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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
phone: 612-673-7768
Tim covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour.
Recent content from Tim Harlow
A windsurfer on Lake Bde Maka Ska .

Feds now recognize Lake Calhoun as Bde Maka Ska

The DNR approved the name change in January and it became official then. The U.S. Board of Geographic Names got on board with the change last month.
St. Paul Police motor officer John Conrad gives a ticket for speeding to a driver he pulled over on Dale Street.

Crackdown prompts question: Does Minnesota go easy on speeders?

Court records show that police across Minnesota handed out 211,603 speeding tickets in 2017 and 212,068 the year before. But is Minnesota taking a hard enough stance against speeding scofflaws?

Pedestrian ID'd in fatal hit-and-run crash on I-694 in Vadnais Heights

The St. Paul woman was struck in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near Edgerton Street about 2:40 a.m.
Fire crew from Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights, Eagan, and South Metro battled a fire at the Mendakota Country Club that started around 4:30 a.m.

Fire damages clubhouse at Mendakota Country Club

A storage shed was reported a total loss.
After mowing a lawn in St. Paul, Rodney Smith mowed his third lawn of the day in his 48th state, Thursday in Hopkins. The home belonged to a single wo

Man mowing lawns for people in need in every state arrives in Minnesota

Rodney Smith Jr. stopped in northeast Minneapolis, Bloomington and St. Paul on Thursday as part of his nationwide good-deed tour.
MnDOT closed the ramps to general traffic in June as part of the massive $239 million downtown-to-Crosstown reconstruction project.

MnDOT to those disobeying I-35W ramp closures: Please quit it

MnDOT is asking drivers not to use closed ramps.
A high dew point can make a summer day feel tropical.

Humidity vs. dew point: What's the difference?

It's a science lesson that's hard even for the weather folks to explain.
Lois Riess (South Padre Island Police Department) ORG XMIT: 1231061

Accused killer Riess waives right to speedy trial

A judge granted a motion requiring the Blooming Prairie, Minn., woman facing the death penalty to give palm and fingerprints.

Heat advisory issued for metro and much of southern Minn.

The advisory will be in effect from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, when it will feel like 100 degrees or hotter.

Test drive in classic car ends in wrong-way crash that kills 2 in Waite Park

A motorcyclist was killed in a separate head-on crash in Stearns County
Flooding in southern Minnesota.

On the banks of Plum Creek: Flooded Walnut Grove works to save Wilder Pageant

Cast and crew are working feverishly between rehearsals this week to remove a thick scum of flood mud coating the stage of the popular Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove, Minn., ahead of Thursday's opening performance.
The Cottonwood River in New Ulm. Photo by New Ulm Police Department.

Gov. Dayton declares emergency in 36 storm-damaged Minn. counties

Rising waters head for New Ulm, Mankato.
“We say just wait, it will get worse. Right now we are at that ‘worst’ period.”
MnDOT chief Charlie Zelle

MnDOT chief says traffic flow on I-35W, I-94 will get better

"We say just wait, it will get worse. Right now we are at that 'worst' period," said Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle. "There is no way to sugarcoat it. The most disruptive points will be in the next few months."
Franklin Avenue bridge over Mississippi unsightly, but safe

Franklin Avenue bridge over Mississippi unsightly, but safe

The Franklin Avenue bridge spanning West River Parkway and the Mississippi River is practically new, and already blemishes are appearing.
A woman was overcome with emotion during a prayer held for the man killed by Minneapolis Police hours earlier in North Minneapolis. She was part of an

Man fatally shot by police in north Minneapolis alley

At a late-night news conference at City Hall, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo stressed that the investigation, led by the BCA, will be "absolutely transparent."
Thousands of street rods, customs and restored vehicles filled the grounds of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds during the Minnesota Street Rod Associat

It's a big weekend for traffic generating festivals

After a tough week for commuters navigating big traffic jams in downtown Minneapolis construction zones, a little levity is in order. Leave it to the…
Thanks to heavy rains, these buggers are expected to be out in force this weekend.

Mosquitoes will be buzzing this weekend thanks to recent rains

Mosquito Control District has done its part. Now you need to do yours.
Lois Riess' arrest in April ended a 30-day period on the run. She was extradited to Florida to face murder charges and three other felonies.

Murder suspect Lois Riess had befriended another possible victim, documents say

Days before her arrest, Lois Riess seemed to follow the script of Florida crime.

Latest on Twin Cities road construction and detours

The annual road construction season has most of the Twin Cities detouring at every turn this summer.
Travelers were dropped off curbside at MSP's Terminal 2 Wednesday. Almost half of travelers get a ride to the airport, but airport officials hope to l

MSP explores big changes in pricing, service to lure travelers back to ramps

Travelers may be able to prebook parking online and choose from an array of options with different price tags: remote lot? rooftop? closest to the door?
What used to be Hwy. 23 near Holyoke in Carlton County. Photo supplied by Torina Stark.

Massive rainfall forces closure of Hwy. 23 for weeks or months

Repair of 300-foot stretch could take months.

Ship that ran aground in Duluth harbor freed

The American Spirit was headed out to sea when it became stuck
Stop sign

MnDOT invests in new stop signs for primarily rural areas as crashes spike

MnDOT is spending $500,000 to festoon more than 1,000 stop signs with reflective red metal strips and place fluorescent yellow tape on more than 100 traffic signals primarily at rural intersections identified as high risk.
Kaiden Kauffman.

Family stung by omission of student who died by suicide from Isanti Middle School yearbook

The family of Kaiden Kauffman says it will push for changes in the Cambridge-Isanti School District.
The suspicious pieces

Crystal-like pieces found in baseball cards at Apple Valley Goodwill not meth after all

Police think the substance was likely something to keep the cards moisture free.
With the happy ending, Minnesota Public Radio is selling two T-shirts featuring the #mprracoon for $25 each: A blue T-shirt showing a facial image of

Skyscraper-climbing raccoon gets her own clothing line

The raccoon that scaled a St. Paul skyscraper this week and had legions around the globe riveted to the internet to watch the drama now…
The raccoon that scaled the UBS Plaza was caught in a live trap baited with cat food overnight in St. Paul, Minn., and was picked up by Wildlife Manag

Skyscraper-climbing raccoon rescued, set free in the wild

The critter was lured to a trap containing wet cat food on the top of the UBS Plaza in St. Paul. It's been set free in the southwest suburbs.

Princeton University student from Roseville killed in Texas train crash

Yasmin Abdillahi, 20, was a graduate of Harding High School.
Scores of onlookers rooted on the raccoon as it moved next door to the UBS Tower and scaled the concrete skyscraper, making it up as high as the 20th

Raccoon that scaled skyscraper in downtown St. Paul is safe and sound

The little critter's antics on the exterior of a downtown office tower delighted scores of onlookers in person and online.
This photo provided by the South Padre Island (Texas) Police Department shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was arrested by federal depu

Lois Riess skips Florida hearing on murder charges, pleads not guilty in writing

Minnesota woman who fled across the South has a public defender.
Lane and downtown exit closures slowed down the early morning commute into Minneapolis from the 35th street area.

Sluggish but no gridlock on 35W northbound in Minneapolis

Monday was the first weekday on which key freeway exits into downtown Minneapolis were closed, but fears of an epic bottleneck didn't materialize, as commuters found alternate ways to get to work.
Interstate 35W where it intersects with I-494.

Years-long construction on I-35W will bring major changes to commute

Motorists on I-35W will be dealing with lane and ramp closures for the next four years.

Speed limits set to drop on five St. Paul streets

The speed limit will fall to 30 miles per hour on 'Urban District' streets.
Riess

Lois Riess indicted on first-degree murder charge in Florida

Charges in Dodge County in connection with the death of her husband are still pending.

Man hit and killed by train northwest of Duluth

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said a pedestrian was struck and killed by a freight train late Tuesday. Deputies were called to the 7000…

I-35W construction: You'll still be able to park on Portland and Park avenues

An original plan cut the parking, but now narrower traffic lanes will keep it.

Crash on highway ramp leaves one dead in Eagan

The State Patrol is investigating the wreck which occurred at Hwy. 13 and Cedar Avenue

Fugitive recovery agents find man shot dead in Medicine Lake home

Agents were attempting to arrest the man when they heard a loud bang
Lois Riess

Murder suspect Lois Riess gets July court date

Riess is accused of killing her husband, then a look-alike in Florida.
State Patrol Sgt. Mike Krukowski looked over on Thursday what was left of his SUV after a May 15 head-on crash along Interstate 35 in Lakeville. Kruko

Trooper injured in head-on collision says seat belt saved his life

The driver who hit him after blowing through a fence on I-35 in Lakeville died days after the May 15 crash.

Man struck and killed by train in Oak Grove

The crash occurred just east of 221st Avenue just before 4 a.m. Thursday

Driver fleeing police killed in Aitkin County crash

The crash occurred Monday morning on Hwy. 65 in Williams Township.

Man charged in Scott County hit-and-run says he did it on purpose

Turns out the teen biker he hit was the wrong guy, driver allegedly tells cops.
Metro Transit bus with the Planned Parenthood advertisement.

'The Birth Control Bus' in the Twin Cities causing concerns

A Metro Transit bus shrink-wrapped in hot pink is making the rounds this spring and attracting lots of attention, not surprisingly. But one Drive reader noticed it in St. Paul for another reason.

Weekend traffic: I-35W flyover bridge is coming down; 3-year closure in store

I-94 also shutting down in downtown Minneapolis.

Push is on to raise fines for distracted driving in Minn.

After efforts fail to ban handheld devices behind the wheel, representatives seek a compromise.

Bicyclist dies after being hit by two cars on Hwy. 65 in Ham Lake

The name of the bicyclist, a 49-year-old woman from Ham Lake, has not been released.

Man dies when vehicle flips into Sauk River, another dies in SE. Minn. crash

The crash occurred just before sunrise on a county road near Rockville, Minn.
Robert Krause, 60, holds a photo of his mother Jean Krause, 78, once a registered nurse, who was sexually assaulted at "Heritage House," in Pequot Lak

Star Tribune wins public service grand prize for series on elder abuse

Newspaper won for its series called "Left to Suffer."
The hands-free bill enjoyed widespread bipartisan support in Minnesota.

'Hands-free' cellphone bill unlikely to become law in Minnesota this year

Bill denied House vote. Advocates say they will be back in force next year.
A car, not unlike this one, could be yours for the driving with HyreCar.

Airbnb for your vehicle: HyreCar brings car-rental service to Twin Cities

This service matches wannabe chauffeurs with people willing to rent out their private vehicles by the day, week or month.
Lois Riess

Minnesota woman pleads not guilty in death of Florida look-alike

Minnesota woman accused in look-alike's death, identity theft.
Metro Transit bus

Bus congestion too much to take? Possible solution gets test run on Hennepin

A three-day pilot this week will bring bus-only lanes to a portion of traffic-clogged Hennepin Avenue during rush hour to see if they might speed up one of the region's slowest corridors.

Driver arrested in Scott County hit-and-run

The April 29 crash left 18-year-old Grant Skluzacek injured.

One killed in Pine County crash

A car and semitrailer truck collided on Hwy. 70 at County Road 1 Thursday afternoon.
Shannon David Shaw

Did veteran who drowned in Mississippi River fall through the cracks?

Veteran had sought help to cope with PTSD.

Bill banning handheld cellphones while driving passes Minn. House panel

Next stop would be House floor, though Senate version is still held up.

Woman, child killed in Aitkin County crash

A teenager was taken to HCMC with life-threatening injuries. Two other people were hurt.
Shannon David Shaw

Man who drowned in Mississippi in St. Cloud was veteran who just left hospital ER

Shannon Shaw had sought treatment for PTSD for nearly a decade, his wife said.
Sherburne County 4H building is a total loss.

Unattended campfire destroys Sherburne County 4-H building

Damage to the building at Ann Lake was estimated at $180,000.

'All clear' given after bomb threat leads to evacuation of Rochester, Minn., high school

Bomb threat disrupts classes at John Marshall High School

Body of missing swimmer in Mississippi in St. Cloud is found

Authorities on Tuesday night found the body of a man who apparently drowned Monday while trying to swim across the Mississippi River in St. Cloud.…

Victim in Spring Park apartment fire dies

Firefighters revived the man, but he later died at HCMC.
A black bear and cub share a spot in tall grass in Anchorage, Alaska, in August 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

DNR wants help in tracking bear sightings

Department hopes to map expanded territories.

Crackdown on texting while driving catches more repeat offenders in Minnesota

A two-week crackdown in April yielded more than 1,500 citations in Minnesota.
Families of those killed by distracted drivers listened during a February rally at the State Capitol to drum up support for a law that would ban the u

Hand-held cellphone bill backers make push in session's final weeks

Senate sponsor and advocates blame partisanship, but Senate leader says measure could still advance this year.
Lois Riess

Charges say Riess tried to cover up murder of look-alike in Florida

Lois Riess, the former Minnesota fugitive wanted in two killings, stuffed a towel under the bathroom door and called the front desk to extend her victim's stay, according to charges.
Twin Cities hits 84 degrees, the warmest in seven months

Twin Cities hits 84 degrees, the warmest in seven months

Coinciding with the surprise heat are flood, fire and storm warnings.
I35W closures: Tons of cars will be rerouted.

Buckle up for summer gridlock with closures coming on I-35W

Overlapping closures along I-35W will put a miserable squeeze on metro commutes.
Pedestrians made their way through a crosswalk in St. Paul.

The Drive: Drivers need a crosswalk culture change

An overwhelming majority of drivers apparently have missed the memo that state law requires them to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Lois Riess will face a murder charge in Florida.

Murder suspect Lois Riess turned over to Florida authorities

The southern Minnesota woman who allegedly killed her husband and a woman in Florida was arrested last week in Texas. Authorities are taking her back to Florida to face murder charges.
Richard Sennott@startribune.com In this 2011 photo, Andy Hamann works out at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester. Hamann focused his wo

Minnesota men boast nation's longest life expectancy

Women in Minnesota had the fourth-longest life expectancy, according to new research.
Police tape lines the alley behind 1900 Newton Ave. N. near where police, shortly after 5 a.m., found a man lying in the street with a gunshot wound a

Man found fatally shot in north Minneapolis street

No arrests have been made.
Cyclists and traffic moved up Marshall Avenue eastbound in St. Paul during a recent rush hour.

Twin Cities area ranks 10th for jobs accessible by car, U study finds

Car commuters can get to more than 976,000 jobs within 30 minutes.
This photo provided by the South Padre Island Police Department shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was arrested by federal deputy marsh

Lois Riess heading to Florida before facing any murder charge in Minnesota

Dodge County awaits BCA results before charging fugitive in husband's murder.
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