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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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Parents accuse Burnsville dentist of overtreating their kids

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.
Mendota Heights residents battle city over apartment project

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.
For Dakota County, landfills bring dollars, downfalls

For Dakota County, landfills bring dollars, downfalls

Dakota County has five open state-permitted landfills — more than any other Minnesota county.
Woman aims to protect American Indian burial site in South St. Paul

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.
Oromo group decries 'ongoing genocide' in Ethiopia

Oromo group decries 'ongoing genocide' in Ethiopia

New group wants Americans to more forcefully oppose alleged abuses in Ethiopia.
Shakopee man cancels his toy drive after storage unit dispute with city

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.
Former Gophers star Sam Jacobson pleads guilty to mortgage fraud

Former Gophers star Sam Jacobson pleads guilty to mortgage fraud

Sam Jacobson sold his home to his then-girlfriend and then never moved out.
New Prague hunter rescues fawn stuck on ice

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

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

'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.
West St. Paul apartments lose license, possibly displacing dozens

West St. Paul apartments lose license, possibly displacing dozens

The city yanked an apartment building's rental license, citing too many police calls.
Musician Meredith 'Mick' McClain, whose passion for performing was revealed early, dies at 78

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.
Memorial held for Bloomington father killed in Somalia terror attack

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.
Farmington police hire cop fired by Mendota Heights

Farmington police hire cop fired by Mendota Heights

20-year veteran Bobby Lambert had been fired for conducting an improper search.
Bloomington father of three killed in terror attack in Somalia

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.
Shakopee's Chinese lantern festival lights up the night

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

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

Renderings include rooftop terraces and a sidewalk cafe opening to Nicollet Mall.
Hastings homeless shelter for men to close doors

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

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

Clouds, thunderstorms and cooler temperatures are expected Monday for Minnesota.
Judge rules Dakota County fur farm can keep one wolf

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

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.
Lakeville poised to annex more of Eureka Township's airport

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.
Officer should not have shot Damond, county attorney says

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

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

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.
Dakota County Buddhist temple draws thousands for inauguration of pond

Dakota County Buddhist temple draws thousands for inauguration of pond

Watt Munisotaram temple in Dakota County inaugurated a new reflection pond.
Dakota County Fair visitors upset by Confederate flags as prizes

Dakota County Fair visitors upset by Confederate flags as prizes

Midway prize angers some fairgoers; game booth pulls "symbol of hatred."
Memorial service held for Minnehaha Academy receptionist Ruth Berg

Memorial service held for Minnehaha Academy receptionist Ruth Berg

Ruth Berg, 47, was remembered as a big-hearted friend, family member and employee.
Lake Calhoun vigil denounces racism, supports for Charlottesville victims

Lake Calhoun vigil denounces racism, supports for Charlottesville victims

1,000 people braved the rain at Lake Calhoun to denounce racism.
Small Minnesota airports prepare for a Super Bowl frenzy

Small Minnesota airports prepare for a Super Bowl frenzy

Metro's small airports are adding employees, de-icing tools, parking spaces.
Obituary: Bruce Larson had quirky alter ego as 'Kaiser of Frogtown'

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

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.
With yurts, campers and Wi-Fi, millennials fuel Minn. camping boom

With yurts, campers and Wi-Fi, millennials fuel Minn. camping boom

With more people seeking affordable trips close to home, the outdoors is calling.
Belle Plaine ends debate by eliminating "free speech zone" in park

Belle Plaine ends debate by eliminating "free speech zone" in park

Statue with cross removed; satanic sculpture forestalled.
Satanic monument in Belle Plaine prompts weekend rallies of protest, support

Satanic monument in Belle Plaine prompts weekend rallies of protest, support

On Saturday, two groups will take a public stance on the first satanic monument erected on public land in the U.S.
Burnsville apartment project stalled amid legal troubles with strip mall

Burnsville apartment project stalled amid legal troubles with strip mall

Burnsville officials had expected to break ground this summer on a long-planned, high-end apartment project, one of just two multifamily buildings the City Council has approved since 2004. Instead, the city and developer have tabled the project as they brace for a court fight with the owners of a nearby strip mall.
Two tornadoes touch down in Blue Earth County; no injuries

Two tornadoes touch down in Blue Earth County; no injuries

One tornado touched down at 10:25 p.m. about 2 miles northwest of Lake Crystal. A second hit 10 minutes later about 6 miles north of the same lake.
West St. Paul, South St. Paul restrict housing for disabled

West St. Paul, South St. Paul restrict housing for disabled

Officials from the Dakota County cities say residents who get rent help and support services exhaust city resources.
LRT trains are rolling again in downtown Mpls. after 11-day fix

LRT trains are rolling again in downtown Mpls. after 11-day fix

The affected stations were between Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium. Since June 22, passengers who normally use those stops have had to walk, bike or ride supplementary buses.
Trees vandalized in Burnsville; it's second such incident in Dakota County in three months

Trees vandalized in Burnsville; it's second such incident in Dakota County in three months

The vandalism found in Burnsville is the county's second such incident in the past three months.
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.
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