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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
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.

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.
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