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Erin Adler

Reporter | South Metro
phone: 952-746-3283
Erin Adler covers South metro schools, including Dakota and Scott counties.
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Plymouth working to attract, and keep, businesses

Plymouth working to attract, and keep, businesses

The city has a new economic development manager to help promote itself to companies.
Rosemount celebrates Steeple Center expansion

Rosemount celebrates Steeple Center expansion

The repurposed church will be used by seniors and arts groups.
Program encourages Somali-American women to get fit

Program encourages Somali-American women to get fit

About 30 Somali-American women in Shakopee learned about fitness through a grant-funded program.
St. Paul Park chooses Inver Grove Heights sergeant as new police chief

St. Paul Park chooses Inver Grove Heights sergeant as new police chief

Inver Grove Heights Police Sgt. Jessica Billmeyer will start Feb. 10.
Farmington looks to re-energize its downtown

Farmington looks to re-energize its downtown

The city is creating a new plan for its historic downtown with the help of residents.
New Prague woman retires after 75 years working at same bank

New Prague woman retires after 75 years working at same bank

Lucille Nickolay got a bookkeeping job at the State Bank of New Prague at 18. She retired at 93.
'Shark Tank' gives Hastings company $150K for heavy-machinery play idea

'Shark Tank' gives Hastings company $150K for heavy-machinery play idea

Hastings entrepreneur Randy Stenger has taken a creative business concept from the playground to the Shark Tank — and he's emerged with an offer to help expand his company to other states.
Longtime director of Minnesota Valley Transit Authority retires

Longtime director of Minnesota Valley Transit Authority retires

Beverley Miller is preparing to leave the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority
South metro: Retiring MVTA director reflects on 25 years

South metro: Retiring MVTA director reflects on 25 years

Miller prepares to retire from the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority.
'Detectives' unearth long-lost links for kids needing adoption

'Detectives' unearth long-lost links for kids needing adoption

A Twin Cities adoption agency uses technology to explore all of a child's options.
'Detectives' unearth long-lost links for kids needing adoption

'Detectives' unearth long-lost links for kids needing adoption

A Twin Cities agency uses social media and sophisticated searches to explore all of a child's options.
New Prague opens a historic home for the holidays

New Prague opens a historic home for the holidays

The 19th-century log cabin that sat unused for decades was furnished with help from the community.
At Burnsville's Gideon Pond, kids run for a playground for all

At Burnsville's Gideon Pond, kids run for a playground for all

Gideon Pond Elementary finds fun, creative way to raise money.
South-metro school districts investing in solar energy

South-metro school districts investing in solar energy

The panels and gardens will pay off with significant long-term energy savings, officials say.

School district offers free enrichment classes for all staff members

  Teachers across Minnesota must prove they are learning and keeping up their skills to maintain their teaching licenses, so it’s not unusual to see…
Lakeville district considers cutting back on busing fees

Lakeville district considers cutting back on busing fees

Parents do not like the fees, but the move would result in thousands in lost revenue.
Some Minn. high schools try going without subs

Some Minn. high schools try going without subs

Chanhassen, Farmington say "flexible learning" teaches responsibility and saves money.

South metro voters approve school districts' requests for more money

All three south metro school districts that sought more money from voters saw success Tuesday at the ballot box. The Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan…
Former Edina band director faces health challenge after prescription goes wrong

Former Edina band director faces health challenge after prescription goes wrong

Bill Webb, who directed band at Edina High School for 24 years, contracted a sinus infection last February and was prescribed two medicines. Together, the drugs produced a dangerous reaction that caused neurological tremors and pain so severe that he now must use a wheelchair.
Kids' story times increasingly popular at Washington County Libraries

Kids' story times increasingly popular at Washington County Libraries

Engaging the little ones — not keeping them quiet — is the goal at the Washington County sessions.
Shakopee mayoral election could change city's course

Shakopee mayoral election could change city's course

Candidates divided over future of Community Center.
College president does double duty at Inver Hills, Dakota County Technical

College president does double duty at Inver Hills, Dakota County Technical

The schools are 9 miles apart, but Tim Wynes leads them both.

Lakeville South High bans Confederate flag after student argument

Five students wore T-shirts and accessories depicting the flag and one displayed it on his truck on Sept. 24 for "red, white and blue" day during homecoming week.

Hastings finance chief used same log-in for personal, city accounts, according to complaint

Charlene Stark, the Hastings finance director who resigned last week, had simultaneously accessed her personal bank account and the city's account at Wells Fargo, according…
School robotics teams take off as districts focus on science, tech

School robotics teams take off as districts focus on science, tech

The extracurricular activity has grown in popularity as schools emphasize science and technology.

Scott County eyes property tax increase

Scott County residents will likely see a county tax levy hike of up to 3.5 percent in 2016.The increase, the largest in five years, would…
Establishing a railroad 'quiet zone' in Shakopee would cost millions

Establishing a railroad 'quiet zone' in Shakopee would cost millions

Creating one could cost $2 million to $5 million because of safety upgrades that would be needed, a consulting firm says.
Apple Valley seeks trees for park on former quarry site

Apple Valley seeks trees for park on former quarry site

Officials and volunteers will plant more trees Sept. 19 with the help of nonprofit Tree Trust.
South metro high schools debut new scoreboards

South metro high schools debut new scoreboards

Some question the cost and necessity of the high-tech amenities at the high school level.

Lakeville school board struggles with discord

Plea for civil communication voiced at public meeting.
South metro high schools start new year with more classes, high-tech tools

South metro high schools start new year with more classes, high-tech tools

South metro schools add more classes and high-tech tools for students.
Elko New Market considers improvements to its aging skatepark

Elko New Market considers improvements to its aging skatepark

The Elko New Market skatepark, like several other metro-area skateparks, is aging. But updating the park's equipment would cost at least $40,000.

Neighbors upset about proposed District 196 bus hub in Apple Valley

The facility would be loud and bring in too much traffic, residents say.

South metro students' MCA scores stay flat

Computer problems plagued this year's tests, but state officials say the glitches did not affect students' results.

Farmington schools to ask voters for money for building maintenance, operating expenses

The Farmington school board has approved putting two questions on the November ballot asking residents for more money to maintain district buildings and avoid increasing…

Lakeville parents challenge school district's pay-to-ride busing policy

The $150 fee applies to those living 2 miles or less away from school.
Lakeville fur farm sparks controversy with S.D. expansion

Lakeville fur farm sparks controversy with S.D. expansion

Owner of Fur-Ever Wild keeps wolves, cougars, foxes and bobcats on 100-acre Dakota County property that operates as a petting zoo and working fur farm.

Lakeville school district plans to ask voters for $3.2M levy

The money would pay for technology upgrades and additional teachers.
Cities pay for surveys to gauge public opinion

Cities pay for surveys to gauge public opinion

Many local officials say the market research is helpful, but some wonder if it's necessary when there are online alternatives.

MCA results tossed out in St. Paul, Cannon Falls after teachers help students

Cannon Falls, St. Paul teachers communicated improperly with students, the state says.
Lakeville lowers some activity fees, caps total family cost

Lakeville lowers some activity fees, caps total family cost

The school board reduced fees for the costliest sports and capped the total cost per family.

New Prior Lake-Savage schools superintendent uses summer to prepare for year ahead

  The classrooms are mostly empty — students are more focused on fireworks and lazy summer days — but school districts are humming with preparations…

Funding cuts force swift end to mandatory ACT testing

Districts must still offer the test to students who want to take it.

Jordan City Council nixes plan for prairie grass at middle school

City officials raised concerns about appearance, hidden dangers and fires after superintendent suggested prairie grass instead of sod at renovated middle school.
Jordan Brewery plans still buried a year after mudslide

Jordan Brewery plans still buried a year after mudslide

$100,000 from state will pay for study of fallen hillside that has Jordan in limbo.

Farmington, South St. Paul and Burnsville schools plan budget cuts despite additional state funding

Officials in three south metro districts say the money is too little, too late.

Prior Lake, Lakeville and Shakopee schools to launch professional studies programs

The Shakopee, Lakeville and Prior Lake districts are looking for ways to get their students real-world work experience.
Lakeville pilots summer school on wheels with 'smart bus'

Lakeville pilots summer school on wheels with 'smart bus'

The learning lab on wheels will be serving students at Queen Anne Courts.

Wait for ACT scores upsets Minnesota parents, counselors

The state and ACT say the test-scoring process is on schedule.
Girls on the Run after-school program teaches running and life skills

Girls on the Run after-school program teaches running and life skills

After-school program encourages teamwork and self-confidence
Prior Lake ditches federal lunch program, losing $170K in funds

Prior Lake ditches federal lunch program, losing $170K in funds

Prior Lake High School is just the third Minnesota school to withdraw from the federally funded meal program, choosing to provide school breakfast and lunch all on its own.
Girls on the Run after school program teaches running and life skills

Girls on the Run after school program teaches running and life skills

Teams from several south metro schools participate in Girls on the Run, which encourages teamwork and self-confidence.

Echo Park Elementary and Oak Ridge Elementary to become magnet schools

Oak Ridge and Echo Park campuses will emphasize STEM, leadership.
Burnsville plans to close Senior Campus after high-school expansion

Burnsville plans to close Senior Campus after high-school expansion

When the recently approved high school expansion is complete, there will be room to house grades 9-12 in one building.

Hamline launches bullying prevention program for teachers

Course aims to help teachers recognize, prevent bullying.

Lakeville and Farmington 'choice schools' grow in different ways

Both school districts tout success of new schools, but only one will grow next year.
Farmington school district discusses banning permanent memorials

Farmington school district discusses banning permanent memorials

Several school districts have policies restricting memorials that honor deceased students or teachers.
High schools scramble to meet ACT's many test-day requirements

High schools scramble to meet ACT's many test-day requirements

But before students can fill in a single bubble, schools have to meet ACT's many test-day requirements: no public address announcements or bells, desks arranged 3 feet apart, and a mandated start time, regardless of a school's regular schedule.
Aspen Academy student club has a rockin' good time

Aspen Academy student club has a rockin' good time

A teacher with a geological passion is inspiring young rock hounds.
Savage holds inaugural Service Day on Saturday

Savage holds inaugural Service Day on Saturday

Shrey Pothini, 11, planned the citywide day of volunteering.

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan debates ending class rank

Student rankings by GPA would be replaced with Latin honors based on percentiles.

False alarms lead to fines at Jordan High School

Security system alarms were set off 25 times in a few months in evenings and on weekends
West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan offers spring break classes for elementary students

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan offers spring break classes for elementary students

The West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan schools offer enrichment classes over break.
New Prague pins hopes on Hotel Broz

New Prague pins hopes on Hotel Broz

Newly restored, the old Schumacher's is on the market, and the city hopes it will reopen and revive downtown.
Feb. 1: Rosemount, Hastings districts deemed racially isolated by state

Feb. 1: Rosemount, Hastings districts deemed racially isolated by state

State education officials have named the district "racially isolated" compared to neighboring Hastings.
'Megaschools' grow across metro

'Megaschools' grow across metro

There are five metro-area high schools with 2,500 students or more. By 2018, there could be at least 10, depending on voter approval.

Farmington schools face budget cuts

With a $700,000 projected deficit, parents and school board members question proposals and their timing.
Shakopee explores upgrades for its community center

Shakopee explores upgrades for its community center

The mayor is pushing for the improvements, even though three past referendums have failed.

Farmington middle schools will switch to block schedule

To enhance flexibility and collaboration, students will move to four-period block scheduling, allowing for more time in each class.
Lakeville school board debates videotaping work sessions

Lakeville school board debates videotaping work sessions

While some board members say it would bring more transparency, others fear a loss of candid discussion.
New Prague plans $58.5 million bond referendum

New Prague plans $58.5 million bond referendum

A $58.5 million proposal would upgrade various buildings and account for a growing student body.

Scott County mental health program offers day treatment for teens

Scott County offering, Reflections, helps youth stay up to date on schoolwork while getting the necessary treatment.

A look at how Minnesota's school-issued credit cards are used

  From running classrooms to maintaining schools, educating students is costly and requires many supplies. Districts issue some employees credit cards to make purchasing items…
Apple Valley's School of Environmental Studies marks 20 years

Apple Valley's School of Environmental Studies marks 20 years

At Apple Valley's School of Environmental Studies, the 400 juniors and seniors say the school's appeal is as much about the environment inside the building as it is the theme that unites their studies.

White House to honor Apple Valley teacher for environmental lessons

The Apple Valley instructor goes outside the classroom to teach students about climate change.
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