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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
Eagan officer Kirsten Dorumsgaard talked with a motorist who was ticketed for typing on their phone.

Drivers cited 9,700 times for breaking Minn. hands-free law

Some drivers said they are aware of the new law but were having a hard time breaking the habit of driving while holding their devices.

Woman, teen die in separate crashes in southern Minnesota

Both crashes involved a semitrailer truck and occurred on icy roads.
New high-definition cameras would provide a 360-degree view and a live feed of what is going on iinside light-rail cars.

Metro Transit to upgrade security cameras on light-rail trains

High-resolution equipment will allow police and transit officials to monitor activity in real time.
The scene captured by the traffic camera on Hwy. 169 in Shakopee as officials had lanes on the highway closed Thursday afternoon.

Dispatch audio: Man's body found on Hwy. 169 in Shakopee had 'been there for a while'

A passerby called police at 3 p.m. Thursday to report seeing the body

Apartment fire in Montevideo leaves one dead

The fire occurred at the Lincoln Apartment complex
Tara Houska, pictured here protesting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in 2018, said a TSA agent at MSP Airport pulled on her braids and “whipped them l

TSA apologizes to Native American traveler over treatment at MSP Airport

Tara Houska said a TSA agent patted down her braids and "whipped them like reins."
A walkway along the Mississippi River was closed Monday because of high water.

Ice jams on Mississippi lead to flooding, trail closings in Champlin, Anoka

A flood warning is in effect after the Mississippi River rose 8 feet in less than a day.
The C Line rapid bus, pictured here along its route, serves Brooklyn Center Transit Center, which will be renovated this spring and summer.

Makeover planned for Brooklyn Center Transit Center

Plans for a second rapid bus line are behind the renovation set to begin this spring.
Cars warmed up on a street in Bismarck, N.D., where it is illegal to idle an unattended vehicle. Minneapolis law also prohibits idling a car for more

Idling doesn't help your car — but it offers golden opportunity for thieves

When temperatures slide toward zero and below, as they are forecast to do this week, motorists may be tempted to let their vehicles warm up…
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph catches the winning touchdown over New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams in overtime on Sunday, Jan. 5,

Die-hard Vikings fan who bought Kyle Rudolph's gloves: $11K raised for charity is 'awesome'

A die-hard Vikings fan from New Jersey has turned his accidental purchase of stolen gloves into fundraiser for the U Children's Hospital. But he still doesn't have the gloves.

Proposal would raise MSP Airport workers' pay to $15 an hour by 2022

The airport's commission would phase in minimum wage requirements over the next two years.

Parking meter rates to double in St. Cloud

Rates will jump from 50 cents to $1 per hour in April.
Residents of a south Minneapolis high rise were evacuated after a fire broke out on the 14th floor of the building, killing five people. Here, Minneap

42 people died in fires in Minnesota last year

Careless smoking blamed for many deadly fires.
Dot the cat was taken from a house in Watetown Township and released near Watertown; he's still missing.

Delivery driver charged with stealing cat from Carver County home

He had a change of heart and let it go "somewhere outside Watertown," the charges said.
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Minneapolis, St. Paul police make arrests in first homicides of 2020, including realtor's killing

Both incidents occurred hours into the new year,
A trooper handcuffs the driver of a vehicle who was allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Arrests for driving while impaired rise in Minnesota

Officials attribute uptick to changes in law, more enforcement and better detection of drug-impaired drivers.
A C Line rapid bus in Minneapolis.

Metro Transit again offering free rides for New Year's Eve

Rides will be free on Metro Transit buses and trains from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Hana DePriest, 4, walked up the hill as her mom, Tamon DePriest, braced herself from the strong blowing winds while sledding at Central Park in Brookl

Minneapolis, St. Paul declare snow emergency as cleanup begins

The slow-moving storm is expected to drop 4 to 7 inches in the east metro, less to the west. Travel in other parts of Minnesota remains difficult.
As part of a six-month pilot, DakotaLink provides free bus rides to those who need to get to health appointments and use other county services.

Dakota County offers free bus rides to court, county services

Hastings residents who lack transportation can’t use that as an excuse for being late to court or not showing up at all. It also won’t…

Missing dog found fatally shot along Todd County road

The owner of the German shepherd let it out with other dogs on Christmas Eve morning and it didn't return.

Man shot outside Chanhassen movie theater

No one has been arrested, the sheriff said.
A look at several Minnesota driver's licenses that were made available starting in 2018.

What is Real ID? Who in Minnesota needs it and by when?

With the deadline looming, Minnesotans are urged to apply soon for the federally approved ID card.

Suspect in Shadey's Bar incident, subsequent chase in St. Paul awaits charges

Shots at Shadey's Bar door were followed by a crash that injured four people.

Kerkhoven post office shut indefinitely over building safety concerns

Operations have been moved to neighboring Murdock.

State Patrol identifies woman killed in Mahnomen County crash

The Christmas Day crash on Hwy. 59 left two others injured.

Fire at Crystal strip mall ruled arson

No arrests have been made in connection with the Nov. 26 fire.
Minnesota driver asks if she was overcharged for license tabs

Minnesota driver asks if she was overcharged for license tabs

The wheelage tax collected by Hennepin County goes up by $10 starting Jan. 1, but Drive reader Gretchen wondered if the county started collecting the…
A woman was robbed and dragged in a robbery Sunday after she had finished shopping.

Thieves caught on video robbing woman in St. Paul, dragging her with car

The brazen theft occurred outside Hmong Village. The victim was dragged for nearly 75 yards.

Vehicle found, person of interest identified in Maplewood hit-and-run

The crash occurred Nov. 23 near English Street and Belmont Lane

Hit-run driver in jail after fleeing officers through two Minnesota counties

A Litchfield officer fired at the fleeing vehicle

Golf instructor Rodney Lidenberg dies at 69

From 2007 to 2016, Golf Magazine annually named him one of the "Top 100 Teachers in America."

Minnesota's minimum wage will rise Jan. 1

An estimated 206,000 workers will get raises.
A woman skied along Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis in 2016.

Mpls. Park Board rejects resolution to keep Minnehaha Parkway continuous for vehicles

The board rejected a resolution to prohibit the Community Advisory Committee from proposing plans that would close any portions of parkway to vehicle traffic.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Basketball game canceled as more schools report flu-like illnesses

Dozens hospitalized across the state; basketball game postponed in Buffalo.
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Minnesota woman gets life sentence for killing Florida lookalike

A southern Minnesota woman charged with killing a woman in Florida while on the run from authorities pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday and was…
The Apple Valley Transit Station will reopen Monday after undergoing an $8 million expansion and remodeling project.

Expanded Apple Valley Transit Station park-and-ride reopens

The Apple Valley Transit Station parking ramp is now bigger, better, and as of Monday, back open. Bus riders have been using nearby temporary lots…
A thief made off with a package from the doorstep of a St. Paul home Thursday and left behind something unusual: a thank-you note. Photo provided by S

Package thief leaves thank-you note behind in St. Paul

Police called the move unbelievable.

Burnsville district to close 3 schools to deal with declining enrollments

Declining enrollment drove the vote to close one middle school and two elementary schools
Los Angeles traffic on the 105 freeway near the 405 interchange in Southern Calif. California and other states are suing the Trump Administration over

Why doesn't Minnesota require vehicle emissions tests any more?

In the 1990s, drivers had to pay to have vehicles tested for carbon monoxide and other pollutants before renewing license tabs. A reader wants to know why the program ended.
Bethel University, a private Christian school in Arden Hills, plans to cut as many as 30 staff members and 30 faculty members as the school tackles a

Declining enrollment prompts staff, budget cuts at Bethel University

Specific cuts to faculty, staff and academic programs will be announced in 2020.

Authorities identify man fatally shot at Brooklyn Center gas station

Dattreas Markeal Stewart of Brooklyn Center died at the scene.
Metro Transit cops Tommy Eam and Erika Hatle detained a Green Line rider who had been acting erratically Tuesday.

Teens arrested, charged in violent assaults on Twin Cities light-rail trains

Metro Transit police used surveillance video to track down the suspects, who could be charged as adults.
The morning commute either by car, bike or on foot was met with a snowy trek, Monday, December 9, 2019 in St. Paul, MN.

As frigid temps move into Twin Cities, NWS says: "These next two days won't be fun"

After blast of snow, bitter cold to bring the season's first subzero temperatures

Driver jailed after striking, killing pedestrian in Bloomington

The crash happened Tuesday night near 98th Street and Newton Avenue S.
Under a proposal recommended by city staff, parking on Wooddale Avenue between 44th Street and 42 1/2 Street in St. Louis Park would be removed to mak

Plan for bike lane riles St. Louis Park residents

The City Council will vote on the plan in February.
On Wednesday, the St. Paul City Council will consider a measure to increase towing charges.

Get ready to pay more if your car is towed during a snow emergency in St. Paul

The St. Paul City Council approved a rate increase at Wednesday's meeting.
A shoplifting suspect sprayed a loss prevention officer with a chemical irritant Friday at the Burlington Coat Factory in Blaine.

Shoplifters spray store employees with chemical irritant during theft in Blaine

The incident happened on Black Friday at the Burlington Coat Factory in the Northtown Mall.
A jogger followed Minnehaha Parkway under the Interstate 35W overpass. Neighbors have raised concerns about plans about proposed changes to the parkwa

Neighbors raise more concerns over plans for Minnehaha Parkway

The plan to remake Minnehaha Parkway in southwest Minneapolis keeps drawing the ire of neighbors. First, there was a controversial proposal for medians to block…
A Delta flight approaches Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as another is de-iced, ahead of more snow and sleet Saturday.

Weekend weather to bring snow, rain, sleet, sometimes all at once

A blizzard warning is posted for Duluth and the North Shore, where the heaviest snow is expected.

TSA agent assaulted by group of teens on Blue Line light rail in Minneapolis

The assault occurred Monday night near the 46th Street Station.
Patrick Costanzo of St. Paul brushed snow off a friend’s car on Selby Avenue in St. Paul. “I’m used to it,” Costanzo said of the snow. “You

Snow? Freezing rain? A mix? 2nd holiday storm will have it all

Snowblowers whirred and plows rumbled down streets as Minnesotans dug out from the biggest November snowstorm to hit the state in nearly two decades. But a system bringing snow, rain or both is poised to move in Friday.
Workers cleared snow from the stands of TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday after the snowstorm.

Think shoveling the sidewalk is hard work? Try clearing TCF Bank Stadium

Gophers Coach P.J. Fleck stopped practice to thank people who showed up to shovel.
Holidazzle, pictured in 2015, kicks off Friday in Loring Park and runs through Dec. 22.

Holidazzle returns to Minneapolis' Loring Park with fireworks on Friday

The festival with lights, music and entertainment runs Friday through Dec. 22.
The snow began flying late Tuesday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, just in time for busy holiday travel.

Snow's arrival makes for messy holiday travel across Minnesota

Officials strongly advised motorists to stay off the roads until the storm winds down. Delta Air Lines issued a weather waiver for MSP flights, and schools and colleges were shutting down.
Maps show the Twin Cities, Faribault and Red Wing are in line for as much as 12 inches by the end of the storm Wednesday.

Travelers brace for major snowstorm; Delta issues waiver

Delta Air Lines issued a weather waiver for flights to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday. That allows customers to make a one-time change without having to pay a change fee.
The C Line providing faster service between Brooklyn Center and downtown Minneapolis began service on June 8.

Ridership tops 1M on C Line rapid transit from Mpls. to Brooklyn Center

The milestone was reached just five months after the rapid bus service began.
Nayha Dixit embraces her father, Vijay, at the Raksha 5K Walk/Run to End Distracted Driving on Aug. 11, 2018. His latest effort is a 2020 wall calenda

Minnesota dad taps 'drivers in the making' to spread hands-free message

Vijay Dixit still feels the pain from losing his daughter in a crash that involved a distracted driver, and he’s been on a mission to…

Two charged in Carver County drug overdose death

The heroin tested positive for fentanyl, Sheriff Jason Kamerud said.
Park planners are still working on plans for redesigning Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis.

Park Board seeks input on plan that pushes more traffic onto Minnehaha

Residents who live along W. Minnehaha Parkway near Nicollet Avenue could see up to four times the traffic under a road redesign being considered by…

Woman dies in fiery crash on I-35E in White Bear Township

The woman's car burst into flames after hitting a concrete pillar, the State Patrol said.
Reduced-conflict intersections, like this design, offer great safety benefits, said MnDOT traffic engineer Derek Leuer.

Neighbors balk at proposal for dangerous Credit River Township intersection

Scott County transportation officials plan to fix a dangerous intersection in Credit River Township where a crash in February killed a 14-year-old boy and left…

Patrol ID's man killed in NW. Minnesota rollover crash

The early Sunday morning crash killed Loren Scott Lillemoen

Truck driver dies after striking power pole in Fergus Falls

The State Patrol said the driver possibly had a medical emergency before the crash.
Isaac Harris, of Inver Grove Heights, packed up his SuperShuttle van trunk with a rider’s luggage at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

SuperShuttle to end service at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

The blue vans will stop running on Saturday. Employees say they were given 11 days' written notice.
Stitches the cat is a new addition to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport's team of animal ambassadors.

Stitches is the first cat to join MSP Airport's Animal Ambassador crew

The calico-tabby mix will help soothe the nerves of stressed out passengers on Friday afternoons.
Isak Aden was killed during a standoff with police in Eagan on July 2.

Police who shot man during standoff in Eagan are deemed justified in use of deadly force

Isak Aden was fatally shot on July 2 after he threatened a woman with a gun and held police at bay

Inver Grove Heights woman killed in southern Minnesota crash

It happened early Tuesday at the intersection of Hwy. 13 and 430th Avenue in Blooming Grove Township in Waseca County.
A Minnesota State Trooper investigated the scene where a bicyclist was killed after colliding with a school bus Wednesday morning on Zane Avenue and 6

Bicyclist struck and killed by school bus in Brooklyn Park

The crash occurred on Zane Avenue just south of I-94.
St. Paul Police and the medical examiner examined a car on Wayzata St. at N. Rice St. that contained the victim as they investigated after a reported

Authorities identify victims in weekend St. Paul, Minneapolis shootings

St. Paul has recorded 30 homicides this year
Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman celebrated with fans after the team's win over Penn State on Saturday. The team's success has sparked a

U hoping football success leads to more student interest, applicants

Gridiron success brings spotlight to campus.

Pedestrian struck, killed on Hwy. 10 near Little Falls

A man was crossing the highway when he was hit.
Sean Davis of Nice Ride took tags off bikes as the company rolled out its fleet throughout Minneapolis in April. Next year Nice Ride will add 2,000 e-

Nice Ride plans to bring e-bikes to Minneapolis in 2020

Nice Ride Minnesota is getting rid of its “dockless” blue bikes after just one season and will replace them with pedal-assist electric bikes. Lyft, which…
Elizabeth Mann

U student found safe after two days missing in India, relatives say

Elizabeth Mann is safe and heading back to Minnesota soon, family members say.

After Eagan boy's death, residents want pedestrian safety improvements on Diffley Road

Residents want a stretch of Diffley Road designated as a school zone to lower speed limits.
A vehicle left the road and rolled over Wednesday morning on Hwy. 52 at Thompson Avenue in South St. Paul.

Snow causes spinouts in south metro; cold wave next week

Winterlike air will move in by Sunday, dropping temps into the teens and 20s for highs.