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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
A Colombian red tail boa constrictor was found in the median of Nicollet Avenue near McAndrews Road in Burnsville Monday.

Friendly boa puts squeeze on hearts in Burnsville

The snake could be adopted if the owner does not come forward.
Hennepin Avenue near W. 24th Street, photographed Tuesday, will be one of the streets areas receiving dedicated bus lanes in August.

Bus-only lanes coming to parts of three avenues in Minneapolis

The lanes will be in effect only during morning and afternoon rush hours. The decision comes after a trial run last year on Hennepin.
Congestion is present two to three hours a day during the afternoon commute on Interstate 494 at France Avenue in Bloomington.

Congestion worsens on Twin Cities metro area highways

Congestion was up 1% last year when compared with 2017, and reached its highest level since the annual traffic surveys began in 1993. Slowdowns are most likely on I-35W in the mornings and I-494 in the afternoons.
Keith McCarron held a protest sign Thursday between twisted wires left over from scene where George Jensen, 83, of Champlin drove a van into a bus she

Minneapolis bus shelter crash puts racial tension in spotlight as investigation continues

Activists question Metro Transit's investigation and why the van driver has not been charged.
Multiple construction projects are expected to hamper travel on I-494 this weekend.

Weekend traffic: Expect packed light-rail trains, construction on I-494

The Basilica Block Party will bring extra traffic to downtown Minneapolis Friday and Saturday.
At least six people were hurt, including three critically, when a van slammed into a crowded bus stop shelter in north Minneapolis. All six were trans

Police ID driver who crashed into Minneapolis bus stop, injuring 6

The police report lists few other details about the incident that stunned witnesses and has investigators trying to find out exactly what happened.
A van plowed into a bus shelter on Broadway Avenue N. near Lyndale Avenue, injuring several Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Minneapolis, MN.

6 hurt, 3 critically, in Mpls. bus stop crash; van driver freed

Two others who were hurt were transported to HCMC; the extent of their injuries was not known after the crash this morning at Broadway and N. Lyndale Avenue. The mangled shelter and broken glass covered the sidewalk at the bus stop in front of a strip mall.
This “No Turn on Red” with a red dot at the bottom at the intersection of Penn Avenue and West Broadway in north Minneapolis is the new standard f

Why Minneapolis has differing signs for 'No Turn on Red'

After coming to a complete stop behind a crosswalk or stop line painted on the street, motorists in Minnesota can make a right turn on…

St. Anthony apartment fire called suspicious

The blaze at the Equinox Apartments broke out about 2:45 a.m.
Metro Transit will follow normal Friday and weekend schedules, but Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and SouthWest Transit will have reduced service

Twin Cities road closures won't take a holiday break

Some transit services will operate with a reduced schedule Friday.
A trio of freeway closures could cause traffic jams in the Twin Cities this weekend. Richard Tsong-Taatarii • Richard.Tsong-Taatarii@startribune.com

Drivers beware: Three freeway closings in Twin Cities this weekend

For motorists trying to get around the Twin Cities this weekend, good luck. MnDOT plans to close portions of Interstate 94, Interstate 694 and Interstate…
Photo courtesy of Gary Schott: Nurse Deb Schott, who died in Friday's medical helicopter crash.

Pilot, nurse killed in North Memorial helicopter crash

A third crew member is hospitalized. No patients were being transported when the helicopter crashed about 1 a.m. near the Brainerd airport. Gary Schott of Biscay, Minn., confirmed that his wife, Deb Schott, 58, was the nurse who died.
The St. Paul City Council approved new parking restrictions on some residential streets near Allianz Field.

Parking restrictions expand in neighborhoods near Allianz Field

Fans heading to soccer games at Allianz Field who are accustomed to free parking on nearby neighborhood streets will have to park farther away. The…
This April 24 photo shows one of several distracted drivers using a cell phones and spotted by Eagan police officers during the "Busted by the Bus" in

Minnesota officials step up outreach on new hands-free law

States with phone policies see less distracted driving.
David Temte was killed along with his twin brother in a car crash in Montana. He was a member of the track team at Dordt University in Sioux Center, I

Bloomington twins killed in Montana crash remembered as joyful, caring

The twin brothers from Bloomington killed this week in a crash in northwestern Montana are being remembered as joyful, loving members of their church and…
Residents in the Twin Cities' northern and western suburbs had the longest commutes in the state, while those rural western Minnesota had the shortest

Shortest commute in Minnesota? Morris. Longest? Isanti and Stanchfield

One study found 25% of American quit their jobs because of a bad commute
Minnesota Valley Transit Authority has launched a pilot program called MVTA Connect that offers on-demand bus service in Savage.

MVTA debuts on-demand bus rides in Savage

Residents of Savage needing a ride have another option as the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) this month debuted on-demand bus service. Called MVTA…
In a video on the handsfreemn.org website, Tom and Wendy Goeltz talk about the loss of their daughter, Megan, who was killed by a distracted driver in

Campaign aims to reach all Minnesota drivers with info about new hands-free law

It goes into effect Aug. 1, and the state is dialing up its messaging.
SouthWest Transit CEO Len Simich sent Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey a letter saying buses should be given priority while a major downtown block is clos

SouthWest bus CEO complains about downtown Mpls. gridlock

Traffic jams on Marquette Avenue have some buses running 30 minutes late, leading to Len Simich's appeal to Mayor Jacob Frey.
Commuters passed by ongoing road construction on I-35W.

Weekend traffic: I-35W closure in Minneapolis coincides with Pride, 1950s events

A bridge demolition project is prompting the closure of I-35W north of downtown.
Commuters passed by ongoing road construction on I-35W. ANTHONY SOUFFLE • anthony.souffle@startribune.com

Crackdown on speeding begins in Minnesota

The state recorded 113 speeding-related crash deaths last year, the most since 2008
A truck carrying 25 tons of gravel rolled over on westbound Hwy. 36 at Manning Avenue in Lake Elmo Tuesday June 18, 2019

Truck rollover closes lanes on Hwy. 36 in Lake Elmo

The truck carrying 25 tons of gravel flipped on its side at Manning Avenue.

Man killed in south Mpls. shooting identified

Steven Creamer, Jr. was fatally shot about 5:35 a.m. Saturday.

After getting stuck in ramp's auto-pay station, driver says Mpls. needs on-site help

Drive reader Carol Jorgenson saw “The Play That Goes Wrong” at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis in May and gave the comedic murder mystery…

Victoria latest city to feel sting of recent burglary spree

Thieves have hit homes in 10 cities across the metro area in recent weeks.
Traffic comes to a slow roll on Crosstown Hwy. 62 near a road construction project in Edina.

Weekend traffic: Closure on Interstate 94, heavy Twins traffic expected

The biggest traffic jams of the weekend may be on roads leading to Target Field, where huge crowds are expected to turn out for games…
The home of Tiffany Meyers, who died in February 2018 in a house fire in Inver Grove Heights along with her boyfriend, David L’Heureux.

Fire deaths in Minnesota fell to 10-year low in 2018

The number of people dying in fires in Minnesota fell to near a record low in 2018 to 37, according to figures released Tuesday by…
Metro Transit’s ridership dropped in the first quarter of 2019, compared with that time in 2018.

Metro Transit ridership falls 7% during first quarter

Metro Transit says bad weather is partly to blame for 7% first-quarter drop.
A MnDOT truck washes the inside of the Lowry Hill Tunnel.

Lowry Hill Tunnel cleaning to close Interstate 94 in Minneapolis for 2 nights

Interstate 94 will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Woman killed in head-on crash with semi on Hwy. 65 near Mora

Roads were dry when the crash on Hwy. 65 happened about 1:45 p.m.
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Man fatally shot near Mpls. police station was trying to break up fight

The shooting happened behind the Gay 90's — and steps from police precinct.
Acting Metro Transit Police Chief A.J. Olson and Minneapolis Police Inspector Eddie Frizell.

Metro Transit Police narrows chief finalists to 2; public interview Thursday

The public is invited to watch the interview at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Jeffrey Lo

Suspect arrested, children safe in Cottage Grove abduction case

The search drew a heavy police presence with the FBI joining in while helicopters hovered over the area of 70th Street and Hardwood Avenue.
Minnehaha Parkway in south Minneapolis would no longer be a continuous route for motorists under a plan being considered to improve bicycle and pedest

Park Board may force cars off part of Minnehaha Parkway

The Minneapolis Park Board proposal aims to boost bike and pedestrian safety. It would include medians at some intersections to force cars to turn.
Westbound I-94 will be closed from I-35W to I-394 from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. Eastbound I-94 will have lane closures near the Portland Tun

Weekend traffic: I-94 westbound to close, I-35W reduced lanes, C Line rapid bus opens

Also buses will fill in for Blue Line light-rail trains between the 28th Avenue and Mall of America stations as a maintenance project continues.
A bicyclist rides down Dale Street in St. Paul during a storm. ] LEILA NAVIDI ¥ leila.navidi@startribune.com BACKGROUND INFORMATION: A thunderstorm r

Cleanup, assessment begin after storms hit metro, southern Minn.

The NWS will try to determine if any tornadoes touched down in Goodhue and Dakota counties

Green Line service resumes in downtown St. Paul after possible gas leak

Authorities investigated a gas leak at Union Depot.
Metro Transit's electric bus, which is part of the C Line rapid bus

Debut of new C Line rapid bus brings changes to Route 19 in Minneapolis

Metro Transit's newest rapid bus line, the C Line, will debut Saturday, bringing faster trips and more frequent service for most riders traveling between Brooklyn Center and downtown Minneapolis.
The pilot red-light video technology project will be located at the intersection of Highway 15 and 2nd Street in St. Cloud, one of the most dangerous

In Minnesota pilot project, cameras will be watching for red-light runners

MnDOT and the State Patrol will test the system at one of the state's most dangerous intersections. It could spread across Minnesota.
Commuters passed by road construction on I-35W during the evening rush hour in Minneapolis.

Big freeway closings this weekend: I-35W in south suburbs, I-94 in Woodbury

Buses will fill in for trains on portions of the Blue Line.
Fern Carmody and Eliana Batista ran past Wylee Olson, Nathan Wissink and Patrick Soto as they played with trucks in the water during a end-of-the-year

Hazy, smoky skies will return, along with some summer heat

Smoke from Canadian wildfires blowing into Minnesota gave the sky a hazy appearance Thursday that could continue into Friday. On the upside, the tiny particles…
Police tape outside an apartment building at 13th and Lake Street, near the scene of an early morning homicide at 12th and Lake Street on Minneapolis'

Man found dead on Lake Street sidewalk in south Minneapolis

Evidence indicates the victim was shot, police said.
The plans for the new Rockford Road overpass at I-494 will feature two traffic lanes and both directions and dual left turn lanes at interchanges on e

Work on new Rockford Road bridge over I-494 starts Tuesday

Motorists who use the Rockford Road overpass to cross Interstate 494 in Plymouth know the trip can be challenging. Traffic piles up daily during rush…
Multiple road construction projects could slow traffic over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Weekend traffic: Expect congestion as holiday travel combines with Minnesota road work

Construction could snarl traffic on popular routes.
The cooler spring weather has kept the mosquito population down — so far.

Silver lining to the cool Minnesota spring? Fewer mosquitoes — for now

Enjoy it now because they will be buzzing when the weather warms up.

Suspect arrested following police pursuit and crash into Maplewood home

No one was hurt, but several residents were evacuated.
The incident occurred at the East Bank Station, above, on Friday night. The suspects were apprehended near a U medical building.

Juveniles cited for wielding metal pipes, threatening passengers at Green Line stop near U

As many as seven juveniles were involved in the incident Friday night at the East Bank Station

Authorities identify man killed in Isanti house fire

Lawrence Tuma died of smoke inhalation resulting from a "flash fire."
An MVTA Route 477 bus departs the Apple Valley Transit Station

Ramp expansion will address parking crunch at Apple Valley Transit Station

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) board of directors is expected to sign off on plans to add two more levels to the parking structure to accommodate demand at the busy south-metro park-and-ride.

Standoff at Brooklyn Park hotel ends with suspect's surrender

Officers took the 31-year-old man into custody about 9:50 a.m., ending the ordeal that forced some guests to be evacuated from the La Quinta.
Dr. Thomas J. Stillwell

Weather soured as pilot took off from Moose Lake airport on fatal flight

Investigators haven't said whether conditions caused plane crash.
The burned-out interior of Lola after an early Thursday morning fire that destroyed the restaurant on Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis.

Bde Maka Ska restaurant and pavilion heavily damaged by fire

The cause of the 4 a.m. fire has not been determined, but lightning is suspected
Due to expected inclement weather, Metro Transit has called off weekend maintenance planned on the portion of the Blue and Green light-rail lines.

Weekend traffic: Work on intersection will slow drivers on Hwy. 65 in Ham Lake

Metro Transit has canceled light-rail maintenance on the Blue and Green lines.
Jeremy Werst

Jeremy Werst, champion of bicycling in Minneapolis, dies at 43

The founder of Mpls Bike Love online forum was found dead April 20 in his Minneapolis home.

Two University of Minnesota students assaulted on campus light-rail platform

Police have identified two suspects who fled from the East Bank Station
Noise-reduction wall on Interstate 94 near Hwy 280.

Driver concerned about longevity of repaired 35W noise wall in Bloomington

Drive reader Dick has seen workers taking down the old barriers and installing new wood in their place. He wanted to know why the walls were being replaced since it seems like they "should last a lot longer."
Cyclists and traffic moved up Marshall Avenue eastbound in St. Paul during rush hour in 2017.

Commute by bicycle? Organizers of Bike to Work Day say give it a try

Organizers are hoping thousands will pedal their way to work next Friday.
A pedestrian crossed 3rd Ave. S. early Tuesday evening. ] JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com Falling snow slowed pedestrian and vehicular t

How much are electric vehicles affected by Minnesota's extreme cold?

Electric vehicles perform at their peak in temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees. Just how much does cold weather affect them?
Motorists heading out for the start of fishing season this weekend may encounter construction-related traffic jams on popular getaway routes.

Expect weekend getaway routes to be busy with fishing opener traffic

Twins games and I-35W construction my be the biggest traffic impediments in the metro.
Tim Perala clears a neighbor’s driveway along Rice Lake Road in Duluth Thursday morning. “I put all my shovels away, but not this,” he said, ges

Say it isn't snow: Record storm dumps on NE Minnesota

Duluth got 10.6 inches and a new record for the city's largest snowfall in May.
Crash brings major backup on I-35W in south Minneapolis

Crash brings major backup on I-35W in south Minneapolis

Lanes were blocked on southbound I-35 near 42nd Street

Woman dies in Stearns County crash

The crash occurred Friday night near St. Joseph, Minn.
A ride share car displays Lyft and Uber stickers on its front windshield

Lyft, Uber drivers call for 1-day strike in Twin Cities and elsewhere; experts question its capabilities

People planning to use Uber or Lyft to get around on Wednesday may encounter longer waits if enough drivers carry through on a threat to keep their cars idle.
Construction on I-35W south of Minneapolis, pictured in 2018, continues this year.

Sign replacement project could hinder weekend travel near MSP

This weekend brings lane restrictions on highways throughout the Twin Cities and traffic-generating events including Garth Brooks concerts Friday and Saturday at U.S. Bank…
A bicyclist made her way down the bike lane during rush hour near Blaisdell Avenue and 26th Street in October 2017 in Minneapolis.

As cycling season shifts into gear, police urge all to share the roads

Bike vs. motor vehicle crashes are preventable, police say.

One dead in Todd County crash near Hewitt, Minnesota

The two-vehicle crash occurred about 10 a.m. on Hwy. 210 and County Road 23.

Truck leaking chlorine closes southbound 35W lane in downtown Mpls.

The spill occurred around 8:15 a.m. on I-35W near 11th Avenue
Drive readers are concerned about posted signage for drivers seeking to turn off Excelsior Boulevard and onto Park Center Drive to take Hwy. 100.

Unclear left turns concern drivers at Excelsior Blvd., Hwy. 100

Drivers fed up with being cut off while making turns at the intersection of Excelsior Boulevard and Hwy. 100 in St. Louis Park want the Minnesota Department of Transportation to put up signs that make it clearer which lane to use.
Gordy Moore often commutes on his bike from the Whittier neighborhood to his job in Northeast Minneapolis.

Want a happy commute? Researchers point to travel by bicycle

The network of bicycle lanes will continue to grow across the Twin Cities this summer — a development that may boost some commuters’ moods. Cyclists…
Eagan police officer Luke Nelson strained to get a better look at an offender as he and fellow officers rode a school bus looking for distracted drive

State law enforcement gets crafty to fight distracted driving

The unusual tactics come during a three-week statewide crackdown on distracted driving that ends April 30 as well as the run-up to the state's new law in August.

Rockford man killed by on-coming driver in wrong lane on Hwy. 5 in Waconia

Three vehicles were involved in the wreck at Hartmann Drive on Monday afternoon.
Many meters have been stunted to a two-hour limit.

With meter rate changes, free parking vanishes in downtown Minneapolis

Chuck Henninger got an unpleasant surprise last Monday when he went to pay the parking meter in downtown Minneapolis. The price had gone up by…
A BCA investigator photographs the scene of an officer-involved shooting near the 9900 block of Foley Blvd., Thursday in Coon Rapids.

Relatives, friends identify man shot by police in Coon Rapids

John Fairbanks Sr., 40, leaves behind a pregnant wife and young son.

Man dies when vehicle hits tree, lands in pond in Bloomington

The crash occurred just before 1 a.m. at Anderson Lakes Parkway.
A BCA investigator photographs the scene of an officer-involved shooting near the 9900 block of Foley Blvd., Thursday in Coon Rapids.

Man shot, killed by law officers after traffic stop in Coon Rapids

A man who ran from a traffic stop in Coon Rapids and fired at officers was shot and killed by law enforcement early Thursday, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said.
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