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Erin Adler

Reporter | South Metro
phone: 612-673-1781
Erin Adler covers South metro schools, including Dakota and Scott counties.
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Minn. test scores remain flat; achievement gap stays open

Minn. test scores remain flat; achievement gap stays open

The results all but guarantee the state will not reach its goal of cutting the achievement gap in half by 2017.
Hastings seniors to get bus service in September

Hastings seniors to get bus service in September

The service will take seniors and others to popular destinations like the bank, grocery store or doctor.
Inver Grove Heights considers rental license program

Inver Grove Heights considers rental license program

City is among a handful without such a requirement and is facing pushback from owners.
Richfield's band shell controversy plays on to the latest tune of $530K

Richfield's band shell controversy plays on to the latest tune of $530K

The City Council will vote Tuesday on a $530,000 structure, the latest in a lengthy battle.
Twin Cities suburbs opt to go their own way on tiny 'drop homes'

Twin Cities suburbs opt to go their own way on tiny 'drop homes'

Facing a new state requirement to allow tiny trailers on residential lots, many cities are saying no.
Prior Lake-Savage school board member cleared of prom party allegations

Prior Lake-Savage school board member cleared of prom party allegations

An investigation of school board member Melissa Enger found she did nothing wrong.
New Age religion Eckankar makes its home in Chanhassen

New Age religion Eckankar makes its home in Chanhassen

The religion's tenets — soul travel, reincarnation and the significance of dreams — might seem odd or otherworldly. But the campus has quietly become part of Chanhassen's fabric.
MnDOT pilot project in Northfield senses bicycles, gives them green light

MnDOT pilot project in Northfield senses bicycles, gives them green light

The Northfield project uses radar to detect bikes, giving them time to cross the street.
Obituary: Patt Adair was first female warden of a high-security state prison

Obituary: Patt Adair was first female warden of a high-security state prison

She also was a kind, easygoing mother and wife who relished gardening, traveling and tap dancing, even shuffling through downtown Minneapolis as part of a tap-dance flash mob in 1979. She died of cancer May 30 in her home in Big Lake, Minn. She was 65.
Tensions running high on New Brighton City Council

Tensions running high on New Brighton City Council

A council member was censured and removed from her committees at a recent meeting.
Scott County gravel mine clears another hurdle

Scott County gravel mine clears another hurdle

Despite some Sand Creek Township residents' concerns about water quality, the mine received a permit.
New Brighton firm's tiny trailer homes offer aid for families in need

New Brighton firm's tiny trailer homes offer aid for families in need

In a twist on the "tiny homes" trend, a New Brighton company offers 240-square-foot, handicapped accessible trailers designed to sit temporarily in homeowners' backyards when a family member can't quite live independently.
South St. Paul foundation gives $340,000 in scholarships to local grads

South St. Paul foundation gives $340,000 in scholarships to local grads

Even young alumni are inspired to give to the South St. Paul Educational Foundation.
Burnsville to be latest high school offering on-site credit union

Burnsville to be latest high school offering on-site credit union

From Eden Prairie to St. Paul, eight high schools now have an on-site credit union.
Hebrew program at St. Louis Park High honors city's heritage

Hebrew program at St. Louis Park High honors city's heritage

Community passion fueled the course, one of six worldwide.
Prior Lake-Savage residents vote down $150M bond proposal for schools

Prior Lake-Savage residents vote down $150M bond proposal for schools

The plan would have funded additions to all school buildings, including 6 high school gyms.
Lakeville district to move alternative programs into high schools

Lakeville district to move alternative programs into high schools

Some have criticized the transfer, arguing a separate site is essential to students' success.
SW district makes $150M proposal to combat growth

SW district makes $150M proposal to combat growth

The Prior Lake-Savage school district's largest tax request in its history — $150 million — would fund a new athletic complex and school, but it isn't sure to be passed.
Hennepin Co. expects service center's biz to rise with move to Southdale

Hennepin Co. expects service center's biz to rise with move to Southdale

It is first agency to leave Edina library complex.
White House move on transgender students draws applause, concern

White House move on transgender students draws applause, concern

The White House's request comes as schools across Minnesota grapple with a generation of students that is more openly advocating for inclusion.
Celebrating 40 years of Valleyfair in Shakopee: It's been quite a ride

Celebrating 40 years of Valleyfair in Shakopee: It's been quite a ride

The new exhibit on the Shakopee amusement park runs through October and includes memorabilia from Valleyfair.
Apple Valley freshmen get a dose of financial reality

Apple Valley freshmen get a dose of financial reality

Apple Valley High School students took part in an event designed to teach them to manage money.
Forest Lake cuts junior high sports, frustrating parents

Forest Lake cuts junior high sports, frustrating parents

"Basically, there was no announcement; there was no parent discussion. It was just all the sudden everything was cut," one parent says.
Obituary: Jim Nicklow, co-owner of Greek-American restaurants

Obituary: Jim Nicklow, co-owner of Greek-American restaurants

Jim Nicklow cared about every employee in his many restaurants. When a Bolivian-born cook was facing deportation, Nicklow convinced a regular customer to marry the…
Principal at Good Shepherd School in Golden Valley to say goodbye after 38 years

Principal at Good Shepherd School in Golden Valley to say goodbye after 38 years

Tom Zellmer is retiring after a long run at the school, where folks are like family.
30 years later, tiny transplant patient has beaten the odds — and now has her own baby

30 years later, tiny transplant patient has beaten the odds — and now has her own baby

Nearly 30 years ago, neighbors in Columbia Heights rallied around Rita Erickson because her liver was failing. Now she has a baby of her own in Elk River.
Who's moving into the Twin Cities suburbs? Pet pigs

Who's moving into the Twin Cities suburbs? Pet pigs

Eagan is the latest city after the City Council voted 3-2 to allow such animals weighing less than 200 pounds. A Champlin woman's pet is an example for what people can expect.
Group protests cuts of librarians from Eden Prairie schools

Group protests cuts of librarians from Eden Prairie schools

The members believe licensed media specialists should be in Eden Prairie's school libraries.
There she is: Pageant another link to Czech, Slovak heritage

There she is: Pageant another link to Czech, Slovak heritage

The Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota pageant, held in Montgomery, helps youth connect with culture.
Lost in a Dakota County park? Help is on the way, thanks to new signs

Lost in a Dakota County park? Help is on the way, thanks to new signs

Two Dakota County parks are among the first in Minnesota to use emergency location markers.
Family-like theater builds a new home in Ramsey

Family-like theater builds a new home in Ramsey

Thanks to an army of volunteers, Northern Starz Theatre Company now has a permanent home.
Plans for Cottage Grove house alarm historic preservation advocates

Plans for Cottage Grove house alarm historic preservation advocates

Advocates worry that the house's removal from the city's registry would weaken preservation rules in Minnesota.
New Prague organic foods store has a twist, but will it catch on?

New Prague organic foods store has a twist, but will it catch on?

Farmhouse Market has all the staples of a natural foods store — except the cashier. If successful, the New Prague market's business model could provide a way for small communities to sustain stores that stock fresh, local food without high staffing costs.
Minnehaha Creek cleanup crew still has plenty of work ahead

Minnehaha Creek cleanup crew still has plenty of work ahead

Registration will open on Monday for volunteers to help pick up debris in three locations.
Road construction preview for south metro

Road construction preview for south metro

City and county officials in the south metro weighed in on the south-of-the-river road projects most likely to create snags for drivers this spring and summer.
New Eden Prairie rescue group helps reptiles find homes

New Eden Prairie rescue group helps reptiles find homes

Creepy Crawly provides a temporary home for not-so-cuddly pets
St. Thomas Academy's air rifle team aims high

St. Thomas Academy's air rifle team aims high

The Mendota Heights school that has won three national titles in four years says consistency is key.
Some Farmington school parents find 'flex days' a burden

Some Farmington school parents find 'flex days' a burden

The school district scheduled four days for at-home learning, but some parents are pushing back.
Obituary: Phyllis Jordan was teacher and community builder

Obituary: Phyllis Jordan was teacher and community builder

Phyllis Jordan and her husband, Ross, rented out the third floor of their Minneapolis home to college students in the ’60s, regardless of the students’…
Chef Lucas' Make-A-Wish gains new life as a nonprofit

Chef Lucas' Make-A-Wish gains new life as a nonprofit

Lucas Hobbs, 13, turned his dream to feed others with a food truck into an ongoing operation.
Little-known boundary helps Orthodox Jews observe Sabbath in St. Louis Park

Little-known boundary helps Orthodox Jews observe Sabbath in St. Louis Park

The thin, black line snakes across the St. Louis Park sky, so nondescript it almost disappears. In some places, it's an electric power line. In others, it's just polypropylene twine, attached to a combination of utility poles and mature trees. But it has nothing to do with electricity.
Lost dog? Nonprofit Retrievers ride to the rescue for forlorn owners

Lost dog? Nonprofit Retrievers ride to the rescue for forlorn owners

By sharing advice and using high-tech tools, a Twin Cities nonprofit group is able to find lost dogs about two-thirds of the time — free of charge.
Burnsville-Eagan-Savage schools, parents prepare for new grade alignments

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage schools, parents prepare for new grade alignments

Most are looking forward to 9th- through 12th-graders being under one roof.
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.
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