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.

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.

Proposed Lakeville housing aimed at Somali families under investigation

Nolosha Development says it has done nothing wrong and that planning for the project continues.

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.

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.

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.

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 Amur tiger cubs born at Minnesota Zoo

The cubs, born May 23, now have their eyes open and are exploring their indoor habitat.

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.

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.

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.