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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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A funeral in Farmington on Tuesday had help from local police, one of the few metro-area departments that provide the service.

Loss of police escort in Rosemount rankles funeral home owner

Rosemount police halt practice, so funeral home owner objects.

West St. Paul votes to loosen rules on where sex offenders can live

Its policy on where they could live had been one of the state's most limiting.

Florida police say Minnesota man killed girlfriend, infant before shooting self

A 27-year-old Minnesota man apparently killed his girlfriend and their infant daughter in Florida on Saturday before shooting himself, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Alcohol, no seat belts cited in south Minnesota crash that killed woman

A 26-year-old woman died when she was thrown from a pickup truck that left the road and rolled early Sunday in southern Minnesota, the State…

Man suspected in fatal Mpls. shooting is caught in Florida

A man suspected in a fatal shooting on the edge of downtown Minneapolis last month has been arrested in Florida.
New Dakota County corrections deputies went through training all day Wednesday at the Flint Hills Training Site in Rosemout.

Proposed Twin Cities police training centers compete for funding

One center in the south metro and another in the east would meet separate but urgent needs, backers say.
Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, greeted children in the lunchroom he worked at as she arrived to announce a donation from the "Philando F

Philando Castile fundraiser pays off St. Paul district's lunch debt

More than $155K has been raised to finance meals in the St. Paul Public Schools.
Dancers performed Sunday during the halftime show headlined by Justin Timberlake during Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Minnesota high school dancers perform at halftime— and kept it a secret

Hundreds of metro-area high school dance team members shimmied along with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show.
A Minnesota man helped his neighbor shovel a sidewalk in St. Paul during a January storm.

Districts canceling school as storm nears

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin are among the districts that announced cancellations due to expected treacherous road conditions. The winter storm is expected to dump 6 to 8 inches across the Twin Cities.
The nine-hole Thompson Oaks Golf Course was projected to lose $65,000 per year over the next five year.

Council closes West St. Paul's lone municipal golf course

City officials said the Thompson Oaks property could be redeveloped.
Orono High School students arrived by bus at the school Thursday, a day after a threat was posted, causing Orono schools to go on lockdown.

$30,000 raised for family of boy who triggered Orono lockdown

On the GoFundMe page, the organizing Orono parent wrote that the boy has autism, a fact that she said "is an overriding piece that everybody needs to keep in mind" when considering his social media posts.

NorthStar train hits, kills pedestrian in Elk River

A Northstar train struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking on the tracks Sunday night in Elk River, according to Metro Transit officials.
Mark Freer, his grandson Noah and Charlotte Svobodny play with Josie, Freer’s dog, at the future site of the dog park.

After years of work, Inver Grove Heights gets set for first dog park

Advocates say the social benefits matter as much for humans as they do for their pets.
A recent winter storm caused traffic problems on Cliff Road in Eagan amid ice and slush, not unlike what may be coming for the Twin Cities in the next

Twin Cities metro to get hit with wintry mix today, Tuesday

Because the wintry mix will bring a dusting of snow, roads shouldn't be as dangerous today as they would be if it were warmer and the precipitation was freezing rain.
Apple Valley is offering a “teen room” at the Redwood Center on County Road 42 as attendance declines at its existing teen center.

One by one, teen centers across Twin Cities are shutting down

Suburban centers confront funding challenges and dwindling attendance.
Dancers from 14 metro-area high schools and hundreds of U band members had to keep mum about their participation as they poured hours into preparing t

Minnesota students' Super Bowl performance was top secret

Hundreds of Minnesota high school and university students harbored a supersized secret in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl — they were going…
Tiffany Birch, left, and Rob Spain, with their 7-week-old son, Ayden, cleared the kitchen table in their new home.

Dakota County ramps up efforts to house its homeless population

Dakota County issued a 60-day challenge to respond to urgent need.
A light-rail train

Pedestrian hit, killed by Green Line light-rail train

A pedestrian was killed Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a Green Line train near the intersection of University and Pascal avenues in St. Paul, Metro Transit officials said.
Marjorie Kleven, left, and friend Carol Schlomka tried out the new pedestrian flags at a busy intersection in Hastings.

Hastings tries pedestrian flag program on busy road

The installation of portable pedestrian flags at a highly-traveled intersection lets walkers be their own crossing guards.
Thomas Evenstad.

Sex offender wins reprieve from West St. Paul residency restrictions

Federal judge rules that the city's ordinance might be overly restrictive.

Obituary: Harold "Red" Goldberg welcomed all at Red's Roost

For 30 years, Harold "Red" Goldberg created a community for dozens of hardscrabble regulars at his Minneapolis bar, feeding them holiday dinners, giving out winter coats and providing a safe, judgment-free space to gather.
“Who rules the world,” said the sign held by Jolene Hobbins, 5. Mom Amelia Hobbins of Rogers said she “came to expose my daughter to feminism an

New year brings new focus for Minnesota Women's March

At St. Paul event, organizers urged women to register, vote and get politically involved.

South St. Paul nabs $1.26M state grant to clean up future FedEx site

Money from state will prepare the way for building a distribution center.
Karl Forsman, of Minnetonka (in window), hosted free sauna rounds for folks needing a little heat outside U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Snow, traffic kick off thrilling Vikings game with some frantic moments

Minnesota Vikings fans battled snow, traffic snarls and dropping temperatures, forcing them to navigate treacherous roads to and from the NFC playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

Hastings City Council to decide on riverfront hotel project

Mixed-use development would convert a historic manufacturing operation.
Volunteer Barb Bailey and Brian Bozeman, Matrix Housing Services staff member, served a meal to homeless shelter guests.

Roving Dakota County homeless shelter returns

So far, 90 homeless people have found respite at a shelter that moves from church to church.
Edina officer Darren Davis Jr. answered a question from dispatch about an earlier arrest while patrolling Southdale Center.

More Minnesota police departments going to 12-hour work schedules

Once departments see the benefits — more days off — most don't want to go back.
Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt

A history of bullying complaints dogs Hastings fire chief

Mike Schutt, accused of abusive behavior, is back at work after probe by city.
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Mother of Cordale Handy, other protesters decry decision clearing St. Paul police

Ramsey County's decision not to charge officers leads to demonstration in St. Paul.

Woman dead after snowmobile crash in St. Louis County

Companion hospitalized after vehicle rams gate.
Dr. Deanna Alevizos, a pediatric dentist with Metro Dental Care at Metro Dental in Burnsville on Tuesday.

Parents accuse Burnsville dentist of overtreating their kids

Dr. Deanna Alevizos says her approach heads off problems and finds hidden decay other dentists miss.

Rochester police seek help solving string of six robberies in 36 hours

Five of the crimes appear to have some of the same suspects, while a sixth is likely unconnected.
Rendering of the planned apartment buildings in Mendota Heights that will feature two 70-unit complexes.

Mendota Heights residents battle city over apartment project

In a lawsuit, residents allege elected officials violated ordinances to make way for two new, market-rate apartment buildings.
Noise and road wear from trucks, like these at a site in Rosemount, are among the issues some have with landfills.

For Dakota County, landfills bring dollars, downfalls

Dakota County has five open state-permitted landfills — more than any other Minnesota county.
Hadley Kull, 2, climbed on the stone commemorating the site where Indian remains were reburied in 1958.

Woman aims to protect American Indian burial site in South St. Paul

Owner of plots near Kaposia cemetery has no plans to disturb land, but worries persist.

Boy trying to hop on train in St. Paul loses foot; he slipped out of sleepover

The 7-year-old was visiting relatives; children under 15 are subject to a 10 p.m. curfew in St. Paul.
Left to right: Amy Bergquist, Advocates for Human Rights staff attorney joins Husen Beriso, Endris Hundissa, Kathleen Seestadt, Nagessa Oddo Dube, Gen

Oromo group decries 'ongoing genocide' in Ethiopia

New group wants Americans to more forcefully oppose alleged abuses in Ethiopia.
Robert Weikle Jr. and his wife, Diane, have used the metal storage unit in their driveway to store toys for an annual toy drive.

Shakopee man cancels his toy drive after storage unit dispute with city

Storage unit runs afoul of Shakopee rules, leading to cancellation of annual holiday rite.
NBA rookie Sam Jacobson in 1998. Jacobson pleaded guilty Monday to residential mortgage fraud over $35,000 in a Dakota County court.

Former Gophers star Sam Jacobson pleads guilty to mortgage fraud

Sam Jacobson sold his home to his then-girlfriend and then never moved out.
Darick Kvam, a college student from New Prague, helped a deer trapped in a frozen lake get free.

New Prague hunter rescues fawn stuck on ice

Darick Kvam shot a deer this weekend, but not with a gun — a friend caught a video of him rescuing a fawn stuck on the ice.

Fatal Andover hit-and-run now classified as homicide by sheriff

Officials are treating a fatal car collision in Andover as a homicide rather than the hit-and-run accident they at first thought it was.

Inver Grove Heights fire station will cut response times in half

The new facility is expected to cut response times dramatically.
A national group and a California wolf sanctuary filed a lawsuit Sept. 29 seeking to block Fur-Ever Wild of Lakeville from killing grey wolves. The gr

Animal rights groups seek court order to stop Lakeville-area fur farm from killing, neglecting wolves

Owner of Fur-Ever Wild in Eureka Township denies suit's allegation that she's violating law.
Dustin in "Stranger Things," season two, episode one.

'Stranger Things' fans go ga-ga for Science Museum of Minnesota hoodie

The internet is buzzing over a 1980s-era purple sweatshirt from the Science Museum of Minnesota worn by a character on the show — and the museum is already working on reintroducing the no-longer-available hoodie.

Hwy. 7 head-on crash kills Minnetonka man

Jean Claude Paquier Wishard, 44, died in the collision.
Daughter Claudia Duran and her son Georgie, visited her mother, Adela Trejo, who has lived at this apartment for the past five years. West St. Paul ya

West St. Paul apartments lose license, possibly displacing dozens

The city yanked an apartment building's rental license, citing too many police calls.
Meredith “Mick” McClain, shown in 2007.

Musician Meredith 'Mick' McClain, whose passion for performing was revealed early, dies at 78

He went on to wow audiences as a career musician, playing piano at Minneapolis supper clubs, Catskill resorts and with national acts.
Yahya Eyow, 10, took part in a prayer at the end of the service for his father Sunday at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington.

Memorial held for Bloomington father killed in Somalia terror attack

Bloomington man killed in the Somalia bombing is honored at a memorial service at his mosque.
Sgt. Bobby Lambert, lower left, poses with other officers at the unveiling of a sign commemorating fallen Mendota Heights officer Scott Patrick. Photo

Farmington police hire cop fired by Mendota Heights

20-year veteran Bobby Lambert had been fired for conducting an improper search.
Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow was on a short trip to Somalia and Kenya when he was caught in the bombing.

Bloomington father of three killed in terror attack in Somalia

Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow was among several hundred people killed when a truck driven by a suicide bomber exploded in a busy part of Mogadishu. The blast is the deadliest single terrorist attack in the East African nation's history.

Mpls. police find man fatally shot in car on corner of Franklin and 11th avenues

The man's death is the city's 35th homicide.
The Lantern Light Festival has combined intricate design and thousands of lights to create a wonderland of color and light at Canterbury Park in Shako

Shakopee's Chinese lantern festival lights up the night

Behind the scenes, building the lanterns requires 50 people and takes about a month.

Suspects lead police on high-speed I-94 chase with 3 kids in car

The chase began after two people allegedly stole merchandise from Kohl's and fled.
The former Dayton's building, shown in 2015

Website shows plans for renovating iconic former Dayton's on Nicollet Mall

Renderings include rooftop terraces and a sidewalk cafe opening to Nicollet Mall.
Wayne Dierke 56, sat outside of the Cochran House, the only men's shelter in Dakota County. Cochran House is shutting its doors Dec. 1, citing multipl

Hastings homeless shelter for men to close doors

Cochran House, the only homeless shelter for single men in Dakota County, will stop accepting new residents Nov. 1.
Willow Anderson throws up her son Henrik, 5, into the air in Lake Nokomis on the first day of autumn, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn. Hig

We've had hot September days, but never this late in the month

Clouds, thunderstorms and cooler temperatures are expected Monday for Minnesota.
Fur-Ever Wild returned to the Dakota County Fair this year after being barred for two years. Owner Terri Petter says she tries to show the reality of

Judge rules Dakota County fur farm can keep one wolf

Appeals court ruling that fur farm owner can have one wolf may have ended the dispute, but not the controversy.
Taco the miniature donkey is a regular customer (with mom Jody Ludden) at Fluegel’s Farm, Garden and Pets.

Family-run farm store in Rosemount marks 90 years by changing with the times

Fluegel's Farm, Garden and Pets is an institution, connecting the rural and suburban.
Airlake Airport, a reliever airport that straddles Lakeville and Eureka Township, is used mostly by recreational pilots.

Lakeville poised to annex more of Eureka Township's airport

Eureka Township may lose 120 acres of Airlake Airport property over water and sewer issues.

Hastings fire chief under investigation, on paid leave

Mike Schutt has been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 30.

Man drives car into group in Mankato, injuring six

Police say motorist was believed to be under the influence.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announces Wednesday, March 30, 2016, that no charges will be filed against two Minneapolis police officers in th

Officer should not have shot Damond, county attorney says

Neighbors pressed the Hennepin County attorney about police, investigators' handling of the police shooting during a Minneapolis neighborhood forum Sunday.

Man is shot to death on St. Paul's North End in city's 16th homicide

The injured man was dropped off at Regions Hospital but didn't survive the shooting.

14-year-old girl dies in fall from cliff on North Shore

Two people died in recreational accidents within 5 miles of Tettegouche State Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior on Sunday, according to Lake County officials.
The aftermath of a bus-semi on the Interstate-94 in Wright County.

Six aboard Air Reserve bus injured in I-94 crash near Monticello

The bus, carrying military personnel, rolled over while the semi veered into a ditch.

Burnsville boots massage business, citing Minneapolis' license denial and more

City says the manager of Burnsville Bodyworks failed to disclose that Minneapolis had denied her a license, citing human trafficking concerns.
Officer Rob Zink, right, demonstrated how the Vitals information shows up on an officer's phone, accompanied by Devonte Ray-Burns, 14, of St. Paul, wh

St. Paul police are first in state to use app to help the vulnerable

Vitals is designed to supply first-responders and officers with data about a person's diagnosis, medications and caregiver contact information, plus suggested ways to calm the person down.

Books defaced with anti-Semitic writing at West St. Paul library

West St. Paul library has had anti-Semitic writings show up in borrowed materials before.
Monks sat with one another as they took a break from the heat of the day at the Watt Munisotaram last Saturday.

Dakota County Buddhist temple draws thousands for inauguration of pond

Watt Munisotaram temple in Dakota County inaugurated a new reflection pond.
Winners at this Dakota County Fair shooting game could pick a Confederate flag as their prize.

Dakota County Fair visitors upset by Confederate flags as prizes

Midway prize angers some fairgoers; game booth pulls "symbol of hatred."
Public and private memorial services are set for Ruth Berg, the Minnehaha Academy receptionist who was one of two people killed last week in a natural

Memorial service held for Minnehaha Academy receptionist Ruth Berg

Ruth Berg, 47, was remembered as a big-hearted friend, family member and employee.
More than 1,000 people attended the vigil Sunday night near Lake Calhoun and listened to calls for an end to racism.

Lake Calhoun vigil denounces racism, supports for Charlottesville victims

1,000 people braved the rain at Lake Calhoun to denounce racism.
The St. Paul Downtown Airport, shown in November. Six months before the Super Bowl, staff at St. Paul Downtown Airport have created an ambitious “to

Small Minnesota airports prepare for a Super Bowl frenzy

Metro's small airports are adding employees, de-icing tools, parking spaces.
Bruce Larson

Obituary: Bruce Larson had quirky alter ego as 'Kaiser of Frogtown'

Bruce Larson spent half his life tromping around St. Paul dressed as a 19th century European ruler, complete with medals, a spiked helmet and bushy…
A fake street sign mounted on the same pole as two legitimate ones at the intersection of Cedar and Riverside Aves. Sunday evening in Minneapolis.

Fake Twin Cities street signs warn of 'easily startled' police

At least two orange street signs reading "Warning: Twin Cities police easily startled" were seen in the Twin Cities Sunday.
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