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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.
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No pain at the pump as gas prices hit rock bottom

No pain at the pump as gas prices hit rock bottom

With prices dropping below $1.30 a gallon, Minnesota motorists are enjoying the lowest gas prices in 12 years.
Man shot dead by police after K-9 is stabbed during Roseville call

Man shot dead by police after K-9 is stabbed during Roseville call

Responding to complaints, police forcefully entered an apartment, where a man stabbed the police dog.

Man who died after crashing through I-394 freeway wall, semi driver killed on I-94 identified

The State Patrol has identified the man who died in a crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 394 in Minnetonka as 52-year-old Matthew Lynch. Lynch was…

Truck driver killed in fiery wreck on I-94 in Rogers

The driver of a semitrailer truck died after his vehicle veered off I-94 in Rogers and caught fire Wednesday morning, the State Patrol said. The…
Suspects sought in rash of central Minnesota mail thefts

Suspects sought in rash of central Minnesota mail thefts

Over the past two weeks, somebody has pried off locks on collection boxes outside of post offices in the small central Minnesota towns of Vining,…
BLM threatens to shut down Red Bull Crashed Ice races in St. Paul

BLM threatens to shut down Red Bull Crashed Ice races in St. Paul

Black Lives Matter St. Paul wants the city to fire a St. Paul police sergeant who last month posted a Facebook message encouraging motorists to…
School bus with 20 kids crashes into parked cars in St. Paul

School bus with 20 kids crashes into parked cars in St. Paul

Portion of Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul was closed after the accident. Two children were taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.
55 mph winds batter western, southern Minnesota

55 mph winds batter western, southern Minnesota

Southern Minn. digs out from blizzard conditions.

Police issue fresh warnings about thin ice in Minnesota

No ice is "100 percent safe," the DNR says in wake of snowmobilers' plunge.
Old Country Buffet abruptly closes 74 stores, 7 in Twin Cities

Old Country Buffet abruptly closes 74 stores, 7 in Twin Cities

The Twin Cities has just three Old Country Buffet restaurants left after its parent company abruptly shut down seven locations Thursday part of a national restructuring that closed a total of 74 restaurants.

Austin man, 9-year-old son die in crash in southern Minnesota

The deaths bring to 30 the number of traffic fatalities so far this year in the state.
Coon Rapids police seek witnesses to violent crash on Hwy. 10

Coon Rapids police seek witnesses to violent crash on Hwy. 10

"People at the scene could not give a clear account of what occurred."
State roads and schools reopen, while city impound lots fill up

State roads and schools reopen, while city impound lots fill up

The metro's first big snow snarled traffic and delighted winter-lovers. A little more might be on the way Thursday.

Snow emergency? We compare apps that are supposed to help you

We compare apps from Minneapolis and St. Paul that are supposed to help you navigate snow emergency rules.

Can bicyclists provide better disaster relief?

Exercises Wednesday are designed to show how bikes can go where traditional response vehicles can't. The snow added some realism.
Digging out after winter's return

Digging out after winter's return

Minneapolis-St. Paul set a Feb. 2 snow record of 8.8 inches on Tuesday while blizzard conditions shut down southern Minnesota. At least 370 crashes were reported statewide. A woman walking in downtown Minneapolis was hit by a vehicle and killed.
Fist-fighting flight attendants ground Delta flight bound for MSP

Fist-fighting flight attendants ground Delta flight bound for MSP

Flight from L.A. to MSP forced to land in Salt Lake City.

Police search for three suspects in another armed robbery near U

Three men wearing hoodies approached a male pedestrian early Sunday morning. The holdup was at least the fifth since classes for spring semester resumed on Jan. 18
The Drive: Is freeway the answer to problems on Hwy. 252?

The Drive: Is freeway the answer to problems on Hwy. 252?

The segment of Hwy. 252 that runs through Brooklyn Center is rife with problems. The road is congestion-choked during rush hours and prone to crashes…
Obituary: Martin 'Skip' Burke championed the first Twin Cities Marathon

Obituary: Martin 'Skip' Burke championed the first Twin Cities Marathon

Thousands run the Twin Cities Marathon each fall. Martin “Skip” Burke was the man who made the event happen. As the marathon’s first president, Burke…
Credit card skimming is an emerging threat in Minnesota

Credit card skimming is an emerging threat in Minnesota

Cases in Robbinsdale and Bloomington reveal the danger of skimming.

Minn. teen dies in Hwy. 52 crash; State Patrol says other driver had been drinking

A 16-year-old girl from southeastern Minnesota was killed in a head-on collision on Hwy. 52 in Fillmore County on Thursday night, authorities said. Just before…
Arrest warrant issued for Columbia Heights murder suspect

Arrest warrant issued for Columbia Heights murder suspect

Authorities have charged a 19-year-old man with second-degree murder in connection with a homicide over the weekend in Columbia Heights. And now they are trying…
Green Line trains are back on the move in Minneapolis

Green Line trains are back on the move in Minneapolis

Trains are not running between Downtown East and the Prospect Park station because of a fire on the Washington Ave. bridge.
Men snatch dog from Roseville pet shop and high-tail it; two arrested

Men snatch dog from Roseville pet shop and high-tail it; two arrested

Two arrested in the case of the stolen Shih Tzu.
This historic Minn. church bell survived fire and lightning, but not thieves

This historic Minn. church bell survived fire and lightning, but not thieves

Chopped up and sold for cash, the 109-year-old bell may now become a cross.
New simulator to train Minnesota snowplow drivers

New simulator to train Minnesota snowplow drivers

It's the first of its kind in the United States.
The Drive: Where am I, Metro Transit? Really?

The Drive: Where am I, Metro Transit? Really?

Automated stop announcements are sometimes off, a problem that could cause riders to get off at the wrong stop or at minimum cause confusion. Metro Transit says it's working to fix it.
TSA seized record number of guns in 2015, but few at MSP

TSA seized record number of guns in 2015, but few at MSP

Two Texas airports were among the top five for confiscated firearms.
Man who vandalized Duluth transit center charged with 3 felonies

Man who vandalized Duluth transit center charged with 3 felonies

Rampage caused $60K in damage two weeks before opening of facility.

Amid concerns about a scam, solar energy firm told to stop door-to-door sales in Rosemount

A salesman going door to door pushing solar energy plans in Rosemount is legitimate, but he is using unscrupulous business practices that are making residents…

Police arrest man in St. Thomas flashing cases

It's unclear if the suspect was involved in a third incident last week.

Trooper, stranger bring homeless Minnesota man in from the cold

He'd been walking along Hwy. 169 for seven hours.
Police search for two suspects who robbed Edina pharmacy

Police search for two suspects who robbed Edina pharmacy

Suspects made off with $8,000 in prescription drugs.
Craigslist car sale goes bad when BMW is stolen in Minneapolis

Craigslist car sale goes bad when BMW is stolen in Minneapolis

A man who had his BMW stolen while showing it to a potential buyer he met through a Craigslist ad has a message for the…

Man, 18, causes $50,000 in damage to Duluth transit center

The 18-year-old donned a construction vest to get into the still under-construction center.

State Fair has big dreams for new venue on north end of grounds

Officials want performance venue, space for traveling shows on former Machinery Hill.
Twin Cities still in deep freeze; windchill advisory until noon

Twin Cities still in deep freeze; windchill advisory until noon

A number of schools have delayed the start of classes or called them off because of the extreme cold. Many are closed already for the holiday.

Hwy. 169 closure for a year promises headaches for motorists

If you have questions about the massive construction project on Hwy. 169 in the west metro scheduled for later this year, then be sure to…

Windchills as low as -45 in store for the weekend

"The cold will be so strong, a snowman will want to be inside."

Burglary suspect dies when he refuses to leave burning Minn. store

After breaking into the station, he threatened to shot police who responded.

Seven-time offender among Minnesota's DWI arrestees

More than 2,502 motorists in the state were stopped between Thanksgiving and New Year's.

Authorities ID victims in Anoka County head-on crash

Authorities identified the two people killed in a head-on crash Tuesday in Anoka County as Genie Ann Mohr, 73, of Columbus, and Curtis Durand, 64,…

Light-rail safety messages pop up near three recent pedestrian deaths

Pedestrians are encouraged to 'See Tracks? Think Trains'

Good Samaritan rescues 3-year-old from fiery Anoka crash

Thomas Rush saw trouble brewing as he drove on through Linwood Township Tuesday morning. Just 50 feet ahead of him a pickup started veering over…
Wind chills well below zero; advisory in effect until noon

Wind chills well below zero; advisory in effect until noon

Minnesotans heading out this morning will face the lowest wind chills of the season. As of 4 a.m., Lakeville had the lowest wind chill in the metro area at minus 25 degrees.
Windchill advisory until noon; frigid temps to linger

Windchill advisory until noon; frigid temps to linger

The air will warm into the teens Wednesday afternoon and into the 20s Thursday and Friday before another cold front descends Saturday.
The Drive: Cold weather is prime season for car thefts

The Drive: Cold weather is prime season for car thefts

The season’s first arctic blast may tempt motorists to start their cars, then step back inside while they warm up. It’s a common practice during…
State Patrol seeks semi possibly involved in fatal Fergus Falls crash

State Patrol seeks semi possibly involved in fatal Fergus Falls crash

The crash killed two teenaged brothers and the semi is believed to have been in the vicinity of the accident.
Man hit by LRT is ID'd; witness says wheelchair had wheel in air

Man hit by LRT is ID'd; witness says wheelchair had wheel in air

The man killed when his wheelchair was struck by a light-rail train Sunday evening was identified as 61-year-old Daniel Wease, of Minneapolis, the Hennepin County…

New suburb-to-suburb bus service debuts in west metro

It’s rare for a new bus route to get much fanfare, but Route 494 isn’t your typical new service. Four transit agencies that compose the…

Free parking in St. Paul on Saturday ahead of Monday's rate hike

Starting Monday it will cost you more to feed a parking meter in St. Paul. But Saturday all parking meters in St. Paul will be…
Minnesota DWI video plays real-life story

Minnesota DWI video plays real-life story

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety keeps coming up with fresh ways to send the warning that it’s not OK to drink and drive. This…
Snow emergencies around Twin Cities follow the first big snow

Snow emergencies around Twin Cities follow the first big snow

By the time the storm let up Tuesday afternoon, depths varied across the metro area and were generally higher to the south, where half-foot totals were common.
494 eastbound reopens after accident; 1-2" more expected

494 eastbound reopens after accident; 1-2" more expected

Crashes and spin outs on icy, snow-covered roads are making for a long and difficult commute in the Twin Cities area, which has received 3-6 inches of snow so far.
The Drive: In many cases, U-turns are OK

The Drive: In many cases, U-turns are OK

Over the past few weeks, a number of readers have seen motorists make U-turns and have e-mailed The Drive to ask whether the move is…
Recent fatal crashes raise concern about light-rail safety in Twin Cities

Recent fatal crashes raise concern about light-rail safety in Twin Cities

Metro Transit will review procedures and signals after crashes this month that killed two and injured three.
It's been a deadly year for distracted walkers in Minnesota

It's been a deadly year for distracted walkers in Minnesota

The combination of distracted drivers rolling through red lights and pedestrians more mindful of their cellphones than crosswalks has helped push the number of pedestrian deaths to 38 as of mid-December.
Two pedestrians hit by Blue Line train in Minneapolis

Two pedestrians hit by Blue Line train in Minneapolis

Two pedestrians were struck and injured by Blue Line trains in two separate crashes Monday in south Minneapolis, Metro Transit officials said. That makes 13…
Bicyclist dies after being hit by Blue Line train at 46th St. Station

Bicyclist dies after being hit by Blue Line train at 46th St. Station

Light rail service on the Metro Blue Line has returned to normal following a crash that injured a bicyclist during the Friday morning rush hour.
Woman struck and killed by Green Line train in St. Paul

Woman struck and killed by Green Line train in St. Paul

Train service resumed about an hour after the incident. Bells were sounding and lights were flashing at the time, a Metro Transit spokesman said.
Lane on Washington Av. reopening after water line break

Lane on Washington Av. reopening after water line break

A water line break in downtown Minneapolis had a one-block segment of Washington Avenue S. closed and commuters on detour for much of Friday. The…
Police clearing Fourth Precinct protest site

Police clearing Fourth Precinct protest site

Minneapolis police issued dispersal orders around 4 a.m. and gave the 50 demonstrators 10 to 15 minutes to leave the site. Police made "a few arrests" of those who did not comply.
Officials dare Hwy. 12 motorists to fatality-free year

Officials dare Hwy. 12 motorists to fatality-free year

A new campaign focuses on the metro area's most dangerous stretch of highway.
The Drive: You think traffic is bad here? We didn't even make the list

The Drive: You think traffic is bad here? We didn't even make the list

A report listing the 50 worst traffic bottlenecks in the country named none in the Twin Cities area. Surprising no one, Los Angeles had the most, with 12.

Holiday travelers can play the odds

Minneapolis-St. Paul did not show up on Google’s list of cities with the worst Thanksgiving traffic (the worst are Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and San…
Transit advocacy group is certifying groups going transportation-friendly

Transit advocacy group is certifying groups going transportation-friendly

Transit for Livable Communities has signed up 18 Twin Cities nonprofits to promote options to help their employees get around without driving a personal car.

Eastbound 212 in Chanhassen reopens after fatal crash

The highway was closed for more than three hours as officials investigated the two-vehicle crash that left a Bloomington woman dead.

Hennepin is first county in Minnesota to achieve Bicycle Friendly status

Hennepin County has been making significant investments in its biking infrastructure over the past several years, and on Friday its efforts were rewarded with silver…
MnDOT puts finishing touches on Lafayette freeway bridge

MnDOT puts finishing touches on Lafayette freeway bridge

St. Paul and state officials celebrated the end of four years of construction on the Hwy. 52 span.
I-C-U: Eyes of the law are watching for distracted drivers

I-C-U: Eyes of the law are watching for distracted drivers

The patrol announced that it has put five unmarked squad cars into service in the past week to watch for texters in Mankato, Brainerd and the metro area. Called "police interceptors," they look like Ford Tauruses.
MnDOT to tweak MnPass pricing with new algorithm

MnDOT to tweak MnPass pricing with new algorithm

For Sally Chicos, paying a small fee to escape rush hour gridlock is the best bargain going. Twice a day when the price is right,…
Obituary: Emil Slowinski wrote the book on chemistry

Obituary: Emil Slowinski wrote the book on chemistry

Each spring, a graduating senior majoring in chemistry at Macalester College is awarded the Slowinski Prize in Experimental Chemistry. It’s an honor named for Emil…
Minnesota man who invented Twister game dies at 82

Minnesota man who invented Twister game dies at 82

Millions of people have contorted themselves into awkward and amusing positions while playing Twister, the first game to use humans as board pieces and one of the many innovative inventions of Charles Foley.
I-35E MnPass lanes are slated to open Nov. 30

I-35E MnPass lanes are slated to open Nov. 30

MnDOT also is replacing vehicle transponders with two kinds of express tags.
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