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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
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.
Bushra Abdi, left, and Zeynab "Hafsa" Abdalla

Deaths of 2 Shakopee women determined to be result of car crash

The teen cousins were found in a Chaska pond after a cryptic 911 call.
St. Mark's Catholic School in St. Paul

St. Mark's Catholic School in St. Paul closing due to enrollment decline

Some parishioners attribute decline to a significant curriculum change, unhappiness over parish priests.
Residents have put docks, sand beaches and fire pits along the 25-acre stormwater pond, known as Lake Ann, because they were told they could.

Farmington residents fear losing access to beloved lake

New city control has Farmington owners afraid of losing swimming, canoeing privileges.
Charles Homich

Foster mom's boyfriend pleads guilty to murder of 3-year-old in Eagan

Foster mom still faces manslaughter charges.
SSP students Naomi Gedey, Hafsa Ahmad, Emiliano Granados and teacher Jessica Davis spoke before the board Monday night, seeking to wear sashes at grad

South St. Paul students lobby to wear ethnic-pride sashes at graduation

It’s not often that students outnumber adults at a school board meeting. But on Monday, more than two dozen teens turned out in South St.…
Authorities salute a procession for Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer Eugene Wynn Jr., 43, on Sunday.

Motorcade takes fallen DNR officer's body home, generates 'goosebumps'

Conservation officer Eugene Wynn died Friday after being tossed from a boat in Cross Lake.

Plans for mental health treatment center in Savage move forward

Inpatient center in Savage will fill a regional gap.

Three Dakota County libraries get a new look in time for library system's 50th anniversary

Apple Valley's remodel is finished; Lakeville and Hastings are underway.
Christian Huelsman of the Minneapolis Alley Initiative led a tour Sunday of the brick, granite and wood used in local streets.

State's county historical societies go 'beyond the facts' to better cater to modern world

Hands-on activities, tours in unexpected locations help boost attendance.
The Mall of America in Minneapolis. A man was arrested Friday after throwing a 5-year-old child from a third-floor balcony at the mall.

'We are all completely overwhelmed': Help for boy thrown at Mall of America surpasses $550K

A family friend said Sunday he is "continuing to fight."
Texas Tech and Michigan State fans had very different reactions at the end of Saturday night's game. Texas Tech played Michigan State in a semifinal o

NCAA fans either jubilant or looking for a way out of Mpls.

Fans of Michigan State and Auburn were looking for ways to get out of town, while Virginia and Texas Tech fans celebrated. "Everything was great except for the game," said one Michigan State fan.
Hockey players practiced in 2017 at one of Shakopee's new ice arenas.

Shakopee will end spring switch to artificial turf at ice arena

Demand for ice time is growing while teams that want turf space go elsewhere.
Pine are prevalent at Whitetail Woods, Dakota County's newest park which is designed for year-round use.

Dakota County approves next phase of Whitetail Woods Regional Park improvements at cost of $4.2M

It includes a warming house, additions to a kids' natural play area and more than 5 new miles of trails, including a boardwalk crossing Empire Lake.
The Burnsville Community Center was brimming with pickleball games Thursday, including the one with Darrell Goring, who returned a shot as Bill Gustaf

Apple Valley neighbors in a pickle over pickleball noise

Despite pickleball's widespread and growing popularity — or maybe because of it — it's notoriously irksome to many who live or work near its courts.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community opened the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility (ORF) in the fall of 2011.

Shakopee residents at odds with Mdewakanton Sioux over smelly compost facility

The tribe's compost facility is one of only two in the metro area.
Goldy Gopher was the first to sign up to volunteer during the NCAA Final Four.

'Show our Minnesota nice': Volunteers embrace Final Four opportunity

About 1,000 people attended an orientation and pep talk ahead of the NCAA Final Four festivities.
Anton's Restaurant in Waite Park, Minn., flooded very quickly Saturday evening because of an ice dam on the Sauk River. The waters began to recede wit

40-plus people rescued as fast-rising Sauk River floods restaurant

More than 40 people had to be rescued when an ice jam broke loose on the Sauk River in central Minnesota, triggering a torrent of…
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.
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