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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 and Scott counties 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.
Recent content from Erin Adler
The Stone Arch Apartments are across the street from where the homicide occurred on Saturday, Nov. 16.

'Let's do this': Couple chases suspect after fatal Minneapolis shooting

It happened in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, where residents already have met with police after crimes.
The Rev. Wes Feltner, lead pastor at Berean Baptist Church.

Burnsville church roiled by charges that pastor had inappropriate relationships with teens

The allegations against the Rev. Wes Feltner have shaken the congregation at his south metro megachurch, resulting in his taking a leave and removing him from consideration by a church in Tennessee.
"Churchmen in the New World" in the Guild Hall at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis church votes to retire controversial embroidery

Members of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis voted Sunday to remove a large embroidery depicting the first Thanksgiving and a slave ship that church leaders deemed to be "disturbing and hurtful."
Nadia Mohamed, who became the first Somali-American and Muslim on the St. Louis Park City Council, was just one of several younger women to win in sub

Election reveals shift in suburban leadership

More young women from diverse backgrounds are running — and winning.
A "Guns Down St. Paul" sign was placed near the scene at E. Maryland Avenue and Hazelwood Street where a shooting happened over the weekend.

Uncomfortable norm: St. Paul grapples with fatal shootings

Mayor Melvin Carter on Sunday encouraged residents to attend a series of public safety forums that begin this week.
Lakeville railroad proposes drilling wells and shipping Minnesota water to the Southwest

Lakeville railroad proposes drilling wells and shipping Minnesota water to the Southwest

A railway wants to ship 500M gallons a year from wells in Dakota County.
Yasiel Santiago-Castillo, a senior at Henry Sibley High School, held a vaping device disguised as a hoodie drawstring. On his left is Rep. Laurie Halv

Legislators vow to crack down on teen vaping in 2020 session

Both parties plan measures to get nicotine products out of the hands of teenagers.
Prior Lake Mayor Kirt Briggs and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribal Chairman Charles Vig pose for a picture inside the new water treatment center.

In unusual collaboration, tribe, Prior Lake build water plant

Despite making "extensive practical sense," collaboration between tribes and local governments on infrastructure projects remains "less common than it should be," said UMD Prof. Joseph Bauerkemper. In this case, the joint water treatment plant will save the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux and city of Prior Lake millions.

Man stabbed while riding Green Line train in Minneapolis on Sunday

The suspect was booked into the Hennepin County jail.
St. Paul fire crews put out the motorhome fire that killed one person Saturday night.

Motor home fire kills one in St. Paul Saturday night

One adult died and another was injured after the vehicle's front end started on fire.

Plans for massive UMore housing development in Rosemount fall through

The developer bowed out of the 1,500-home project.
A rusty patch bumblebee seen on Joe Pye weed in 2014. The endangered bumblebee species has been discovered at the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area in Inv

Rusty patched bumblebee buzzes into Inver Grove Heights

A rusty patched bumblebee has made its home in bluffland area.
Ubah Hussein, 39, in yellow, was a mother of 10 with another child on the way. Her husband, Tamam Kharow, was seriously injured.

'She was an angel': Community mourns mother of 10 who died in car crash

Ubah Hussein, 35, died when a wrong-way driver hit her minivan in Mpls. He told police he was high on PCP.
Apple Valley is one in a number of Twin Cities metro cities weighing how best to address the trend of dumpsters in a bag, but it may be the first to c

Apple Valley ponders how to address dumpsters-in-a-bag

It may be the first Twin Cities suburb to craft an ordinance specifically addressing problems with the "temporary refuse receptacles."
Ted Gladhill, of Eagan, said he’s seen 1,000 planes fly over his home in a month and 92 in a single day.

Frustrated Eagan residents seek reprieve from airplane rumbles

City wants FAA to give peace and quiet a chance.
Police investigated the scene where one person and a child were found with gunshot wounds after a vehicle rollover, Sunday, Oct. 6, in St. Paul.

Man, 4-year-old boy shot in St. Paul found in overturned SUV

A man and a 4-year-old boy were shot as someone opened fire on their SUV, which then crashed and overturned in front of a St. Paul apartment complex Sunday night.
The two teen siblings were hit on Sept. 30 when a vehicle hit pedestrians before smashing into a bakery on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Cecilia Speranz

Siblings hit by carjacker in Minneapolis making progress; sister still in hospital with brain injury

Two teenage siblings injured when a carjacker crashed into them are making progress, though the woman who was hit remains hospitalized, according to their father’s…
Hennepin Avenue is a popular destination for visitors during most weekends.

2 fatal shootings over weekend in the Twin Cities spark unease

Saturday night's shooting in Minneapolis continues a pattern of crime in downtown that is driving away some who used to frequent the area's bars, theaters and clubs.
Valerie Land, the aunt of RayVell Carter, grieved for her nephew during service on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Rev. Richard Land, pastor at St. Albans Churc

Church celebrates life of St. Paul man fatally shot leaving Bible study

Pastor at St. Albans asks community not to avenge RayVell Carter's death.
Protesters made their way from the Western District police headquarters to the site of Ronald Davis' fatal shooting by St. Paul police on Sunday, Sept

Protesters march for man fatally shot by St. Paul police officer a week ago

Officer fired after the armed man rammed his police SUV on Sept. 15, investigators say.
Andy Vig, son of Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux chairman Charles Vig, and coordinator of the culture and history preservation work group, in front of Hoco

Shakopee Mdewakanton debut new exhibit sharing their history, culture

The new Hoċokata Ti cultural center includes a museum open to the public.
Like some of his neighbors, Rosemount resident Jim Quist is looking for answers to a mysterious blue-green haze he said is damaging his property.

Rosemount residents worry that blue-green haze is toxic

Neighbors point to the nearby Spectro Alloys smelting plant as the source. Spectro officials say that they're doing nothing wrong.
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Tom Weber announced their engagement in June. They married on Saturday, Sept. 14 in Red Wing.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan marries former MPR reporter Tom Weber

The couple married in Red Wing at a friend's cabin with Gov. Tim Walz giving the wedding toast.

South St. Paul scrambling after manager of public-housing high-rises steps away

Officials said that having another entity manage the publicly owned buildings on its own is unsustainable in the long run.

Three injured when distracted driver hits pedal bar in Minneapolis Saturday

Two people on the party bike were injured and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Police lined up as onlookers shouted after an officer-involved shooting Saturday night in Richfield by Edina police.

Man livestreams chase before fatal encounter with Edina police

Up to 12 minutes of the pursuit, which ended in Richfield, was livestreamed on Facebook.
Longtime Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt

Hastings fire chief resigns after investigation finds he showed poor judgment

He ordered firefighters to remove a generator from the roof of City Hall.
St. Paul's lone Kmart store, on Maryland Avenue East, will close in mid-December, officials said Sunday.

As fourth St. Paul retailer closes, some ask: Where will we shop?

Back-to-back closings of two discount stores in St. Paul months after Sears shut its doors are taking a big bite out of the city's retail offerings.
Jo Ann Monnens picked up her husband, Paul, in the couple’s electric blue golf cart as she gave her grandchildren a ride through their Shakopee neig

Golf carts go off-course and into the community

Suburbs are increasingly allowing golf carts on city streets

Dakota County community services director under investigation after complaint

The director of community services in Dakota County is on leave pending an investigation into a complaint made against him, according to a county news…
Michael Plante

Prior Lake fires city manager after domestic assault charges

Charges included three counts of domestic assault including assault by strangulation, a felony. Police were continuing to investigate.

Church worker allegedly steals $33K from Church of St. Peter in Mendota

Complaint says man spent up to $400 on scratch-off tickets daily.
Austin Schiff pedaled past stranded vehicles next to Lakeville North High School in June. The Twin Cities reached its second-highest rainfall this sum

Started wet, kept going: Twin Cities on track for second-wettest year

The summer that started with a lot of rain looks to be ending the same way: swampy. A brief but heavy storm doused the Twin…
Larry Johnson had kept a mother pig and two piglets in his triplex, but hoofed animals are not allowed within the city.

Minneapolis man fights to regain 'emotional support' pigs, not allowed by the city

Owner couldn't come up with money to get them back; city calls his home "extremely unsanitary."

Lakeville schools levy aims to bring two sports domes to city

Plan is part of $44 million school levy to go before voters in November.
Trust in the Shakopee school district hit a low point after former Superintendent Rod Thompson pleaded guilty to swindling tens of thousands of dollar

Debate over release of report raises transparency concerns in Shakopee

Shakopee is divided over releasing an unredacted school district document.
Driver pleads guilty to intentionally running over Eagan couple

Driver pleads guilty to intentionally running over Eagan couple

Jonna Kojo Armartey, 37, pleaded guilty to two charges of second-degree murder for killing a husband and wife.
An officer teared up at the funeral for Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick in 2014. After the shooting, West St. Paul officers involved in t

West St. Paul police focus on officers' mental health, wellness

The department in West St. Paul requires officers to meet with a counselor annually.
Minneapolis Police Sargent K.A Angerhofer and SWAT team members stood outside Target Field after the Twins game Sunday.

Minneapolis ramps up police presence as Minnesotans grapple with latest mass shootings

More police visible as many in Twin Cities voice fears
Suburbs are dotted with problem properties and aren’t entirely sure what to do about them. In Shakopee, property owner Gerald Schmitz has been cited

Suburbs strive to take proactive approach to battle problem properties

Some issue fines and citations while others take a softer approach.

Two Gophers swimmers injured in Minneapolis shooting Saturday

According to the statement, two members of the men's swimming team were downtown Minneapolis last weekend when they were struck by stray gunfire.
The former St. Andrew's Church has Romanesque features and other architectural details cherished by preservationists. The Twin Cities German Immersion

Dozens gather at former church facing wrecking ball

Many there Sunday were parents and their children who go to the school. But former parishioners came to say goodbye too.

In a suburban first, four metro cities to adopt local sales tax

The Twin Cities suburbs got the Legislature's and voters' OK for a half-cent or less extra.
Bishop Harding Smith led a vigil for the victim of a fatal shooting on Plymouth Avenue in north Minneapolis.

Two years and a block apart: Brothers slain in Minneapolis

Community members hold vigil near where both brothers were slain. "We are going through so much trauma right now."

Man shot, injured by law enforcement in Becker County Saturday night

The man had threatened to hurt himself and wouldn't leave his home when asked, authorities said.
Burnsville's women leaders gathered last week for an interview with the "Today" show. From left they are: Jennifer Harmening, Burnsville Chamber of Co

In Burnsville, the women are in charge and attracting national attention

Suburb attracts national attention for female leaders in city's top posts.

West St. Paul man likely set own house on fire

The man was then taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Police closed off the intersection of Highpoint Rd and Windsor Ln following an officer involved shooting. ALEX KORMANN ¥ alex.kormann@startribune.com

Police shoot man in Woodbury who was taunting 'come kill me'

A man who taunted officers late Sunday morning to kill him was shot and wounded by police in a residential Woodbury neighborhood, authorities said.A.J. Nobello…
Tan and white pit bull dog in shelter.

Savage addresses its No. 2 problem, telling dog owners to #ScoopThePoop

The city started its whimsical campaign to encourage pet waste pickup on July 1.
Mohamad Ndiaye and Katie Knitt cheered as time ran out in the championship game and the USA clinched the World Cup title.

Minnesota soccer fans rejoice as women rule the World (Cup)

Soccer fans gathered throughout the Twin Cities on Sunday morning to cheer on the U.S. women's soccer team as it won the World Cup for a record fourth time.
The Radisson Blu at Mall of America is running a pilot program this summer to explore panic button options for Radisson hotels.

More hotels looking into issuing panic buttons to workers as a security measure

At union's urging, it's a trend that's picking up steam in state, nation.
A two-month old cub of rare white Indian tiger hides behind its mother Surya Bara at a zoo in the city of Liberec, Czech Republic, Tuesday, April 26,

Tiger display coming to Dakota County Fair raises hackles of animal welfare group

Activists ask the Dakota County Fair to reconsider.
Daniel Brundidge, 4, sang along to “Old Town Road.”

Cottage Grove mom thanks the rap star who inspired her autistic son to sing

Sheletta Brundidge called Lil Nas X to thank him for helping her son sing.

Father drowns while trying to rescue toddler in Detroit Lakes

Christopher Schultz jumped in after his 3-year-old son fell off a bridge into Detroit Lake.

Man dies in head-on collision near Brainerd

Scott Ronald Bundy of Deerwood died when his truck collided with a semi.

Eagan police seize drugs, cash, loaded gun at hotel

The investigation remains open.

Inver Grove Heights wants to fix 'toxic' City Hall work environment

After damning survey, it seeks respectful culture.
Daniel Brundidge, 4, sang along to the “Old Town Road” video with his mom, Sheletta, and siblings, Cameron, 5, Andrew, 12, and Brandon, 6, from le

Nonverbal boy sings first words, charms Internet with 'Old Town Road'

A popular rap-meets-country song has inspired a Minnesota boy with autism to belt out some of his first words. Until last week, 4-year-old Daniel Brundidge’s…

Hastings decides to permanently chlorinate city's water supply after E. coli contamination last fall

Decision follows an E. coli contamination last fall.
The Rince Na Chroi Irish Dancers performed in the Grand Old Day 2019 Parade on Sunday.

After almost taking a hiatus, Grand Old Day was grand indeed

Thanks to determined neighbors and last-minute fundraising, the decades-old event happened as usual, with thousands of people walking up and down the popular St. Paul shopping and restaurant district.
“I feel confident that this is a good direction for us to move in,” said Jake Grussing, library director in Scott County, which is studying the co

Libraries without librarians? Twin Cities systems try it

Self-service lets branches open with minimal staff; users let themselves in.

West St. Paul considers reinstalling basketball rims removed due to bad behavior

Crime and complaints at parks led to their removal.
Jeff Muntifering stands by Nakili, a male black rhinoceros living at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago.

Minnesota Zoo's African rhino program pays off, half a world away

The Apple Valley zoo program, with Minnesota native's work, is reducing poaching in the animals' habitat.
Frosted raspberry plant, as seen in Afton, Minn.

Frost advisory in place for much of Minnesota this morning

Just a week before Memorial Day, Minnesotans were surprised with a cold, wet forecast that included snow Sunday in northeastern areas and, for most of the state, an advisory for frost through Monday morning that could damage any recently planted annuals.
FILE- Ilhan Omar, then soon to be sworn in as a U.S. Representative, joined Somali leaders and other community members gathered outside the Amazon ful

Three Amazon workers allege discrimination at Shakopee warehouse

Three Somali-American women working in Shakopee are accusing Amazon of violating their civil rights by passing over East African workers for promotion and failing to…
Former NFL center Matt Birk spoke Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Royal Cliff Banquet & Conference Center at a fundraiser for a Catholic high school he i

NFL veteran Matt Birk to start Catholic high school in Burnsville

NFL veteran Matt Birk, father of eight, is leading fundraising efforts.
Students Naomi Gedey, Hafsa Ahmad, Emiliano Granados and teacher Jessica Davis spoke before the school board in April, seeking to wear sashes at gradu

South St. Paul students will be allowed to wear sashes at graduation

Superintendent notes "elevating student voice."
A stack of fake credits are illuminated by a black light.

Shakopee's action on gift cards is likely the first of its kind in country

A new ordinance in Shakopee will require consumers to show a picture ID to buy Visa, Mastercard or American Express gift cards with a credit card at stores, a move the police chief believes will reduce fraud.
Metro Transit police officers on leave after man injures himself in squad car

Metro Transit police officers on leave after man injures himself in squad car

Two Metro Transit police officers were placed on administrative leave after a man they arrested Sunday morning injured himself in the back of a squad car, a spokesman for the agency said.
The Dinosaurs Alive! attraction at Valleyfair could move to the Minnesota Zoo.

Minnesota Zoo moves forward with animatronic dinosaur exhibit

Exhibit's end at Valleyfair creates an opportunity for the Apple Valley facility.
Jessica Davis, the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, hugged her mom, Elaine Frie, who spent 38 years as a teacher in Albany area schools. Of her mot

Minnesota's new Teacher of the Year: 'Every voice matters'

South St. Paul Secondary School math teacher Jessica Davis doesn't shy away from tough conversations, political or otherwise, the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year said, and she's passionate about pushing for equity and diversity so that all students have the opportunity to be successful in school.
Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, 53, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Saturday for refusing to leave Regions Hospital after an evaluation.

Minn. lawmaker, retired sheriff's deputy arrested for alleged trespassing

Former sheriff's deputy allegedly refused to leave after staff cleared him.
Shallow depth of field image taken of yellow law enforcement line with police car and lights in the background.

BCA investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Duluth suburb

BCA says motorcyclist was also hit by squad in Duluth suburb.
St. Thomas Academy

St. Thomas Academy will cut Latin program, despite opposition

School officials say enrollment has been declining for a decade.

Whistleblowing coach gets $100K settlement from Dakota County Technical College, Minnesota State

Employee sued Dakota County Technical College and Minnesota State.