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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
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.
Jed Copham, right, owner of Brainerd International Raceway (BIR), died while boating with his family in Florida. He is shown here at BIR with his wife

Brainerd International Raceway owner dies in Florida boating accident

Jed Copham had owned BIR since 2006.
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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Pedestrians crossed the street at 8th Street and Hennepin Avenue.

'Oh, this traffic': 10th Street gridlock is wearing on Minneapolis drivers

Utility work has a block of 8th Street closed between Hennepin and LaSalle avenues in downtown Minneapolis, and it's wearing on motorists.
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Minnesota records 300th traffic fatality of the year

With drunken driving leading the way, state is ahead of last year's toll.
Construction continued on I-35W during the evening commute, as seen in August.

Key I-35W ramp into downtown Mpls. reopens as project progresses

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's massive reconstruction of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis south to 43rd Street hit a milestone last week: the $240 million project is now 30 percent complete.
In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Tom Hanks portrays Ben Bradlee, left, and Meryl Streep portrays Katharine Graham in a scene from "The Post

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Pedestrians leave foot prints behind while navigating fresh snow near the US Bank Plaza Thursday.

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Construction on I-35W south of Minneapolis, pictured in August, continues and will involve some road closures this weekend. GLEN STUBBE glen.stubbe@st

I-35W to shut down completely in Mpls. for the weekend

The leaves are falling, and so are the myriad road construction projects that drivers have to navigate around. But a big one this weekend comes…

Motorist killed in head-on crash in southern Minnesota construction zone

The crash occurred when a driver missed a lane shift on Hwy. 60 in Watonwan County.

Buffalo woman charged with burglary after fleeing in deputy's squad car

Law enforcement from three agencies pursued the stolen squad car along I-94.

3 shot at downtown Minneapolis club; police search for suspect

The shooting inside the Aqua Nightclub took place as more than 200 people attended a rap concert
Metro Transit bus

Metro Transit's Route 2 gets retooled for speed

Metro Transit riders who go to the intersection of Franklin and Park avenues in south Minneapolis to catch a Route 2 bus will find that…

Woman dies in car vs. horse crash in St. Croix County, Wis.

The horse did not survive the Friday morning crash.

Man killed by Green Line train was from Columbia Heights

The death was the sixth on the Green Line since it opened in 2014 and the third on the light-rail system this year.
Christopher White

Body of missing Mpls. man believed to be found in Austin, Texas

Christopher White was visiting college friends and attending a music festival in Austin, Texas.

Iowa man killed in crash in southern Minnesota

An Iowa man was killed Sunday in a two-vehicle crash in Fillmore County, the State Patrol said. Richard Lee Engelhart, 64, of Cresco, Iowa, was…

Weather roller coaster will bring heat, cold and storms to Minnesota

Springlike on Tuesday. Stormy summer on Wednesday. Like fall on Thursday. Then snow? Minnesota’s famous theater of seasons will have a little bit of everything…
Daniel Walter Kenning

St. Cloud murder suspect said God told him to kill

Charges say he strangled Blaine woman he met at a wedding.

Safety improvements slated for the Hwy. 12 'Corridor of Death'

After year of no fatalities, Hwy. 12 group will unveil plan on Tuesday.
Vernon Owens

Man hit, killed while inspecting car damage after hitting bear

The crash Sunday night in Aitkin County killed a Floodwood City Council member who was a passenger in the car that hit the bear.

Columbia Heights carjacking and shooting was not random attack

Police are still searching for a man and a woman and the vehicle involved

Brooklyn Center babysitter charged in death of 9-month-old boy

An autopsy showed boy died from a head injury.
MnDOT has a flaky problem with the Mendota Bridge

MnDOT has a flaky problem with the Mendota Bridge

Department of Transportation crews are out scraping away the thin layer of asphalt and aggregate that has come loose on the Mendota Bridge. Friday was not the first time they have had to do that. And it probably won't be the last.
The Faribault Municipal Airport was hammered by a storm that wrecked havoc across southeastern Minnesota on Thursday.

Storm that hit southern Minn. spun off as many as 6 tornadoes

Floodwaters, strong winds and tornadoes left a trail of damage.
A century-old oak tree fell on Katie Engelmann’s farm house outside of Northfield during Thursday’s storms, creating a gaping hole in the living r

Northfield storm survivor: 'My farm is a disaster zone'

A Northfield family prepares for a long cleanup after suffering through a third disaster in less than a year.
A small plane was ripped from its hangar and flipped by a tornado at Faribault Municipal Airport earlier Thursday night.

Severe storms cause 'significant' damage in southeastern Minn.

In the Twin Cities, residents sloshed through flooded streets in some areas. Clouds and storms are expected to clear out Friday, with clear skies and cool temperatures moving in.

3-year-old struck and killed after running into traffic in Minnetonka

The crash occurred around 9:15 a.m. when the boy ran into traffic
Rachel Harberts, with son Jaxon and daughter Emerson.

Distracted-driving 'epidemic' blamed for deaths of teacher, daughter in S. Minn.

Outpouring of support follows, with services planned Thursday in Rochester.

Richfield motorcyclist killed in crash in Wisconsin

Daniel Folsom died at the scene of the crash near Stockholm, Wis.
Minnesota began issuing new driver's licenses and identification cards Aug. 6, but they will not comply with the federal Real ID Act.

The Drive: As Real ID arrives, temporary driver's licenses now good for four months

The wait is nearly over for Minnesotans who want to get a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or a state identification card. The Department of Vehicle…
Members of the soccer team sported their returned uniforms.

St. Paul youth soccer team gets its stolen uniforms back

Eagan police recovered the youth soccer jerseys while making a traffic stop.

Forest Lake woman dies in rollover crash on I-35W

A woman was killed in a rollover crash Wednesday on Interstate 35W in Blaine, the State Patrol said.
Items recovered from suspect's car.

Roseville police arrest 3 in mail theft sting operation

"Places to hit" included 20 homes in Roseville and other metro cities.
The early morning sun illuminated the reds, yellows and browns at a lake near Duluth.

First fall color report: Expect brilliant foliage

2018 should bring "rich and beautiful" fall colors, the DNR says as it launches its weekly foliage updates.
Authorities are asking for help locating this Oldsmobile Alero in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday in Mille Lacs County.

'Vehicle of interest' sought after man fatally shot in Mille Lacs County

Authorities are searching for an Oldsmobile Alero seen in the area where the victim was found
Video shows dump truck plowing into stopped traffic on Hwy. 13

Video shows dump truck plowing into stopped traffic on Hwy. 13

Nobody was seriously hurt, but the video shows just how fast danger can strike.
Looking east from Xerxes Ave. S. up Hwy. 62, which is absorbing Hwy. 110.

What happened to Hwy. 110? It's now part of Crosstown Hwy. 62

MnDOT announced last year that it would change Hwy. 110 to 62 to allow the busy east-west route to retain the same number from end to end — from Interstate 494 in Minnetonka to Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights.
Record-breaking cold hits northern Minnesota

Record-breaking cold hits northern Minnesota

In the Twin Cities, delightful fall weather is on tap through the weekend.

Motorcyclist killed when car turns in front of him on northern Minnesota highway

The 54-year-old was not wearing a helment and was thrown from his motorcycle.

Motorcyclist killed when car turns in front of him on northern Minnesota highway

The crash occurred on Hwy. 135 in St. Louis County Wednesday night
Water from torrential rains cascades over Cannon Falls on the Little Cannon River after big rainfalls Tuesday and early Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in C

Major floods fail to develop, but southwest Wisconsin remains on guard

A flood warning remains in effect through Thursday evening from Ontario, Wis., to Steuben.

Stolen ruby slippers worn in 'Wizard of Oz' found, FBI says

Details will be released during a news conference Tuesday
The corner of Plymouth Road and Ridgedale Drive is expected to operate more effectively with the new bridge.

Bridge to Minnetonka's Ridgehaven Mall is a head-scratcher for some

Construction started this summer and is on track to be completed before the frenetic December holiday rush, when vehicles often queue up in front of Ridgehaven Mall on Ridgedale Drive and long lines form as drivers make their way to nearby Cartway Lane.
Southbound lanes have reopened on Hwy. 169 at Dayton Road in Champlin.

Hwy. 169 project nears its end in Champlin

Some of the highway will be back to two lanes over Labor Day weekend.

Man tumbles from vehicle on I-394 and is critically injured

The incident happened Monday morning on westbound I-394 in Golden Valley.
New Metro Transit fare box

Metro Transit hopes for faster boardings with new fare boxes

Riders may one day be able to pay fares with a credit card.

Patrol identifies driver hit by semi while crossing Carver County intersection

The fatal crash occurred about 7:40 a.m. Tuesday on Hwy. 212 near Cologne
The stalled westbound Amtrak in Wisconsin before trains started moving again.

Amtrak trains stalled by floodwaters in Wisconsin back on the move

Western Wisconsin started to assess the damage wrought by torrential rain.
A pickup truck had washed several hundred yards away from where it had been parked near Cashton, Wisc. The hazard lights on the back were still blinki

'Wall of water': Floods overtake towns, roads after southern Minn., western Wis. get soaked

Southern Minnesota, Wisconsin counties tally evacuations, downed trees, torn roofs.
U.S. Bank Stadium

Friday sporting events to bring huge traffic to downtown Mpls.

Football, boxing, volleyball and baseball will bring an extra 100,000 people downtown.
The Midtown YWCA in Minneapolis.

Midtown YWCA hopes parking fee solves shortage of spots for members

Free parkers crowded out members in south Minneapolis, so YWCA will install a gate and charge fees.
Metro Transit bus

Metro Transit's State Fair bus services are changing

The fair opens Thursday and runs through Labor Day. Metro Transit plans to deploy 60 buses exclusively for the fair in the mornings and 73 in the evenings on weekdays.
The Minneapolis skyline was dulled by Canadian grass fires in this July 6 photo. Another round is expected this weekend. File photo by JEFF WHEELER ï

Air quality alert for Canadian smoke is expanded to include Twin Cities

Pollution alert in effect until noon Sunday includes Twin Cities.
Michelle Agyei’s on-board delivery was terrifying: “I thought I was going to die.”

Passengers help deliver baby born on city bus in St. Paul

Frightened mother cried out for help, and passengers rushed to her aid.
A bus at MVTA bus station on Cedar Avenue in Apple Valley.

MVTA eyes service cuts, route changes in south suburbs

If OK'd, changes would begin in November.
Picnic basket

Picnic on 38th Street bridge may be a state first

The 38th Street bridge over Interstate 35W is shutting down again, but this time for only an evening and for a good purpose: free dinner.
Fox 9 meteorologist Steve Frazier.

Fox 9 meteorologist Steve Frazier dies after battle with pancreatic cancer

Frazier had been the weekend weather guy at Channel 9 since 2012.
Lois Riess booking shot

Graphic photos released in case against Lois Riess

Newly released photos show what investigators found in the condo where woman was shot.

Motorcycle passenger killed in 3-vehicle crash in Goodhue County

Neither of the people on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet, the State Patrol said.

Woman dies in Eden Prairie crash that closed Hwy. 101

A 36-year-old Minnetonka man was seriously hurt, the State Patrol said
The new skyway to Ramp A from Target Center.

Carpoolers on the decline in ABC parking ramps by I-394

Discounted carpool rates are among the ideas being explored to reduce the number of solo drivers commuting into downtown Minneapolis.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter gave an update Tuesday on the police shooting that killed William "Billy" Hughes.

St. Paul officials vow to release police shooting footage soon

Mayor Melvin Carter said the data will made public after all witnesses, including officers involved, provide a statement, and after it is privately played for relatives. The police chief said that could be within 10 days.
Signs in St. Paul seek to get drivers to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

Signs shame drivers into stopping for pedestrians in St. Paul

Last fall, University of Minnesota researchers found a woeful 31 percent of drivers in St. Paul yielded to people in crosswalks.
Another 15-mile shutdown of Interstate 35W through Minneapolis and Roseville is in store for commuters this weekend.

I-35W through Minneapolis and Roseville closes for second straight weekend

Repaving, bridge removal on project list for second consecutive weekend.
Crews work on Excelsior Boulevard in Hopkins, where Hennepin County and Cargill are testing a new asphalt mix.

Excelsior Boulevard becomes laboratory for asphalt testing

Hennepin County and Cargill are paving a short section of the road to test a new mix of recycled asphalt.
A Route 3 bus on the University of Minnesota campus on Tuesday afternoon.

Metro Transit cuts come after struggles with driver shortage

Metro Transit says no more regular service cuts are planned, but State Fair service will be altered.
Wrong-way driver caused crash that shut down westbound I-94 in Minneapolis, State Patrol said

Wrong-way driver caused crash that shut down westbound I-94 in Minneapolis, State Patrol said

Alcohol is suspected in the crash that tied up the Interstate during the morning rush hour.

Plane crash near Brainerd is third in Minn. in past three days

No one was hurt in Monday's crash into a marsh about four miles from the airport, but a pilot was killed in one of the crashes over the weekend in western Minnesota.
Ivan Dan Walker

Suspect in brutal killing of St. Paul mother charged with kidnapping and assault

Ivan Dan Walker was wanted in Missouri for a parole violation at the time of the assault.
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