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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
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.
Investigators building a case against Lois Riess have released hundreds of photos showing evidence they collected from crime scenes and hotel rooms wh

New evidence released in case of Blooming Prairie murder suspect Lois Riess

Guns, clothes, notes with written directions and a dead woman's credit cards were among items found by detectives.
Police responded to an active situation at the Costco in Burnsville on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Night-long standoff at Burnsville Costco ends peacefully

Police released few details, but said there was no danger to the public.
An aerial view from June looking at construction of a replacement for the demolished E. 26th bridge over I-35W, which is part of the major rebuilding

15-mile stretch of I-35W shutting down the next two weekends

In what might be the most disruptive freeway closure of the summer — and that is saying a lot this year — MnDOT will close most of I-35W from Richfield to Arden Hills.

Woodbury man dies when vehicle is broadsided by dump truck in Isanti County

Alexander Hoss was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Body recovered from Vermillion River in Dakota County

A late-night swim turned deadly for a 30-year-old St. Paul man.
Scene of suspicious death in St. Paul Monday morning.

'Suspicious' death being investigated by St. Paul police

Man arrested in assault; police call the St. Paul case "heartbreaking."

Fight leads to shooting that injured 3 outside downtown Mpls. bar

Two suspects were arrested early Friday.

Driver killed when car flips on S. Minnesota highway

The crash occurred just before sunrise in Dodge County.
Tad Selzer — “Brother Tad” as he was known by many — became a co-host of the Rockhouse on KFAI-FM in 1992.

Moved by music, lawyer Tad Selzer found a new rhythm as KFAI radio host

Known to listeners of "The Rockhouse" as Brother Tad, Selzer had a passion for soul, blues and jazz, and a profound knowledge to match.
The Wyoming Police Department released this photo of the suspect.

Credit card scam hits Casey's stores in Chisago County

One victim is out $3,000 after fraudulent purchases in North Branch, Chisago City, Wyoming and Stacy.

Skimmer likely used on ATM at Crystal bank

Crystal police received several reports of fraud Monday, prompting a warning.

Bicyclist killed after allegedly running red light at Franklin and Hennepin

The bicyclist also struck a motorcyclist before being thrown onto the street where he was hit, police said.
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.
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