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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
Burnsville City Manager Melanie Mesko Lee

Burnsville city manager resigns, deputy will step in

Melanie Mesko Lee had been with the city since January 2019.
Shakopee City Council, utility commission leave contentious past behind

Shakopee City Council, utility commission leave contentious past behind

Fourteen months after residents voted to keep the utilities commission arrangement, the commission has new staff working toward transparency.
The Mendota Heights Planning Commission recommended the City Council deny approval for a four-story apartment building approved in November and also o

Proposed Mendota Heights apartment building prompts density debate

Plans for the 89-unit building are being reconsidered by the developer ahead of Feb. 2 meeting.
Connor Bayerkohler emptied trash and recycling bins in the commons area at Blaine High School on Thursday. Blaine High School has hired students after

Students fill in for janitors, clean Blaine High School classrooms

The program may soon expand to other Anoka-Hennepin high schools.
Although the crops had all been harvested, several employees of the HAFA Farm were busy on the property getting ready for winter in November 2020. The

Hmong American farmers worry about road project eating up acres of land

Concern grows as Dakota County studies whether to build an interchange at Hwy. 52 and County Road 66.
Metro briefs: Plymouth's Fire & Ice festival to return in 2022

Metro briefs: Plymouth's Fire & Ice festival to return in 2022

Following a year of at-home activities, Plymouth's Fire & Ice festival will return with live programming and events Feb. 5.The 33rd annual celebration at Parker's…
Substitute teacher Craig Nilles led a physical education class at Woodland Elementary School on Oct. 26 in Eagan. Minnesota school districts are tacki

Schools add vacation days to ease teacher stress, staff shortages

Some districts' winter breaks are gaining a day or two, leaving families scrambling.
Tutor Sharon Stomberg worked with Mushtaq Abdillahi, 7, on Thursday, Dec. 16, at Huntington Learning Center in Roseville. Demand for tutors is skyrock

Demand skyrockets for tutors to help K-12 students close gaps

Several services available but cost can be an issue.
Waste Management’s Burnsville landfill, pictured in 2018.

State finds no risk to groundwater with Burnsville landfill expansion

The planned expansion has some city officials worried.
Lakeville school board member accused of campaign finance violations

Lakeville school board member accused of campaign finance violations

Under a settlement agreement, Cinta Schmitz will admit to violating campaign finance laws and pay a $250 fine.
The Minnesota River in Shakopee, seen in 2017. A planned trail through downtown Shakopee will highlight Dakota history, early European settlements and

Trail project to highlight Dakota history, riverfront near downtown Shakopee

Details of the 2.5 mile Shakopee Riverfront Cultural Trail are still being worked out, but the trail will highlight Dakota village, early European settlement.
Metro briefs: Farmington outsources trash collection

Metro briefs: Farmington outsources trash collection

Farmington has approved a contract with Dick's Sanitation for once-a-week garbage and recycling pickup, ending more than half a century of city-led residential trash collection.City…
Hyun Sook Han

Hyun Sook Han, social worker who helped thousands of families with international adoptions, dies at 83

Korean-born Hyun Sook Han believed Korean adoptees should remain connected to their culture.
Lincoln Place in Eagan is an apartment complex for homeless young adults. Now the county is pursuing a homeless shelter for youth ages 12 to 18.

Dakota County explores option for youth homeless shelter

The county has been without a shelter for youth.
Metro briefs: Anoka County crime lab wins prestigious award

Metro briefs: Anoka County crime lab wins prestigious award

Food trucks in Blaine will now be allowed to operate at business events where they are the lone attraction, after the City Council on Nov.…
Cynthia Bergeson, who grew up in Inver Grove Heights, comes to the Rock Island Swing Bridge park on her daily exercise routine. Dakota County is worki

Dakota County to speed up creation of greenway trails

The county will spend up to $100 million to complete 77 additional miles of trail.
Concord Fresh Meat owner Morgan Thao thinks he could create 100 new jobs by expanding his South St. Paul business. He now employs eight people.

South St. Paul immigrant slaughterhouses weigh options for growth, relocation

South St. Paul businesses are among the last vestiges of meatpacking mecca
Eurasian eagle owl Gladys died after escaping from the Minnesota Zoo.

Minnesota Zoo's missing owl that died was likely hit by vehicle

Gladys, the Eurasian eagle owl that died after escaping from the Minnesota Zoo, was likely hit by a car, zoo officials said this week."Based on…
A section of Savage Fen photographed in September 2017. RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER • renee.jones@startribune.com

Youth baseball training facility coming to Savage

Residents had raised concerns about its proximity to a protected environmental area.
Lakeville last passed a referendum for parks in 1994, said City Council Member Luke Hellier. Since then the city’s population has more than doubled

Lakeville park referendum gets approval

Lakeville last passed a referendum for parks in 1994, said City Council Member Luke Hellier.
Minnesota physical therapist to pay $4M for submitting false claims

Minnesota physical therapist to pay $4M for submitting false claims

Offices in Minnesota among sites that wrongly billed government.
Substitute teacher Craig Nilles taught a physical education class at Eagan’s Woodland Elementary School, where parents sometimes help out when neede

Minnesota schools struggle with substitute teacher shortage

A shortage of substitutes is forcing school districts to get creative when there's no one to fill in.
Woman who died in motorcycle crash identified

Woman who died in motorcycle crash identified

Jessica Lynae Peterson crashed her motorcycle in Carver County on Tuesday.
Police identify three recent homicide victims in Minneapolis, Hopkins

Police identify three recent homicide victims in Minneapolis, Hopkins

The three men died of gunshot wounds earlier in October.
Gladys, a Eurasian eagle owl, escaped from the Minnesota Zoo on Oct. 1.

Minnesota Zoo's missing Eurasian eagle owl dies

She was missing for about two weeks and a neighbor found her with injuries.
Juanita Moran danced with her daughter Rebecca Moran Cusick as her brother Francisco “Kico” Rangel, left, and his band played music during her 100

St. Paul matriarch and musician celebrates 100th birthday

Juanita Moran and her family were among the first Mexican Americans to move to St. Paul's West Side. She has also worked to share the area's Latino culture through music and dance, playing the piano and the accordion and starting the area's first traditional Mexican dancing group.
An artist’s rendering of the monument the Satanic Temple wanted to erect at Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine.

Satanic Temple loses court battle over placing monument in Belle Plaine

An attorney for the temple says the group plans to appeal.
A deputy in the hallway of the intake area in the basement of the Hennepin County Jail. Dakota County is sending inmates to Wright County due to the s

Minnesota county jails struggle to fill corrections officer jobs

County jails around Minnesota are struggling with a staffing crunch with rising job vacancies and fewer applications from people wanting to be corrections officers.
This file photo from April 2021 shows flavored e-cigarette nicotine products on the shelf at a shop in Bloomington. JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@star

Smoke shop sues Prior Lake over law banning flavored vaping products

Prior Lake Tobacco and Vape says the ban is unconstitutional.
Sleeping boy, man grazed by gunfire on Portland Av. in Minneapolis

Sleeping boy, man grazed by gunfire on Portland Av. in Minneapolis

The boy was asleep when a bullet grazed his head.
“I AM the Walrus,” a 450-pound sculpture by Dale Lewis, was installed under the Hwy. 61 bridge in Hastings.

More Twin Cities suburbs draw on public art to develop sense of place

Vibrant murals and whimsical sculptures are on display.
Seven suspected opioid doses, two fatal, hit St. Paul over weekend

Seven suspected opioid doses, two fatal, hit St. Paul over weekend

Synthetic opioids are the suspected culprit in the overdoses.
After days of high winds, thousands of plastic bags from the Waste Management landfill in Elk River were trapped on the landfill’s perimeter fence i

Twin Cities area is recycling more than ever. Why hasn't landfilling declined?

Nearly half of the metro area's waste is recycled. But a significant share continues to be buried.
3 shot, one fatally, in Long Prairie

3 shot, one fatally, in Long Prairie

A man was found shot to death early Sunday in the yard of a residence in Long Prairie, Minn., according to the Todd County Sheriff's…
Former Inver Grove Heights city administrator charged with misdemeanor assault to appear in court Thursday

Former Inver Grove Heights city administrator charged with misdemeanor assault to appear in court Thursday

Joe Lynch is charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.
The Minnesota State Fair crowd on Carnes Avenue early Monday evening.

State Fair attendance begins to climb after starting off slow

Fewer people makes for a more enjoyable experience for those who do come, one vendor said: "We're here, we're open, we're happy."
Hope City Church located at 417 North 3rd Avenue East. (Duluth Fire Department)

Storms bring much-needed rain, but leave trail of damage

The rain propels this month into the 10th wettest August ever.
Edina City Hall. Edina joins Oakdale and Maple Grove as a growing number of Minnesota cities pursuing a new local sales tax rather than raising proper

More Minnesota suburbs will ask voters to impose local sales tax

Communities hope to cash in on their new power to pursue the extra revenue.
Expansions recommended by the MPCA would allow four landfills — in Burnsville, Inver Grove Heights and Shakopee — to grow their municipal solid wa

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recommends expansion of four south metro landfills

Residential waste targeted for the south metro raises environmental alarm.
A hoop house at the Minnesota Zoo where conservation team members are growing Poweshiek skipperling caterpillars in hopes of successful releasing the

A little ingenuity helps endangered caterpillars 'chill out' at Minnesota Zoo

The Poweshiek skipperling butterflies were growing too fast, so the zoo came up with a solution.
Police respond to three fatal shootings in Mpls. in 24 hours

Police respond to three fatal shootings in Mpls. in 24 hours

Three men were shot and killed in Minneapolis from Saturday night to Sunday evening.
The wreckage of a plane crash near County Road 11 and Hwy. 5 in Victoria, Minn.

Omaha surgeon, two relatives killed in Victoria plane crash

The single-engine plane crashed into a vacant lot, then struck a home. "It's an absolute miracle that no one on the ground was hurt by this," said one aviation expert.
Child drowned in Chaska Saturday after walking away from home

Child drowned in Chaska Saturday after walking away from home

Police say the child drowned, likely accidentally, in a nearby lake.
Courtesy Ellickson Photo The city-run 18-hole Valleywood Golf Course in northeastern Apple Valley sees about 31,000 rounds played each year.

Apple Valley hopes new plan will help golf course turn a profit

It calls for more banquets, new irrigation, higher greens fees and even lawn bowling.
A developer has slated a prominent piece of land in Savage — the Loftus farm, the city’s last farm — for a senior living apartments. Ray Loftus

Owners of Savage's last farm pin redevelopment hopes on senior apartments

Earlier plans to sell and develop the property haven't panned out.
Authorities respond to a large fire on Sunday, Aug. 1, at what used to be the club house at Mississippi Dunes Golf Course in Cottage Grove.

Fire destroys clubhouse at former golf course in Cottage Grove

The clubhouse appears to be a total loss, authorities said.
Tobacco left burning overnight sends five to hospital in Brooklyn Park

Tobacco left burning overnight sends five to hospital in Brooklyn Park

Everyone was OK after being checked out.
Two adults die, juvenile injured in Wadena fire

Two adults die, juvenile injured in Wadena fire

The fire occurred early Sunday morning.
Rep. John Thompson spoke at a news conference on March 5, 2021, in Minneapolis. Thompson has apologized to the St. Paul police officer he accused of r

Thompson, St. Paul police differ on whether he apologized to officer

He went Friday to precinct over "profiling" comment.
Two large fights broke out at the Anoka County Fair on Saturday night, prompting officials to escort some people out and later ask everyone to leave.

Two large fights prompt Anoka County Fair to shut down Saturday night

Two large fights broke out at the Anoka County Fair on Saturday night, prompting officials to escort some people out and later ask everyone to…
Multiple agencies responded to the former Clinton Co-Op Farmers Association elevator fire in the western Minnesota town on Sunday, July 25, but the bu

As Clinton grain elevator burns: 'Our community could use some prayers'

Residents within three blocks told to evacuate.
Dawn Gaetke grows mushrooms on prepared oak logs in a shady spot outside her house in Inver Grove Heights.

Twin Cities suburbs make room for edible forests, market gardens

Suburbs are leading the backyard produce movement by encouraging gardens at homes and community plots.
State Rep. John Thompson is disputing the authenticity of police reports that detail several abuse allegations against him, according to a statement i

Rep. Thompson questions 'authenticity' of police reports detailing abuse

The 2003-2011 reports include allegations that he hit or choked women.
Unwanted goldfish grow large and increase algae in lakes while competing with native species for food.

Football-sized goldfish found in Burnsville lake, prompting plea not to dump pets

The discovery of foot­ball-sized goldfish in a Burnsville lake has officials pleading with pet own­ers to stop dump­ing their un­want­ed fish into local water­ways.Burnsville officials…
DFL chairman Ken Martin, seen in 2014, said Sunday he is “disappointed” by the actions of Rep. John Thompson, who recently said St. Paul police ra

DFL chair says he's 'disappointed' by Rep. John Thompson's actions

Thompson said a recent traffic stop by St. Paul police was example of racial profiling.
Eric Reinbold 

Authorities seeking NW Minn. man in connection with wife's death

Eric Reinbold was found guilty of pipe bomb possession in 2018.
Patrons packed Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville in December.

New owner of Lakeville's Alibi withdraws liquor license application

Officials found that previous owners, who violated orders to close during COVID-19, would actually run restaurant.
Pamela Rettler of Inver Grove Heights used one of the computers at the South St. Paul Public Library to print some documents Tuesday morning.

South St. Paul inches toward a new library

City would get a new county facility, though some residents will miss the old building
At top, Jena Forsberg, part of a weekly home-school group that visits different nature centers, explored the Westwood Hills Nature Center with her dau

Twin Cities nature centers see building boom as popularity grows, programming changes

Aging nature centers get million-dollar face-lifts to better meet changing interests
Umbrellas were out as the Sweet Colleens performed last month at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for the Kickoff to Summer event.

Rain arriving in Minnesota, but drought conditions will remain

The southern part of the state is likely to benefit most, forecasters say.
Thousands packed the Minnesota State Fair Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Falcon Heights, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Shakopee Mdewakanton to host booth at Minnesota State Fair for first time

Tribal officials believe it's the first time any tribal government has had a State Fair presence.
A drone photo gives visitors a bird’s eye view of Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley.

Cities are using more technology to promote tourism, guide visitors around town

QR codes, 3-D virtual tours and kiosks give real-time info for area attractions.
Tommy Tomahawk, tribal relations, and Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Tribal Community chairperson Sharon Lennartson sat in the shade in front of a sweat l

Mendota Dakota tribal members to petition for federal recognition as sovereign nation

The community says the federal status would bring benefits, respect.
Investigators worked on the scene of a carjacking in Burnsville in April. Property owners in Burnsville could get the power to earmark some of their t

Burnsville weighs letting residents directly steer some tax dollars

Property owners in Burnsville could get the power to earmark some of their tax dollars to individual city services, including police, fire and parks.If the…
Police seek help in finding shooter in West St. Paul homicide

Police seek help in finding shooter in West St. Paul homicide

Two people have been arrested in connection with the Wednesday night shooting.
Addison Nyffler, 10, watched water flow around her fingers at Mounds View’s splash pad.

Twin Cities suburbs rethink and roll back outdated rules

While older generations, including the baby boomers, established and embraced a narrow code of suburban conduct, younger homeowners buying into these communities are starting to ask: What's the point?
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival

State says rape accusation about former Renaissance manager credible, reaches settlement

The department's investigation found that Shakopee-based Mid-America Festivals Corp. violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
A water bottle dotted the grass near the basketball court at Cinnamon Ridge Park in Eagan. Residents are complaining about a plan that aims to have pa

Eagan residents say parks trash plan is garbage

Many residents contend the "Pack In, Pack Out" policy just doesn't work.
South St. Paul’s Fleming Field has received a $3.4 million federal grant to reconstruct its runway, funding that will save the city more than $200,0

South St. Paul's Fleming Field gets $3.4M for runway reconstruction

The airport, owned by South St. Paul, has waited years for the upgrade.
GLEN STUBBE - Star Tribune Ruth Knelman held a photograph of herself, taken when she was three years old. She was looking forward to having family com

On 111th birthday Minneapolis resident credits longevity to 'thinking happy'

Ruth Knelman is one of Minnesota's oldest residents.
The 4-foot golden lion was moved from its spot at the Lions Park splash pad and vandalized last weekend.

Lion statue vandalized at Shakopee park

Water spouted out of the lion's mouth at the Lions Park splash pad.
Jeremy Murray, Carver County Historical Society’s curator of collections, on Wednesday held an ancient piece of wood discovered by a Goodhue, Minn.,

Ice Age wood artifacts discovered in Carver County

The uncommon find, dating from 14,000 years ago, offers a window into a time when parts of Minnesota were covered in glaciers.
Spectro Alloys in Rosemount

Rosemount aluminum recycling facility fined for air pollution violations

Spectro Alloys will pay $110,000 and is required to upgrade its air pollution control equipment.
The Grodnik Building, which now houses Loring Pasta Bar, on the corner of 4th Street and 14th Avenue SE in 1963. To its left is Dinky Town Dime variet

How did Dinkytown in Minneapolis get its name?

The unusual moniker for the commercial district near the University of Minnesota dates to the 1940s.
Rammy Mohamed, a fashion designer from St. Paul, said she came up with the idea of a prayer room for Muslims at Rosedale.

Rosedale debuts prayer room for Muslim shoppers

Eid al-Fitr ranks second for shopping sales behind Black Friday, official says.