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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
Motorists make their way through a construction zone on I-35W near County Road 88 in New Brighton.

Weekend traffic: Freeway disruptions come with closures on I-494, I-694

The Twins and Vikings have home games Sunday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis.

Man trapped in SUV that plunged into Kettle River dies; 2 others escape

The driver escaped the crash and was jailed in Pine County on a preliminary charge of criminal vehicular operation.

Pedestrian killed while crossing University Avenue in Blaine

The crash Sunday night happened at 85th Avenue NE.
Motorists make their way through the construction zone on I-35W near Forest Lake.

Two closures await drivers on I-35W in Minneapolis this weekend

That will make it a bit more difficult to get to the Gophers football game Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.
MayKao Y. Hang

St. Thomas names founding dean of its College of Health

The new college, made up of social work and psychology schools, will add a nursing school sometime in the future.

Pedestrian hit by Green Line train in St. Paul

It was not immediately known how serious the pedestrian's injuries were.
Drivers used new left turn lanes on northbound Wooddale Avenue at Excelsior Boulevard in St. Louis Park on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Dual left-turn lanes near St. Louis Park's Miracle Mile draw mixed response

New dual left-turn lanes are in place on northbound Wooddale Avenue at Excelsior Boulevard in St. Louis Park, and some drivers love them. But others…

ATV driver killed in crash in Linwood Township

The victim, 35, was not wearing a helmet when he hit a tree, authorities said
A Metro Transit bus drove north on Hennepin Avenue in a dedicated bus lane toward the Uptown Transit Station. LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribun

Bus-only lanes arrive on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis

Bus-only lanes mean more efficient flow and less congestion during rush hours
Ronald Andrew Jacobson, Jr.,was charged with leaving the scene after striking a pedestrian in a fatal Roseville crash.

Charges: Man admits to leaving scene after striking pedestrian in fatal Roseville crash

The crash on Jan. 3 occurred in rush hour darkness at Larpenteur Avenue and Woodbridge Court
Pj Doyle, a Red Cross volunteer from Minneapolis, is helping coordinate relief efforts in North Carolina after Hurricane Dorian.

Minnesotans head to N.C. to help ease 'devastation' from hurricane

More than 60 Red Cross volunteers from Minnesota were deployed to areas in the southeastern United States hit by the hurricane.

Motorcyclist dies in Anoka County crash

The wreck occurred in Ham Lake about 3 a.m. Friday
Bicyclist killed in Minneapolis crash with light-rail train was Richfield man

Bicyclist killed in Minneapolis crash with light-rail train was Richfield man

John Edward Casey was the 15th fatality along the Blue Line.

Driver dies in collision with semitrailer truck near Marshall

A motorist in southwestern Minnesota was killed Wednesday when he allegedly ran a stop sign and struck the side of a semitrailer tractor. The driver,…
Signs announcing lane and road closures will be posted throughout the metro, including on I-94 in St. Paul’s Midway area, I-494 near the MSP Airport

Eastbound I-94 through St. Paul's Midway area to be closed this weekend

The closure for resurfacing comes on a weekend packed with big sporting events.
Dick Wilson at work in 1985.

Dick Wilson, who wrote the 'We're Gonna Win, Twins' song, dies at 83

He was known in Twin Cities advertising circles as the "King of Jingles" from his work from the 1950s to 1980s.
One of the first ramp meters appeared on I-35E at Maryland Avenue in 1969 as part of a test MnDOT conducted to see if they might help relieve congesti

Early adopter: Minnesota's freeway ramp meters hit half-century mark

The Twin Cities has 461 meters — one of the largest networks of the quick-cycling lights in the nation.
Commuters passed by ongoing road construction on I-35W.

Weekend traffic: Expect delays with State Fair traffic and holiday travel

Traffic will likely be heaviest Friday around 6 p.m. according to the traffic app Drivemode.
Tom Goeltz held a photo of his daughter daughter Megan, who was struck and killed by a driver who police say might have been distracted by his phone.

Grieving dad hopes to jump-start hands-free driving push in Wisconsin

The Minnesota hands-free law forbidding drivers from holding phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel got lots of attention as it was debated…
Traffic jams up on southbound I-35W in downtown Minneapols. Several ramps leading into downtown will be closed this weekend.

Weekend traffic: I-35W ramp closures will make downtown Minneapolis access difficult

With thousands of people heading to the Minnesota State Fair, expect heavy traffic on Hwy. 280, Hwy. 36, I-94 and nearby side streets.
Dakota County Corrections Officer Tim Parker performed a patdown similar to those he conducts on DWI offenders before placing them in jail cells.

What happens when you're arrested for DWI?

A statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is underway, and motorists caught driving drunk can plan on having an uncomfortable experience. “Being booked…

Falling tree kills teen helping with storm cleanup in Barron County, Wis.

Emergency personnel attempted life-saving measures, but the boy died at the scene, near Chetek, the sheriff said.

Friends, family identify teenager fatally shot in north Minneapolis

It was the third homicide in the city in a week and the 22nd so far this year.
Trooper Adam Flynn handcuffs the driver of a vehicle who was allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Minnesota statewide crackdown on drunken driving begins Friday

DWI arrests rise during summer months.
Commuters passed by road construction.

Road work continues this weekend; Metro Transit revises schedules

Expect backups with work underway on multiple freeways.

Maple Grove residents raise concerns about road closed without any construction

The city closed a portion of Territorial Road because it wasn't safe for additional traffic.

Man charged after allegedly striking St. Paul police officer in stolen vehicle

The suspect was driving a stolen vehicle when police confronted him at 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Boy, 1, critically hurt in Braham; caregiver taken into custody

An 18-month-old boy is in critical condition at a Minneapolis hospital Tuesday and a person who was looking after him is in custody. Police in…
A man's body was covered with a blue tarp as police investigated the scene where he was found dead in the early morning hours Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 o

Police investigating suspicious death in NE. Minneapolis

A body was found on a railroad bridge.
Law enforcement officers investigate the scene in the parking lot of Bumper Warehouse where earlier, at a different location, St. Paul Police fired at

St. Paul police fire shots while pursuing stolen vehicle

The suspect is still on the lam, police said.

Man found dead on Minneapolis bike path

Officers on patrol found the man just before midnight on West River Parkway.
Authorities shut down westbound Hwy. 55 due to a fatal crash Monday morning at Argenta Trail in Inver Grove Heights. Traffic was diverted to northboun

Westbound Hwy. 55 closed in Inver Grove Heights due to fatal crash

A truck rolled over near Argenta Trail.
MnDOT re-striped Hwy. 169 over the weekend from the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to Pioneer Trail and returned it to its original configuration with two l

MnDOT removes temporary lane on Hwy. 169 in Bloomington

Drivers who use northbound Hwy. 169 in Bloomington will notice they have one fewer lane to use. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) re-striped the…
Robin Auer was able to get his stolen bike back from the thief.

Bicycle thefts in Minneapolis reach a five-year high

The rash of thefts frustrates cyclists and police, who don't always have time to track down stolen bikes amid other more serious calls.
Video of failed animal rescue on I-394 is lesson in what not to do, MnDOT says

Video of failed animal rescue on I-394 is lesson in what not to do, MnDOT says

The Minnesota State Patrol released a MnDOT showing a dangerous failed rescue attempt of a goose on Interstate 394.
This photo shows some components of the necklace taken at airport security, including a hollowed cartridge with a personal engraving and a letter from

Airport security to return confiscated keepsake necklace to former Marine from Eagan

TSA agents had seized a hollowed-out cartridge from a necklace Monday at Reagan National Airport in Washington.
Motorists make their way through road construction on I-35W at County Road 10 in Mounds View.

Resurfacing brings closures, lane reductions this weekend on Interstate 35W and Interstate 494

Twins games at Target Field could generate traffic.
Andy Emerson rode a Lime scooter he collected from downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Aug. 1, to bring home and charge up for continued use. New signs

It's the law: Scooter riders must stay off sidewalks

Scooter riding has become quite popular in Minneapolis, with people using the electric-powered two-wheelers to take 40,000 to 50,000 trips a week. A large majority…

6 victims ID'd in fiery wrong-way crash on I-90 near Rochester

All six victims in the two cars died at the scene of the crash about 1:30 a.m. Friday. The crash was the deadliest on Minnesota roads since 2010.
Adrick J. Hare, 20, left, and Adrianna S. Sylvester, 18, are wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Dayton Leonard Rossetti Carter.

2 sought in fatal shooting in Maple Grove park linked to drug activity

The man was found dead Tuesday morning in Lakeview Knolls Park
Hopkins police Sgt. Mike Glassberg issued a ticket to a driver who had been holding a phone near Hwy. 169 and Excelsior Boulevard.

Police have zero tolerance on first day of new hands-free law

Not everybody got the message, or complied with it. But overall, police said they were pleased with how well drivers were adjusting to not having a phone in their hand.
Heavy traffic congestion on Interstate 494 in 2015.

Weekend traffic: Backups expected on Interstate 494 in southeast Twin Cities metro

MnDOT will begin work on I-94 in Maple Grove on Sunday night.
Hopkins police officer Sgt. Mike Glassberg was out patrolling Hopkins roads looking for violators on the first day of the new hands free law Thursday,

A monumental day: Minnesota's hands-free law goes into effect

Plenty of Minnesotans will need to change their behavior quickly. The "one-touch" cellphone law comes with no grace period and fines that could hit $275.

Driver fleeing police dies in six-vehicle pileup in Chaska

The crash occurred at Hwy. 41 and Hwy. 212 following a police pursuit
Nelson

Bethel University student killed in one-car crash in Arden Hills

Anthony Nelson was returning to campus Monday night when the crash occurred.
An intense manhunt was underway Tuesday in a neighborhood on the Columbia Heights-Fridley border where officers from multiple agencies are going yard

Murder suspect surrenders after chase, manhunt in north metro

An intense manhunt unfolded in a neighborhood on the Columbia Heights-Fridley border where officers went yard to yard in search of a murder suspect.

Man found dead in Maple Grove park was shot

The man was found in Lakeview Knolls Park on Tuesday morning.
A construction worker gave a thumbs-up after being rescued by Minneapolis and St. Paul firefighters and a structural rescue team at a site on the corn

Worker rescued 3 hours after being trapped below ground at Mpls. construction site

The worker for Kraus-Anderson is expected to be OK after being pulled from a trench.
Minnesota law now requires slower drivers to move out of the left lane -- or face a fine.

Now, slow drivers could be fined for hogging left lane in Minnesota

It's no longer a suggestion but rather a law now that slower drivers use the right lane.
It will now cost more to ride scooters operated by Spin and Lime. Both companies are now charging 20 cents a minute.

It now costs more to ride a scooter in Minneapolis

This week, Spin and Lime raised rates by five cents a minute, but Lyft did not.

Passenger killed in another chain-reaction crash on Hwy. 95 near North Branch

The patrol identified the motorcyclist who was killed in a four-vehicle wreck on Tuesday
MnDOT is warning drivers to expect backups on both directions of I-494 between I-35E and Hwy. 62 this weekend.

Twin Cities festivals and fireworks could be weekend's biggest traffic impediments

All freeways will be open except for an overnight shutdown of I-94 in Minneapolis on Friday.
The extensive network of bike lanes and trails in the Twin Cities area isn't just a benefit to those exercise, but to those working as well, a recent

Twin Cities ranks 7th in number of jobs cyclists can reach, U study finds

Bike commuters can get to 61,000 jobs in 30 minutes.

Motorcyclist killed in four-vehicle crash on Hwy. 95 near North Branch

The impact of a rear-end crash pushed a vehicle into the path of the motorcyclist

Ken Johnson, supporter and champion of New Brighton, dies at 78

The longtime volunteer advocated for building the community center and belonged to the Jaycees, among other things.

Woman from Baudette killed in northern Minnesota crash

The crash occurred on Hwy. 172 in Lake of the Woods County
This is how MnDOT left 2nd Avenue S. near 39th Street unfinished until residents complained. MnDOT finished repaving the street on Friday.

Persistent Minneapolis neighbors push MnDOT to finish road work

The Minnesota Department of Transportation ripped up streets in a south Minneapolis neighborhood last fall — and then didn't come back this spring to fix them.
Samuel Wayne Hicks

Trucker gets year in jail for deadly distracted driving crash in Lake Elmo

Samuel Hicks was also ordered to perform community service and give preventive talks.
Motorists make their way through road construction on I-35W at County Road 10 in Mounds View.

Weekend traffic: Backups expected with roadwork on I-494 in the east metro

Maintenance is planned for the Green Line between Stadium Village and U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety honored 43 law enforcement officers from across the state as part of the DWI Enforcer All-Star Team. They we

Officers with most DWI arrests honored for keeping Minnesota roads safe

DWI arrests have fallen from 33,000 to 26,825 over the past 10 years
Multiple construction projects are expected to hamper travel on I-494 this weekend.

Weekend traffic: Expect packed light-rail trains, construction on I-494

The Basilica Block Party will bring extra traffic to downtown Minneapolis Friday and Saturday.
A Colombian red tail boa constrictor was found in the median of Nicollet Avenue near McAndrews Road in Burnsville Monday.

Friendly boa puts squeeze on hearts in Burnsville

The snake could be adopted if the owner does not come forward.
Hennepin Avenue near W. 24th Street, photographed Tuesday, will be one of the streets areas receiving dedicated bus lanes in August.

Bus-only lanes coming to parts of three avenues in Minneapolis

The lanes will be in effect only during morning and afternoon rush hours. The decision comes after a trial run last year on Hennepin.
Congestion is present two to three hours a day during the afternoon commute on Interstate 494 at France Avenue in Bloomington.

Congestion worsens on Twin Cities metro area highways

Congestion was up 1% last year when compared with 2017, and reached its highest level since the annual traffic surveys began in 1993. Slowdowns are most likely on I-35W in the mornings and I-494 in the afternoons.
Keith McCarron held a protest sign Thursday between twisted wires left over from scene where George Jensen, 83, of Champlin drove a van into a bus she

Minneapolis bus shelter crash puts racial tension in spotlight as investigation continues

Activists question Metro Transit's investigation and why the van driver has not been charged.
At least six people were hurt, including three critically, when a van slammed into a crowded bus stop shelter in north Minneapolis. All six were trans

Police ID driver who crashed into Minneapolis bus stop, injuring 6

The police report lists few other details about the incident that stunned witnesses and has investigators trying to find out exactly what happened.
A van plowed into a bus shelter on Broadway Avenue N. near Lyndale Avenue, injuring several Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN.

6 hurt, 3 critically, in Mpls. bus stop crash; van driver freed

Two others who were hurt were transported to HCMC; the extent of their injuries was not known after the crash this morning at Broadway and N. Lyndale Avenue. The mangled shelter and broken glass covered the sidewalk at the bus stop in front of a strip mall.
This “No Turn on Red” with a red dot at the bottom at the intersection of Penn Avenue and West Broadway in north Minneapolis is the new standard f

Why Minneapolis has differing signs for 'No Turn on Red'

After coming to a complete stop behind a crosswalk or stop line painted on the street, motorists in Minnesota can make a right turn on…

St. Anthony apartment fire called suspicious

The blaze at the Equinox Apartments broke out about 2:45 a.m.
Metro Transit will follow normal Friday and weekend schedules, but Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and SouthWest Transit will have reduced service

Twin Cities road closures won't take a holiday break

Some transit services will operate with a reduced schedule Friday.
A trio of freeway closures could cause traffic jams in the Twin Cities this weekend. Richard Tsong-Taatarii • Richard.Tsong-Taatarii@startribune.com

Drivers beware: Three freeway closings in Twin Cities this weekend

For motorists trying to get around the Twin Cities this weekend, good luck. MnDOT plans to close portions of Interstate 94, Interstate 694 and Interstate…
Photo courtesy of Gary Schott: Nurse Deb Schott, who died in Friday's medical helicopter crash.

Pilot, nurse killed in North Memorial helicopter crash

A third crew member is hospitalized. No patients were being transported when the helicopter crashed about 1 a.m. near the Brainerd airport. Gary Schott of Biscay, Minn., confirmed that his wife, Deb Schott, 58, was the nurse who died.
The St. Paul City Council approved new parking restrictions on some residential streets near Allianz Field.

Parking restrictions expand in neighborhoods near Allianz Field

Fans heading to soccer games at Allianz Field who are accustomed to free parking on nearby neighborhood streets will have to park farther away. The…
This April 24 photo shows one of several distracted drivers using a cell phones and spotted by Eagan police officers during the "Busted by the Bus" in

Minnesota officials step up outreach on new hands-free law

States with phone policies see less distracted driving.
David Temte was killed along with his twin brother in a car crash in Montana. He was a member of the track team at Dordt University in Sioux Center, I

Bloomington twins killed in Montana crash remembered as joyful, caring

The twin brothers from Bloomington killed this week in a crash in northwestern Montana are being remembered as joyful, loving members of their church and…
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