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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.
Recent content from Erin Adler
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.
Gary Anger talks to fourth-grader Dylan Blaser in March.

Shakopee schools Superintendent Gary Anger brought enthusiasm and optimism to the job he loved

He roamed the halls introducing himself, coming up with ideas and writing notes to every teacher and high school graduate.
Former colleagues in the U.S. Senate Amy Klobuchar (top right) and Al Franken (bottom left) spoke fondly of the late John McCain (left) and his servic

'He exemplified heroism': Minnesota colleagues pay tribute to John McCain

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar remembered the late Sen. John McCain as a friend as well as a colleague, while Al Franken recalled his first encounter with the late Arizona senator.
Gary Anger, seen talking with fourth-graders Allis Ayala Lopez, left, and Elvin Rascon in March, died of cancer on Sunday.

Shakopee Superintendent Gary Anger dies of cancer

Gary Anger, the superintendent of Shakopee schools, died of cancer Sunday. Anger started in the district in July 2017.
A vintage military airplane crashed and exploded into flames Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, MN.

Vintage military plane crashes at Blaine airport, injuring pilot

Pilot reported smoke in cockpit shortly before plane went down. Two passersby pulled him away from the fiery wreckage.
Workers prepared the Timothy Boche memorial to be put up again.

Memorial dedicated to beloved Simley High School student who died returns

Marker had been in storage since the school built its new football stadium five years ago.
Longtime Farmington Police Chief Brian Linquist was ousted by the city council.

Farmington dismisses longtime police chief amid resident objections

Chief Brian Lindquist said he wasn't happy about the decision but vowed to move on.
Minnesota Vikings fans pose for photos by a large Skol sign before the start of a Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars joint practice session Thursday, Au

Despite initial worries, Eagan got a kick out of training camp

With the inaugural training camp winding down, residents say their new neighbors kept traffic at bay, problems to a minimum and brought crowds streaming to local businesses.
Longtime Farmington Police Chief Brian Linquist was asked to step down by the city council.

City Council asks longtime Farmington police chief to step down

Chief Brian Lindquist has served as police chief for 12 years and said the request was surprising.

Toddler dies in Kandiyohi County farm accident

The 2-year-old boy was struck by a skid loader Sunday afternoon and later died.

Man dies in southern Minnesota when motorcycle leaves road, rolls several times

A 64-year-old man is dead after his motorcycle left the road, hit a sign and rolled over.
Goldy was taken from a parked car in Chaska.

Stolen from his owner's car, Goldy the dog is safely home, Chaska police say

Goldy was located and returned to his owners Sunday.
The Metropolitan Council’s 2017 annual use estimate indicates that parkgoers made 58.3 million visits to the regional system in 2017, an increase

'More popular than the mall': Met Council count shows our love for parks remains strong

New trail segments help boost regional park visits to 58.3 million in 2017.

West St. Paul will ask voters to approve local sales tax

In debt from the Robert Street reconstruction, city will ask voters to OK levy.
MVTA bus

New bus service will help Dakota County Technical College students get to school

Existing MVTA route will now extend to the community college, located in Rosemount.
A close-up of the picture of slain Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick that is etched on his memorial.

Slain Mendota Heights officer gets monument on anniversary of his death

A committee considered the most fitting site for a permanent monument to Scott Patrick, killed in 2014.
Even if Coats residents treat their water or drink bottled water, polluted wells are still a concern, one Dakota County official said, because they in

Tiny Dakota County town has a big problem: Polluted water

State studies indicate that up to 55 percent of the private wells used by Coates residents may have nitrate levels above drinking water standards.

Man fatally shot in north Minneapolis near kickball tournament

A man died in north Minneapolis Sunday night after being shot near North Commons Park, where hundreds were gathered to play kickball, according to Minneapolis police.
John Ruszczyk, front, is accompanied by his wife Maryan Heffernan, second left, his son Jason Ruszczyk, left, and his wife Katarina after making a sta

Justine Damond's family to file suit over her shooting by Mpls. cop

Civil rights suit in shooting could lead to huge payout.

Inver Grove Heights biofuel plant still on track, but hurdles remain

Garbage-to-ethanol plant in Inver Grove Heights still needs approvals.

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.
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