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Erin Adler

Reporter | South Metro
Phone: 612-673-1781
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Erin Adler is a suburban reporter covering Dakota and Scott counties for the Star Tribune, working breaking news shifts on Sundays. She previously spent three years covering K-12 education in the south metro and five months covering Carver County.

An Anoka native, Adler lives in south Minneapolis with her two dogs. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict with an English and secondary education degree (and a concentration in studio art). She taught seventh grade English and religion at a Catholic school in Edina for two years and later taught adult ESL/ELL for Minneapolis Public Schools. She has a Master's degree in English/Literacy education from the University of Minnesota. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing and attempting to complete home improvement projects.
Recent content from Erin Adler
The Rev. Jeff Walther of Esko, Minn.

Lutheran pastor who combined his loves of ministry and nature dies of COVID-19 complications at age 58

The Rev. Jeff Walther, of Esko, Minn., died Oct. 25 of COVID-19 complications at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.
"This is a huge constituency of our residents," said Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez. "Given that it's so big, I do think we should find ways to

Richfield's Latino residents say they face barriers in accessing city programs, services

At nearly 20% Hispanic, suburb is told some residents have hard time accessing public services.
Tiffany Lounge on Ford Parkway had its share of patrons because bars shut down under Governor Walz’s orders.] With bars closing down Friday at midni

Twin Cities bars pitch last-call 'specials' before new restrictions

Along with the specials came concerns that such last gasp promotions could attract too many thirsty customers and turn into potential virus superspreader events.
Penny the turkey, in a photo taken by Kimberly Crider, store manager at the BP at 90th and Penn in Bloomington.

DNR's killing of tame turkey upsets some in Bloomington

Turkey made friends at 90th and Penn, but some said he was getting too aggressive.
The Hmong American Farmers Association has been leasing land in Vermillion Township — where peppers remain this week after harvest — allowing 100

Farm purchase would give Hmong farmers long-term place to grow in Dakota County

A Hmong farmers group to buy 155 acres with the help of $2M from the state.

Minivan veers off road, hits jogger and sinks into Lake Harriet

The driver was having a medical emergency, authorities say.

Changing vote totals bring surprise outcomes in some Dakota County races

Some Dakota County election outcomes that had appeared to be final Tuesday night flipped by Wednesday morning as county election officials continued to upload absentee…
An election judge at North High School in Minneapolis looked outside to check for more voters on Tuesday night. Voters in Minneapolis and St. Paul wer

Voters in metro decide on trash collection, council and mayoral races

Suburban residents in the metro area decided numerous races Tuesday involving local government leaders, school board members and ballot questions. Bloomington Four years after the…
Second-grade kids stood with their belongings before joining other in-school day-care kids for supervision by YMCA staffers at Rosemount Elementary Sc

Osseo, Rosemount schools plan shift to distance learning

Co-curricular athletics and activities will continue through the end of the fall season in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district.
Anita Rowden.

Anita Rowden, Holocaust survivor and subject of book about her WWII experiences, dies at 93

As a teenager during World War II, Anita Rowden narrowly escaped a Nazi work camp, traversed several European countries on foot and finally managed to…
Residents filled out licensing requests at the Richfield City Hall on in January 2014.

Richfield DMV closes so City Hall can serve droves of early voters

Richfield temporarily closes agency inside City Hall to better serve historic turnout
In 2015, a GarbageMan worker emptied containers onto the truck on trash pickup day in Bloomington between France Avenue and Normandale Boulevard. In 2

After five years in court, trash collection issue will finally go to Bloomington voters

The question of keeping organized trash collection in the city will be decided by voters on Nov. 3.
A town hall on gun violence was held at Zion Baptist Church on Thursday in Minneapolis.

North Mpls. residents plead for city leaders to address gun violence

"[Gun violence] is something that weighs very heavily on us. Even as we're out in the streets, demanding an end to police violence, we're also demanding an end to gun violence in our community," activist Nekima Levy Armstrong said.
Amazon's Shakopee fulfillment center.

Lakeville approves plans for new Amazon fulfillment center

Amazon expects to open a 750,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Lakeville next summer, following a unanimous City Council vote Monday to approve the tech giant's plans.The…
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival, shown in 2018.

Rape charges against Renaissance Festival manager dropped

His accuser is unable to get to Minnesota to testify because of COVID-19 concerns.
A pump recirculated water from Lower Penn Lake in Bloomington to aerate and help prevent winterkill of fish in 2009.

Bloomington residents object to proposal to build city's first townhome development in 15 years

Proposal is too dense for their Bloomington neighborhood, some say.
Families of those killed by police marched with hundreds of supporters to the Capitol in St. Paul on Thursday night.

In St. Paul and Minneapolis, hundreds join in second night of protests

No arrests were reported after the marches wrapped up Thursday, one night after 51 people were taken into custody, mostly in south Minneapolis.
Wetland vegetation provides a habitat for birds and animals in a small pond at the entrance to the park.

Edina renames park to honor Black pioneer family

Edina's Garden Park has been renamed Yancey Park in memory of the family, among the first settlers of the area.
Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts, shown in 2017.

Bloomington faces challenges with hotels housing homeless people

Bloomington is struggling with police calls at hotels housing homeless people.

BCA identifies man shot by police during St. Cloud confrontation

The man was being sought by St. Paul police at the time of the shooting.

One killed, another injured in Itasca County collision

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a crash in Itasca County Wednesday afternoon, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.A Chevy TrailBlazer driven…
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux have applied to put eight parcels in Prior Lake and 11 in Shakopee in trust. Most of the land is row crops and pasture,

Shakopee Mdewakanton tribe applies to put 295 acres of its Scott County land into trust

The move would take the acreage off local tax rolls.
Minneapolis Police officers worked to extinguish a fire outside the Hennepin County Jail Thursday night.

Protesters, police face off in downtown Minneapolis; no arrests

Despite heated moments, there were no arrests.
The new criteria will be used in coming months to evaluate the decor in the mayor’s conference room and atrium at Edina City Hall.

Edina creates rubric to evaluate diversity of its art, decor

The criteria will be used to evaluate representation in the city's public decor.
Washington County law enforcement, shown during the search earlier this week for a small airplane that went down in the Mississippi River.

2 victims identified, 3rd body recovered in Washington County plane crash

The search continues for a third victim.
The Hennepin County jail in downtown Minneapolis.

Hennepin County jail investigating inmate's death by suicide

A 23-year-old man died Thursday, almost a week after being found unresponsive in his cell.
Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, spoke during a press conference to denounce

Family of teen who died sues Chisago Lakes School District, alleging bullying led to death

The lawsuit notes Jacob LeTourneau-Elsharkawy and his mother reported more than 20 incidents of bullying to school staff before his death by suicide.
Neighbors Jeff Cameron and Kristine and Guy Sanschagrin of Shorewood said city code addresses only permanent and floating docks, not seasonal docks th

Lake Minnetonka dock dispute awaits Supreme Court decision

A dock installed by two Shorewood families on their sliver of Lake Minnetonka shoreline has launched a battle with the city that's now gone to the state's highest court — and even prompted one of the defendants to run for mayor.
Ciscoes are prized bait during winter fishing for lake trout and northern pike and fetch high prices for retailers.

Ely resort owners charged with illegal gathering and sale of prized bait fish

Three members of the LaTourell family have been charged with illegally harvesting ciscoes and profiting from their sale as bait.
Stephen Schmida of Minneapolis fired his newly purchased ATI Bulldog 12-gauge shotgun last week at the Stock & Barrel Gun Club shooting range.

Twin Cities sees guns and ammo shortages amid social crises

The previous presidential election year, 2016, also saw record gun sales, with 15 million background checks conducted. So far this year there have already been 13.7 million checks, with four months left to go.
“This is something we’ve been tracking for a long time,” said St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano, shown in 2016.

A polluted site in Edina and St. Louis Park lands on Superfund priorities list

The Superfund program will investigate the source of the contaminants and clean up the area.
Jonathan Ceplecha, 59, was cutting down oak trees on his Redwood Falls property with a chain saw when a tree fell on him.

Family, rescuers praise Minnesota man pinned under tree for 4 days

"He was prepared for both but resolved to live," a daughter said after listening to him recount his ordeal.
An Elk River man used a hidden camera in the dressing rooms of a Mall of America store to record women and girls while they were changing clothes, acc

Charges: Elk River man recorded videos in Mall of America dressing rooms

Trevor Nielsen also recorded girls and women at Elk River High School, pools and parks.
Michelle Cahill

Hastings man charged with murder in woman's overdose death

Jason Slattum is accused of supplying the tainted heroin that killed Michelle Cahill.
St. Louis Park council members, seen Jan. 6, said the "crime-free, drug-free" part of the housing ordinance lacked due process for tenants and had a d

St. Louis Park repeals 'crime-free' piece of housing ordinance

City repeals requirement that landlords evict tenants after three violations or police calls.

Forest Lake middle school teacher charged with sexually assaulting boys at his home

James Edward Carter, 56, of Forest Lake, employed two boys to work at his home, where he assaulted them.
Iris Altamirano, the Local SEIU 26 union president, led a news conference and vigil on Monday, Aug. 24, honoring Lorenzo Palma, a second janitor who d

Twin Cities union rallies for safety steps after second janitor dies

Survey shows large numbers lack masks or gloves and virus-related training at work.

New London woman dies when her dump truck veers off road

The 60-year-old woman wasn't wearing a seat belt when the truck rolled over.
Edina Mayor Jim Hovland, shown in 2018, said that abandoning the Duggan Plaza housing plans was a matter of “promises made, promises to be kept.”

Edina scuttles plans for affordable housing on deed-restricted property

The city felt restricted by a 1963 provision keeping the property parkland.
A POW/MIA flag was returned by Richfield police to a Minneapolis man after it and at least eight other banners were stolen.

South Minneapolis man gets his stolen flags back, thanks to Richfield police

Three suspects, thought to have stolen nine flags in all, were charged with theft and damage to property.
Angela Conley urged the Hennepin County Board to make Juneteenth a paid holiday to recognize the work of Black Americans in building the nation.

Hennepin County Board designates Juneteenth floating holiday

Making it a paid holiday for county workers would cost an estimated $2 million.

Teacher and traveler, Georgia Plumadore dies at 77

Whether traveling to Thailand in the '60s or participating in a study to refine Parkinson's treatment, Georgia Plumadore grabbed hold of every chance she got."My…

Burglary call ends in fatal crash in Dakota County

A passenger was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Isla Lemcke, 5, did a cannonball in her family’s newly installed in-ground pool in Ramsey on Tuesday. “The kids are always here,” said dad Jay L

A wave of pools comes to Twin Cities suburbs, thanks to the pandemic

They're looking for recreation they can enjoy at home to fill the hole left by shuttered public pools and canceled summer activities due to COVID-19.
An artist's rendering of the monument the Satanic Temple wanted to erect at Veterans Park in Belle Plaine. The group has been embroiled in a battle fo

Satanic Temple lawsuit against Belle Plaine will move forward, despite court dismissal of most of its claims

1 of 10 counts still remains in the Scott County battle over church and state.

Inver Grove Heights officials again embroiled in controversy over hostile work conditions at City Hall

Questions in a council meeting about a potential data breach turned into accusations of workplace hostility.

Man dies in crash with semi in Marshall County

The man who died was a passenger who was not wearing a seat belt, the State Patrol says.
St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe Gothard, seen in 2018.

St. Paul schools likely to begin year with distance learning

School board will take up superintendent's recommendation next week.
In 2017, the Shakopee High School mountain bike team gathered before a ride at the Bloomington Ferry Unit trail. The team will have a new trail closer

Xcel, Shakopee and others collaborate to build new mountain bike park

Shakopee partnership's trail designed for them.

Van carrying 14 rolls over in Goodhue County, seriously injuring 3

Eight others suffered noncritical injuries.
Kaia Hirt, of Minnetonka, held anti-Trump and federal law enforcement sign outside the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday. "We've

Minneapolis protest focuses on use of federal officers in Portland

Activists gathered in downtown Minneapolis, with many predicting a federal presence here soon.
Shakopee officials have applied for a federal grant to build a $16.7 million Innovation Center downtown.

Shakopee officials hoping for $16.7M federal grant for Innovation Center

The site would support entrepreneurs and offer college classes, training.
JEFF WHEELER ¥ MINNEAPOLIS - 7/15/09 - State Archaeologist Scott Anfinson is an expert at identifying sacred Indian burial s

What's the story behind Pilot Knob Road, other odd street names?

Yankee Doodle and Johnny Cake Ridge are two more that raise eyebrows. Turns out each has a story to tell.
Dakota County has in the past arranged for testing at several facilities provided by the National Guard. Under a new partnership with Bluestone Physic

Dakota County will expand COVID-19 testing for vulnerable adults

The county effort will focus on those in group homes and adult foster care rather than just facilities for senior citizens.
Stillwater's Lumberjack Days summer celebration, shown in 2011.

Minnesota communities struggle through a summer without festivals

Most have been canceled; some organizers keep their fingers crossed for downsized versions later.
A pair of snow monkeys huddled together in their enclosure at the Minnesota Zoo.

Minnesota Zoo gets $6M in emergency COVID-19 funding

The money will cover basic operations for the zoo, a state agency, while it remains closed for the pandemic.

South St. Paul residents settle lawsuit over odor of animal rendering plant

Animal rendering plant will pay $750K; residents' awards capped at $1,000.
The Wells Fargo Family Farm area will be a part of the Beastly Boulevard at the Minnesota Zoo.

Minnesota Zoo debuts drive-through zoo to raise much-needed funds

The zoo will offer its "Beastly Boulevard" as a drive-through way to see animals.
People surveyed the damage along Lake St. near S. 27th Avenue as a fire burned to the east May 30, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Prep athletes run, swim, bike 8.46 miles to fight racism, help Lake St. businesses

Hundreds of athletes will try to raise a total of $8,460 on Wednesday.
Denise Pontrelli

Stillwater school board, Superintendent Denise Pontrelli part ways

Pontrelli had led the east metro district since 2015.
Siyad Farah, 90, in the courtyard of his apartment complex in Minneapolis. He grew up in Mogadishu. When the rioting started, “The first thing I tho

Minneapolis riots have refugees thinking about unrest they fled

Agencies serving refugees say recent violent images have revived old fears.
Protesters ride on Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis after curfew.

Curfew extended again: What you need to know about the order

We looked up the rules from those who are exempted to what's allowed during curfew.

Out with the garbage and in with development of the Freeway Landfill, Burnsville officials say

Transferring huge mound of trash would clear the way for riverfront project.
Both the wheel and the bell once were part of a naval memorial on the northeastern shore of Bde Maka Ska, shown on Memorial Day.

Missing Minneapolis park nautical relics discovered on display at Minnetonka High School

But the story of how they got there remains murky.
Looking east down Southview Boulevard, one of the main streets in South St. Paul.

South St. Paul gets tough on stockyard stench after complaints by home-bound residents

The amended ordinance targets odor generators who don't cooperate with the city.

Bloomington kayaker drowns in Aitkin County lake over Memorial Day weekend

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office said the preliminary cause of death was freshwater drowning.
Judity "Judy" Bemis

Judith Bemis, author and mental health champion, dies of COVID-19 at 82

Judith “Judy” Bemis drew on her own life experience to help others with anxiety, spearheading a network of support groups when it was taboo to…
In this May 6, 2015 file photo, a computer-based practice ACT English test is displayed on a computer monitor in Washington. Officials with Iowa City-

ACT to offer online, at-home version of test this fall

Educators have concerns about equity and security.
Grant, a bull moose orphaned along with his sister Marais in northern Minnesota five years ago, gets a visit from zookeeper Amber Dunaway, front, and

Minnesota Zoo lays off 48, but preparing to reopen

The Apple Valley zoo is requesting a $6 million emergency state subsidy to stay afloat.
Population growth and farming in parts of Dakota County are already affecting the water table, local projections show. Above, Judy Yang harvested gree

Dakota County pushes back on fresh attempt to ship groundwater to Southwest

The Dakota County Board will vote next week on a one-year moratorium on industrial well drilling in response to a local company’s plan to dig…
Joseph Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Exotic in Netflix's "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness."

Joe Exotic, the 'Tiger King,' once bought wolf-dog hybrids from Lakeville area

The Tiger King learned that wolves are different from big cats, according to an animal rights attorney.

Minnesota cities scramble as budgets take hits from the virus

Officials are hoping for relief from state and federal governments.
Dakota County officials chalk up the rising cost to the age of the Cannon River dam and the project’s complexity. The dam needs a new powerhouse and

Dakota County seeks additional $9 million to update Byllesby Dam

In 3 years, the projected cost of updating Dakota County's 110-year-old Byllesby Dam has risen by the millions.

Dakota County opens hotel shelter for homeless

About 45 people moved into Eagan lodging to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Twin Cities law schools grappling with grading in the wake of COVID-19

Mitchell Hamline, St. Thomas and the U law schools review options for marks in an interrupted spring semester.