on the former site of a Famous Dave's.
Good Grocer, based on people power, opens in Minneapolis

Good Grocer, based on people power, opens in Minneapolis

Lake Street nonprofit food store offers its customers discounts for volunteering.
Rare restored 1855 map illuminates Minneapolis' origins

Rare restored 1855 map illuminates Minneapolis' origins

The illustrated symbol of Minneapolis' origins was unveiled at a Friends of the Hennepin County Library event downtown Thursday.
Development nearing for Linden Hills Famous Dave's site

Development nearing for Linden Hills Famous Dave's site

Some neighbors oppose the building as too big for the area.

Crash involving Redskins team buses will cost Mpls. $237K

The buses collided last year during escort from off-duty police officers.
Stop tossing these things in recycling bin

Stop tossing these things in recycling bin

Are you guilty of “wish cycling”? That’s the practice of tossing questionable items in the recycling bin, hoping they can somehow be recycled. The term…

Holidazzle nixes entrance fee, moves to Loring Park

Construction on Nicollet Mall prompted the location change.

Minneapolis taxation board approves 3.4 percent levy hike

Most will likely see lower property taxes, city says.
Global shifts put squeeze on Twin Cities recycling

Global shifts put squeeze on Twin Cities recycling

The switch to single-sort recycling has made the process easier for metro residents, but finding a home for all that paper, plastic, glass and metal relies on a complex web of buyers.
Lawmakers accused of 'making out' resign from ethics committee

Lawmakers accused of 'making out' resign from ethics committee

Democrats say the GOP legislators' apology doesn't go far enough.

Hennepin County, stadium close to deal for morgue land

The parking lot could house tents for Vikings events.
Tourism bureau's ties to National Senior Games debt draws new scrutiny

Tourism bureau's ties to National Senior Games debt draws new scrutiny

City Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden raises conflict-of-interest perception in letter.

Mpls. ties downtown park approval to long-term maintenance funding

City Council voted to support downtown park design – if long-term maintenance is secured.
Senior Games stick Minneapolis with $300,000 in unpaid debt

Senior Games stick Minneapolis with $300,000 in unpaid debt

The National Senior Games sprinted across the finish line in the Twin Cities in July, but the event left behind a $300,000 bill in Minneapolis. Local organizers have not paid the city for use of the Convention Center, a payment that was due Aug. 21.

Vote sparks debate over downtown park funding

Council fight over $2M for project at Vikes stadium.
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.
Minneapolis soccer stadium land deal ends in silence

Minneapolis soccer stadium land deal ends in silence

Deal expires on Mpls. site, but mayor and council president not giving up on landing team.
Changing Minneapolis puts squeeze on industrial land

Changing Minneapolis puts squeeze on industrial land

Factories and warehouses now occupied by churches, schools and apartments.
Time nearly up for Minneapolis soccer stadium land

Time nearly up for Minneapolis soccer stadium land

Owner of industrial site says he has "no interest" in selling to Minnesota United after Monday's deadline
How do you humanize a busy Minneapolis intersection?

How do you humanize a busy Minneapolis intersection?

The busy Lake and Hiawatha intersection in south Minneapolis continues to vex planners and pedestrians alike.
Car2Go car-sharing service wants to reduce service in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Car2Go car-sharing service wants to reduce service in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Company wants to focus on more profitable areas.
Kaler: 'Small number' of more complaints against Teague

Kaler: 'Small number' of more complaints against Teague

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler says the school has received "a small number" of additional complaints of sexual harassment by Norwood Teague since the athletic director resigned.
Suburbs embrace tax subsidies as Minneapolis' interest fades

Suburbs embrace tax subsidies as Minneapolis' interest fades

Suburban communities across the metro area are rebuilding themselves with the aid of a controversial development subsidy that once played a major role in reshaping…
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