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Erin Adler

Reporter | South Metro
Phone: 612-673-1781
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Erin Adler is a suburban reporter covering Dakota County for the Star Tribune, working breaking news shifts on Sundays. She previously spent three years covering K-12 education in the south metro and five months covering Carver County.

An Anoka native, Adler lives in south Minneapolis with her two dogs. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict with an English and secondary education degree (and a concentration in studio art). She taught seventh grade English and religion at a Catholic school in Edina for two years and later taught adult ESL/ELL for Minneapolis Public Schools. She has a Master's degree in English/Literacy education from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing and attempting to complete home improvement projects.
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The Eagan City Council this month approved zoning changes that officials hope will stop builders from putting “huge McMansions on tot lots” and re

With zoning change, Eagan tries to encourage building of smaller homes

The Eagan City Council this month approved zoning changes that officials hope will stop builders from putting “huge McMansions on tot lots” and result in…
Dakota County Attorney James C. Backstrom

Dakota County changes its transparency efforts after complaints

County officials deny violating Minnesota's Open Meeting Law.
Rain and melting snow made for formidable puddles on roads in Excelsior.

As Minnesota seasons collide, roofs slump and potholes open up

Winter and spring collided on Sunday, with the aftermath of Saturday's snowstorm collapsing roofs even as a sudden thaw under sunny skies opened up teeth-jarring potholes on the roadways.

State to offer free training to help landlords defuse tension with mentally ill tenants

State will offer free de-escalation courses about calming tenants who are mentally ill.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announces stricter parking restrictions in St. Paul.

St. Paul joins Minneapolis with tighter winter parking rules

Parking will be banned on the side of residential streets with even-numbered addresses until April 1, following similar restrictions imposed last week in Minneapolis.
Temperatures well below average are in the Twin Cities forecast for the next two weeks -- at least.

Frigid temperatures are breaking records; warm-up expected by weekend

After record cold and snowfall in February, early March isn’t offering much of a reprieve. On Sunday morning, the Twin Cities tied the record for…
Annie McIntyre and Trevor Capra chose from the book and DVD prizes after winning “Winter Reads Bingo” at the South St. Paul library on Feb. 21.

South St. Paul to study library merger with Dakota County

Aging South St. Paul library faces a big bill to upgrade, but residents fear merger would swallow its character.
A rendering, using Google Earth, showed how a proposed Burnsville landfill extension might look from Bloomington.

Proposal to increase landfill height in Burnsville draws criticism

Butte in Burnsville would be nearly 100 feet higher than U.S. Bank Stadium.
Three people were rescued from impassable roads by the Minnesota National Guard. Here they are arriving at the Albert Lea armory.

Bitter cold sets in after dozens rescued during Sunday blizzard

Up to 150 people took shelter at the Owatonna armory as winds gusted to 50 mph, closing interstates in southern Minnesota. Snow emergencies were declared in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Dakota County works to replace shuttered homeless housing for men

Instead of a shelter, 24 men would live in four single-family homes.
Todd Weldon, 47, overdosed and died at Minneapolis’ navigation center in early January.

Second person dies at temporary Minneapolis homeless center

Resident is the second to overdose in tents at the homeless services center.
Rod Thompson

State auditor reprimands Shakopee school board, recommends policy changes after superintendent credit card scandal

Current superintendent said district has already implemented changes.
Jay Haugen, superintendent of Farmington Area Public Schools, is heading to Los Angeles this week as one of the nation’s top educators.

Farmington's superintendent draws rave reviews for approach to learning: 'People think the world of him'

Jay Haugen, Minnesota's superintendent of the year, believes in individualized approaches to education.
Two women were fatally shot in this apartment complex near University and Central in Minneapolis.

Neighbors ID woman, 67, fatally shot along with her daughter in SE. Mpls.

They were shot in a Minneapolis apartment late Saturday; police have made no arrests.
A huge pileup of vehicles in the east metro.

Snow snarls traffic, causes at least two major pileups

Nearly 6 inches of snow fell hard and fast in Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday, creating hazardous roads and causing two major pileups involving dozens…
Ha-Vi Nguyen, right, a public health nutrition specialist, checked the height of 3-year-old Micaela with the help of her mother, Jenny Valdez, during

Dakota County program reaches out to families, connects them with help

Birth to Age Eight Collaborative is trying to make sure various government agencies and other groups are sharing information about struggling kids.

Douglas Bonar, Farmington problem-solver and peacemaker, dies at 61

Bonar, who according to colleagues had a contagious passion for civic issues, died of lung cancer Jan. 9.
Dakota County will spend $50,000 to study the idea of whether it’s feasible to return bison to the county through its park system.

Dakota County will study bringing back the bison to county parks

Dakota County once consisted of more than 300,000 acres of prairie and savanna. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of that area remains.
Commander Wolffe, a one-eyed Selkirk Rex, borrowed his sister Rosa’s crown after confusion over a tiebreaker led to two cats being declared winner.

Two cats take home the crown at the St. Paul Winter Carnival cat show

In another first, the annual Saintly City Cat Show crowned one queen but two kings.
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2010 file photo, an package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service driver in Palo Alto, Calif. The Min

Greater MSP should be transparent with details of Amazon proposal, Dakota County commissioners say

But Greater MSP has no legal obligation to share the information, a judge ruled earlier this month.
Cars were warned last March before driving on an ice road.

Three cars break through ice Saturday, prompting warnings

Authorities are warning people to use caution.

Dakota County to hire officer to regulate commercial trucks

As commercial vehicle traffic increases in Dakota County, so does the need for enforcement, officials say.
At the St. Joseph Parish in Barron, parishioners held their hands together in an offering of peace during service. Three prayers were dedicated to Jay

At Barron church services, Jayme's return called a miracle

At St. Joseph's Church in Barron and at St. Peter's Church in neighboring Cameron, dozens of churchgoers gathered in the same spaces where they had prayed for nearly three months for the safe return of Jayme Closs.
At the federal government’s behest, the Met Council’s transportation advisory board has stipulated that any city vying for this year’s round of

Afraid of losing federal funding, more Minn. suburbs plan to comply with ADA

Officials say they're drawing up "ADA transition plans" to ensure better accessibility with streets, sidewalks and intersections.
In 2015, young people paid respects at the site of the Lakeville crash that killed two Lakeville South High students.

Lakeville district sued again over Nerf Wars crash

A survivor alleges that Lakeville South High School should have protected students.
A Nativity scene, without the statue of the baby Jesus, in St. Cloud. The figurine was stolen in recent weeks, part of a national trend that is rattli

Across Minn., thieves steal baby Jesus statues away from the manger

Statues are disappearing from displays across state.

Mary McKee Anderson, who served as state's first lady for 6 years, dies at 79

As the wife of former Minnesota Gov. Wendell Anderson, Mary McKee put her three children first throughout her husband's political career even though she had three degrees of her own.
Fur-ever Wild, seen running a display at the Dakota County Fair in 2017.

Controversial petting zoo near Lakeville damaged

No animals or people appeared to be hurt, officials said.

Inver Grove Heights Administrator Joe Lynch disciplined for offensive comments

The Inver Grove Heights official was suspended for three days without pay.

Dakota, Scott and Carver counties pass tax increases in 2019 budgets

Salaries, human services and building projects add to county budgets.
Kris Overby and Magnus Rydholm stayed at a Minneapolis hotel while nailing down the logistics for a trip they're planning. They will bring 30 Swedes t

New business aims to mend broken family trees, from Sweden to Minnesota

New business helps make genealogy links, guides tours for Minnesotans.
A day made for being outdoors: Laura Truett walked Winnie while her daughter Piper, 9, and son Hunter, 7, circled Lake of the Isles in shorts Sunday.

Baby, it's warm outside for December in Minn.

Mild spell irritates skiers and brings out the sun-lovers
Buck Hill in Burnsville isn't just for skiing and snowboarding. The slopes now can be hold offseason concerts 10 times a year and extend later into th

Burnsville's Buck Hill adds more music nights despite protests

Ski slope can now stage 10 concerts a year, despite neighbors' noise concerns.

Dakota County soon may auction a Mississippi River island in Inver Grove Heights

County officials have received at least five inquiries on how to purchase it.
Inhabitants of a large homeless encampment in south Minneapolis prepare for an important deadline next week to relocate to a temporary shelter nearby.

Frey: Mpls. homeless camp residents 'deserve better'

Mayor Jacob Frey and American Indian leaders made an impassioned plea for unity Sunday at a crowded public meeting, which was hastily called in response to complaints of harassment of aid workers at the camp in south Minneapolis.
The reconstructed High Bridge has high railings to discourage suicides.

St. Paul's High Bridge reopens, to pedestrians' and commuters' acclaim

The bridge was closed for 15 months for repairs to its deck. Dozens gathered to celebrate the ribbon-cutting.

After theft, Dakota County officials decline to comment definitively on possible U.S. probe

A former Dakota County Community Development Authority employee is facing theft charges.
Ida Rapoport, center, with sons Andrew, left, and Edward.

St. Paul social work pioneer Ida Rapoport dies at 98

She eventually became a professor at the University of Minnesota at a time when such a path was rare for women.
Emergency personnel were on the scene last week at a corn bin, where a man became trapped.

Man who was trapped in corn bin and later died in NW. Wisconsin is identified

A man who died after becoming trapped in a grain bin in northwestern Wisconsin has been identified.

Ex-West St. Paul city manager sues his former employer alleging defamation

Matt Fulton alleges a council member's negative comments violated a separation agreement.
Nealon Thompson, shown in 2012.

Apple Valley fire chief resigned over sexual relationship with lower-ranking employee

The city determined Nealon Thompson had engaged in repeated sexual contact with a lower-ranking city employee, according to city records.
This undated photo provided by Riley Tillitt shows Tillitt. Tillitt, who graduates from Yale in May 2019, is among 32 men and women the Rhodes Trust a

Yale student from Eden Prairie wins Rhodes scholarship

Eden Prairie man says brother's addiction and death will drive his Oxford studies.

Body of Goodhue man found in Utah reservoir

Authorities believe he drowned and are still looking for his girlfriend.
St. Thomas senior Fatoumata Jaiteh, left, took action after seeing shocking inequities in maternal care in her parents’ homeland.

St. Thomas student brings supplies and support to new Gambian mothers

Fatoumata Jaiteh founded a nonprofit called "From Mother To You," which helps Gambian mothers get supplies and resources they need after they have a child.
Waste Management’s Burnsville landfill is running out of space, and the company is hauling more trash to Iowa.

Loss of garbage leaves Burnsville in a financial fix

City officials are scrambling after firm diverts trash, landfill fees.

In rare feat, write-in candidate wins seat on Farmington City Council

Joshua Hoyt beat six others to secure a City Council seat.
Janet Anderson wore her grandfather’s Royal Air Force hat Sunday to a World War I ceremony at Victory Memorial Parkway.

100-year anniversary serves as path to remembrance of World War I

An event in Minneapolis on Sunday commemorated the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day, the date World War I finally ended and many believed longstanding global peace was within reach.
Bushra Abdi (left) and Zeynab (Hapsa) Abdalla .

'Help, we are drowning': 911 call from Shakopee women released

The recording and transcripts of a 911 call made by two Shakopee women who drowned last month, just released by Chaska police, offer new details…

Change afoot in West St. Paul, along with battles for Dakota, Scott boards

The West St. Paul elections capped a year in which the city manager resigned under pressure from some council members.

Minnesota counties test video for daily check-ins with TB patients

Dakota, Stearns are first in state to test technology.
Smaller dogs bounded toward a fence at Alimagnet Dog Park in Burnsville on Friday to check out a passing Doberman pinscher on the other side.

No license, no problem: More cities eliminating pet licenses

They call the practice out of touch in an age when rabid dogs rarely roam and people have other ways to find their missing pets.
Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil held outside Halmstad Elementary School in Chippewa Falls on Sunday evening.

Wisconsin community mourns deaths of 3 Girl Scouts, mother

Hundreds gathered in the rain to remember the three Girl Scouts and a parent who were struck and killed by a pickup truck that left the road while they picked up trash along a rural highway in western Wisconsin.
Colon Cancer Coalition’s inflatable colon is often taken to health fairs and community events. Photo provided by Colon Cancer Coalition.

Story of Edina nonprofit's stolen inflatable colon has a happy ending

Before police in Kansas City, Mo., found the 10-by-12 foot tunnel used as a teaching tool, funds had been raised to replace it.
The Eagan police and fire departments responded to the scene of the accident, which occurred between Yankee Doodle Road and Blackhawk Road.

Semi carrying gasoline turns over, forces closure of Hwy. 13 Sunday night

Eagan police tweeted that no gasoline was leaking from the tanker.

Woman's wallet stolen by police officer impersonator in southwestern Minnesota

The man drove a black-and-white car with flashing lights on top.
Darren Rust seen removing a boulder from the road in Lakeville.

Rocks placed in the road damage cars in Lakeville

Authorities warn drivers as they investigate who put hazards in cars' paths.
Damien Agboola waited for a cab to pick him up after being released from the Dakota County jail in 2017.

New program helps released Dakota County jail inmates get home

Initiative provides buses from Hastings and a $5 Metro Transit pass.
Members of the Somali-American community arrived at the scene to look over the small pond where the bodies of Bushra Abdi and Zeynab ìHapsaî Abdalla

Teen cousins accidentally drowned in Chaska pond

Their car veered off the road into the water. Family and friends who stood vigil prepared to gather again to bury the women.
Bushra Abdi (left) and Zeynab (Hapsa) Abdalla both 19, had been missing since early Saturday.

After frantic search, bodies of 2 missing women found in Chaska

Two bodies were pulled from a murky pond in Chaska late Sunday, bringing a frantic two-day search for two 19-year-old cousins and best friends from Shakopee to a tragic end.

West St. Paul tunnel remains a local campaign issue

West St. Paul, Dakota County officials moving toward agreement before the funding can expire.

Charges under wraps against Minnetonka 12-year-old in brother's fatal stabbing

Boy had been released to his parents after allegedly killing his older brother.
Eastview High School has seen improved access to services and better attendance for students who had a pattern of truancy.

Counseling, not courts: Dakota County pleased with new truancy approach

Dakota County is pleased with new support system.

South St. Paul asks county for help with disabled

City wants to add a social worker to help with calls from disabled tenants.

Three injured in Minneapolis shooting Sunday night

Two adult males and one juvenile male were hurt in a Sunday night shooting.
Firefighters checked the wreckage of an SUV that landed on a grassy edge of I-94 near W. Broadway Avenue on Sunday..

At least one dead after SUV crashes, rolls on I-94

At least one person died Sunday afternoon when a silver SUV spun off eastbound Interstate 94 and onto the grassy side of the interstate near W. Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis.
A young man tries to cool off with help from a drinking fountain.

Record temperatures hit northern Minnesota Sunday

Brainerd, International Falls broke records for high temperatures Sunday.
Members of West Coast Environmental Consultants Spill Team, a contractor used by railroads to help clean up environmental emergencies, practiced conta

Agencies practice for emergency situations on the Mississippi River

In all, 34 government agencies and private companies took part in what the U.S. Coast Guard calls its Area Maritime Security Training and Exercise Program.
Former Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist

E-mails reveal tension in Farmington surrounding top cop's dismissal

Council members, staffers expressed concern over gun cameras, other issues.
GOP Secretary of State candidate John Howe, right, and his campaign manager, Tim Droogsma, were injured Sunday in Carver when their float crashed afte

Perfect storm led to injuries suffered by Minn. Secretary of State candidate, his manager

"We're just so thankful; it could have been so much worse," Howe said.
GOP Secretary of State candidate John Howe, right, and his campaign manager, Tim Droogsma, were injured Sunday in Carver when their float crashed afte

GOP Secretary of State candidate, his manager hurt in parade-float crash

John Howe was injured Sunday along with Tim Droogsma, his campaign manager.

Man found dead in southwestern Minnesota in apparent hunting accident

A Worthington man died Saturday morning in an apparent hunting accident in southwestern Minnesota, according to the Nobles County sheriff's office.
Joseph Graw

Joseph Graw, Bloomington legislator and insurance executive, dies at 103

Graw introduced legislation to create a network of suburban junior colleges and then lobbied to locate one of them in his hometown, earning him "Mr. Normandale."
Artist's rendering of the hotel planned for the development near the Vikings' headquarters in Eagan.

Wilfs plan luxury hotel, conference center for Viking Eagan campus

MV Eagan Ventures, owned by the Wilfs, has proposed a Scandinavian-themed four-star hotel and conference center as part of the 200-acre Viking Lakes development in Eagan.
Huge crowds seen at the Minnesota State Fair.

Saturday breaks all-time record for single-day fair attendance

The State Fair broke an all-time attendance record Saturday, with 270,426 people walking through its gates. Sunday's attendance figure wasn't immediately available, but by Monday, the fair could easily meet or even break its overall attendance record and hit the 2 million mark.
These are among the 11 Blanding's turtle hatchlings found in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan.

Blanding's turtle babies discovered in Dakota County park

Eleven hatchlings, each the size of a silver dollar, were found Tuesday by park officials.
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