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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
Phone: 612-673-7768
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Tim Harlow covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour. Harlow also covers general assignment and breaking news and weather. 


Harlow previously spent four years covering Washington County news and writing about family events and festivals. He is a resident of Robbinsdale and earned a communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters degree in communications from Bethel University. In his free time, he likes playing sand and indoor volleyball.
Recent content from Tim Harlow
The A Line bus is a local example of a successful Bus Rapid Transit route.

Metro Transit passes on bus-only lane on Hennepin Avenue for now

Metro Transit ran a three-day pilot last spring to see if lanes dedicated exclusively to buses would speed up rush-hour trips along traffic-clogged Hennepin Avenue…
Father and son John, left, and Johnny Nagel were dressed for the cold temperatures on Friday while shoveling snow outside their north Bismarck, N.D.,

Fresh blanket of snow covers southern Minnesota

The sun will come out Saturday across much of the state, according to the National Weather Service. But it won't bring much warmth.
Security lines for the north and south checkpoints at Terminal 1 met in the middle of the terminal Friday, but airport officials blamed holiday travel

Crush of holiday travelers led to long lines early Friday at MSP

Wait times returned to normal by midmorning.
Officer Aaron Haller and his K-9 partner Haas.

Authorities: Man who shot Duluth officer, killed police K-9 died by suicide

An officer was injured and his K-9 partner killed in the Sunday afternoon shooting.
Electromechanical technician Timothy Malmstedt disassembled old cloth seats and installed new plastic seats as part of a test program to try seats tha

Metro Transit testing plastic seats on light-rail trains instead of cloth

Metro Transit is one of the few transit agencies in the country that still has fabric seats, which can be difficult to keep clean.

Teen killed in crash that had shut down part of Hwy. 610 in Maple Grove

One vehicle was involved in the crash at Elm Creek Boulevard about 3:25 a.m.
Toddler strapped in car seat safe after fall from moving car in Mankato, caught on video

Toddler strapped in car seat safe after fall from moving car in Mankato, caught on video

The incident happened Monday in Mankato. The toddler appeared to be OK.
Starting this summer and lasting through 2021, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will carry out three projects simultaneously between Maple G

3 years of construction coming to I-94 between Maple Grove, Clearwater

A trio of projects will affect more than 110,000 vehicles each day until 2021.

Patrol identifies pedestrian fatally hit in Brooklyn Park crash

The crash Monday evening led to a closure of northbound Hwy. 252 at Brookdale Drive.
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Jimmy McGregor, who shined shoes and souls at the Minneapolis Athletic Club, dies at 81

With a big smile and a warm greeting — his gift of gab helped — Jimmy Edward McGregor welcomed patrons and everybody who passed through…
The Minnesota State Capitol

'Our doors are open': Minnesota residents encouraged to visit State Capitol ... if they can navigate it

Unless you're a regular visitor to the statehouse, going to the sprawling complex in St. Paul can be confusing.

Death of man, 99, following Crystal robbery is ruled a homicide

No one has been arrested in connection with the death of John Gosche, who died Dec. 6.

Minn. mayor cited for drunken driving before he drove school bus

Erik Bonde's license had been suspended and he was preparing to drive a school bus when he was arrested.
This man robbed the New Market Bank in Lakeville on Dec. 22.

Lakeville police search for bank robber who didn't hide identity

The heist occurred Dec. 22 at the New Market Bank.

Authorities await driver test results in crash that killed Roseville pedestrians

Roseville police called it a "complex case" and are waiting for multiple reports to come back.

Minnetonka police warn of thieves targeting unlocked vehicles

Police will sent extra patrols to the area southeast of County Road 101 and Lake Street Extension
New technology recently rolled out at some rest stops in Minnesota and other Midwestern states aims to help truck drivers find parking. In this file p

New technology helps truck drivers find safe places to park in Minnesota

The number of parking spots available has not kept up with demand from a growing number of trucks on the road.
City of Minneapolis employees talked during a tour of an underground tunnel.

'There should not be any traffic volume issues': Mpls. optimistic as project on 4th St. starts

Downtown Minneapolis is about to get a bit noisier and dustier, maybe even vibrate a little. Along 4th Street, bus and bike lanes will disappear and traffic lanes will be reconfigured.
The area where a fight turned deadly for Minneapolis' first homicide of 2019.

Acquaintance arrested in fatal stabbing in south Minneapolis

It was the city's first homicide of 2019.
John Shilts, Jr.

St. Croix County deputy arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

He also was charged with speeding in excess and failing to wear a seat belt.
The Roseville Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying potential witnesses who were in the area of the Jan. 3 fatal crash on La

Police: More than one vehicle may have fatally struck pedestrians in Roseville

Relatives and police are looking for witnesses to come forward to help them figure out what happened.
“While law enforcement can continue to educate and enforce the rules of the road, we need everyone’s help,” said Lt. Gordon Shank of the Minneso

Traffic deaths in Minnesota increased in 2018

Preliminary numbers show 380 motorists died in traffic crashes last year.

Apple Valley snowmobilers die after going through ice in Wisconsin

The couple went through thin ice on Webb Lake in Burnett County on Saturday.

Authorities call man's death in Menomonie, Wis., suspicious

Police responding to a disturbance call Sunday afternoon found the man dead
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing new lighted tubes marking the ends of snowplow blades to improve safety.

MnDOT tests lighted markers on snowplow blades for safety

In the winter of 2017-18, there were 84 collisions involving motorists and Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplows. That was a substantial increase over the 55…
Cafe Maude resides near the intersection of 54th and Penn, where Debra Skolos, 47, of Bloomington, was killed while crossing the street in February.

Few solutions to combat jaywalking, speeding at 54th and Penn in Mpls.

The push to improve pedestrian safety near the bustling intersection — and discourage the common practice of jaywalking across the dark street — has taken on an added importance after Debra Skolos, 47, of Bloomington, was killed while crossing the street in February.

Suspects in state trooper assault allegedly pitched marijuana as they fled

The injured trooper was released from an Albert Lea hospital.
Meteor spotted in north metro was one of this year's biggest worldwide

Meteor spotted in north metro was one of this year's biggest worldwide

The fireball was reported above Cambridge, in Isanti County, about 2:10 a.m.
Light testing on new Allianz Field early Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2018, in St. Paul.

All-night light testing lights up Allianz Field, but not all neighbors aglow

St. Paul's Midway flashed with color all night, but not all neighbors were aglow.
Light testing on new Allianz Field early Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2018, in St. Paul.

All-night light testing leaves Allianz Field and neighborhood all aglow

Lights inside the new soccer stadium in St. Paul's Midway area have been flashing blue, green and red for hours

Three killed in crash at McLeod County intersection

Two vehicles collided at a rural intersection northeast of Stewart, Minn.

Caledonia man killed in 2-vehicle crash in southeastern Minnesota

The crash occurred Tuesday afternoon on Hwy. 61 in Winona County.
Police are seeking two men in Salvation Army kettle thefts. The man on the left is wanted in a theft in Maplewood. The one on the right in Rogers and

Salvation Army kettles stolen in Maplewood, Rogers, Brooklyn Park

Police have released photos in the cases.
Youth hockey coach Harv Graczyk died after hitting his head on the ice.

St. Michael-Albertville youth hockey coach dies after hitting head on ice

Harv Graczyk had led small-town youth teams for more than 30 years.
Fire crews battled the blaze at Church in the Maples in Norwood Young America.

Electrical suspected as cause of NorwoodYoung America church fire

The small congregation in Norwood Young America works on plan to regroup.
Flashing yellow light

Timed lights, flashing yellow arrows smooth traffic flow on County Road 96

Drive reader Jack had seen signs announcing that some traffic lights along County Road 96 through Shoreview, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake…
St. Paul police officers responding to a noise complaint were invited inside to play video games Friday night, captured in a Facebook post by Jovante

Noise complaint call results in epic video battle between St. Paul cops, gamers

Officer won friends in video game defeat
One person is dead and another injured after a shooting on Saint Paul’s East Side.

Shooting on St. Paul's East Side leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

Police on patrol heard the shots about 9 p.m. in the Payne-Phalen area.
Fire crews battled the blaze at Church in the Maples in Norwood Young America. (Photo courtesy Church in the Maples Facebook Page)

Congregation mourns loss of 150-year-old Norwood Young America church destroyed by fire

The tiny congregation had just marked 160 years in Norwood Young America.
Multiple squad cars reported to Edison High School after a report of a disturbance at the school. (Photo courtesy 2nd Precinct Crime Watch Facebook pa

Edison High in Mpls. briefly placed on lockdown after parents caused 'a disturbance'

Principal says two parents caused "disturbance" at Minneapolis school.
Roger Mosvick

Roger Mosvick, Macalester professor and champion debate coach, dies

Roger Mosvick guided members of Macalester College's debate teams in competitions against students from some of the country's most prestigious universities and, more often than…

Man killed in head-on collision of pickups in Brainerd

The other driver was injured as well in the crash Thursday afternoon.

Auto theft suspect arrested after MSP Airport chase escapes, caught again

Officers arrested a man who had run into a light-rail tunnel while fleeing police.
Eden Prairie is the latest Minnesota community to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21.

Eden Prairie raises legal age to buy tobacco to 21

The ordinance will go into effect Feb. 1.

International flight makes unscheduled landing at MSP due to unruly passenger

The Norwegian Air flight was en route from Oakland to Paris.
The area near where a teen was shot Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

Teen injured in shooting on western edge of downtown Minneapolis

The man was shot on the 800 block of Linden Avenue W. around shortly after 7 p.m. and taken to HCMC.
New high-resolution signs such as this one on westbound I-94 at Dale Street in St. Paul allow MnDOT to display distance as well as travel times.

The Drive: MnDOT adds distance to signs showing travel times

The overhead message boards that display freeway travel times have been extremely popular with Twin Cities metro area drivers since their debut. But Drive reader…
Dramatic video shows police chase that ended in crash at Mpls. park, injuring 3 children

Dramatic video shows police chase that ended in crash at Mpls. park, injuring 3 children

Three children were hurt June 11 when Kabaar Powell crashed into a playground while fleeing state troopers.

5 charged with providing alcohol to teen in fatal fall from Bemidji State dorm

Five men are accused of providing kegs to minors.
An image, provided by Lyft, shows the color scheme of its bike-sharing bicycles.

Lyft acquires operator of Nice Ride Minnesota

Users will be able to access the bikes using Lyft's app in 2019.
An Emergency Medical Services vehicle was among vehicles involved in crashes, this one at Cedar and 32nd St. South after an overnight snowfall Thursda

Winter storm coming to southern Minnesota on Saturday

The Twin Cities will be north of heaviest band of snow, but 2 to 4 inches is in the metro forecast.
The escape route from the Hennepin County jail was first boarded up before being replaced.

Serial burglar caught after breaking out of jail in downtown Mpls.

The inmate was at large for about three hours before being captured in Little Canada.
Columbia Heights police say this man attempted to run over an officer and then hit a police vehicle while fleeing.

Man nearly hits Columbia Heights officer, strikes squad while fleeing in stolen vehicle

Officers responded to a call about a man sleeping in a BMW on Nov. 19.
The suspect in a string of restaurant burglaries in White Bear Lake has worn a dark hoodie and yellow gloves.

White Bear Lake police seek help in finding suspect in restaurant burglaries

The suspect has hit five Mexican restaurants in the city in recent months
A Metro Transit bus stop.

New covers helping to keep the heat on at Metro Transit stops

Metro Transit officials hope fix stops vandals from wrecking lamps.

Minn. woman arrested after gun-pointing incident in craft store parking lot

The incident happened after a road rage incident Sunday on Hwy. 23, police said.
The Route 54 bus

Metro Transit plans Dec. 1 bus route changes to adjust to ridership dip

Metro Transit is out with its third-quarter ridership figures and the numbers continue their downward trend.
St. Paul firefighters work the scene of a house explosion that left an 80-year-old man in critical condition.

House explosion rocks St. Paul neighborhood; 1 hospitalized

Gas leak is suspected in house explosion; man who was inside is in critical condition.
After a long road construction season — or two seasons in the cases of the High Bridge and 66th Street in Richfield — crews have finished most of

To the delight of Minnesota drivers, road work has finally ended in most places

But motorists will find construction zones on I-35W, I-35 this weekend.
The flow began at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday afternoon as folks tried to get a jump on their holiday travels.

Crowds expected on the roads, at the airport for holiday travel

The good news? Weather isn't expected to be a problem this Thanksgiving, likely the busiest for travelers since 2005.
What's a motorist to do about low-hanging icicles under bridges?

What's a motorist to do about low-hanging icicles under bridges?

Thick icicles drooping down from the ceiling created a cool sight for motorists driving through the Hwy. 5 tunnel, which passes under Hwys. 55 and…

3 injured in overnight shooting in downtown Minneapolis

Shots were fired around 2:30 a.m. on the 800 block of Portland Avenue S., police said.
Brooklyn Park police arrest stabbing suspect on the run

Brooklyn Park police arrest stabbing suspect on the run

The 21-year-old suspect is wanted for stabbing a woman Wednesday.
A Savage police vehicle was struck by a motorist who has been charged with criminal vehicular operation causing bodily harm while under the influence

Bloomington man charged after striking Savage police squad

Officer Alex Casey was not seriously hurt in the crash Monday on Hwy. 13

Richfield woman dies a week after wreck on Hwy. 13 in Savage

The crash occurred Nov. 4 at Quentin Avenue.
A wall of cigarettes at Vernon BP gas station in Edina, Minn., on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Advocates in Minnesota applaud FDA crackdown on flavored tobacco products

Multiple Minnesota cities already have ordinances restricting sales of the products.
The Savage police squad vehicle struck by a motorist Monday night.

Charges pending for driver who struck Savage police squad car

Officer Alex Casey was helping a motorist on Hwy. 13 when his squad was hit.
Brooklyn Center became the 16th city in Minnesota to raise the minimum age to legally buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Brooklyn Center raises minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21

Brooklyn Center is 16th city in state to change the minimum age to 21.
Shoppers made their way through a parking ramp at the Mall of America on Tuesday. A new camera-based parking system, currently up and running at the m

No more circling: Mall of America lights the way to open parking spots

The camera-based system is the mall's latest effort to make parking easier.
Midtown YWCA

Midtown YWCA paid parking dispute flares after 2 members suspended

Two members have been suspended after circulating a petition.
Traffic is slowed frequently on Hwy. 65 (Central Ave.) in Fridley, billed as a highway aimed at long-distance travel and with a 50 mph speed limit but

MnDOT calls for all hands on deck to 'keep Hwy. 65 moving'

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 20 commuters, transit riders, bicyclists, walkers, residents and business owners — really anybody who uses Hwy. 65 in Blaine and Ham Lake — to offer ideas on how to tackle some of the highway's most vexing issues: safety and congestion.
Samuel Wayne Hicks

Truck driver pleads not guilty in Lake Elmo distracted driving crash

Samuel Hicks was looking at his phone when he hit Robert Bursik on Feb. 27 on Hwy. 36, charges said.
Lois Riess (South Padre Island Police Department/TNS)

Murder suspect Lois Riess heads back to court Wednesday

Riess, accused of killing a woman she befriended in Fort Myers, faces the death penalty in Florida.
A solar garden will be installed in spring 2019 on top of Ramp A near the Target Center. LEILA NAVIDI leila.navidi@startribune.com

Solar garden to sprout atop downtown Minneapolis parking ramp

Construction will begin in spring 2019; no parking spaces will be lost.
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Homepage test story number 11 needs three lines for its spot in the list

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