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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

Man found shot to death in north Minneapolis alley

Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful

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.

Man dies when vehicle flips into Sauk River, another dies in SE. Minn. crash

The crash occurred just before sunrise on a county road near Rockville, Minn.
Robert Krause, 60, holds a photo of his mother Jean Krause, 78, once a registered nurse, who was sexually assaulted at "Heritage House," in Pequot Lak

Star Tribune wins public service grand prize for series on elder abuse

Newspaper won for its series called "Left to Suffer."
The hands-free bill enjoyed widespread bipartisan support in Minnesota.

'Hands-free' cellphone bill unlikely to become law in Minnesota this year

Bill denied House vote. Advocates say they will be back in force next year.
A car, not unlike this one, could be yours for the driving with HyreCar.

Airbnb for your vehicle: HyreCar brings car-rental service to Twin Cities

This service matches wannabe chauffeurs with people willing to rent out their private vehicles by the day, week or month.
Lois Riess

Minnesota woman pleads not guilty in death of Florida look-alike

Minnesota woman accused in look-alike's death, identity theft.
Metro Transit bus

Bus congestion too much to take? Possible solution gets test run on Hennepin

A three-day pilot this week will bring bus-only lanes to a portion of traffic-clogged Hennepin Avenue during rush hour to see if they might speed up one of the region's slowest corridors.

Driver arrested in Scott County hit-and-run

The April 29 crash left 18-year-old Grant Skluzacek injured.

One killed in Pine County crash

A car and semitrailer truck collided on Hwy. 70 at County Road 1 Thursday afternoon.
Shannon David Shaw

Did veteran who drowned in Mississippi River fall through the cracks?

Veteran had sought help to cope with PTSD.

Bill banning handheld cellphones while driving passes Minn. House panel

Next stop would be House floor, though Senate version is still held up.

Woman, child killed in Aitkin County crash

A teenager was taken to HCMC with life-threatening injuries. Two other people were hurt.
Shannon David Shaw

Man who drowned in Mississippi in St. Cloud was veteran who just left hospital ER

Shannon Shaw had sought treatment for PTSD for nearly a decade, his wife said.
Sherburne County 4H building is a total loss.

Unattended campfire destroys Sherburne County 4-H building

Damage to the building at Ann Lake was estimated at $180,000.

'All clear' given after bomb threat leads to evacuation of Rochester, Minn., high school

Bomb threat disrupts classes at John Marshall High School

Body of missing swimmer in Mississippi in St. Cloud is found

Authorities on Tuesday night found the body of a man who apparently drowned Monday while trying to swim across the Mississippi River in St. Cloud.…

Victim in Spring Park apartment fire dies

Firefighters revived the man, but he later died at HCMC.
A black bear and cub share a spot in tall grass in Anchorage, Alaska, in August 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

DNR wants help in tracking bear sightings

Department hopes to map expanded territories.

Crackdown on texting while driving catches more repeat offenders in Minnesota

A two-week crackdown in April yielded more than 1,500 citations in Minnesota.
Families of those killed by distracted drivers listened during a February rally at the State Capitol to drum up support for a law that would ban the u

Hand-held cellphone bill backers make push in session's final weeks

Senate sponsor and advocates blame partisanship, but Senate leader says measure could still advance this year.
Lois Riess

Charges say Riess tried to cover up murder of look-alike in Florida

Lois Riess, the former Minnesota fugitive wanted in two killings, stuffed a towel under the bathroom door and called the front desk to extend her victim's stay, according to charges.
Twin Cities hits 84 degrees, the warmest in seven months

Twin Cities hits 84 degrees, the warmest in seven months

Coinciding with the surprise heat are flood, fire and storm warnings.
I35W closures: Tons of cars will be rerouted.

Buckle up for summer gridlock with closures coming on I-35W

Overlapping closures along I-35W will put a miserable squeeze on metro commutes.
Pedestrians made their way through a crosswalk in St. Paul.

The Drive: Drivers need a crosswalk culture change

An overwhelming majority of drivers apparently have missed the memo that state law requires them to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Lois Riess will face a murder charge in Florida.

Murder suspect Lois Riess turned over to Florida authorities

The southern Minnesota woman who allegedly killed her husband and a woman in Florida was arrested last week in Texas. Authorities are taking her back to Florida to face murder charges.
Richard Sennott@startribune.com In this 2011 photo, Andy Hamann works out at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester. Hamann focused his wo

Minnesota men boast nation's longest life expectancy

Women in Minnesota had the fourth-longest life expectancy, according to new research.
Police tape lines the alley behind 1900 Newton Ave. N. near where police, shortly after 5 a.m., found a man lying in the street with a gunshot wound a

Man found fatally shot in north Minneapolis street

No arrests have been made.
Cyclists and traffic moved up Marshall Avenue eastbound in St. Paul during a recent rush hour.

Twin Cities area ranks 10th for jobs accessible by car, U study finds

Car commuters can get to more than 976,000 jobs within 30 minutes.
This photo provided by the South Padre Island Police Department shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was arrested by federal deputy marsh

Lois Riess heading to Florida before facing any murder charge in Minnesota

Dodge County awaits BCA results before charging fugitive in husband's murder.
This photo provided by the South Padre Island Police Department shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was arrested by federal deputy marsh

Riess headed to either Florida or Minnesota to face charges

The move in a Texas courtroom Monday paves the way for authorities to take her to Florida and Minnesota to face murder charges.
Bees need flowers for the nectar and pollen they provide, in return for pollination services.

All-of-a-sudden spring is welcome, but brings allergies with it

Spring has burst upon us seemingly overnight with temperatures shooting into the upper 60s Monday, and that's suddenly bringing misery for those with allergies.Blame it…
In this Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, a man uses his cell phone as he drives through traffic in Dallas.

The Drive: Observe Just Drive Day by putting down your cellphone

Just Drive Day, in its fourth year, came about after its founder lost his son to a distracted driver.
This photo provided by the South Padre Island Police Department shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was arrested by federal deputy marsh

Lois Riess' arrest in Texas eases the what-ifs, but not the whys

Lois Riess, 56, was in a Texas jail Friday, accused of killing her husband in late March and then heading to Florida, where she is charged in the death of a 59-year-old woman in Fort Myers Beach and stealing her identity.

Green Line train, car collide at St. Paul intersection; 2 injured

Two injuries were reported, said Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla
Taken at a happy hour on April 5 at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers, Fla., video showed Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., talking to

New videos show 'coldblooded killer' Lois Riess in Ocala, Fla.

Blooming Prairie fugitive used dead woman's credit cards, authorities said.
Taken at a happy hour on April 5 at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers, Fla., video showed Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., talking to

New videos show suspected murderer Lois Riess in Ocala, Fla.

Billboards from Texas to California will feature 56-year-old Blooming Prairie fugitive.
Shawn Mathews and her son, Wyatt, at her husband’s burial last year. Wayzata officer Bill Mathews was killed on the highway by a woman allegedly on

Police crack down on distracted drivers in memory of fallen Wayzata officer

Shawn Mathews, the widow of officer Bill Mathews, wants drivers to know her suffering.
Bands were put around ash trees along Grand Avenue in St. Paul last year. Minneapolis and St. Paul have cut down thousands of trees because of emerald

Emerald ash borer found in Edina, threatening 50,000 trees

Officials confirmed that an ash tree on private property in the northwest part of the city had been attacked by larvae.
Chuck Williams retrieved his truck from the Minneapolis impound lot Monday morning.

Talk about timing: Minneapolis tows 570 cars; St. Paul tows 0

With no place to take towed cars, St. Paul cuts drivers a break. No such luck for Minneapolis drivers.
Recent photos of Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minn. Believed to be in Texas, she is now in the deaths of her husband and a Florida woman.

Video shows Minn. homicide suspect with victim in Florida brewery

The video shows Lois Riess chatting with a woman who was found shot to death four days later. Riess is suspected in the murder and is also alleged to have killed her husband in Minnesota before fleeing the state.
Roundabout sign

Richfield resident raises red flag about his city's impending roundabouts

Drive reader Ross is about to get two of the circular interchanges near the senior center in Richfield where he lives, and he's none too happy about it.
Shoppers left Cub Foods at the Quarry in Minneapolis, loaded with groceries to get through the incoming April storm.

Metro area gets ready for storm, up to 15 inches of weekend snow

The snow is likely to come along with hail and high winds. In western Minnesota, 2 feet or more of snow is possible.
Recent photos of Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minn. Believed to be in Texas, she is now in the deaths of her husband and a Florida woman.

Minnesota woman sought in shooting deaths of husband, Florida woman

U.S. marshals have joined the search for Lois Riess, believed to have fled from Florida to Texas.
Carl “Cully” Wagener

Carl Wagener, who ran the Midway Typewriters Exchange in St. Paul, dies at 103

"Cully," as he was widely known, developed a huge following among business owners and students came to rent and buy typewriters, and get them fixed.
Sirens will sound twice across Minnesota Thursday in simulated tornado warning drills.

Sirens will sound twice today for statewide tornado drill

Drills will be held at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m. as part of Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week activities

Two die in separate traffic crashes on Minnesota roads

A woman was killed in a rollover crash in Beltrami County, and a man was killed in a head-on crash in Rice County.
Many Minnesotans would agree with this message board in Windber, Pa., Monday. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Cold and snow wreaking havoc with spring sports schedules

Despite temperatures in the mid-30s, the golf balls flew as students from Benilde-St. Margaret's gathered Monday afternoon for boys' golf team practice."Just set up every…
Maryland Avenue E. in St. Paul was wet and rainy on this December 2016 day.

Maryland Avenue in St. Paul will be limited to three lanes after study's results

We're not sure if it will get three cheers or three jeers, but one thing is certain: Drivers will get only three lanes on the segment of Maryland Avenue that runs through St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
Peter Gaustad

Wis. educator jailed, charged with online sexual relationship with minor

The teacher and coach worked at the Glenwood City schools and was a City Council member.

Drug bust in northern Minnesota lands 29 people in jail

Authorities from a number of agencies collaborated in a lengthy investigation.
Tasha Lynn Schleicher

Police chief: New Hope mom one of worst DWI offenders we've arrested

Tasha Schleicher was arrested Wednesday in Riverside, Ill., after she passed out at a gas station.
A driverless shuttlebus, like the one demonstrated on Nicollet Mall during Super Bowl week, is one of the emerging technologies that could transform t

Minneapolis named one of 22 cities to study transportation innovations

Smart Cities Collaborative will take a close look at technology, and even curbs.
Twins players caught fly balls as the grounds crew began final preparations for Thursday's home opener.

Despite weather, Twins dig deep to make opener best it can be

This may be the most unseasonable start to the baseball season since the outdoor downtown stadium opened in 2010. There's been snow, there's been cold, but there hasn't been an April like this.
Heavy traffic on 4th Street S. headed toward U.S. Bank Stadium caused delays in downtown Minneapolis in 2015. The city expects will begin work on the

The Drive: 4th Street redo in downtown Minneapolis in the works

A long stretch of 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis is going to look a lot different in a couple of years as the city reconstructs one of the primary entry points into downtown.
Free lunch: Chain giving away pizza today after March Madness upset

Free lunch: Chain giving away pizza today after March Madness upset

Little Caesars promised free lunch to everyone in America if a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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41 Chihuahuas rescued from unsanitary Carlton County home

Animal Humane Society officials say 41 Chihuahuas rescued this week from an unsanitary home in Carlton County in northern Minnesota are in "decent" medical condition…
The Robbinsdale OES Dining Hall is closing after 80 years at the Minnesota State Fair.

Pronto Pup kitchen will replace Robbinsdale dining hall at State Fair

Real pups (and other unbattered pets) also moving.
Winter returns with weekend cold and snowstorm watch

Winter returns with weekend cold and snowstorm watch

The National Weather Service says no significant warmups are expected through the first two weeks of April.

Ambulance on way to hospital rolls over after being hit in Blaine; 5 hurt

A teen driver allegedly ran a red light and hit the ambulance while making a left turn.
The Bloomington Fire Department rescued a pooch that had gone through thin ice on a pond last week in the 8200 block of Penn Avenue S.

Bloomington Fire Department gets award from PETA for saving dog from icy waters

Firefighter Robby Smith jumped into chilly water to save the struggling dog and reunite it with its owner.
The remains of Lakes Trading Company in Forest Lake after a fire at the business on Monday night.

Cause of fire that heavily damaged Forest Lake gun shop unknown

"Fire does not appear to be suspicious," chief says.
Bloomington Fire Department rescued a pooch that had gone through thin ice on a pond last week in the 8200 block of Penn Ave. S.

Three recent pet rescues prompt warnings about thin ice

It's eroding quickly, even with Monday's snow.
This Minnesota State Patrol vehicle was struck while an officer was on the side of the road assisting a motorist.

Roadside vehicles feel like 'camouflage,' creating push to strengthen Move Over law

In 2017, the State Patrol issued 893 citations and 2,355 warnings to drivers who endangered personnel by not moving over, said the patrol's Lt. Tiffani Nielson. Fines can exceed $100.
The mother of a Burnsville High School student posted this photo of her son after he was subdued with a Taser at school.

Burnsville police use Taser on student

Mother of student says her son was not aggressive, but police say he was.
Rampage, a toy gun that shoots foam darts, made by Nerf, in an undated handout photo. In light of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, foam-

Prior Lake-Savage school official calls for an end to Nerf Wars

"This game has become dangerous," Principal John Bezek said.

Two injured in Brooklyn Park home invasion

Police say the motive was robbery; investigation continues.
A look at the damage after a teen driver's road test went bad.

That's a fail: Teen taking driving test crashes through exam station in Buffalo

The teen driver was getting set to take her behind-the-wheel test.
The Walker Art Center's Spoon Bridge and Cherry, designed by husband and wife Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, are coated in fresh snowfall at

Blanket of wet snow likely this weekend across much of state

Spring will be on hold as a "tournament storm" brings rain and snow Friday and Saturday.
Linda Rost thought it was a scam when she got a Facebook message from a woman who claimed to have found her wallet stolen nearly 50 years while she wa

Owner gets wallet back 50 years after it was stolen at downtown Dayton's

After 50 years, theft victim delights in reclaiming photos and other treasures.
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