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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
The state’s first electric school bus hit the road in late 2017. It still serves the Lakeville school district.

South metro group pushes for electric school buses

Forum invites the community to join efforts for low-emission vehicles in districts' fleets.
Eagan residents are balking at a plan to remove trash receptacles in the city’s neighborhood parks, requiring residents to instead take their waste

Eagan residents balk at no-can trash plan

City officials want to remove trash cans from some neighborhood parks.
Credit River Township’s town hall, show in 2013. Officials say a decision to incorporate was prompt­ed most­ly by fears the town­ship would e­ve

Credit River Township to become a city in May

It's the first township in Minnesota to in­corpo­rate since 2014, when Rice Lake, north of Duluth, re­ceived city sta­tus.
A trail at Spring Lake Park Reserve.

Dakota County park plans to preserve Native American history

Dakota people have an 8,000-year history in the area of Spring Lake Park Reserve.
New methane-to-natural gas plant planned for Inver Grove Heights landfill

New methane-to-natural gas plant planned for Inver Grove Heights landfill

The plant, which would be built at the Pine Bend Landfill, may be the state's first of this type.
Both suburban and urban counties have been using hotels as shelters over the past year because they provide occupants with an isolated living space.

Counties say sheltering homeless people in hotels was a success — with challenges

COVID rates stayed low, but calls to 911 were up.
A year and a half and thousands of dollars later, floppy-eared Henry found permanency in Minnesota through the efforts of Safe Hands Rescue.

Dog living in Kentucky mine finally captured, brought to Minnesota after a year's ordeal

It took a year and a half and thousands of dollars to rescue Henry and bring him to Minnesota.
Scott County’s waiting list for federal rent assistance is open for the first time since 2007.

Scott County waiting list for federal rental assistance open for first time in 14 years

The deadline to apply for the federal housing voucher program is Monday night.
The brick and limestone gates, once a small piece of the sprawling Armour meatpacking campus, are among the last vestiges of an industry that once def

South St. Paul weighs fate of Armour gates, a relic of the meatpacking industry

South St. Paul is weighing the fate of the massive gates that once guided workers to the Armour meatpacking plant but now present an obstacle…
Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington. With 47 hotels and just under 10,000 hotel rooms, Bloomington has about one-quarter of the rooms in the m

Bloomington grapples with hotel vacancies

Losses are expected to continue this year.
Minneapolis and St. Paul adopted speed limits of 20 mph in March on most local streets, while setting busier city-owned arterial streets at 25 mph and

Golden Valley, Edina, St. Louis Park looking to decrease speed limits

Some inner-ring west metro suburbs are weighing lower speed limits to improve street safety for cyclists and pedestrians, following similar changes made by Minneapolis and…
Edina paraprofessional charged with criminal sexual conduct

Edina paraprofessional charged with criminal sexual conduct

Jeffrey Alan Davison allegedly touched a 15-year-old student inappropriately.
Lakeville school board closes some meetings to the virtual public

Lakeville school board closes some meetings to the virtual public

Board members say they are free to have more candid conversations without cameras.
Bloomington to close its only Driver and Vehicle Services office

Bloomington to close its only Driver and Vehicle Services office

City cites budget hole created by loss of revenue from lodging taxes.
Richfield officials nix notion of building new community center — for now

Richfield officials nix notion of building new community center — for now

Officials discussed the feasibility of a new center on American Legion property near Veterans Park.
Hennepin County has backed away from plans to locate Southdale Library at Southdale Mall, a move that officials said would save money by leasing, rath

Hennepin County pauses plan to move Edina library to Southdale

Officials cite the pandemic and the changing plans of other players at the mall.
Tim Heaney

Tim Heaney, world traveler and attorney, dies at 74

Tim Heaney was a student of the world, traveling to remote jungles in New Guinea when few others dared and planning family trips to communist…
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, shown in 2015.

Longtime Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announces retirement

He's stepping down after 33 years due to health concerns.
Bryan, a driver for Bite Squad who asked that his last name not be used, headed for his car after picking up a food order from Red Cow manager Jared L

Edina caps delivery app fees

Suburb passes emergency regulation in an effort to help restaurants hurt by pandemic
Bryan, a driver for Bite Squad who asked that his last name not be used, headed for his car after picking up a food order from Red Cow manager Jared L

Edina caps delivery app fees in effort to help restaurants

The emergency regulation limits the amount that companies such as Grub Hub, Bite Squad and Door Dash can charge restaurants on orders to 15% of the total bill.
Dean Wedul of Lakeville, right of center, lifted his drink with friends at the bar at the Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville on Dec. 16.

Police mostly leave enforcing orders for restaurants to state

Most see their role as educating defiant businesses, not acting to force compliance.
The Record Show held its monthly fair for vinyl records on Feb. 4, 2017, at the Richfield American Legion. The Legion says a city moratorium on develo

American Legion vexed by Richfield's moratorium on development

Members of American Legion Post 435 say the moratorium will hurt their ability to sell the property.
Downtown Northfield in 2014. Eden Prairie and Northfield are among the first cities in the state to publicly recognize that the land they inhabit once

Eden Prairie, Northfield acknowledge the Native land they're built on

Eden Prairie and Northfield are among the first metro-area cities to create land-acknowledgment statements.
The owner of the Boardwalk Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks said Wednesday that she plans to reopen in defiance of an executive order by Gov. Tim Walz

Judge issues restraining order shutting down East Grand Forks bar that defied indoor dining ban

It comes after the Boardwalk Bar and Grill opened to sit-down customers, defying Gov. Tim Walz's executive order.
The Boardwalk Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks, Minn.

East Grand Forks bar will stay open, despite cease-and-desist letter from Minn. health officials

The bar's owner has said the rules are "a slap in the face" when eateries in nearby North Dakota are open.
Eden Prairie to preserve 19th-century wagon road

Eden Prairie to preserve 19th-century wagon road

Route used in the 1800s connected Carver County with Minneapolis, St. Paul.

Metro briefs: Dakota County waives liquor license fees in 2021

The Dakota County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to waive annual liquor license fees in 2021 for bars, restaurants, golf courses and event venues as a…

Eden Prairie residents launch news site to replace shuttered local paper

Eden Prairie Local News launched in September and now has dozens of articles online.

2 stabbed, wounded in Brooklyn Park

A suspect was taken into custody, police said.
A vehicle crashed into Los Ocampo on University Avenue in St. Paul on Thursday. The driver was being treated at Regions Hospital for injuries not beli

Gas leak, attempted carjacking follow SUV crash into St. Paul restaurant

"The whole thing is bizarre," said a police spokesman.
Home of the sex offender treatment program in Moose Lake.

Moose Lake reports first COVID-19 death at state-run sex offender program

The inmate's death is the fifth in Minnesota correctional facilities this year.

Body found in Minnesota River near Shakopee

The body was floating in the river near Shakopee's Huber Park.
Sara Weidler, right, an instructor for InFlight Pilot Training, worked with student pilot Shea Kieren at Flying Cloud Airport. Regional airfields are

Rising interest in flight lessons fuels traffic at suburban airports

A rising interest in flight lessons is fueling steady traffic at Flying Cloud and Blaine airports
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…