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Erin Adler

Reporter | South Metro
phone: 612-673-1781
Erin Adler covers Dakota County, including city government and the County Board.
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Dakota County granted $6M repair of Byllesby Dam from Legislature

Dakota County granted $6M repair of Byllesby Dam from Legislature

Dakota County asked for funding last year to replace the dam's turbines but didn't get it.
Pride rally, festival in Minn. carry theme of national movement

Pride rally, festival in Minn. carry theme of national movement

Equality march, a suburban fest, then the Queer Prom kicked off the Twin Cities' celebration.

Pool of funds helps landlords take risk on tenants

Tight rental market is squeezing out many.
Pilot Knob in Dakota County is designated historic site

Pilot Knob in Dakota County is designated historic site

After a nearly 15-year wait, the sacred place has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Carver County Historical Society scores trove of Paisley Park photos

Carver County Historical Society scores trove of Paisley Park photos

The photos, taken by a friend, capture Prince's home at a time when no pictures were allowed.

Study finds five Dakota County corridors ripe for transit

Study finds pent-up demand for options.
After 9 years and $3.9 million, Dakota County closes on long-awaited nature parcel

After 9 years and $3.9 million, Dakota County closes on long-awaited nature parcel

Darvan Acres, 108-acres of land in Inver Grove Heights, now has its conservation easement.
Inmates, Dakota County struggle with transit from jail in Hastings

Inmates, Dakota County struggle with transit from jail in Hastings

It's enough of a concern that county officials are now meeting to look at the problem, which has some hitchhiking or walking along Hwy. 55.
Surdyk's would pay more but close for fewer days under deal

Surdyk's would pay more but close for fewer days under deal

Under a new proposed deal with the city, Jim Surdyk would pay a $50,000 fine and Surdyk's Liquor in northeast Minneapolis would close on three Sundays in July.
Forest Lake expected to pass contract to keep local police force

Forest Lake expected to pass contract to keep local police force

Move would overturn vote that led to protests by residents, students.
Growing Coptic Christian churches find a home in Twin Cities

Growing Coptic Christian churches find a home in Twin Cities

Safe from violent persecution, they worship and build community among their burgeoning ranks.
Firefighter sues Eagan, says he was demoted because he's gay

Firefighter sues Eagan, says he was demoted because he's gay

Dan Benson, an Eagan firefighter, believes he was demoted because he is gay.
Speaker challenges vaccines amid Twin Cities measles outbreak

Speaker challenges vaccines amid Twin Cities measles outbreak

Activist drew a crowd of 90 mostly Somali parents even as measles outbreak continues.
Obituary: Dr. John Moyer, cancer specialist and professor

Obituary: Dr. John Moyer, cancer specialist and professor

Dr. John Moyer's knowledge of toxic chemicals, gleaned during WWII, helped him save lives.Moyer, who served in the Army Medical Corps during the war, learned…
Dakota County welcomes 8 miles of new trails along rivers

Dakota County welcomes 8 miles of new trails along rivers

The two new segments will showcase the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.

Edina student's Snapchat post of BB gun photo draws police response

The unidentified middle school student made the post Sunday afternoon and police responded soon after.
Burnsville venue drops play by biracial writer over 'Mulatto' in title

Burnsville venue drops play by biracial writer over 'Mulatto' in title

The Chameleon Theatre Circle calls the actions of city-owned Ames Center censorship.
Bill would protect 185 parties that dumped trash in Burnsville landfill

Bill would protect 185 parties that dumped trash in Burnsville landfill

They wouldn't have to pay for the $70 million cleanup if a bill under consideration at the Capitol survives opposition from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
West St. Paul to buy problem property from homeowner rather than boot her

West St. Paul to buy problem property from homeowner rather than boot her

The city has agreed to buy Leann Broadbent's house, ending threat of messy legal battle after 157 police calls in 5 years.
St. Paul shooting victims mourned as domestic violence is condemned

St. Paul shooting victims mourned as domestic violence is condemned

Vigil at Lake Phalen combined grief with warnings for women, families to speak up about abuse.

Prior Lake crash leaves one dead, three injured

A 76-year-old Shakopee man died Sunday night in Prior Lake after he pulled in front of a truck, the collision's impact sending his vehicle into…
First garbage-to-ethanol plant in U.S. proposed for Inver Grove Heights

First garbage-to-ethanol plant in U.S. proposed for Inver Grove Heights

Enerkem, a Canadian company, delivered preliminary plans for the $200 million biofuel facility at an Inver Grove Heights City Council meeting in February.
State Rep. Liebling announces bid for governor

State Rep. Liebling announces bid for governor

She is the fifth DFLer to join the race; healthcare is an area of expertise, she says.

Mendota Heights officer suspended for third time

Driver's license database used inappropriately.

Victoria residents roiled over council members' legal fees

City paid $43K in legal fees for council members who broke open-meeting law.
New automated henhouse yields golden egg for Twin Cities-area farmer

New automated henhouse yields golden egg for Twin Cities-area farmer

A modern new henhouse is paying off at Brand Farms in Empire Township.
A horse tale of loyalty and compassion in Hastings

A horse tale of loyalty and compassion in Hastings

This Old Horse makes room for two blind mares and their young injured friend.
Delano kicks off anti-racism campaign with candlelight vigil

Delano kicks off anti-racism campaign with candlelight vigil

More than 1,000 residents gathered Sunday night to show their support of a local black family whose home was broken into and spray-painted with racial slurs a week earlier.
Minnesota soccer fans celebrate first Loons home game amid snowflakes, cold

Minnesota soccer fans celebrate first Loons home game amid snowflakes, cold

Snowstorm didn't scare off 35,000 die-hard supporters.
Arbitrator upholds firing Mendota Heights cop

Arbitrator upholds firing Mendota Heights cop

An arbitrator said Sgt. Bobby Lambert's dismissal took place during his probationary period.
West St. Paul threatens to bar family from home over police complaints

West St. Paul threatens to bar family from home over police complaints

Homeowner LeeAnn Broadbent says racism is behind the complaints.

Two men fall through ice in East Bethel — twice

A pair of snowmobilers in East Bethel had to learn the same cold lesson twice on Sunday — thin ice is no joke.
Farmington axes funding for city's preservation commission

Farmington axes funding for city's preservation commission

City Council blames budget cuts, reluctance to raise taxes for move.
Veteran brings energy — and nearly 100 new members — to Eagan American Legion

Veteran brings energy — and nearly 100 new members — to Eagan American Legion

John Flynn's calls paid off, with about nine out of 10 veterans he contacted joining, in just one sign of Post 594's renaissance.
Maplewood to address nightclub's future after 60 gunshots Saturday

Maplewood to address nightclub's future after 60 gunshots Saturday

Emergency meeting called after 60 shots were fired.
Stakeholders tapped for $64 million Burnsville landfill cleanup

Stakeholders tapped for $64 million Burnsville landfill cleanup

Cleanup of the closed Burnsville site could cost $64 million.
Minnesota Zoo revamps how it reaches out to low-income families, and they respond

Minnesota Zoo revamps how it reaches out to low-income families, and they respond

A new program brought in 63 percent more low-income visitors in 2016
Judge: Prejudice fueled Burnsville crackdown on mobile homes

Judge: Prejudice fueled Burnsville crackdown on mobile homes

The city's crackdown on carports, awnings and visible garbage cans at a mobile home park was because of ethnic and class prejudice, a judge ruled.
Local UPS store owner returns priceless package to veteran's son

Local UPS store owner returns priceless package to veteran's son

Owner of UPS Store finds rightful recipient of mementos.
Twin Cities is a hothouse for icy sport of curling

Twin Cities is a hothouse for icy sport of curling

Curling is spreading across the metro area, with hundreds of new aficionados at one of four new facilities that have sprung up in the past five years.
Facebook atwitter over friendly fox sightings in southern Minnesota

Facebook atwitter over friendly fox sightings in southern Minnesota

A friendly pet fox named Notchi has gone missing from his Lakeville home and is gallivanting across southern Minnesota, despite multiple run-ins with humans, a social media campaign and a $1,000 reward for his return.
Delta computer glitch cancels 150 flights across the country

Delta computer glitch cancels 150 flights across the country

Travelers delayed at MSP, across the nation.
Dakota County Technical College may offer bachelor's degrees

Dakota County Technical College may offer bachelor's degrees

Plan to expand Dakota County school's mission a response to filling a need in local industries.
Unidentified 'woman' in selfie with senators is, well, our senator

Unidentified 'woman' in selfie with senators is, well, our senator

A photo of a beaming, bespectacled woman in a yellow coat attending President Trump's inauguration Friday made the rounds on social media this weekend, inspiring laughs and cries of sexism.
Twin Cities writers join nationwide 'literary protests' against Trump

Twin Cities writers join nationwide 'literary protests' against Trump

Poets and playwrights joined national protest against man they see as a free-speech threat.
Ouster of West St. Paul city manager reveals divisions on City Council

Ouster of West St. Paul city manager reveals divisions on City Council

The city manager will receive about $115,000 as part of the separation agreement.
Minnesota Zoo scores volunteering award

Minnesota Zoo scores volunteering award

3 million hours of time and energy have been given freely since the zoo opened in 1978.
West St. Paul city manager resigns after calls to step down

West St. Paul city manager resigns after calls to step down

The former mayor said Matt Fulton didn't always take direction well.
Dakota County churches provide warmth for homeless during cold spell

Dakota County churches provide warmth for homeless during cold spell

Three facilities provided shelter during a recent cold spell as the region seeks a long-term solution.
Officials say Ryder Cup paid its way – mostly

Officials say Ryder Cup paid its way – mostly

Several government officials and business leaders emphasized that the Ryder Cup was a boon to the area, filling hotel rooms and bringing esteem to the Twin Cities.
Elections turned into an anti-incumbent rout in Twin Cities

Elections turned into an anti-incumbent rout in Twin Cities

Spillover from presidential election hit local ballots, leading to many going-away celebrations in December for local government officials.

He took chances on people, which often paid big dividends

Sheldon Wert could size up a person at a glance, allowing him to take risks other bankers wouldn’t. He gave loans to grateful recipients who…
Watch your box! Thieves are picking packages from Twin Cities stoops

Watch your box! Thieves are picking packages from Twin Cities stoops

Thieves are looking for gifts, especially cards with cash or gift cards.
Horses get out of control pulling holiday wagon near Willmar; 1 hurt

Horses get out of control pulling holiday wagon near Willmar; 1 hurt

After driver has heart attack, horses take wagon, passengers on wild gallop near Willmar.
Old church in Carver thrives by adapting to the new world

Old church in Carver thrives by adapting to the new world

148-year-old St. Nicholas parish doubled in size by adding a Spanish mass for newcomers.

West St. Paul restricts housing options for disabled, elderly

Measure passed in West St. Paul is said to be prompted by too many calls to police.
Embattled Mendota Heights police chief resigns

Embattled Mendota Heights police chief resigns

Longtime Chief Mike Aschenbrener, 57, steps down in anticipation of big changes on the council.
'Sesame Street Live' originator Vince Egan dies at age 74

'Sesame Street Live' originator Vince Egan dies at age 74

Vince Egan didn't have children, but he fathered a beloved, family-friendly show enjoyed by millions of young people."Sesame Street Live," a touring stage show featuring…
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…
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