Reporter | South Metro

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.


At Inver Grove Heights cemetery, survey of older graves may be key to the future

There's some uncertainty about who is buried where at Union Cemetery.


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

Fourteen months after residents voted to keep the utilities commission arrangement, the commission has new staff working toward transparency.


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.


Students fill in for janitors, clean Blaine High School classrooms

The program may soon expand to other Anoka-Hennepin high schools.


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

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…


Schools add vacation days to ease teacher stress, staff shortages

Some districts' winter breaks are gaining a day or two, leaving families scrambling.


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

Several services available but cost can be an issue.


State finds no risk to groundwater with Burnsville landfill expansion

The planned expansion has some city officials worried.