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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
A neighborhood in Burnsville in 2017. An experiment in letting residents direct where some tax dollars will go could cost two to three times more to a

It could cost Burnsville $300K to let citizens spend $100K, and some council members are concerned

The suburb's pilot will let neighborhoods propose projects to spend city money, but the administrative costs could be a multiple of that.
A woman uses the new fitness equipment at Shakopee's Scenic Heights Park on July 16, 2024.

Want to work out in a park? Shakopee has a new outdoor fitness court and studio space

The new attraction at Scenic Heights Park has permanent fitness equipment and space for group exercise classes like yoga.
Attorney General Keith Ellison. Allegations were included in a court filing that’s part of a civil investigation of Nolosha Development by the attor

Proposed Lakeville housing aimed at Somali families under investigation

Nolosha Development says it has done nothing wrong and that planning for the project continues.
Members of the worship team lead the congregation in song during a service at River Valley Church's Apple Valley location in October 2016. The church

Eagan grants permit for church's move to former Kowalski's space

River Valley Church's planned move to the former grocery store space at Diffley and Johnny Cake Ridge roads raised objections from some neighbors with concerns about traffic, parking -- and the church's positions on social issues.
Alecia Larsen holds two eight-week old kittens she has been caring for at home in Eden Prairie, Minn., on Friday July, 5, 2024. Larsen fosters cats in

Animal Humane Society no longer sterilizes feral cats for free. Rescuers fear a population surge.

The nonprofit says it can no longer afford to spay or neuter community cats for free, prompting concerns that the feral cat population will rise.
Some couples will be able to get married for free at the Dakota County Fair this summer.

Vows plus funnel cakes? Dakota County Fair to offer free weddings

Couples interested in getting married at the fairgrounds need to register in advance with court administration.
A proposed settlement would give the University of Minnesota $13 million to help with pollution cleanup costs at UMore Park, which was the site of a g

Settlement would give $13 million to University of Minnesota for UMore pollution cleanup

UMore Park was briefly a smokeless gunpowder plant during WWII; heavy metals and other pollutants have since been found in soil there.
Two tiger cubs sit in a plastic bin, likely on a scale.

Two Amur tiger cubs born at Minnesota Zoo

The cubs, born May 23, now have their eyes open and are exploring their indoor habitat.
An Orange Line bus pulls up for a media tour in Burnsville's Heart of the City are in December 2021. The city's planning commission gave its OK to a p

New affordable apartments proposed for Burnsville's Heart of the City

The new building would replace two office buildings on Burnsville Parkway; the developer hopes to complete the project over the next two years.
Nerstrand Big Woods State Park is near the site of a gravel mine that was recently permitted by Rice County.

Rice County approves gravel mine near Nerstrand Big Woods State Park despite residents' environmental concerns

Neighbors hoped the County Board would do an environmental assessment; county officials say the mine will reduce the environmental impact of trucking in gravel for local projects.
Berk Benson, 13, of Burnsville jumps off the diving board at Redwood Community Pool in Apple Valley, Minn. on Friday, June 14, 2024. Apple Valley, whi

Twin Cities suburbs face expensive repairs, replacement costs as midcentury pools age

Municipal pools are a sought-after amenity, but cities from Shakopee to Crystal to South St. Paul are finding they must find creative solutions to operate, repair or replace them.
Marie Demaintenon and her daughter Michelle, 4, are among the first families to be referred to Dakota County's new rent voucher program.

Dakota County will use sales tax bump to get homeless families a place to live

The Family Housing Voucher program will provide an average of $1,100 to families leaving the county's shelter.
Lisa Olson, of Anoka, is served a glass of chardonnay Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023 at Riverfront Memorial Park in Anoka, the first city to pilot a "social

Sip-and-stroll 'social districts' approved for Shakopee, Stillwater

State lawmakers have given both cities the OK to begin planning for the dedicated areas where adults of legal age can stroll city streets while drinking alcohol.
New owners are taking steps to bring Burnsville Center back to life. A petting zoo will be coming to a now-empty storefront, midlevel behind the tower

New owners breathe signs of life back into Burnsville Center

New owners are infusing the south metro shopping center with building updates, new tenants and high hopes for a mall that had emptied out in recent years.
South St. Paul City Hall

Two first-ring St. Paul suburbs look to improve rental housing quality

West St. Paul and South St. Paul — both areas with many units — are making changes so properties are kept up and renters have a better experience.
Northfield City Hall

Northfield City Council will change comment period to 'listening sessions,' echoing a broader trend at public meetings

The city is one of several Minnesota government bodies that has shifted or scaled back public comment sessions in recent years.
A drawing of Mystery Cove water park, planned for the Mall of America, shows a retractable roof.

Mall of America water park plan prompts climate change concerns

The Bloomington Sustainability Commission has asked for more features to mitigate high energy and water use, but the developer says standards for "green" water parks don't exist yet.
Apple Valley police officers can now pursue vehicles when they are connected to suspects of many serious crimes, including robbery and sexual assault.

Apple Valley Police Department relaxes strict vehicle-pursuit policy

Officers can now chase vehicles involved in more felonies, including robbery, sexual assault and aggravated assault, along with homicide.
The historic Rock Island Swing Bridge and Pavillion.

Project will light up Rock Island Swing Bridge

The historic bridge once linked Inver Grove Heights and St. Paul Park and is now a public pier. New lighting will highlight the bridge and allow it to be lit in different colors.
Authorities confirm that a man, woman and dog were killed after a home exploded in the early hours near Princeton Township on Tuesday.

Mobile home explosion near Princeton kills 2, leaves 'mass destruction'

There was no immediate word on what caused the blast, which was reportedly heard up to 23 miles away.
Demonstrators stood along Kenwood Trail during a rally before a school board meeting at the Lakeville District Office on Tuesday in Lakeville.

Lakeville teachers file intent to strike, picket outside school board meeting

The district has more than 12,000 students enrolled.
Bison graze on Shakopee Mdewakanton trust land in Shakopee in 2023.

Shakopee Mdewakanton tribe applies to put 815 acres in southwest metro into trust

The arrangement allows the tribe to keep the land forever and lowers local property tax collections, prompting questions from some local government leaders.
Roseville, which started promoting "Less Mow May" last year, created signs for participating residents to place on their lawns.

'No Mow May' eases to 'Less Mow May' in some Twin Cities suburbs

Rosemount, Roseville and New Brighton, among others, advocate mowing less but not abstaining entirely in the spring to help support pollinator-friendly plants.
Incoming Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Schools Superintendent Michael Bolsoni

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district selects new superintendent

Michael Bolsoni, a longtime teacher and administrator in the south metro district, will start in his new role July 1.
A rendering of the planned public safety training facility in Lakeville.

Lakeville public safety training facility gets $800K in federal funding

The planned facility, which could cost up to $23 million, would provide space for south metro law enforcement, fire departments and other first responders to train.
From left and clockwise, Hannah Jones, Deena Winter, Maggie Snyder, Amanda McKnight and Britt Johnsen, all former reporters for Southwest News Media,

Six southwest Twin Cities area newspapers will publish last issue this week

The Southwest News Media publications are part of MediaNews Group, which is owned by Alden Global Capital, an investment firm known for gutting and then closing local papers.
John Keeley, left, and Matthew Jansen of Municipal Builders Inc. pour concrete at the site of the water treatment plant Monday in South St Paul.

Several south metro cities tackling elevated radium levels

Inver Grove Heights, Savage and South St. Paul are dealing with high radium in their water supply, using a range of short-term fixes and expensive solutions.
The Northview Pool in South St. Paul.

South St. Paul considering 'one last hurrah' for its well-loved Northview Pool

The city eventually plans to close the pool, first opened in 1956, because of the cost of repairs -- but may keep it open for a final summer.
Many city leaders said they worried about how more duplexes would impact their communities.

Bill to allow duplexes across Minnesota is likely doomed this session

Affordable housing advocates hope to find other roads to make it easier to build small apartment buildings across Minnesota.
Eden Prairie Schools has signed a purchase agreement with United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) for part of the company's headquarters property, which the

Eden Prairie Schools plans to turn UNFI office into a school building

The Eden Prairie City Council must still approve a development agreement before plans are final; the district hopes to start using the building this fall.
A room at the Dakota Woodlands family shelter in Eagan. Dakota County is working to create a shelter for adults that would also have individual rooms

Dakota County resumes planning for homeless shelter: 'We have an urgent need'

Six months after shelving a plan to convert a hotel amid pushback, officials say they're moving slowly and deliberately to ease concerns and find a location.
Shakopee's second fire station.

A 'serious, sobering report' prompts changes at Shakopee Fire Department

Outside consultants reported problems ranging from a lack of training to ethics violations, with one consultant labeling Shakopee the "worst department" they'd seen in 18 years of consulting.
Jordan is a small city in Scoot County , which boasts the state's largest candy store and a famous town-league baseball park called the Mimi Met.]Rich

Scott County cities worry Met Council decision could prompt 'disorderly development'

The Met Council recently granted a change to a Scott County township that will allow a parcel to avoid hooking up to city water and sewer, effectively blocking Jordan's future development there.
The Johnson Brothers wanted to redevelop the location as industrial and build a new headquarters on the site.

Johnson Brothers withdraws application to redevelop Blue Cross Blue Shield site in Eagan

The company is looking at other options in the metro, including remaining at its St. Paul location.

Police investigating New Brighton shooting that injured one person

The victim was shot in the back by someone they knew, police said. The suspect was still at large.

Shakopee Teamsters approve agreement with city, averting strike

Teamsters Local 320 members will get 14.5% general wage increase over contract's three years.
Ted Peters, from left, Becky Zech, Doug Steele and Dennis Newton tap their paddles after finishing a game of pickleball on Feb. 23 at the Eagan Commun

As Twin Cities suburbs age, cities ponder the future of their community centers

While some cities are undertaking multimillion-dollar renovations, others worry that they can't fund pools, indoor parks and gathering spaces amid rising costs for other basic city services.
Nordic skiers from McGuire, Century and Kenwood Trail middle schools in Lakeville went for a run on land the school district had wanted to sell. Lenna

National homebuilder cancels purchase of Lakeville school district land

Students and residents had protested the sale of 14 acres of woods and wetlands.
Inver Hills Community College's new Bo the Bee mascot

Inver Hills gets new bee mascot to match its environmental pledge

The Inver Grove Heights community college is the first campus in Minnesota to get the special designation for its pledge to support pollinators.
Dakota County Library Deputy Director Jennifer Reichert Simpson hands out stickers and pins at the Kaposia Library’s grand opening on Feb. 20.

Newest Dakota County Library branch opens in South St. Paul

The opening of the new Kaposia Library, which replaces a city-run library, was marked this week with song and celebration.
Fallen firefighter known for selflessness

Adam Finseth didn't let fear get in his way

Finseth, the Burnsville firefighter and paramedic who died in the line of duty, always had a smile and a kind word for others, friends said.
The post office in New Prague, pictured in August 2022.

New Prague will get new post office building

The existing building is cramped and has no parking for the public or people with disabilities.
Northfield, Minn. July 2014 Welcome sign coming into town on Hwy. 3

Northfield decides it's content with most of its slogan, asks locals to fill in third blank

The city will keep the first two words of its previous slogan, "Cows, Colleges and Contentment" and switch out the third to a rotating range of options.
The view of TCO Stadium and TCO Performance Center from one of two Presidential Suites. The OMNI Viking Lakes Hotel opens Thursday. The Nordic-themed

Coming to Eagan's Viking Lakes complex: $10 million 'connection center' for accounting firm CLA

Clifton Larson Allen (CLA) has signed a 16-year lease for a 40,000-square-foot space to be built over the next year.
An apartment at the Triple Crown Residences in Shakopee. This is the living room and kitchen area of a two-bedroom unit.

Shakopee luxury apartment residents furious at forced move to new building next door

Hundreds of residents of the Triple Crown Residences must move to a neighboring building because of sprinkler problems.

West St. Paul City Council adds junior member

The city hopes adding a high school student to the council will broaden city leaders' perspectives.
Light-rail train

Group tasked with reforming Met Council offers lawmakers six options

A task force convened by the Legislature couldn't agree on a single proposal for restructuring governance of the regional planning authority.
As drivers enter Farmington, they are greeted with elements of the city's longtime logo.

Farmington offers class to help online daters manage frustration

The parks and recreation department is branching out to offer classes on topics beyond athletics and crafts.
Drive up customers dropped mail in mailboxes at the Apple Valley post office. ] GLEN STUBBE • Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Federal agency announces statewide audit of mail delays, identifies 'deficiencies' at four Twin Cities postal locations

Four audits from Eagan, Apple Valley and New Brighton and the St. Paul distribution center were released Wednesday from the USPS office of Inspector General, revealing problems with delays, delivery and postal facilities.
Patrick McCarthy

After property owner's death — and battle over his will — Eagan green space will be preserved

A 134-acre property worth $10 million had been the subject of a legal battle involving multiple wills; it will now be preserved as farmland and wildlife habitat.
An aerial view of the McCarthy land.

After property owner's death — and battle over his will — Eagan green space will be preserved

A 134-acre property worth $10 million had been the subject of a legal battle involving multiple wills; it will now be preserved as farmland and wildlife habitat.
The Hastings City Council has approved a resolution calling for a ceasefire to the Israel-Hamas war.

Hastings City Council approves resolution calling for ceasefire in Gaza

The Hastings Progressives group brought forward the resolution that also calls for the United States to send humanitarian aid to the region.

Fast food beef laid to rest after Taco Chon in Burnsville and St. Cloud changes name

The owner of Taco Chon Mexican Grill has agreed to change his business' name to Don Chon Mexican Grill after a lawsuit was filed by Taco John's.

Dakota, Scott counties to vote on new, $24 million Lakeville recycling facility

Both counties' boards will vote this week on the proposed Recycling Zone Plus facility, which officials say is needed as demand outpaces capacity at current facilities.
Workers from IceTimeMN put a liner in one of 5 rinks at TCO Stadium Wednesday January ,10 2024 in, Eagan,Minn. ] JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt@startribune

Five ice rinks will take place of canceled ice maze at Eagan's Viking Lakes

Warm weather nixed plans for an ice maze this year, but the five rinks featuring 45,000 square feet of ice will instead open Monday at the south metro headquarters of the Minnesota Vikings.

Dakota County eliminates library late fees

Patrons with overdue fees will no longer be blocked from checking out books, but materials out for more than six weeks will come with a fee.

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan superintendent to retire at school year's end

Mary Kreger will have led the district of 30,000 for six years when she leaves this June.

Bison herd makes a powerful return to Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux land in the south metro

Ten female bison arrived Nov. 29 and now graze on land owned by the tribe.
Nordic skiers from McGuire, Century and Kenwood Trail middle schools in Lakeville went for a run on land recently sold by the school district.

Lakeville schools sold 14 acres to a developer, and neighbors and students are unhappy

Many say they weren't told about the sale of 14 acres north of Kenwood Middle School, which is used by multiple athletic teams for practice.
Rambling River Park in Farmington.

Coming to Farmington city parks: Free Wi-Fi

Hiawatha Broadband is building a new fiber optic network in the city, and once it is complete there will be free Wi-Fi access in 20 of the city's 29 parks.

Woman's body found by Ford Lock and Dam in Mississippi River

Authorities do not suspect foul play, a spokesman for the Ramsey County water patrol said.
Tou Ger Xiong grew up in St. Paul and was valedictorian at Humboldt High School.

Vigil set to remember St. Paul activist Tou Ger Xiong

The life of Tou Ger Xiong will be celebrated on Dec. 23 at East Ridge High School in Woodbury.

Roseville church will add to tiny home community for formerly homeless

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Roseville will add a unit under a new state law allowing "sacred settlements" on faith communities' land.

Some Twin Cities residents are fed up with mail delays — and now the USPS is investigating

The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General is reviewing postal facilities in Apple Valley, Eagan, New Brighton and St. Paul after reports of problems — and complaints from at least one member of Congress.

Minnesota's largest landfill is set to get bigger even as the state tries to cut waste

Pine Bend landfill in Inver Grove Heights has been targeted for expansion; public comment on a permit is open through Dec. 15.
Meta plans to build a data center in Rosemount.

Meta data center wins planning approval; Rosemount council vote is next

Meta Platforms wants to build a data center on 280 acres in UMore Park along County Road 42 in Rosemount.
Meta plans to build a data center for Rosemount.

2nd data center could come to Rosemount, stirring concern, excitement

A $700 million Meta data center is in the works, and now a second data center plan, dubbed "Project Mercury" is under review in the south metro suburb.
An overhead view of the Apple Valley Aquatic Center.

Apple Valley prepares for $73 million in park improvements, following referendum approval

Parks and trails across the city will get improvements over the next several years, and the city will construct a new pool.
The new baby female giraffe was tucked under her mother, Zinnia, as she made her first public appearance at St. Paul’s Como Zoo and Conservatory on

You voted — here's the name of the Como Zoo's new baby giraffe

The zoo asked people to vote for their favorite of three names for the baby giraffe, born Nov. 6.
The new baby female giraffe was tucked under her mother, Zinnia, as she made her first public appearance at St. Paul’s Como Zoo and Conservatory on

You voted, and now St. Paul's Como Zoo will tally the results to name its new baby giraffe

The 6-foot, 132-pound calf was born Nov. 6, and joins three other giraffes at the zoo.
The basketball court at River Bend Park in Savage, Minn., seen on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. Savage officials have reinstalled the basketball hoops at Riv

Savage reinstalls basketball hoops removed after shootings — and makes new plans for River Bend Park

The hoops, which had been down since shootings this spring, went back up in October.

South St. Paul will cover full cost of sidewalk repairs

The new policy approved by the city should make the process less cumbersome for both the city and residents, officials said.
A dog checked out sketches of Inver Grove Heights’ new dog park at an open house in August 2017.

Reports of bullet casings found in Inver Grove Heights dog park prompt closure by city

The Heritage Village dog park is closed "in an abundance of caution," Mayor Brenda Dietrich said.
Kelly Vranicar and Erika Kensinger helped a customer at Rosemount Floral by Lucky Lola in downtown Rosemount on Friday.

Is Rosemount the new Maple Grove? South metro suburb is booming — and there are hundreds of acres left

The fast pace of growth has some residents excited, and others concerned about traffic, affordability and maintaining a "hometown feel."

Minnesota Zoo takes in orphaned sea otters from Alaska

The pups are expected to make their first public appearance in December or January.