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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
St. Paul police officers responding to a noise complaint were invited inside to play video games Friday night, captured in a Facebook post by Jovante

Noise complaint call results in epic video battle between St. Paul cops, gamers

Officer won friends in video game defeat
One person is dead and another injured after a shooting on Saint Paul’s East Side.

Shooting on St. Paul's East Side leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

Police on patrol heard the shots about 9 p.m. in the Payne-Phalen area.
Fire crews battled the blaze at Church in the Maples in Norwood Young America. (Photo courtesy Church in the Maples Facebook Page)

Congregation mourns loss of 150-year-old Norwood Young America church destroyed by fire

The tiny congregation had just marked 160 years in Norwood Young America.
Multiple squad cars reported to Edison High School after a report of a disturbance at the school. (Photo courtesy 2nd Precinct Crime Watch Facebook pa

Edison High in Mpls. briefly placed on lockdown after parents caused 'a disturbance'

Principal says two parents caused "disturbance" at Minneapolis school.
Roger Mosvick

Roger Mosvick, Macalester professor and champion debate coach, dies

Roger Mosvick guided members of Macalester College's debate teams in competitions against students from some of the country's most prestigious universities and, more often than…

Man killed in head-on collision of pickups in Brainerd

The other driver was injured as well in the crash Thursday afternoon.

Auto theft suspect arrested after MSP Airport chase escapes, caught again

Officers arrested a man who had run into a light-rail tunnel while fleeing police.
Eden Prairie is the latest Minnesota community to raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products to 21.

Eden Prairie raises legal age to buy tobacco to 21

The ordinance will go into effect Feb. 1.

International flight makes unscheduled landing at MSP due to unruly passenger

The Norwegian Air flight was en route from Oakland to Paris.
The area near where a teen was shot Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

Teen injured in shooting on western edge of downtown Minneapolis

The man was shot on the 800 block of Linden Avenue W. around shortly after 7 p.m. and taken to HCMC.
New high-resolution signs such as this one on westbound I-94 at Dale Street in St. Paul allow MnDOT to display distance as well as travel times.

The Drive: MnDOT adds distance to signs showing travel times

The overhead message boards that display freeway travel times have been extremely popular with Twin Cities metro area drivers since their debut. But Drive reader…
Dramatic video shows police chase that ended in crash at Mpls. park, injuring 3 children

Dramatic video shows police chase that ended in crash at Mpls. park, injuring 3 children

Three children were hurt June 11 when Kabaar Powell crashed into a playground while fleeing state troopers.

5 charged with providing alcohol to teen in fatal fall from Bemidji State dorm

Five men are accused of providing kegs to minors.
An image, provided by Lyft, shows the color scheme of its bike-sharing bicycles.

Lyft acquires operator of Nice Ride Minnesota

Users will be able to access the bikes using Lyft's app in 2019.
An Emergency Medical Services vehicle was among vehicles involved in crashes, this one at Cedar and 32nd St. South after an overnight snowfall Thursda

Winter storm coming to southern Minnesota on Saturday

The Twin Cities will be north of heaviest band of snow, but 2 to 4 inches is in the metro forecast.
The escape route from the Hennepin County jail was first boarded up before being replaced.

Serial burglar caught after breaking out of jail in downtown Mpls.

The inmate was at large for about three hours before being captured in Little Canada.
Columbia Heights police say this man attempted to run over an officer and then hit a police vehicle while fleeing.

Man nearly hits Columbia Heights officer, strikes squad while fleeing in stolen vehicle

Officers responded to a call about a man sleeping in a BMW on Nov. 19.
The suspect in a string of restaurant burglaries in White Bear Lake has worn a dark hoodie and yellow gloves.

White Bear Lake police seek help in finding suspect in restaurant burglaries

The suspect has hit five Mexican restaurants in the city in recent months
A Metro Transit bus stop.

New covers helping to keep the heat on at Metro Transit stops

Metro Transit officials hope fix stops vandals from wrecking lamps.

Minn. woman arrested after gun-pointing incident in craft store parking lot

The incident happened after a road rage incident Sunday on Hwy. 23, police said.
The Route 54 bus

Metro Transit plans Dec. 1 bus route changes to adjust to ridership dip

Metro Transit is out with its third-quarter ridership figures and the numbers continue their downward trend.
St. Paul firefighters work the scene of a house explosion that left an 80-year-old man in critical condition.

House explosion rocks St. Paul neighborhood; 1 hospitalized

Gas leak is suspected in house explosion; man who was inside is in critical condition.
After a long road construction season — or two seasons in the cases of the High Bridge and 66th Street in Richfield — crews have finished most of

To the delight of Minnesota drivers, road work has finally ended in most places

But motorists will find construction zones on I-35W, I-35 this weekend.
The flow began at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday afternoon as folks tried to get a jump on their holiday travels.

Crowds expected on the roads, at the airport for holiday travel

The good news? Weather isn't expected to be a problem this Thanksgiving, likely the busiest for travelers since 2005.
What's a motorist to do about low-hanging icicles under bridges?

What's a motorist to do about low-hanging icicles under bridges?

Thick icicles drooping down from the ceiling created a cool sight for motorists driving through the Hwy. 5 tunnel, which passes under Hwys. 55 and…

3 injured in overnight shooting in downtown Minneapolis

Shots were fired around 2:30 a.m. on the 800 block of Portland Avenue S., police said.
Brooklyn Park police arrest stabbing suspect on the run

Brooklyn Park police arrest stabbing suspect on the run

The 21-year-old suspect is wanted for stabbing a woman Wednesday.
A Savage police vehicle was struck by a motorist who has been charged with criminal vehicular operation causing bodily harm while under the influence

Bloomington man charged after striking Savage police squad

Officer Alex Casey was not seriously hurt in the crash Monday on Hwy. 13

Richfield woman dies a week after wreck on Hwy. 13 in Savage

The crash occurred Nov. 4 at Quentin Avenue.
A wall of cigarettes at Vernon BP gas station in Edina, Minn., on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Advocates in Minnesota applaud FDA crackdown on flavored tobacco products

Multiple Minnesota cities already have ordinances restricting sales of the products.
The Savage police squad vehicle struck by a motorist Monday night.

Charges pending for driver who struck Savage police squad car

Officer Alex Casey was helping a motorist on Hwy. 13 when his squad was hit.
Brooklyn Center became the 16th city in Minnesota to raise the minimum age to legally buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Brooklyn Center raises minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21

Brooklyn Center is 16th city in state to change the minimum age to 21.
Shoppers made their way through a parking ramp at the Mall of America on Tuesday. A new camera-based parking system, currently up and running at the m

No more circling: Mall of America lights the way to open parking spots

The camera-based system is the mall's latest effort to make parking easier.
Midtown YWCA

Midtown YWCA paid parking dispute flares after 2 members suspended

Two members have been suspended after circulating a petition.
Traffic is slowed frequently on Hwy. 65 (Central Ave.) in Fridley, billed as a highway aimed at long-distance travel and with a 50 mph speed limit but

MnDOT calls for all hands on deck to 'keep Hwy. 65 moving'

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 20 commuters, transit riders, bicyclists, walkers, residents and business owners — really anybody who uses Hwy. 65 in Blaine and Ham Lake — to offer ideas on how to tackle some of the highway's most vexing issues: safety and congestion.
Samuel Wayne Hicks

Truck driver pleads not guilty in Lake Elmo distracted driving crash

Samuel Hicks was looking at his phone when he hit Robert Bursik on Feb. 27 on Hwy. 36, charges said.
Lois Riess (South Padre Island Police Department/TNS)

Murder suspect Lois Riess heads back to court Wednesday

Riess, accused of killing a woman she befriended in Fort Myers, faces the death penalty in Florida.
A solar garden will be installed in spring 2019 on top of Ramp A near the Target Center. LEILA NAVIDI leila.navidi@startribune.com

Solar garden to sprout atop downtown Minneapolis parking ramp

Construction will begin in spring 2019; no parking spaces will be lost.
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Homepage test story number 11 needs three lines for its spot in the list

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Pedestrians crossed the street at 8th Street and Hennepin Avenue.

'Oh, this traffic': 10th Street gridlock is wearing on Minneapolis drivers

Utility work has a block of 8th Street closed between Hennepin and LaSalle avenues in downtown Minneapolis, and it's wearing on motorists.
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Minnesota records 300th traffic fatality of the year

With drunken driving leading the way, state is ahead of last year's toll.
Construction continued on I-35W during the evening commute, as seen in August.

Key I-35W ramp into downtown Mpls. reopens as project progresses

The Minnesota Department of Transportation's massive reconstruction of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis south to 43rd Street hit a milestone last week: the $240 million project is now 30 percent complete.
In this image released by 20th Century Fox, Tom Hanks portrays Ben Bradlee, left, and Meryl Streep portrays Katharine Graham in a scene from "The Post

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Pedestrians leave foot prints behind while navigating fresh snow near the US Bank Plaza Thursday.

Homepage test story number 2 is the second in a long list

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Construction on I-35W south of Minneapolis, pictured in August, continues and will involve some road closures this weekend. GLEN STUBBE glen.stubbe@st

I-35W to shut down completely in Mpls. for the weekend

The leaves are falling, and so are the myriad road construction projects that drivers have to navigate around. But a big one this weekend comes…

Motorist killed in head-on crash in southern Minnesota construction zone

The crash occurred when a driver missed a lane shift on Hwy. 60 in Watonwan County.

Buffalo woman charged with burglary after fleeing in deputy's squad car

Law enforcement from three agencies pursued the stolen squad car along I-94.

3 shot at downtown Minneapolis club; police search for suspect

The shooting inside the Aqua Nightclub took place as more than 200 people attended a rap concert
Metro Transit bus

Metro Transit's Route 2 gets retooled for speed

Metro Transit riders who go to the intersection of Franklin and Park avenues in south Minneapolis to catch a Route 2 bus will find that…

Woman dies in car vs. horse crash in St. Croix County, Wis.

The horse did not survive the Friday morning crash.

Man killed by Green Line train was from Columbia Heights

The death was the sixth on the Green Line since it opened in 2014 and the third on the light-rail system this year.
Christopher White

Body of missing Mpls. man believed to be found in Austin, Texas

Christopher White was visiting college friends and attending a music festival in Austin, Texas.

Iowa man killed in crash in southern Minnesota

An Iowa man was killed Sunday in a two-vehicle crash in Fillmore County, the State Patrol said. Richard Lee Engelhart, 64, of Cresco, Iowa, was…

Weather roller coaster will bring heat, cold and storms to Minnesota

Springlike on Tuesday. Stormy summer on Wednesday. Like fall on Thursday. Then snow? Minnesota’s famous theater of seasons will have a little bit of everything…
Daniel Walter Kenning

St. Cloud murder suspect said God told him to kill

Charges say he strangled Blaine woman he met at a wedding.

Safety improvements slated for the Hwy. 12 'Corridor of Death'

After year of no fatalities, Hwy. 12 group will unveil plan on Tuesday.
Vernon Owens

Man hit, killed while inspecting car damage after hitting bear

The crash Sunday night in Aitkin County killed a Floodwood City Council member who was a passenger in the car that hit the bear.

Columbia Heights carjacking and shooting was not random attack

Police are still searching for a man and a woman and the vehicle involved

Brooklyn Center babysitter charged in death of 9-month-old boy

An autopsy showed boy died from a head injury.
MnDOT has a flaky problem with the Mendota Bridge

MnDOT has a flaky problem with the Mendota Bridge

Department of Transportation crews are out scraping away the thin layer of asphalt and aggregate that has come loose on the Mendota Bridge. Friday was not the first time they have had to do that. And it probably won't be the last.
The Faribault Municipal Airport was hammered by a storm that wrecked havoc across southeastern Minnesota on Thursday.

Storm that hit southern Minn. spun off as many as 6 tornadoes

Floodwaters, strong winds and tornadoes left a trail of damage.
A century-old oak tree fell on Katie Engelmann’s farm house outside of Northfield during Thursday’s storms, creating a gaping hole in the living r

Northfield storm survivor: 'My farm is a disaster zone'

A Northfield family prepares for a long cleanup after suffering through a third disaster in less than a year.
A small plane was ripped from its hangar and flipped by a tornado at Faribault Municipal Airport earlier Thursday night.

Severe storms cause 'significant' damage in southeastern Minn.

In the Twin Cities, residents sloshed through flooded streets in some areas. Clouds and storms are expected to clear out Friday, with clear skies and cool temperatures moving in.

3-year-old struck and killed after running into traffic in Minnetonka

The crash occurred around 9:15 a.m. when the boy ran into traffic
Rachel Harberts, with son Jaxon and daughter Emerson.

Distracted-driving 'epidemic' blamed for deaths of teacher, daughter in S. Minn.

Outpouring of support follows, with services planned Thursday in Rochester.

Richfield motorcyclist killed in crash in Wisconsin

Daniel Folsom died at the scene of the crash near Stockholm, Wis.
Minnesota began issuing new driver's licenses and identification cards Aug. 6, but they will not comply with the federal Real ID Act.

The Drive: As Real ID arrives, temporary driver's licenses now good for four months

The wait is nearly over for Minnesotans who want to get a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or a state identification card. The Department of Vehicle…
Members of the soccer team sported their returned uniforms.

St. Paul youth soccer team gets its stolen uniforms back

Eagan police recovered the youth soccer jerseys while making a traffic stop.

Forest Lake woman dies in rollover crash on I-35W

A woman was killed in a rollover crash Wednesday on Interstate 35W in Blaine, the State Patrol said.
Items recovered from suspect's car.

Roseville police arrest 3 in mail theft sting operation

"Places to hit" included 20 homes in Roseville and other metro cities.
The early morning sun illuminated the reds, yellows and browns at a lake near Duluth.

First fall color report: Expect brilliant foliage

2018 should bring "rich and beautiful" fall colors, the DNR says as it launches its weekly foliage updates.
Authorities are asking for help locating this Oldsmobile Alero in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday in Mille Lacs County.

'Vehicle of interest' sought after man fatally shot in Mille Lacs County

Authorities are searching for an Oldsmobile Alero seen in the area where the victim was found
Video shows dump truck plowing into stopped traffic on Hwy. 13

Video shows dump truck plowing into stopped traffic on Hwy. 13

Nobody was seriously hurt, but the video shows just how fast danger can strike.
Looking east from Xerxes Ave. S. up Hwy. 62, which is absorbing Hwy. 110.

What happened to Hwy. 110? It's now part of Crosstown Hwy. 62

MnDOT announced last year that it would change Hwy. 110 to 62 to allow the busy east-west route to retain the same number from end to end — from Interstate 494 in Minnetonka to Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights.
Record-breaking cold hits northern Minnesota

Record-breaking cold hits northern Minnesota

In the Twin Cities, delightful fall weather is on tap through the weekend.
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