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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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St. Michael's Church in West St. Paul prepares for last mass

St. Michael's Church in West St. Paul prepares for last mass

The closing comes during the year of its 150th anniversary.

Carver County reverses position on solar energy project

After making plans to deny the permit in September, board members voted to approve the 28-acre project.
Somalis thank supporters with free food and tea in Minneapolis park

Somalis thank supporters with free food and tea in Minneapolis park

Hundreds showed up Sunday to eat and show unity after election results left African community nervous.

In south metro, Dakota County, Lakeville certain to see new leaders

Dakota County will see a new county commissioner and Lakeville a new mayor.

Technology delayed election results in Scott, Dakota counties

Early voting and new technology were cited as contributing factors.
Plans for new downtown apartments vex Victoria residents

Plans for new downtown apartments vex Victoria residents

The city approved the project but not before residents were able to voice their opposition.

Chanhassen ponders major new mixed-use development

The Chanhassen City Council got an early look at possible plans for a 120-acre mixed-use development on Oct. 24 when Level 7 Development introduced the…

Disabled workers in Carver County stranded by vandalism

Catalytic converter was cut from nonprofit's van.

Brooklyn Center apartment fire displaces 27 people

No one was injured at a two-alarm fire at a Brooklyn Center apartment complex Sunday night, but 27 residents of a 12-unit building were left…
Paisley Park museum finally gets go-ahead from Chanhassen

Paisley Park museum finally gets go-ahead from Chanhassen

After weeks of hesitation, city of Chanhassen signs off on zoning permits.
Waconia City Council race raises questions about disability rights

Waconia City Council race raises questions about disability rights

Advocates say he's part of potential new wave of leadership.
North Minneapolis churches launch peace gatherings

North Minneapolis churches launch peace gatherings

"Come Together" gatherings bring prayer, talk, song to North Side struggle.
Chanhassen extends temporary permit for Paisley Park museum

Chanhassen extends temporary permit for Paisley Park museum

The Chanhassen City Council voted unanimously Monday night to extend a temporary permit to the Paisley Park museum to operate for 12 more days.The council…
Allina and nurses union will meet today with Gov. Dayton

Allina and nurses union will meet today with Gov. Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton called the meeting at the governor's residence in hopes of bringing an end to the weeks-old strike.
Farmington teen says her replacement Samsung phone melted in her hand

Farmington teen says her replacement Samsung phone melted in her hand

She exchanged her recalled Galaxy Note 7, only to have the new phone begin to smoke and melt. Samsung has reportedly halted production of the model.
Minnesota DFL women denounce Trump

Minnesota DFL women denounce Trump

Its leaders say Republicans have embraced him for too long before this video.
Kenneth Fitzpatrick, judge who ruled in landmark cigarette industry case, dies at 80

Kenneth Fitzpatrick, judge who ruled in landmark cigarette industry case, dies at 80

When the state of Minnesota sued big tobacco in the late 1990s, stoic Ramsey County District Judge Kenneth Fitzpatrick caught the case that would cap…
Booya contest in South St. Paul is losing its longtime organizer

Booya contest in South St. Paul is losing its longtime organizer

Walter Books, who christened South St. Paul the "booya capital of the world," is stepping down.
Chanhassen council action delays opening of Paisley Park museum

Chanhassen council action delays opening of Paisley Park museum

The Chanhassen City Council voted Monday night to table a zoning request that would allow Paisley Park, Prince’s recording studio and home, to reopen as…

Students killed in Friday's domestic shooting identified by Richfield district

The Richfield district has identified two students and their mother shot Friday in Minneapolis.
Ryder Cup is taking over in Chaska, for better and for worse

Ryder Cup is taking over in Chaska, for better and for worse

While many are embracing the event and all the activity, others see headaches, traffic and more drawbacks.

One teen dead, one wounded in St. Paul shooting

A teenage girl was killed and her older sister was injured in a shooting shortly after sunrise Sunday in the 700 block of Sims Avenue…
Thousands of cremains languish at Minnesota funeral homes

Thousands of cremains languish at Minnesota funeral homes

It's a problem well known to funeral directors, but one that's adding up across the state.

Water-quality concerns scuttle gravel mine in Scott County

Scott County Board vote ends seven-year battle.
At the Minnesota Landscape Arborteum's new bee center, learning is all the buzz

At the Minnesota Landscape Arborteum's new bee center, learning is all the buzz

The $6.5 million facility offers hands-on exhibits to educate about pollinators.

Man shot, injured by SWAT team member in Chisago County

The team responded to a call from a suicidal man in Almelund, Minn.

Three remain hospitalized after medical helicopter crashes

The three people injured in the crash were identified. No patients were on board.

Motorcyclist dies in Hwy. 169 crash

Andrew Roeglin, 22, was thrown from his motorbike while trying to pass a minivan.

Carver County solar project decisions leave residents frustrated, suspicious

Carver County commissioners last week approved a solar power project over the objections of scores of residents while taking steps to short-circuit a similar but…

Residents tell Chanhassen: No water treatment plant in our backyard

A group of Chanhassen residents is up in arms over the city’s plans to build a water treatment plant in their Lake Harrison neighborhood, citing…
Suburban gun, archery ranges spark neighbor concerns

Suburban gun, archery ranges spark neighbor concerns

Backers say archery, gun ranges in South St. Paul and Chanhassen are safe — but neighbors say projectiles are landing too close for comfort.
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority's new leader settles in

Minnesota Valley Transit Authority's new leader settles in

Luther Wynder believes in the power of transit and plans on more community engagement.

Elderly woman missing from Ramsey

Anoka County Sheriff's Office seeks information.
Murder, kidnap charges pending against family friend in girl's death

Murder, kidnap charges pending against family friend in girl's death

Zachary T. Anderson remains jailed Monday as authorities put together their case.
Event marks scholarship in Philando Castile's name

Event marks scholarship in Philando Castile's name

Alumni from Central High in St. Paul raised $10,000 even before Sunday's family festival.
Farm prospers by providing land, larger markets for Hmong farmers

Farm prospers by providing land, larger markets for Hmong farmers

Xai Tou Yang stands by an oversized gray bin, bundling his harvest of snakelike green ropes — actually long beans — inside a refrigerated pole…

Two killed in separate highway accidents this weekend

Deaths occurred in a multi-car crash in Faribault and a hit-and-run in Belle Plaine.
Car crash kills Mpls. rock singer, his passenger

Car crash kills Mpls. rock singer, his passenger

His passenger also died in the rollover in South Dakota.

Whistleblower alleges retaliation at Dakota County Technical College

Rosemount school's ex-athletic coordinator says he was wrongfully fired.
Former local Olympians hope get-together is first of many

Former local Olympians hope get-together is first of many

They hope their meeting in Minnetonka fosters a new sense of community.
Northfield radio show gives a voice to local Latinos

Northfield radio show gives a voice to local Latinos

The goal of "El Super Barrio Latino" is to encourage local Latinos to get involved.
Growing Inver Grove Heights considers tighter regulation on bowhunting

Growing Inver Grove Heights considers tighter regulation on bowhunting

The city may soon require all bowhunters to take a skills test to hunt within city limits.
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.
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