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Erin Adler

Reporter | South Metro
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Erin Adler covers Dakota County, including city government and the County Board.
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Minnesota Supreme Court says Victoria council members can stay despite many Open Meeting Law violations

The ruling upholds a previous decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, as well as the original district court ruling.
A boulder fell off a truck in Rosemount on Monday, killing a mother and daughter from Shoreview.

Hastings man arrested, charged after boulder kills 2 in Rosemount

A mother and daughter were killed when a boulder fell off a truck and crashed into their car.
Dakota Aggregates, the company mining UMore Park in Rosemount, gave tours of its facility to showcase plans for future growth in September 2015.

U sells UMore Park land to housing developer

A decade after University of Minnesota officials first imagined UMore Park as a utopian eco-village, a more modest plan for developing the nearly 5,000-acre property in Dakota County is taking shape.
Brooklyn Center was among the first suburbs to license hotels, in December 2016. The goal is to ensure that hotel managers “are doing the kinds of t

Twin Cities suburbs try licenses to deal with problem hotels

It's one way cities across metro are dealing with excessive police calls.

Charges: Minivan driver deliberately struck Eagan couple in fatal hit-run

Jonna Kojo Armartey charged in deaths of Eagan husband and wife.

Man shot, killed during Hmong festival at Como Regional Park

A man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon in the midst of a crowded festival at Como Regional Park in St. Paul. The shooting took…

Teen killed in Winona County crash after driver falls asleep

A 15-year-old girl was killed late Saturday night in Winona County when she was ejected from a car and then run over, according to the…

John Connelly, bankrupcty judge and St. Paul Irish booster, dies

As Minnesota's first chief bankruptcy judge, John Connelly didn't just deal with money issues. He used his calm demeanor and sense of empathy to make…
Thurman Blevins' brother Manuel Moore, left, escorted his father Thurman Moore to their car after speaking during a protest and rally at the Fourth Pr

Police killing met by anguish and anger in north Minneapolis

Hundreds mourned and protested over the weekend as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension dug in to its investigation of the 31-year-old black man's death.
Charlie Hooley in August 1993, during his time as mayor of Stillwater

Cub Foods co-founder, former Stillwater mayor Charles Hooley dies at 89

Family man also served as the mayor of Stillwater, collected Model A cars and raised horses.
Kerri Jo Spidahl a vocational coordinator at Kota Connections ,showed residents with disabilities how to use the ride-sharing service Lyft in Apple Va

Dakota County looking to Lyft residents with disabilities

Dakota County's pilot program is aiming to fill Metro Mobility gaps.
Rachel Stancer-Prokop outside the barn that burned in May. “It’s hard watching your childhood go up in flames.”

Farm family moves on after two barn fires in six months

The Fox family of Rosemount won't rebuild, but said the tragedies won't keep them from opening their store this fall.

Strong winds overturn boats, tear down power lines in western suburbs

The gusts hit the Lake Minnetonka area the hardest.

Police arrest 15 rallying outside St. Paul City Hall for $15 minimum wage

Mayor met with protesters outside City Hall, but they would not disperse.
Monday will be the first weekday since the state shut down the main entrances from Interstate 35W into and out of downtown.

Minneapolis 35W motorists brace for infuriating commute

Office workers, restaurant servers, business owners, and city officials, among others, are busy preparing alternate plans to avoid what are shaping up to be epic traffic jams through the summer.
Workers attempted to place a cable above and below the bog on North Long Lake last week with the intent to split the bog in two to make it more manage

Brainerd's bog is budging, just a bit

Crews cut a middle section and unblocked some of the beach.
Burnsville City Council member Cara Schulz

Burnsville City Council members say sexism, mistreatment led city manager to resign

The city manager quit after being disrespected, two Burnsville City Council members said.

Appeals court sides with West St. Paul landlord

West St. Paul tenants can stay put despite high number of police calls.
The Parrish house in Richfield.

Richfield couple in 90s found in home with one dead, one hurt in fall

Their neighbors said the news has left them shaken and saddened.
The new Vikings practice facility in Eagan, overlooking I-494, viewed from Mendota Heights.

Vikings' new complex brings both anxiety, anticipation

Some residents complain they didn't have much say in the Vikings project. But team officials counter that they've worked with local communities every step of the way.
A man held an umbrella to shade two women attending the memorial program to honor veterans Sunday in Little Falls, Minn. Nearly 1000 people turned out

Record-breaking heat wave will continue into Memorial Day

By Sunday, every metro-area county had issued a heat advisory, with the National Weather Service upgrading those warnings Sunday afternoon to "excessive heat watch" status through Monday night at 7 p.m.
As drivers enter Farmington, they are greeted with elements of the city’s longtime logo.

Farmington considers revamping city logo

The city has used its round logo with a bridge, a river and pine trees for two decades.
Gilbert Hoppe

Fundraiser for vet who tried to sell his hearing aids nears $20K

Several people spotted his Facebook post offering his hearing aids for sale, or a trade for a good vehicle, and stepped in to help.
In a protest over what they perceive as sexist attitudes on the West St. Paul City Council, residents brought boxes of tampons and maxi pads to the co

Tampons pile up at West St. Paul council meeting in protest over alleged sexism

Many residents carried maxi pads and tampons and pledged support for the female mayor in the face of alleged sexism on the City Council.
West St. Paul Mayor Jenny Halverson and Council Member Jay Bellows.

Feud over alleged sexism on West St. Paul council creates uproar

Mayor gets rude delivery after her recommendation is foiled by male colleague.

Cottage Grove man accused of swindling elderly with snow removal scam

Matthew D. Erickson also ran for Congress in 2016.
Bruno, 14, was a fixture around Longville, Minn., as he walked the 4 miles into town each day and absorbed all of the love he could find.

Longville's legend and social butterfly, Bruno, lived free until end

Bruno lumbered 4 miles each day both to and from Longville, Minn., where he became a hero of sorts.
Helping cities overcome the negative effects of landfill hosting, which include noise, road damage and pollution, is the aim of a new Dakota County pr

Dakota County grants will offset negatives of hosting landfills

The pilot program will help fund environmentally oriented projects in cities with landfills.
The lights from the signage on the side of the new Vikings practice facility in Eagan illuminate the homes on Lockwood Drive in Mendota Heights.

Vikings will turn off bright lights at Eagan complex at night

Team officials said they will turn off the lights from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in response to neighbors' concerns.

Authorities searching for Wisconsin man after empty boat washes ashore on Mississippi

The man is described as approximately 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds.
Officers respond to a goat and dog taking a stroll on a Twin Cities highway

Officers respond to a goat and dog taking a stroll on a Twin Cities highway

"Luckily, their owner reclaimed them," the Animal Humane Society said.
Dakota County deputies met with Fur-Ever Wild owner Terri Petter. “All the animals are safely removed,” Chief Deputy Joe Leko said.

Dakota County fur farm meets deadline for moving wild animals

County officials confirmed that Fur-Ever Wild had moved its exotic animals; the owner wouldn't say where they were headed.

Human remains found along Minnesota River in Burnsville

Human remains were found Sunday evening along the Minnesota River in the area of Interstate 35W and Black Dog Road in Burnsville, the Dakota County…

Three shot in south Minneapolis

Three people were shot Sunday night in south Minneapolis, with none of them critically hurt, Minneapolis police said.
Rachel Ratner sang with the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale during their performance Sunday afternoon.

'Seventy years ago we didn't have that': Jewish community celebrates state of Israel

With face paint, traditional food and music, thousands of Jewish Twin Cities residents marked the 70th anniversary of Israel on Sunday.
Four years ago, George Nathaniel was fired from his job driving Burnsville kids to school, also for praying with children on a bus.

Twin Cities school bus driver taken off route after leading kids in prayer

George Nathaniel says he has right to exercise faith.
Charles McDew

Charles McDew, civil rights activist and Metro State adviser, dies at 79

Charles “Chuck” McDew spent the early 1960s as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) while the group was engaged in some of its…

Door-to-door vacuum salesmen in metro take pushy to a new level

Door-to-door tactics by company frighten, anger residents in several cities.
Roselyn Silvestre 2, helped shovel snow in front of her home along Penn Avenue after Saturdays blizzard Sunday April 15, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Several school districts close as snow and frustration pile up

A record-breaking winter storm dropped 15 inches across parts of the Twin Cities over the weekend, shutting down roads, the airport and even church services.
Students walked to their buses in the bitter cold after school in Minneapolis

Minneapolis students can choose gender, preferred name on district forms

Students can now use preferred name, gender on district forms.
Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano generates steam as he breathes with the temperatures in the mid-20's while on deck in the first inning of a baseball game

Twins' postponement Sunday rubbing many fans the wrong way

Sunday's postponed Twins game came a week after the Twins jabbed fans reluctant to go to Thursday's frigid home opener.
This car spun out in Minneapolis on Feb. 7.

Snow, freezing temperatures cause 132 crashes Sunday

The State Patrol counted dozens of crashes, including one involving 20 cars Sunday night.
The lights from the signage on the side of the new Vikings practice facility in Eagan illuminate the homes on Lockwood Drive in Mendota Heights.

Neighbors irked by bright lights at Vikings' new practice facility

They say the "light pollution" from the Eagan fieldhouse changes the character of their quiet neighborhood.
Mike Wickman of Minneapolis, who works in St. Paul, goes for a lunch break run in the snow on Summit Avenue in St. Paul.

April showers coming in form of snow; 6-7 inches in forecast

The snow started midday and will wrap up Tuesday afternoon, said Michelle Margraf of the National Weather Service, making for messy commutes this evening and Tuesday morning.
Eric Miers and fellow Scouts collected milkweed pods in September 2017 at Darvan Acres in Inver Grove Heights.

Armed with milkweed seeds, Inver Grove Heights Scouts making a difference

His pollinator project serves as a model at Darvan Acres.

Man's body found in rural Dodge County

The death is considered suspicious; police are seeking a woman who may know more.

Stillwater prison fight injures five staff Friday

Officials are saying little else about the melee.
Hillside Learning Center lost its license, but it has reopened under another family member’s name.

Reopening of troubled day care vexes Hastings residents

After Hillside Learning Center lost license, a relative of the owner has reopened it.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar held a news conference Sunday, March 18, to discuss a federal bill that would include $1 billion in funding to tackle the opioid ep

Klobuchar, Minnesota families speak out for $1B federal bill to help curb opioid epidemic

Klobuchar, Minnesota families speak in support of federal legislation to fund enforcement, treatment.
A funeral in Farmington on Tuesday had help from local police, one of the few metro-area departments that provide the service.

Loss of police escort in Rosemount rankles funeral home owner

Rosemount police halt practice, so funeral home owner objects.

West St. Paul votes to loosen rules on where sex offenders can live

Its policy on where they could live had been one of the state's most limiting.

Florida police say Minnesota man killed girlfriend, infant before shooting self

A 27-year-old Minnesota man apparently killed his girlfriend and their infant daughter in Florida on Saturday before shooting himself, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Man suspected in fatal Mpls. shooting is caught in Florida

A man suspected in a fatal shooting on the edge of downtown Minneapolis last month has been arrested in Florida.
New Dakota County corrections deputies went through training all day Wednesday at the Flint Hills Training Site in Rosemout.

Proposed Twin Cities police training centers compete for funding

One center in the south metro and another in the east would meet separate but urgent needs, backers say.
Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, greeted children in the lunchroom he worked at as she arrived to announce a donation from the "Philando F

Philando Castile fundraiser pays off St. Paul district's lunch debt

More than $155K has been raised to finance meals in the St. Paul Public Schools.
Dancers performed Sunday during the halftime show headlined by Justin Timberlake during Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Minnesota high school dancers perform at halftime— and kept it a secret

Hundreds of metro-area high school dance team members shimmied along with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show.
A Minnesota man helped his neighbor shovel a sidewalk in St. Paul during a January storm.

Districts canceling school as storm nears

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin are among the districts that announced cancellations due to expected treacherous road conditions. The winter storm is expected to dump 6 to 8 inches across the Twin Cities.
The nine-hole Thompson Oaks Golf Course was projected to lose $65,000 per year over the next five year.

Council closes West St. Paul's lone municipal golf course

City officials said the Thompson Oaks property could be redeveloped.
Orono High School students arrived by bus at the school Thursday, a day after a threat was posted, causing Orono schools to go on lockdown.

$30,000 raised for family of boy who triggered Orono lockdown

On the GoFundMe page, the organizing Orono parent wrote that the boy has autism, a fact that she said "is an overriding piece that everybody needs to keep in mind" when considering his social media posts.

NorthStar train hits, kills pedestrian in Elk River

A Northstar train struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking on the tracks Sunday night in Elk River, according to Metro Transit officials.
Mark Freer, his grandson Noah and Charlotte Svobodny play with Josie, Freer’s dog, at the future site of the dog park.

After years of work, Inver Grove Heights gets set for first dog park

Advocates say the social benefits matter as much for humans as they do for their pets.
A recent winter storm caused traffic problems on Cliff Road in Eagan amid ice and slush, not unlike what may be coming for the Twin Cities in the next

Twin Cities metro to get hit with wintry mix today, Tuesday

Because the wintry mix will bring a dusting of snow, roads shouldn't be as dangerous today as they would be if it were warmer and the precipitation was freezing rain.
Apple Valley is offering a “teen room” at the Redwood Center on County Road 42 as attendance declines at its existing teen center.

One by one, teen centers across Twin Cities are shutting down

Suburban centers confront funding challenges and dwindling attendance.
Dancers from 14 metro-area high schools and hundreds of U band members had to keep mum about their participation as they poured hours into preparing t

Minnesota students' Super Bowl performance was top secret

Hundreds of Minnesota high school and university students harbored a supersized secret in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl — they were going…
Tiffany Birch, left, and Rob Spain, with their 7-week-old son, Ayden, cleared the kitchen table in their new home.

Dakota County ramps up efforts to house its homeless population

Dakota County issued a 60-day challenge to respond to urgent need.
A light-rail train

Pedestrian hit, killed by Green Line light-rail train

A pedestrian was killed Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a Green Line train near the intersection of University and Pascal avenues in St. Paul, Metro Transit officials said.
Marjorie Kleven, left, and friend Carol Schlomka tried out the new pedestrian flags at a busy intersection in Hastings.

Hastings tries pedestrian flag program on busy road

The installation of portable pedestrian flags at a highly-traveled intersection lets walkers be their own crossing guards.
Thomas Evenstad.

Sex offender wins reprieve from West St. Paul residency restrictions

Federal judge rules that the city's ordinance might be overly restrictive.

Obituary: Harold "Red" Goldberg welcomed all at Red's Roost

For 30 years, Harold "Red" Goldberg created a community for dozens of hardscrabble regulars at his Minneapolis bar, feeding them holiday dinners, giving out winter coats and providing a safe, judgment-free space to gather.
“Who rules the world,” said the sign held by Jolene Hobbins, 5. Mom Amelia Hobbins of Rogers said she “came to expose my daughter to feminism an

New year brings new focus for Minnesota Women's March

At St. Paul event, organizers urged women to register, vote and get politically involved.

South St. Paul nabs $1.26M state grant to clean up future FedEx site

Money from state will prepare the way for building a distribution center.
Karl Forsman, of Minnetonka (in window), hosted free sauna rounds for folks needing a little heat outside U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Snow, traffic kick off thrilling Vikings game with some frantic moments

Minnesota Vikings fans battled snow, traffic snarls and dropping temperatures, forcing them to navigate treacherous roads to and from the NFC playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

Hastings City Council to decide on riverfront hotel project

Mixed-use development would convert a historic manufacturing operation.
Volunteer Barb Bailey and Brian Bozeman, Matrix Housing Services staff member, served a meal to homeless shelter guests.

Roving Dakota County homeless shelter returns

So far, 90 homeless people have found respite at a shelter that moves from church to church.
Edina officer Darren Davis Jr. answered a question from dispatch about an earlier arrest while patrolling Southdale Center.

More Minnesota police departments going to 12-hour work schedules

Once departments see the benefits — more days off — most don't want to go back.
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