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Eric Roper

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Eric:

Listen: Was organized crime behind the demise of Twin Cities streetcars?

The Curious Minnesota podcast examines how underworld characters influenced the region's transit company in the mid-20th Century. → Read More

Plymouth tailor Mike Phung, remembered as a meticulous artisan, dies at age 61

Phung, who was not vaccinated, died of COVID-19. → Read More

Discover the hidden house in Minnehaha Park where Minneapolis was born

Much of Minneapolis' past can be traced back to this modest house, which now sits in Minnehaha Park. By Eric Roper → Read More

Twin Cities landfills are filling up, and they're asking for more space

State regulators who have fought to reduce landfilling in the metro area must now decide whether to allow more of it. → Read More

Why did Minneapolis tear down its biggest train station?

Minneapolis' two train stations met very different fates in the 1970s. → Read More

Why does Minnesota test tornado sirens so often?

Siren testing began amid fears of a Soviet atomic bomb attack during the Cold War. → Read More

Why did Minneapolis' famous flour boom go bust?

The Mill City dominated the flour market for half a century. But it came to an end in 1930. → Read More

What does 'Minnesota' mean and how did the state get its name?

Long before Minnesota was a state, the name referred to a major body of water in the area. → Read More

Why did Scandinavian immigrants choose Minnesota?

No state in the country has more residents of Swedish and Norwegian ancestry. → Read More

Minneapolis planners say 1969 modernist building downtown shouldn't be wrecked

The property is a vestige of the city's redevelopment of the former "skid row" area. → Read More

Family of man shot by Minneapolis police wrestles with grief, questions

Hours after 23-year-old Dolal Idd was laid to rest in a Burnsville cemetery, his mother and older sister gathered with female family members and friends at an Eden Prairie mosque to grieve. → Read More

Tom Burns, harmonica player and fixture of the Minneapolis blues scene, dies at 67

Follow the StarTribune for the news, photos and videos from the Twin Cities and beyond. → Read More

Why doesn't Minnesota charge a sales tax on clothing?

Minnesota is one of just a handful of states that does not charge sales tax on clothing — a bit of tax policy that's so well known that it attracts tourists. → Read More

Quirky collection in Hennepin County's Central Library is 'like your own personal museum'

Tucked away in a public place, the room houses documents revealing Minnesota's past. → Read More

Do the Twin Cities really get their drinking water from the Mississippi River?

Minneapolis and St. Paul treat about 100 million gallons of river water per day. → Read More

Census advocates warn of incomplete count in Minnesota

The 2020 Census ends in a month, but many people still have not been counted. → Read More

Poll: On policing, Minneapolis voters trust City Council more than Frey

Minneapolis residents view Mayor Jacob Frey more favorably than the City Council, but a larger share trust the council to make decisions about the police department, according to a Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll. → Read More

Poll: Minneapolis voters split on reducing size of police force

City residents overwhelmingly support redirecting some police funding to social service programs, but fewer than half of support reducing the size of the police department, a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 poll found. → Read More

Rejection of light-rail route raises hopes for a train in north Minneapolis

The proposed Bottineau light-rail line has faced criticism for largely skirting transit-dependent North Side communities on its path from downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Park. → Read More

Is it true that Minneapolis has a park every six blocks?

When it comes to national rankings, the city regularly sits near the top for its park system, and this might be the reason why. → Read More