Reporter | South Metro

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.

Dakota County will expand COVID-19 testing for vulnerable adults

The county effort will focus on those in group homes and adult foster care rather than just facilities for senior citizens.

Minnesota communities struggle through a summer without festivals

Most have been canceled; some organizers keep their fingers crossed for downsized versions later.

Minnesota Zoo gets $6M in emergency COVID-19 funding

The money will cover basic operations for the zoo, a state agency, while it remains closed for the pandemic.

South St. Paul residents settle lawsuit over odor of animal rendering plant

Animal rendering plant will pay $750K; residents' awards capped at $1,000.

Minnesota Zoo debuts drive-through zoo to raise much-needed funds

The zoo will offer its "Beastly Boulevard" as a drive-through way to see animals.

Prep athletes run, swim, bike 8.46 miles to fight racism, help Lake St. businesses

Hundreds of athletes will try to raise a total of $8,460 on Wednesday.

Stillwater school board, Superintendent Denise Pontrelli part ways

Pontrelli had led the east metro district since 2015.

Minneapolis riots have refugees thinking about unrest they fled

Agencies serving refugees say recent violent images have revived old fears.

Curfew extended again: What you need to know about the order

We looked up the rules from those who are exempted to what's allowed during curfew.

Out with the garbage and in with development of the Freeway Landfill, Burnsville officials say

Transferring huge mound of trash would clear the way for riverfront project.