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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

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.
This is the design of the roundabout that will be built next year at Hwy. 246 and Jefferson Parkway in Northfield, including underpasses for pedestria

Roundabout with tunnels for pedestrians, bicyclists coming to Northfield

Officials believe the Northfield roundabout will be only the second in the state with tunnels.
Motorists make their way through the construction zone on I-35W at I-35E near Forest Lake.

I-35W to fully close again this weekend between I-94, Crosstown

Closures of Interstates 94 and 35W in Minneapolis and lane reductions on Hwy. 12 in Wayzata could put a crimp on travel in the metro…
Jade Willaert, 16, traveled from Jordan to the cornfields of Glencoe, Minn., to take her driver's exam.

State to offer weekend behind-the-wheel driving exams to reduce backlog

By adding weekend hours, the DVS says it will be able to offer an additional 3,200 appointments.

Woman who claimed she was raped is charged in asphyxiation death in St. Paul

Police Sunday morning found Steven Dennis Malone dead in an apartment on Front Avenue.

Medical examiner identifies latest St. Paul homicide victim

Shawn Jones was shot while in a vehicle in the Summit-University neighborhood.

Two homicides in St. Paul bring city's total to 26 for year

The two homicides continued a violent streak in St. Paul. Nine people were killed in the city in September and 2019 is the deadliest in the past decade.
A wounded deer lay in the road after being hit by a car near Freeport, Maine. Collisions with wildlife occur most frequently in the fall, and the risk

See a deer on the road? Resist the urge to swerve

Minnesota ranks sixth highest in the nation for roadway animal crashes between September and November.
Commuters passed by ongoing road construction on I-35W during the evening rush hour in 2018.

Bridge repairs will close both directions of I-94 in Mpls. this weekend

The repairs will shut down the interstate for 18 hours on Saturday.
David Sley, 35, suffered a brain injury, skull fractures and other injuries after he was hit by a car as he crossed Victoria Street in Roseville while

Jogger hit in Roseville crosswalk questions decision not to charge driver, 86

Minnesota law states that drivers must stop for pedestrians crossing the street in marked crosswalks, but the case of a jogger struck by an elderly…
KYNDELL HARKNESS • kharkness@startribune.com] Traffic moved through the roundabout on 66th Street near Hwy 77 in Richfield.

Are roundabouts really safer than traditional intersections?

With only about 5,000 roundabouts on the nation's roads — making them still somewhat uncommon — it's natural for drivers to initially be confused.
Motorists make their way through the construction zone on I-35W at I-35E near Forest Lake.

Weekend traffic: Interstate 35W ramps, Hwy. 610 closures could hamper travel

Key freeway ramps in the ongoing Interstate 35W and Interstate 94 project in downtown Minneapolis may be the biggest challenges.
Authorities investigate the scene at a Walmart in Blaine. At least one person was injured in a shooting Monday morning at the Walmart.

Suspect arrested in shooting in Blaine Walmart parking lot

The shooting happened about 5:15 a.m. Monday.
MnDOT is testing a system of beacons and detectors during morning rush hours to catch carpool lane cheats. A blue light flashes if a motorist has a va

MnDOT pilots technology to catch carpool lane cheaters

A system of beacons and detectors being used during morning rush hours on Interstates 35W and 35E could help the patrol nab scofflaws, and better yet, deter violators from entering the lanes.
Kristopher Taylor

As mother pleads for leniency, Apple Valey man gets 6 months for death of son left in hot SUV

He was given a stayed sentence of 48 months.
Katrina Marie Aliff

Charges: South Carolina woman kidnapped, assaulted South St. Paul girl she met online

Katrina Marie Alif allegedly drove from South Carolina to pick up the girl, who is under 12
Zombies took cover against buildings as the rain picked up in 2018.

Weekend traffic: Few road closures; zombie crawl in Minneapolis

Look out for the mass of supernatural creatures roaming around downtown Minneapolis on Saturday night as the Zombie Pub Crawl may be the scariest…

Minnesota seat-belt crackdown snags more than 4,400 drivers

Nearly 100 were ticketed for child seat violations during the two-week safety campaign.

Fergus Falls woman, 80, dies in Todd County crash

The crash occurred at the intersection of Hwys. 71 and 210.
Barricades lined First Avenue in front of the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, ahead of Pres. Donald Trump's planned

Traffic congestion expected in Minneapolis as Trump rally prompts road closures, transit detours

City officials brace for significant congestion in downtown Minneapolis.

Motorcyclist killed in Ham Lake crash with pickup

The victim was a 67-year-old from Minneapolis.
Harvey Hummel

Harvey Hummel, beloved Robbinsdale biology teacher, dies at 89

Harvey Hummel loved biology, but he loved teaching and inspiring high school students in the Robbinsdale School District even more.His enthusiasm for both the subject…
The elite runners were off and running in the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

Twin Cities Marathon takes over streets Sunday; freeways open this weekend

Some ramps along I-35W and Hwy. 55 in downtown Minneapolis will be closed.
Carpools are getting a break on parking costs at the ABC ramps near Target Field.

Mpls. cuts parking rates for all carpools to $20 a month at ABC ramps

Carpools that use the ABC ramps near Target Center can also park for as low as $5 a day.
For the past 20 years, Louis Moore has headed the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota, the primarily African-American biking club that teaches be

Meet the Minnesotan who's the biking 'ambassador' to the black community

Louis Moore's Major Taylor Bicycling Club brings biking, fitness and camaraderie to Minnesota's black community.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will resurface the eastbound lanes of I-94 through St. Paul’s Midway area from Friday night to Monday mor

Weekend traffic: Closures on I-94 in St. Paul, I-494 in Mendota Heights

A portion of the Blue Line will be down from Friday night to Sunday morning. Buses will fill in.
The ramp leading to southbound I-35W from downtown Minneapolis will still have some short-term closures over the next two years, but it is largely com

Key ramp to Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis set to open this afternoon

The ramp at 10th Street and 4th Avenue was not supposed to open until 2021.
A home and cars were destroyed by a tornado Tuesday night, Sept. 25, 2019 in the town of Wheaton, just off Hwy 29 and Cty Hwy M in Chippewa County. At

Homes damaged as twister hits area near Eau Claire

A tornado touched down about 7:50 p.m. in Elk Mound.

Investigation underway after body found on northeast Minneapolis street

Police are trying to determine how the woman died
A plane taxied to take off at the Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport in 2017.

Planning to fly? The need for Real ID is just a year away

Travelers will need Real ID or other federally approved identification.
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…