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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
Patrons visited Afro Deli's St. Paul location in 2017.

Metro restaurants serving up free meals to food workers, kids and others affected by virus shutdown

Restaurants are stepping up to feed various groups who need to eat during the pandemic.
Rosemount Woods mobile home park plans to add 39 sites, but some neighbors are not happy about the expansion.

Mobile home parks planning expansions to meet increasing demand, despite local resistance

Three expansions, the first in two decades, follow years of park closures.
A tow truck at the Minneapolis city impound lot. A towing license ordinance has been left to Minneapolis and St. Paul. But the suburb of Savage is joi

Fed up with complaints over bad operators, Savage will begin licensing towing companies

The city is likely the first metro area suburb to require a license.
Educators posed for a photo at Central High School in St. Paul on Friday after a strike resolution was passed.

St. Paul teachers reach settlement, end 3-day strike; kids out of school until Monday

Staffers reported at 1 p.m., and students are scheduled to return Monday.
Demonstrators gather at the Global Arts Plus Upper Campus in St. Paul before marching to district headquarters Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

St. Paul's teachers, school district return to bargaining table; no class Friday

Mediator brought the two sides together, union says.
The South St. Paul Public Library, shown in 2019.

Plan to merge South St. Paul library into Dakota County system moves forward

Dakota County to hear options on possibly assuming operations.
New Dakota County corrections deputies went through training to de-escalate crises in 2018 in Rosemount.

Dakota County expands pilot program to help 911 callers with mental illness

The initiative aims to coordinate the response of law enforcement officers and county social workers when emotionally distressed residents call police.
“Everything is broken here,” said renter Tina Todd. South St. Paul’s city administrator described conditions at the rental properties as “depl

Vulnerable residents left seeking housing, services in South St. Paul

Some 13 South St. Paul residents with special needs will be left without a home or the services that help them live independently.
Crime scene tape surrounded the yellow home where a man was fatally shot by Dakota County deputies serving a search warrant in Lakeville.

Man who fired at officers is shot, killed by deputy in Lakeville

"Suspect is down, start an ambulance, all the officers are OK," a officer radioed, according to dispatch audio.
The Fletcher Building, right, with its green awnings and painted brick, sits on a prominent corner in downtown Farmington.

Farmington business owner wins right to repair historic building with stucco

Farmington City Council overrules earlier decision on downtown structure.

Minnesota revokes license of company providing services to vulnerable adults

One Life Health Services allegedly let vulnerable clients live in squalor .
The culture-corridor plans are still conceptual, said Shakopee City Administration Bill Reynolds, shown in 2017. No timeline or funding source is set,

Shakopee envisions cultural corridor emphasizing shared history of Native people and early settlers

Plans call for a trail to draw visitors to ancient sites near the Minnesota River.

American Indian activist Marvin Manypenny dies at 72

Manypenny "was unafraid to speak up and speak truth to power," said his daughter, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.
Brad Schwantke and Derek Doty swept in front of the stone during their curling league at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine.

Last cattle farm in suburban Savage could make way for year-round curling

As the number of suburban curling facilities grows, Minnesota fans say there's more than enough demand for additional ice as more people try the social sport.
Pastor Wes Feltner.

Burnsville church investigation finds abuse allegations made against former pastor are credible

The investigation by Berean Baptist blamed the Rev. Wes Feltner for misuse of power in dating two teenage women in his youth group.

South St. Paul revokes rental licenses of problem owner, allows two others another chance

South St. Paul council grants other owners provisional agreements.
Charlie Vig

Charlie Vig looks back on eight years as Shakopee tribal chairman

Getting more people involved, strengthening local ties and building cultural center are among the achievements.
Rocky the sea otter flashed a smile as he swam around in his off-exhibit pool while he spent the afternoon behind the scenes Wednesday. at the Minneso

Minnesota Zoo's sea otter thrives after being first to have flipper amputated

Limb amputation is common in cats and dogs, but no one had heard of a flipper amputation on an otter.
Arborist Tim Walsh used a wrench to remove bark from wood infected with emerald ash borer.

Processing wood infested by emerald ash borer into fuel or mulch has a cost

Emerald ash borer's toll keeps growing, but processing the tree waste into fuel or mulch carries a cost.
Keith B. Anderson

Shakopee tribe elects vice chairman to replace retiring chairman Charles Vig

Three members will take on new roles on the business council at the end of the month, when Vig steps down after eight years as chairman.

Shakopee neighborhood loses fight to keep ice rink open

Shakopee City Council stands firm, leaving Riverside Fields users to ice skate just a mile away.
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Charles Vig

Tribal Chairman Charles Vig of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to retire

His last day will be Jan. 31, when the SMSC's new Business Council will be inaugurated, a spokesperson said.
Some of the items for sale in Burnsville's online store.

Want to wear your pride in Burnsville? Check out the city's online store

PJs and polo shirts with a Burnsville logo? Suburb is selling branded items online.
A jogger lapped the Savage Sports Center on Tuesday. A drop in team rentals forced city officials to budget an extra $100,000 next year for operations

Despite risk of physical and financial collapse, Twin Cities suburbs keep building sports domes

A year-round sports culture drives dome building boom in metro, even with red ink and weather damage.

Carver, Dakota and Scott county boards approve 2020 budgets, tax levy increases

Property tax levy hikes for 2020 range from 2.8 to 4.9%.
Terri Petter, shown in 2017.

Dakota County petting zoo owner settles wolf-killing lawsuit

Trial in federal court was supposed to start Monday, but ended with a settlement barring defendant from selling wolves or their parts.
A photo of the Eagan police Facebook post, including a mask.

Boy's family shocked by charges after social media frenzy about Eagan park

The 11-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault, and a judge ordered a kind of probation. But the family's lawyer said he was a "kid being a kid."
About 25 Farmington residents met at the Rambling River Center Tuesday to find out how to shop online for groceries. Family Fresh Market, Farmington�

Farmington coming to grips with loss of sole grocery store

The sudden shuttering of Family Fresh Market is turning the south metro city into an unlikely suburban food desert.
Neighbor Eric Stiver put flowers and stuffed animals on a chair on the porch of the home where David Schladetzky shot and killed Kjersten Schladetzky

Two children, parents dead in apparent triple murder-suicide

A neighbor heard the two boys screaming and saw them running out the front door of the home, coats on and backpacks in hand. "I thought it was a game. … All of a sudden, the gunshots started ringing out," he said.
Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen said the new contract makes sense, since the jail has struggled to find suitable workers to fill the seven or so kitc

Scott County hiring vendor to handle jail jobs formerly done by inmates

Scott County says vendors are a better fit for kitchen and laundry work
Pastor Wes Feltner.

Burnsville megachurch pastor resigns over past sex allegations

Members of Berean Baptist Church were told of the Rev. Wes Feltner's resignation this weekend.
A bike commuter made his way towards the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge, above Hiawatha Avenue in the morning snow Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Minneapolis. T

Pre-Thanksgiving snowstorm could cause travel chaos in state

Snow is expected to fall starting late Tuesday afternoon, dropping up to 6 inches that will be whipped around by strong winds Wednesday.

Police ID man who fell through ice, drowned in St. Louis River

Ryan William Hill, 34, drowned though emergency workers tried several ways to reach him.
Jim Bestul flew Navy seaplanes, commercial planes for Northwest Airlines and his own private aircraft.

Jim Bestul, pilot who loved all things aviation, dies at 86

He started cataloging all U.S. planes, meticulously recording details that caught the attention of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
The Stone Arch Apartments are across the street from where the homicide occurred on Saturday, Nov. 16.

'Let's do this': Couple chases suspect after fatal Minneapolis shooting

It happened in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, where residents already have met with police after crimes.
The Rev. Wes Feltner, lead pastor at Berean Baptist Church.

Burnsville church roiled by charges that pastor had inappropriate relationships with teens

The allegations against the Rev. Wes Feltner have shaken the congregation at his south metro megachurch, resulting in his taking a leave and removing him from consideration by a church in Tennessee.
"Churchmen in the New World" in the Guild Hall at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis church votes to retire controversial embroidery

Members of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis voted Sunday to remove a large embroidery depicting the first Thanksgiving and a slave ship that church leaders deemed to be "disturbing and hurtful."
Nadia Mohamed, who became the first Somali-American and Muslim on the St. Louis Park City Council, was just one of several younger women to win in sub

Election reveals shift in suburban leadership

More young women from diverse backgrounds are running — and winning.
A "Guns Down St. Paul" sign was placed near the scene at E. Maryland Avenue and Hazelwood Street where a shooting happened over the weekend.

Uncomfortable norm: St. Paul grapples with fatal shootings

Mayor Melvin Carter on Sunday encouraged residents to attend a series of public safety forums that begin this week.
Lakeville railroad proposes drilling wells and shipping Minnesota water to the Southwest

Lakeville railroad proposes drilling wells and shipping Minnesota water to the Southwest

A railway wants to ship 500M gallons a year from wells in Dakota County.
Yasiel Santiago-Castillo, a senior at Henry Sibley High School, held a vaping device disguised as a hoodie drawstring. On his left is Rep. Laurie Halv

Legislators vow to crack down on teen vaping in 2020 session

Both parties plan measures to get nicotine products out of the hands of teenagers.
Prior Lake Mayor Kirt Briggs and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribal Chairman Charles Vig pose for a picture inside the new water treatment center.

In unusual collaboration, tribe, Prior Lake build water plant

Despite making "extensive practical sense," collaboration between tribes and local governments on infrastructure projects remains "less common than it should be," said UMD Prof. Joseph Bauerkemper. In this case, the joint water treatment plant will save the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux and city of Prior Lake millions.

Man stabbed while riding Green Line train in Minneapolis on Sunday

The suspect was booked into the Hennepin County jail.
St. Paul fire crews put out the motorhome fire that killed one person Saturday night.

Motor home fire kills one in St. Paul Saturday night

One adult died and another was injured after the vehicle's front end started on fire.

Plans for massive UMore housing development in Rosemount fall through

The developer bowed out of the 1,500-home project.
A rusty patch bumblebee seen on Joe Pye weed in 2014. The endangered bumblebee species has been discovered at the Pine Bend Bluffs Natural Area in Inv

Rusty patched bumblebee buzzes into Inver Grove Heights

A rusty patched bumblebee has made its home in bluffland area.
Ubah Hussein, 39, in yellow, was a mother of 10 with another child on the way. Her husband, Tamam Kharow, was seriously injured.

'She was an angel': Community mourns mother of 10 who died in car crash

Ubah Hussein, 35, died when a wrong-way driver hit her minivan in Mpls. He told police he was high on PCP.
Apple Valley is one in a number of Twin Cities metro cities weighing how best to address the trend of dumpsters in a bag, but it may be the first to c

Apple Valley ponders how to address dumpsters-in-a-bag

It may be the first Twin Cities suburb to craft an ordinance specifically addressing problems with the "temporary refuse receptacles."
Ted Gladhill, of Eagan, said he’s seen 1,000 planes fly over his home in a month and 92 in a single day.

Frustrated Eagan residents seek reprieve from airplane rumbles

City wants FAA to give peace and quiet a chance.
Police investigated the scene where one person and a child were found with gunshot wounds after a vehicle rollover, Sunday, Oct. 6, in St. Paul.

Man, 4-year-old boy shot in St. Paul found in overturned SUV

A man and a 4-year-old boy were shot as someone opened fire on their SUV, which then crashed and overturned in front of a St. Paul apartment complex Sunday night.
The two teen siblings were hit on Sept. 30 when a vehicle hit pedestrians before smashing into a bakery on Lake Street in Minneapolis. Cecilia Speranz

Siblings hit by carjacker in Minneapolis making progress; sister still in hospital with brain injury

Two teenage siblings injured when a carjacker crashed into them are making progress, though the woman who was hit remains hospitalized, according to their father’s…
Hennepin Avenue is a popular destination for visitors during most weekends.

2 fatal shootings over weekend in the Twin Cities spark unease

Saturday night's shooting in Minneapolis continues a pattern of crime in downtown that is driving away some who used to frequent the area's bars, theaters and clubs.
Valerie Land, the aunt of RayVell Carter, grieved for her nephew during service on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Rev. Richard Land, pastor at St. Albans Churc

Church celebrates life of St. Paul man fatally shot leaving Bible study

Pastor at St. Albans asks community not to avenge RayVell Carter's death.
Protesters made their way from the Western District police headquarters to the site of Ronald Davis' fatal shooting by St. Paul police on Sunday, Sept

Protesters march for man fatally shot by St. Paul police officer a week ago

Officer fired after the armed man rammed his police SUV on Sept. 15, investigators say.
Andy Vig, son of Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux chairman Charles Vig, and coordinator of the culture and history preservation work group, in front of Hoco

Shakopee Mdewakanton debut new exhibit sharing their history, culture

The new Hoċokata Ti cultural center includes a museum open to the public.
Like some of his neighbors, Rosemount resident Jim Quist is looking for answers to a mysterious blue-green haze he said is damaging his property.

Rosemount residents worry that blue-green haze is toxic

Neighbors point to the nearby Spectro Alloys smelting plant as the source. Spectro officials say that they're doing nothing wrong.
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and Tom Weber announced their engagement in June. They married on Saturday, Sept. 14 in Red Wing.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan marries former MPR reporter Tom Weber

The couple married in Red Wing at a friend's cabin with Gov. Tim Walz giving the wedding toast.

South St. Paul scrambling after manager of public-housing high-rises steps away

Officials said that having another entity manage the publicly owned buildings on its own is unsustainable in the long run.

Three injured when distracted driver hits pedal bar in Minneapolis Saturday

Two people on the party bike were injured and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.
Police lined up as onlookers shouted after an officer-involved shooting Saturday night in Richfield by Edina police.

Man livestreams chase before fatal encounter with Edina police

Up to 12 minutes of the pursuit, which ended in Richfield, was livestreamed on Facebook.
Longtime Hastings Fire Chief Mike Schutt

Hastings fire chief resigns after investigation finds he showed poor judgment

He ordered firefighters to remove a generator from the roof of City Hall.
St. Paul's lone Kmart store, on Maryland Avenue East, will close in mid-December, officials said Sunday.

As fourth St. Paul retailer closes, some ask: Where will we shop?

Back-to-back closings of two discount stores in St. Paul months after Sears shut its doors are taking a big bite out of the city's retail offerings.
Jo Ann Monnens picked up her husband, Paul, in the couple’s electric blue golf cart as she gave her grandchildren a ride through their Shakopee neig

Golf carts go off-course and into the community

Suburbs are increasingly allowing golf carts on city streets

Dakota County community services director under investigation after complaint

The director of community services in Dakota County is on leave pending an investigation into a complaint made against him, according to a county news…
Michael Plante

Prior Lake fires city manager after domestic assault charges

Charges included three counts of domestic assault including assault by strangulation, a felony. Police were continuing to investigate.

Church worker allegedly steals $33K from Church of St. Peter in Mendota

Complaint says man spent up to $400 on scratch-off tickets daily.
Austin Schiff pedaled past stranded vehicles next to Lakeville North High School in June. The Twin Cities reached its second-highest rainfall this sum

Started wet, kept going: Twin Cities on track for second-wettest year

The summer that started with a lot of rain looks to be ending the same way: swampy. A brief but heavy storm doused the Twin…
Larry Johnson had kept a mother pig and two piglets in his triplex, but hoofed animals are not allowed within the city.

Minneapolis man fights to regain 'emotional support' pigs, not allowed by the city

Owner couldn't come up with money to get them back; city calls his home "extremely unsanitary."

Lakeville schools levy aims to bring two sports domes to city

Plan is part of $44 million school levy to go before voters in November.
Trust in the Shakopee school district hit a low point after former Superintendent Rod Thompson pleaded guilty to swindling tens of thousands of dollar

Debate over release of report raises transparency concerns in Shakopee

Shakopee is divided over releasing an unredacted school district document.
Driver pleads guilty to intentionally running over Eagan couple

Driver pleads guilty to intentionally running over Eagan couple

Jonna Kojo Armartey, 37, pleaded guilty to two charges of second-degree murder for killing a husband and wife.
An officer teared up at the funeral for Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick in 2014. After the shooting, West St. Paul officers involved in t

West St. Paul police focus on officers' mental health, wellness

The department in West St. Paul requires officers to meet with a counselor annually.
Minneapolis Police Sargent K.A Angerhofer and SWAT team members stood outside Target Field after the Twins game Sunday.

Minneapolis ramps up police presence as Minnesotans grapple with latest mass shootings

More police visible as many in Twin Cities voice fears
Suburbs are dotted with problem properties and aren’t entirely sure what to do about them. In Shakopee, property owner Gerald Schmitz has been cited

Suburbs strive to take proactive approach to battle problem properties

Some issue fines and citations while others take a softer approach.

Two Gophers swimmers injured in Minneapolis shooting Saturday

According to the statement, two members of the men's swimming team were downtown Minneapolis last weekend when they were struck by stray gunfire.