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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
"Take a sneak peek inside one of Landline's motor coaches," a tweet from the Landline Company read.

Shuttle between MSP and Duluth, Mankato airports to launch with $9 fares

A bus service making its debut this summer at airports in Mankato and Duluth will shuttle travelers to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Pedestrian killed in Baxter, Minn., was from neighboring Brainerd

Joshua Carner was killed as he walked along Hwy. 210 in Baxter, Minn.

Cause of fire at Mpls. Grain Exchange Building still unknown

The two-alarm fire broke out Wednesday night
Pedestrian fatally hit by vehicle on Kellogg Boulevard was North St. Paul man

Pedestrian fatally hit by vehicle on Kellogg Boulevard was North St. Paul man

The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m., killing 54-year-old Dan Lytle, his family said.
I-35W, seen from the E. 26th St. Bridge, in December. What headaches are we seeing early a.m. after 1-3 inches of snow fell overnight?

Pothole repairs in construction zone to reduce I-35W to single lane in Mpls.

Drivers can expect delays in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday as crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) continue patching potholes on Interstate 35W.The work…
Sign directing drivers toward northbound Hwy. 169

'Traffic is crazy': Length of Hwy. 169 on-ramp in Golden Valley a point of contention for some

Drive reader Jodie avoids using the on-ramp leading from N. Ply­mouth Avenue to northbound Hwy. 169 in Golden Valley. The ramp is so short, she said, that motorists can't always get up to speed before they run out of room to merge.
Street service workers Bradley Therres, from left, and Lance Hamby fill potholes with asphalt on Shepard Road as a truck goes by on the right side of

With potholes proliferating, crews scramble to patch Minnesota roads

March is prime time for potholes and a difficult time of year to fix them.

Man killed in western Wisconsin crash involving semi

The crash occurred just after 3 p.m. Thursday in Red Cedar Township
Heavy rains flooded the intersection between Cedar Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway in Minneapolis on Thursday.

Rising water leads to mobile home park evacuation in Jordan

Street flooding intensified in southern Minnesota, as snow hit the north.
Allyson Andert

Minnesota state troopers, passerby save woman after truck overturns into water

Allyson Andert thought she was going to die after crashing on I-35 in Forest Lake.
Potholes are multiplying on Minnesota roads, and officials warn it could be bumpy for a while.

Sudden burst of spring litters Minnesota roads with potholes

City and county officials warn it might be bumpy for a while.
Comedy web video series spotlights Metro Transit bus routes

Comedy web video series spotlights Metro Transit bus routes

For the uninitiated, riding a Metro Transit bus can be intimidating and scary. Passengers sit next to strangers of all ages going to all kinds…

Fight after crash in south Minneapolis leaves 1 dead

Police do not believe the suspect and the victim knew each other.
St. Paul firefighters at the scene of an explosion at the 600 block of Payne Avenue in St. Paul on Friday, November 23, 2018. One man was taken to a l

St. Paul blast that killed man, leveled Payne Av. home ruled accidental

The November explosion on Payne Avenue killed an 80-year-old resident.
Construction continued on I-35W during the evening commute in August 2018.

Multiple projects this year to make 35W a summer nightmare

A parade of construction projects stretching from Forest Lake to Bloomington along Interstates 35 and 35W will put a summerlong crimp in commuting and slow trips north to the cabin.
The Waterview Kennels in Stacy, Minn., burned Tuesday morning and 18 dogs were killed.

18 dogs die in fire at north metro boarding kennel

Owner of Waterview Kennels in Stacy, Minn., said majority of the dogs belonged to his wife.
The state high school hockey tournament at Xcel Energy Center, plus a St. Patrick’s Day block party and a national dance competition are expected to

Prepare for congestion, tight parking Saturday in downtown St. Paul

A trio of large events will bring thousands of people to the city.
Herman is a truck mounted snowblower that, just like an old Timex watch, takes a licking and keeps on ticking. The powerful snowblower obtained in 196

There's no job too big for Herman, the more-than 50-year-old snow plow

When there’s snow to remove from interchanges, bridge decks and other tight spots along sides of the road — and there has been a lot…

Firefighters corral thousands of gallons of nitric acid after Minneapolis industrial park spill

Spill at Hawkins was kept from reaching Mississippi.

Alcohol cited as a factor in motorist's collision with Amish buggy

A child in the buggy was injured in the crash in Otter Tail County.
A woman practiced shooting a .45 caliber hand`gun at Bill's Gun Shop & Range in Robbinsdal.

Minnesota now has 290,500 residents permitted to carry handguns

Sheriff's offices across the state issued more than 66,000 permits in last year
Isaac Baker first restarted his girlfriends car in the background and then came to help Modeste Zinzindo with his vehicle which had stalled on Hwy 218

'That groundhog lied big time': March rolls into Minnesota with some bite

Don't relax just yet; the new month will bring 2 to 4 inches of snow and an Arctic blast.
Jon Yankovec is a veteran of driving plows for Ramsey County.

Minnesota plow drivers work overtime to keep up with all the snow

Plow drivers are putting in overtime to keep up with February's snow.
Authorities investigate social media post against St. Paul middle school

Authorities investigate social media post against St. Paul middle school

Extra police will be on hand at Highland Park Middle School on Tuesday, the district said.
Minnesota Department of Transportation called out the "ice breaker" to try to break up the ice covered lanes of I-35 south of Owatonna, Minn. Dangerou

I-35, I-90 fully reopened in southern Minnesota

Emergency workers rescue hundreds of stranded motorists.
Hopkins police are looking for this suspect who robbed a Holiday gas station.

Police offer reward in connection with Hopkins gas station robbery

The holdup occurred Feb. 10 at the Holiday station on Blake Road.
Lois Riess (South Padre Island Police Department/TNS)

Gun found in Lois Riess' hotel room linked to husband's murder, Minn. sheriff says

Forensic test results released this week showed the gun was used in the killing of David Riess.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation completed the final segment of Hwy. 610 through Maple Grove in 2016.

Expand Hwy. 610 in Maple Grove? Not just yet

When the Minnesota Department of Transportation completed the final segment of Hwy. 610 through Maple Grove two years ago, the agency built a ramp for…
Maintenance person Phillip Garza blows snow in front of a group of apartments Tuesday in Minneapolis. It was Garza's first time with a new snow throwe

Another snowy day gets followed by yet another cold night, then sun

After getting hit six of 12 days in February, near-record snowfall will take a breather Wednesday
A snowplow driver for MnDOT plowed a stretch of north bound I-35 W south of Burnsville Parkway in this file photo from 2017. JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt

Blustery cycle delivering more snow to Minnesota today, later in week

Blustery cycle looks to continue for the next seven to 10 days.
Cars were moving slowly eastbound on 185th St. E. at Natchez Avenue.

Fatal crash ignites push for change at Scott County intersection

Residents of a Scott County neighborhood are renewing their push to get a traffic light or roundabout installed at an intersection where a recent crash…
Minnesota State Trooper Lisa Lorenzen, a Law Enforcement Training Opportunity graduate, assessed damage on a messy stretch of Hwy. 100.

Help wanted: State Patrol seeks nontraditional applicants to fill growing need for troopers

Minnesota State Patrol beefing up its troops with nontraditional candidates
Tamara Tureson, of Maple Grove, was all bundled up as she waited Thursday for her bus in downtown Minneapolis. As the snow moved out, bitter cold was

Ahead of cold wave, St. Paul, Mpls. call off school for today

Thursday's snowstorm made for slow and dangerous travel in much of the state. Next up: The cold along with increasing winds.
Passengers printed tickets from the kiosks at the Delta Air Lines counter at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport in October.

A record 38M passengers passed through MSP last year

The airport also set a record in 2018 for the most passengers screened at TSA checkpoints in one day.
A snowy street scene along 5th Avenue near downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday.

But wait, there's more: 3-6 inches of snow expected in Twin Cities

A steady, and sometimes heavy snowfall, will continue through most of Thursday before tapering by the evening, Up to 12 inches is forecast for north central and northwestern Minnesota.
A pedestrian crossed 3rd Avenue S. in downtown Minneapolis early Tuesday evening.

That was only Round 1: More snow coming tonight, lasting until Thursday

MnDOT warned drivers and walkers that icy spots persist as the metro area gets 4 to 6 inches of snow by Wednesday night.
Firefighters sift through the rubble after one person died and another was seriously injured following a house explosion Tuesday, Feb. 5, 209, in the

1 dead, 1 badly burned after Dakota County house explodes

The explosion, which leveled the house in Hampton Township around 6:15 a.m., could be heard as far away as Hastings and Farmington.
A woman boarded a Metro Transit bus.

Metro Transit eyes upgrades to NexTrip service

Metro Transit’s NexTrip service — by text, by app or online — has been getting a lot of use lately, particularly during the recent cold…
Tom Goeltz, whose daughter Megan was killed by a distracted driver, waited with others to testify at the Legislature.

Fight against distracted driving in Minn. focuses on phone use

As Legislature weighs heftier penalties, advocates focus on cellphone use.
A rider is bundled up while resting on a blue line light rail train that was delayed at the Cedar Station Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, In Minneapolis, MN

Cracked track caused big delays on Blue Line; now fixed

A crack in the track, likely due to the extreme cold, is resulting in northbound and southbound trains having to alternately share a track from Mall of America to Cedar-Riverside.

Payne-Phalen neighborhood shooting is 4th St. Paul homicide of year

A man was fatally shot on the 1400 block of Minnehaha Avenue E. Tuesday night
George Inz got some good air while sledding near Minnehaha Creek Monday.

Deep cold has metro school districts closing until Thursday

St. Paul, Minneapolis and several suburbs have declared snow emergencies. Tonight, temperatures begin a free-fall.
A black box attached to an arrow board transmist lane closure information to MnDOT's 511 system.

Smart Arrow Boards could announce short-term lane closures on Minnesota roads

Tools such as the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s 511 traveler information service can be a lifesaver for motorists. The website shows where road construction…

Southern Minn. man arrested on suspicion of neglect after wife's death

Authorities found the body of a woman inside a residence in Searles, Minn.
Karen Altman spoke at the hearing by photos of her daughter Katie Burke who was killed by a distracted driver.

Texting while driving citations in Minnesota jump 30 percent

Bills banning the use of hand-held phones passed committees this week in both the House and Senate. A second bill that would raise fines for violators also passed a Senate committee this week.

Man fatally shot in north Minneapolis alley identified

Police have made no arrests in the death of Donzel Bell
The A Line bus is a local example of a successful Bus Rapid Transit route.

Metro Transit passes on bus-only lane on Hennepin Avenue for now

Metro Transit ran a three-day pilot last spring to see if lanes dedicated exclusively to buses would speed up rush-hour trips along traffic-clogged Hennepin Avenue…
Father and son John, left, and Johnny Nagel were dressed for the cold temperatures on Friday while shoveling snow outside their north Bismarck, N.D.,

Fresh blanket of snow covers southern Minnesota

The sun will come out Saturday across much of the state, according to the National Weather Service. But it won't bring much warmth.
Security lines for the north and south checkpoints at Terminal 1 met in the middle of the terminal Friday, but airport officials blamed holiday travel

Crush of holiday travelers led to long lines early Friday at MSP

Wait times returned to normal by midmorning.
Officer Aaron Haller and his K-9 partner Haas.

Authorities: Man who shot Duluth officer, killed police K-9 died by suicide

An officer was injured and his K-9 partner killed in the Sunday afternoon shooting.
Electromechanical technician Timothy Malmstedt disassembled old cloth seats and installed new plastic seats as part of a test program to try seats tha

Metro Transit testing plastic seats on light-rail trains instead of cloth

Metro Transit is one of the few transit agencies in the country that still has fabric seats, which can be difficult to keep clean.

Teen killed in crash that had shut down part of Hwy. 610 in Maple Grove

One vehicle was involved in the crash at Elm Creek Boulevard about 3:25 a.m.
Toddler strapped in car seat safe after fall from moving car in Mankato, caught on video

Toddler strapped in car seat safe after fall from moving car in Mankato, caught on video

The incident happened Monday in Mankato. The toddler appeared to be OK.
Starting this summer and lasting through 2021, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will carry out three projects simultaneously between Maple G

3 years of construction coming to I-94 between Maple Grove, Clearwater

A trio of projects will affect more than 110,000 vehicles each day until 2021.

Patrol identifies pedestrian fatally hit in Brooklyn Park crash

The crash Monday evening led to a closure of northbound Hwy. 252 at Brookdale Drive.

Jimmy McGregor, who shined shoes and souls at the Minneapolis Athletic Club, dies at 81

With a big smile and a warm greeting — his gift of gab helped — Jimmy Edward McGregor welcomed patrons and everybody who passed through…
The Minnesota State Capitol

'Our doors are open': Minnesota residents encouraged to visit State Capitol ... if they can navigate it

Unless you're a regular visitor to the statehouse, going to the sprawling complex in St. Paul can be confusing.

Death of man, 99, following Crystal robbery is ruled a homicide

No one has been arrested in connection with the death of John Gosche, who died Dec. 6.

Minn. mayor cited for drunken driving before he drove school bus

Erik Bonde's license had been suspended and he was preparing to drive a school bus when he was arrested.
This man robbed the New Market Bank in Lakeville on Dec. 22.

Lakeville police search for bank robber who didn't hide identity

The heist occurred Dec. 22 at the New Market Bank.

Authorities await driver test results in crash that killed Roseville pedestrians

Roseville police called it a "complex case" and are waiting for multiple reports to come back.

Minnetonka police warn of thieves targeting unlocked vehicles

Police will sent extra patrols to the area southeast of County Road 101 and Lake Street Extension
New technology recently rolled out at some rest stops in Minnesota and other Midwestern states aims to help truck drivers find parking. In this file p

New technology helps truck drivers find safe places to park in Minnesota

The number of parking spots available has not kept up with demand from a growing number of trucks on the road.
City of Minneapolis employees talked during a tour of an underground tunnel.

'There should not be any traffic volume issues': Mpls. optimistic as project on 4th St. starts

Downtown Minneapolis is about to get a bit noisier and dustier, maybe even vibrate a little. Along 4th Street, bus and bike lanes will disappear and traffic lanes will be reconfigured.
The area where a fight turned deadly for Minneapolis' first homicide of 2019.

Acquaintance arrested in fatal stabbing in south Minneapolis

It was the city's first homicide of 2019.
John Shilts, Jr.

St. Croix County deputy arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

He also was charged with speeding in excess and failing to wear a seat belt.
The Roseville Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying potential witnesses who were in the area of the Jan. 3 fatal crash on La

Police: More than one vehicle may have fatally struck pedestrians in Roseville

Relatives and police are looking for witnesses to come forward to help them figure out what happened.
“While law enforcement can continue to educate and enforce the rules of the road, we need everyone’s help,” said Lt. Gordon Shank of the Minneso

Traffic deaths in Minnesota increased in 2018

Preliminary numbers show 380 motorists died in traffic crashes last year.

Apple Valley snowmobilers die after going through ice in Wisconsin

The couple went through thin ice on Webb Lake in Burnett County on Saturday.

Authorities call man's death in Menomonie, Wis., suspicious

Police responding to a disturbance call Sunday afternoon found the man dead
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing new lighted tubes marking the ends of snowplow blades to improve safety.

MnDOT tests lighted markers on snowplow blades for safety

In the winter of 2017-18, there were 84 collisions involving motorists and Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplows. That was a substantial increase over the 55…
Cafe Maude resides near the intersection of 54th and Penn, where Debra Skolos, 47, of Bloomington, was killed while crossing the street in February.

Few solutions to combat jaywalking, speeding at 54th and Penn in Mpls.

The push to improve pedestrian safety near the bustling intersection — and discourage the common practice of jaywalking across the dark street — has taken on an added importance after Debra Skolos, 47, of Bloomington, was killed while crossing the street in February.

Suspects in state trooper assault allegedly pitched marijuana as they fled

The injured trooper was released from an Albert Lea hospital.
Meteor spotted in north metro was one of this year's biggest worldwide

Meteor spotted in north metro was one of this year's biggest worldwide

The fireball was reported above Cambridge, in Isanti County, about 2:10 a.m.
Light testing on new Allianz Field early Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2018, in St. Paul.

All-night light testing lights up Allianz Field, but not all neighbors aglow

St. Paul's Midway flashed with color all night, but not all neighbors were aglow.
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