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Erin Adler

Reporter | South Metro
Phone: 612-673-1781

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
Yolanda Farris was selected to serve as an at-large City Council member in St. Louis Park.

Metro briefs: Police Multicultural Advisory Committee member to fill St. Louis Park Council seat

St. Louis ParkPolice Multicultural Advisory Committee member to fill Council seatThe St. Louis Park City Council voted Jan. 31 to appoint Yolanda Farris to a…
Kathy Defor looked through books after hours at Elko New Market Library.

Twin Cities libraries embrace new self-service library hours — without librarians present

In Dakota and Scott counties, patrons can access the library during extended hours just by scanning a card.
Bryce Borca, 23, of Eagan, has been missing since the early morning hours of Oct. 30.

Family of missing Eagan man offers $30K reward

Bryce Borca, 23, went missing the early hours of Oct. 30 and was last seen at the end of Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan.
Apartment evictions spiked in 2022 across Minnesota.

State's eviction filings soared in 2022, continue into new year

Eviction filings remained higher than pre-pandemic levels throughout the last six months of 2022, leaping again in December and showing no signs of letting up in January — a time of year when filings usually drop.
A drone used for police operations in Chula Vista, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020.

Metro briefs: Maplewood police to use drones

Plus: Dentistry program expands at Hennepin Tech in Brooklyn Park; Farmington Library pilot offers self-service hours; sidewalks coming to more Morningside streets in Edina.
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival draws crowds each year to Shakopee.

Scott County Board tables Renaissance Festival permit decision

The county is still considering whether to revoke the festival's permit; a public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 21.
Luke Hellier left a Lakeville City Council seat open when he was elected mayor in November.

Lakeville residents question City Council vacancy appointment process

The City Council will appoint someone to fill Mayor Luke Hellier's vacant seat on Tuesday.
Matthew Carter, executive director at the Dakota County Historical Society, shows off the Lawshe Memorial Museum’s great hall in South St. Paul on M

Lawshe Museum upgrades to make Dakota County history accessible to all

The county funded $1.2M in improvements mostly related to the Americans With Disabilities Act, while several new exhibits will offer something for everyone.
Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look

Metro briefs: Look elected Anoka County Board chair

Plus: Former Rosemount mayor joins Dakota County Board; Shoreview City joins Just Deeds Coalition; see stars at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
A continuous radon monitor test device ran on a granite counter during a radon mitigation of a home in Stillwater sold in 2013.

Radon testing down 40% as home buyers forgo inspections in hot market

The Department of Health urges people to test their homes for the carcinogen during Radon Action Month.
Minneapolis crews cleared a homeless camp near the Quarry shopping center in northeast Minneapolis on Friday.

City crews clear homeless camp near Quarry shopping center

Minneapolis posted signs at the camp Dec. 21 saying occupants needed to leave by Wednesday — a seven-day window. Over the weekend, posts circulated on social media urging people to show up to defend the encampment.
Non-alcoholic THC seltzers are featured in a display on a wall in Natreum in St. Louis Park. The Natreum sells newly legal hemp-derived products as we

Suburbs play regulatory Whack-A-Mole with new THC products

Some cities have passed moratoriums while others have adopted licensing or zoning ordinances.
Janie Morissette stands for a portrait outside her home Dec. 21, 2022 in St. Paul, Minn.

Pricey accessory dwelling units slow to take off in Twin Cities

Cost, local restrictions have tempered interest.
Bryce Ekeren explained how his cabinets have been partially falling off the wall for six months at Parkvue Flats in Burnsville. Ekeren placed a repair

Burnsville apartment complex has rental license suspended

Owners of the 313-unit property cannot rent vacant units during the 90-day suspension.
Shakopee Fire Chief Rick Coleman

Shakopee fire chief retires after city investigation into alleged misconduct

Rick Coleman served as fire chief since 2014.
Dakota County Sheriff-Elect Joe Leko.

Metro briefs: Dakota County sheriff-elect chooses chief deputy

Plus: Crystal city manager hired; Scott County moving ahead on camper cabins; Excelsior memorial arbor restored.
A look inside the pipe gallery in the Elko New Market water treatment facility Wednesday. The city is seeking an increase from the 135 million gallons

Bottled water plant planned for south metro would triple water usage

Elko New Market residents have raised concerns about the plant, which would draw water from the Prairie Du Chien-Jordan aquifer.
Rendering of a 16-bed mental health center planned in West St. Paul. It will be owned by Dakota County and run by Guild, a nonprofit mental health ser

West St. Paul votes to approve mental health center

The City Council added conditions to the permit in light of some neighbors' concerns about safety.
Multiple guns found after two juveniles crash into cars in McDonald's parking lot

Multiple guns found after two juveniles crash into cars in McDonald's parking lot

The two juveniles are suspects in another incident, police said.
The broken water main was a 36-inch-diameter cast iron pipe that served Minneapolis since 1888. 

City fixes broken water main in north Minneapolis

The pipe failed on Dec. 5.
Man dies after car crash in north Minneapolis

Man dies after car crash in north Minneapolis

A vehicle entering an intersection at "a high rate of speed" crashed into the victim's vehicle.
Ryan Merchant signaled to a co-worker a block away as they observed the water gushing downhill on 30th Avenue N. Monday night, Dec. 5, 2022 in Minneap

Water main break in north Minneapolis prompts boil water advisory

Customers in the impacted area "are asked to boil water for three minutes before using it for cooking or drinking," a statement from the city read.
King Bubba towered above the crowd during the 2016 Minnesota Renaissance Fest. In 2022, the festival drew more than 300,000 people to its Scott County

Renaissance Festival could lose permit after parking problems

Scott County will decide in January whether to revoke the conditional use permit required for the event. Roads leading to the Shakopee site were clogged for miles last fall.
Rendering of the proposed mental health center proposed for West St. Paul.

West St. Paul residents raise concerns about safety of proposed mental health facility

Residents also showed up to support the facility, which would be owned by Dakota County and run by Guild, a nonprofit.
Man who broke into home, had standoff with Prior Lake police faces more charges

Man who broke into home, had standoff with Prior Lake police faces more charges

The incident began with a man digging through a gas station dumpster and ended about eight hours later.
Solar panels collected energy from the sun surrounded by native prairie and flowers like these black-eyed Susans planted at one of Enel’s solar farm

Metro briefs: Minnetonka allows solar energy systems citywide

Plus: Rosemount City Council could have two open seats; St. Paul Union Depot celebrated.
Ricardo Ernesto “Rich” Torres

Ricardo 'Rich' Torres, life of the party and generous tipper, dies at 56

Torres spent 33 years working for Cargill, rising to vice president of trading and merchandising in the starches, sweeteners and texturizers division.
A worker places low-nicotine cigarettes on a shelf at a Circle K store in Chicago on June 21, 2022.

Too many stores failing tobacco, alcohol compliance checks in Shakopee, officials say

In 2022, 19 businesses didn't check the ID of an underage buyer who was working with police to ensure compliance.
The Schroeder house and stable in Shakopee were built by Herman Schroeder, a German immigrant and prominent local businessman in the late 1800s throug

Metro briefs: Schroeder house in Shakopee recommended for historic designation

Plus: Plans for Brooklyn Park performing art center dropped; Roseville's Oval now open after a renovation.
Aspen House offers a place for youths ages 10 to 18 to stay when foster care is not available and they’re having a personal or family crisis.

Aspen House provides shelter for Dakota County youth in crisis

The Mendota Heights facility replaces the Harbor Shelter for youth in Hastings, which closed in 2019.
City inspector Jay Voight gave a tour of the Schroeder house in Shakopee on Monday. A state committee will decide Tuesday whether a historic brick hou

Historic Shakopee home, livery could land on National Register

Shakopee city officials are hoping an old, distinctive red brick house that once belonged to a prominent local brickmaker will win state and national approval…
A Juneteenth celebration on East Lake Street in Minneapolis in 2020.

Metro briefs: Brooklyn Park declares Juneteenth a city holiday

Brooklyn Park is the latest metro city to adopt Juneteenth as an official holiday, and on June 19 it will close City Hall give most…
Election judge Patti Kluge checks in voter Kirsten Anderson Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 at the Fire Station #2 voting location in Lakeville, Minn.

Dakota County elections officials assessing hourslong delay in voting results

The delay meant a winner wasn't declared in the competitive Second Congressional District until early Wednesday.
A voter at an early voting center at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville.

New Ramsey County commissioners highlight personal struggles, professional experience

Interim Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena made her position permanent, defeating Matt Little.
State's first renewable natural gas facility opens at Inver Grove Heights landfill

State's first renewable natural gas facility opens at Inver Grove Heights landfill

The fuel will power heavy-duty trucks.
Bison have been reintroduced to Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings, the culmination of two years of effort by Dakota County’s parks department. On

Bison, reintroduced by Dakota County, now grazing in Hastings park

It's the culmination of several years of work by county officials to bring the animals to about 150 acres of restored prairie there.
Ice castles at Long Lake Park in January 2022.

Metro briefs: Ice castles will return to Long Lake Regional Park

Ice Castles will return to Ramsey County's Long Lake Regional Park in January.The Utah-based company responsible for the attraction leases park space in New…
The Marathon Gas Station on W. Broadway was recently purchased by Real Believers Faith Center in Minneapolis

Church buys north Minneapolis gas station troubled by crime

Real Believers Faith Center has purchased the Marathon gas station and plans to eventually redevelop the site.
This rendering shows a development along Thompson Avenue near Robert Street in West St. Paul that includes a mix of housing, retail and restaurants.

West St. Paul residents want community center on old YMCA site

City is seeking developer to build a mix of residential, commercial projects on the sprawling land.
Candidates for Dakota County Attorney in 2022 general election are Kathy Keena, left, and Matt Little.

Kathy Keena, Matt Little compete to be next Dakota County Attorney

The candidates face off over who has experience to do the job, whether views on political issues should be shared in race.
Queen Sonja of Norway visits the State Capitol Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 in Saint Paul, Minn. Queen Sonja and Governor Tim Walz pose for photos in the R

Norway's Queen Sonja on whirlwind visit to Minnesota

The queen met with Gov. Tim Walz and plans to visit St. Olaf College and a Minneapolis church.
Paid on-call firefighter Valen Watson checked safety equipment Saturday, Oct. 8, at Bloomington’s Fire Station 1. The department just received a $6.

Full-time firefighters in demand as suburbs struggle to find recruits

Many suburban fire departments are hiring full-time firefighters for the first time or adding more to their roster as demand for their services increases.
Rendering of the proposed project at the Four Seasons Mall site in Plymouth.

Metro briefs: Plymouth gets grant to demolish empty shopping mall

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded Plymouth $775,000 in redevelopment grant funding to tear down the vacant Four Seasons Mall…
A sheet of plastic covers the new sign at the new Afrique cultural center in Bloomington, and colorful panels flank each side of the entrance. Officia

Afrique, an event center and business incubator, is on track to open this fall in Bloomington

The center is moving forward despite CEO Mukhtar Shariff's indictment in Feeding Our Future fraud case.
Inver Grove Heights will vote on whether to allow short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

Metro briefs: Inver Grove Heights delays vote restricting short-term rentals

Inver Grove Heights has postponed voting on an ordinance that would prohibit homeowners from offering their homes as short-term rentals through websites such as Airbnb…
Site of rare meteorite impact discovered in Inver Grove Heights

Site of rare meteorite impact discovered in Inver Grove Heights

Researchers still want to figure out the exact size of the meteor and when the crash occurred.
Lakeville is putting $11.5 million into renovations at Antlers Park. The project will add more parking, picnic shelters, a new playground, a volleybal

Lakeville's Antlers Park will feature new walk-up restaurant in 2024

The city decided to save money by building the concession stand — which will be run by Lakeville Brewing — out of two shipping containers.
Connie Kight worked at a fast pace to recycle material from roughly 900 homes on her beat in Roseville, Minn., in September 2009.

Metro briefs: Ramsey County plans new Roseville recycling center

Ramsey County is planning a new environmental service center in Roseville to make it easier for residents to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost.The center…
Rosemount City Council member resigns after incident with 'political extremist' and police

Rosemount City Council member resigns after incident with 'political extremist' and police

Tammy Block, who had served on the council since 2018, resigned at the Sept. 6 meeting.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison

Attorney general steps into mobile home park residents' dispute with manager

Summit Management sent letters threatening eviction if residents didn't complete repairs on their homes.
María Isa Pérez-Hedges speaks outside El Colegio High School, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 in Minneapolis. Members of the Puerto Ricans In Minnesota Comm

Minnesota's Puerto Rican community rallies to support island after Hurricane Fiona

Community members gathered to raise money for the relief effort on the five-year anniversary of devastating Hurricane Maria.
Tammy Van Horn has been told to make multiple fixes to her mobile home where she lived for 16 years, or she could face eviction. Residents of mobile h

Mobile home park residents say they're under attack due to management's required repairs, changing rules

Nearly a third of Minnesota's 900 mobile home communities have changed hands since 2015.
The Rockford Road Library in Crystal.

Metro briefs: Rockford Road Library redo takes shape

Hennepin County has finished the first phase of parking lot improvements at the Rockford Road Library and is now preparing for extensive renovations to be…
Man dies a day after being shot in north Minneapolis

Man dies a day after being shot in north Minneapolis

A 34-year-old man shot Friday night in north Minneapolis has died, authorities said Sunday.Police reportedly responding to a shooting late Friday night found Jerry Leonard…
Gov. Tim Walz left, Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Herke , and Patrick Kelly, director of the Minneapolis VA were seen on Sept. 18, 2019. On the

Gov. Tim Walz touts bonuses for vets who have served since 9/11

The bonuses of either $600 or $1,200 are available to veterans who served between Sept. 11, 2001, and Aug. 30, 2021.
The Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission has removed approximately 65% of all the carp living in Crystal Lake in Robbinsdale over the past tw

Metro briefs: Carp harvest aims to clean up Robbinsdale's Crystal Lake

Robbinsdale and the Shingle Creek Watershed Management Commission this summer removed more than 3,700 common carp from Crystal Lake as part of a project to…
Plans for the South St. Paul Library are moving forward after the Dakota County Board approved the bid and a contract for constructing a new $11.3M bu

New South St. Paul Library gains final approval

The $11.3 million project will be built at the corner of Marie and Seventh avenues.
Bruce Ario, an advocate for people with mental illness, dies at age 67

Bruce Ario, an advocate for people with mental illness, dies at age 67

The writer often spoke and wrote about his experiences with the mental health system to help others.
The lobby at the Shakopee Marschall Road Transit Station photographed in 2015.

Metro briefs: Shakopee social services center will relocate to transit station

Scott CountyFamily Resource Center will move to transit centerScott County will move its Shakopee Family Resource Center, which is currently set up at the library,…
The beach at Lake Byllesby Regional Park was closed Sept. 2, 2022, after tests found high levels of E.coli bacteria.

Dakota County closes Lake Byllesby beach due to high E. coli levels

The campground and other amenities remain open at the Cannon Falls park.
The African magpie shrike is black and white with a dark beak and a long tail.

Birders asked to help find magpies that escaped from Minnesota Zoo

The four female birds escaped in July and one has been returned to the zoo so far.
The post office in New Prague is hampered by a lack of parking and accessibility.

New Prague post office inaccessible, cramped — and frequently closed

Attempts by local officials to contact the United States Postal Service have gone unanswered.
The congregation of Brown’s Chapel, Hastings, gathered in front of their church circa 1900. Pictured are the congregation’s minister (in the top h

New artwork to commemorate Black church in Hastings destroyed by arson a century ago

A thriving Black population lived in Hastings beginning in the 1850s, history many residents may not know.
New trails and an underpass to improve bike and pedestrian safety are included in plans to redo the intersection of Hwy. 55 and County Road 73 in Plym

Metro briefs: Federal grant will help Plymouth improve safety, accessibility on Hwy. 55

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Plymouth $15 million to make transit, mobility and safety improvements in the area of Hwy. 55 and County…
Jessica Loveless pumped gas into her vehicle while her sons Zyaire, 5, Zion, 7, and Zakari, 1, waited Wednesday at a Speedway gas station in Hastings.

Hastings' gas stations go to war over gas prices; consumers win

At least five gas stations in the city are charging $3.39 a gallon, about 55 cents lower than the Twin Cities metro average price per gallon of $3.95.
A recent public hearing on the expansion of the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill.

Overriding concerns, the Burnsville City Council approves plan for landfill expansion

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency also issued a draft permit for the Burnsville Sanitary Landfill expansion in July.
The Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo.

Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo, first Native woman ordained in Lutheran church, dies at 75

The Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo saw the potential in others, particularly young Native women, even before they saw it themselves. As a pastor at All…
After an initial surge of voters came to cast primary ballots at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka, things slowed down with no lines mid-morning on Tuesda

Matt Little, Kathy Keena lead Dakota County Attorney race

Outgoing state Rep. Rena Moran took a commanding lead in her primary for Ramsey County Commissioner.
Yard waste piles up in an alley in Robbinsdale.

Metro briefs: Robbinsdale seeks new vendors for yard waste pickup

RobbinsdaleCity seeks new vendors for yard waste pickupThe Robbinsdale City Council voted unanimously last week to direct city staff to find vendors to pick up…
A Peacebunny Foundation rabbit sat atop the organization’s houseboat, docked at a marina near Peacebunny Island on the Mississippi River near Newpor

Bunny rescue operators were in over their head, investigator says

Owner of Peacebunny barn thinks the rabbit population just became "overwhelming" for the nonprofit.
The 2,000 volunteers of Twin Cities Trout Unlimited have worked for years to restore trout streams in the metro area, including the Vermillion River n

Metro briefs: Dakota County seeks input on plan to reduce water contamination

Dakota County officials are asking the public to weigh in on a new plan that aims to encourage voluntary measures to reduce nitrate pollution in…
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey prepared to rappel 13 stories down the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel on Friday, July 29, 2022, in Eagan. Frey and St. Paul Mayo

Celebs, vets rappel down Vikings hotel in hopes of raising $1 million for Salvation Army

Money will go toward providing shelter and aid for Minnesota homeless.
Rev. Dean Swanson checked under a home in the Viking Terrace Mobile Home Park that he and several other community members helped winterize as part of

Northfield mobile home park's new owners revert to old rules after resident complaints

Attorney General Keith Ellison said the new Viking Terrace owner's rules weren't legal.
New resident Michael Englandwalked his dog in the Canvas at Woodbury leased single-family homes complex.

New developments of upscale rental homes growing in Twin Cities area

It's part of a larger national trend of high-end, lease-only communities with rent payments of up to $4,500 — and a list of luxurious amenities.
Cyclists and pedestrians make their way around Bde Maka Ska in 2020.

Minneapolis Park Board proposes $79M tax levy

The 6% increase would serve youth in crisis and maintain park assets, officials said