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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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Minneapolis police warn about pet poisonings after several reports

Police have issued an advisory to residents in a south Minneapolis neighborhood in the wake of several reports of alleged animal poisoning. The city’s Animal…
Minnesota couple married 64 years die just hours apart

Minnesota couple married 64 years die just hours apart

John and Anne Alexander died last week at a care center in Detroit Lakes, Minn. "They took that 'Until death do us part' seriously," their daughter said.
Investigators in Columbia Heights slaying now have a real name, photo of suspect

Investigators in Columbia Heights slaying now have a real name, photo of suspect

A suspect has now been identified in connection with the shooting of Philip Charles Borer Nelson.

Runaway New Prague teens found safe in Arizona

They were last seen at a Wal-Mart in Shakopee on April 15.
Alleged murder-for-hire plot lands Columbia Heights man in jail

Alleged murder-for-hire plot lands Columbia Heights man in jail

He allegedly wanted a business associate, who he claimed owed him $150,000, shot in the ear.

Authorities ask for help in finding pair of runaway New Prague teens

Communication suggests they may be driving to Texas
Purple Reign: Twin Cities landmarks to glow purple Thursday in memory of Prince

Purple Reign: Twin Cities landmarks to glow purple Thursday in memory of Prince

U.S. Bank Stadium, the IDS Center and the I-35W bridge are a few of them.
One dead in officer-involved shooting in Vadnais Heights; four Ramsey Co. deputies on leave

One dead in officer-involved shooting in Vadnais Heights; four Ramsey Co. deputies on leave

Four Ramsey County Sheriff's Office deputies were put on paid administrative leave after the shooting.
I-94 project through Mpls. promises to be a doozy for motorists

I-94 project through Mpls. promises to be a doozy for motorists

Traffic will share one side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel for three months, and the freeway will be down to two lanes in each direction
Minnesota police ramp up fight to keep drivers' eyes on the road

Minnesota police ramp up fight to keep drivers' eyes on the road

As texting drivers get more adept at hiding their crime, officers, too, are raising their game to catch them.

Sexting with student lands Burnsville High teacher in jail

The teacher also was a choir director at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

2 hurt in Prior Lake after vehicle occupants shoot at each other

Witnesses reported seeing gunfire coming from one of the vehicles and directed toward the other around 8 p.m. on County Road 21 near Carriage Hills Parkway, said Police Chief Mark Elliott.
Say it ain't snow: Flakes are in the forecast tonight

Say it ain't snow: Flakes are in the forecast tonight

Only a trace is likely in the metro, but a couple inches could pile up in Cambridge and northwestern Wisconsin
Dad, two teenage daughters among dead in St. Paul shooting

Dad, two teenage daughters among dead in St. Paul shooting

Three people were fatally shot and a fourth victim was critically injured in an early morning shooting at an apartment building in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood, with one suspect in custody and the other dead, police said.
New Prague teen's grief drives home warning about texting and driving

New Prague teen's grief drives home warning about texting and driving

A driver with her eyes on her phone instead of the road killed her grandfather, Joe Tikalsky, 79, as he crossed a country road in front of his house to get his newspaper.

87-year-old driver killed when car he was driving collides with semi in NW. Minn.

The crash happened Tuesday morning north of Thief River Falls.
Effort to ban Minn. drivers from using mobile devices is fizzling

Effort to ban Minn. drivers from using mobile devices is fizzling

Despite widespread support from advocacy groups, law enforcement and Gov. Mark Dayton, a bill that would prohibit drivers from using hand-held cellular phones and other electronic devices faces long odds of passing this session and likely will be deferred until next year.

Sherburne Co. man fatally shoots himself during standoff at his burning house

The standoff lasted for nearly two hours.
'Put down the phone. You are killing us,' pleads Minnesota man

'Put down the phone. You are killing us,' pleads Minnesota man

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, a good time to put away the phone while driving.
Car break-ins skyrocket in Uptown area of Minneapolis

Car break-ins skyrocket in Uptown area of Minneapolis

"A lot of these are crimes of opportunity," said Sgt. Corey Schmidt of the Minneapolis Police Department. Police warn motorists to take their valuables with them or lock them in their trunk

Part of Washington Av. reopens; police investigate stabbings

A segment of Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis has reopened, but police continue to investigate a double stabbing. Two men were stabbed around 4:30 a.m.…
Mpls. traffic agent struck by car pleads with motorists to 'pay attention'

Mpls. traffic agent struck by car pleads with motorists to 'pay attention'

Jennifer Schlosser is on the mend after being hit by a car on Sept. 12 and hopes to return to the streets.
Amber Alert canceled: Abducted child found after woman stabbed

Amber Alert canceled: Abducted child found after woman stabbed

Authorities have canceled an Amber Alert after a 2½-year-old boy who was kidnapped during a domestic situation early Tuesday in Minneapolis was found and is safe. The suspect in the abduction has been arrested.
Man sets parked car on fire in Hopkins; police offer reward

Man sets parked car on fire in Hopkins; police offer reward

The fire occurred outside an apartment building on 11th Avenue last week.
The Drive: The high cost of DWI, speeding

The Drive: The high cost of DWI, speeding

Blemishes on your record can raise car insurance rates by hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars a year.
Seven charges for man who fled police, crashed into school bus

Seven charges for man who fled police, crashed into school bus

Argeni Fernandez hit the school bus Tuesday morning in Robbinsdale
Wrong-way driver in fatal crash is a Chisago County commissioner

Wrong-way driver in fatal crash is a Chisago County commissioner

Lora Walker, who has been a commissioner for eight years, was driving the wrong way on I-35 Saturday afternoon, and the resulting fiery crash killed the other driver.
Officer's stolen gun was used in Minnetonka park and ride killing

Officer's stolen gun was used in Minnetonka park and ride killing

Marcus Hallmark shot Thomas John Russ as they fixed a flat tire on March 3
1 arrested, 2 escape after stolen vehicle crashes into Metro Transit bus

1 arrested, 2 escape after stolen vehicle crashes into Metro Transit bus

The bus driver and a second driver were hurt in the early morning crash

Man killed in rollover crash in northwestern Minnesota

A man from Gonvick, Minn., died in a one-vehicle crash early Tuesday, the State Patrol said. The 31-year-old driver was headed west on Hwy. 92…

Fleeing driver rear-ends school bus in Robbinsdale during police pursuit

A driver fleeing police Monday morning in Robbinsdale crashed into trees, road signs and other vehicles before rear-ending a school bus with children on it,…
Sunday was snowiest day in the metro in nearly 3 months

Sunday was snowiest day in the metro in nearly 3 months

The snow was a factor in a multicar pileup that temporarily shut down I-694 in Fridley
Edina erecting barrier to turn away drivers bypassing 169 detours

Edina erecting barrier to turn away drivers bypassing 169 detours

Hopkins is also feeling the pain from traffic displaced from construction on Hwy. 169.

Amtrak train stuck in snowdrift arrives in St. Paul nearly a day late

The eastbound Empire Builder was stuck in a snowbank in North Dakota for 13 hours
Minneapolis cop faces charges of criminal sexual conduct

Minneapolis cop faces charges of criminal sexual conduct

The officer faces two felony charges of criminal sexual conduct with a victim who was mentally impaired or helpless.

One killed in wrong-way crash on I-90 in S. Minn.

Four vehicles were involved in the wreck Tuesday night
Winds gusting to 60 mph cause thousands to lose power

Winds gusting to 60 mph cause thousands to lose power

Winds gusting to more than 60 miles per hour over the past 24 hours have brought down trees and power lines across the Twin Cities area Wednesday morning. At 8:30 a.m., about 4,000 customers in the metro were without power, a spokesman for Xcel Energy said.
Sen. Tim Kaine's son one of 6 counterprotesters arrested at pro-Trump rally in St. Paul

Sen. Tim Kaine's son one of 6 counterprotesters arrested at pro-Trump rally in St. Paul

Kaine was released Tuesday from Ramsey County jail.
St. Paul Mexican restaurant gets stolen corn roaster back

St. Paul Mexican restaurant gets stolen corn roaster back

The unit belonging to El Burrito Mercado was stolen last July
Minnetonka Park and Ride shooting suspect charged with murder

Minnetonka Park and Ride shooting suspect charged with murder

Marcus Hallmark shot his sister's boyfriend as they changed a flat tire, according to charges.

See the storm damage from around the state

[View the story "Clean up begins after what's believed to be the state's earliest tornadoes" on Storify]

Traffic recovering after 30-minute shutdown of I-94 in downtown Minneapolis

A major traffic snarl developed before dawn Monday in downtown Minneapolis as authorities shut down both directions of I-94 for about 30 minutes. Authorities said…
Tensions flare in Edina neighborhood clogged by Hwy. 169 detours

Tensions flare in Edina neighborhood clogged by Hwy. 169 detours

Residents want entry into the Parkwood Knolls neighborhood shut off; the city isn't ready to go there yet.
Uber arrives in Rochester, St. Cloud and Mankato

Uber arrives in Rochester, St. Cloud and Mankato

The company's entry into the three markets comes a week after Lyft began operations
Classes called off at DeLaSalle High due to potential threat

Classes called off at DeLaSalle High due to potential threat

DeLaSalle High School students were told to stay home Wednesday after a “potential security threat” was made against the school by a student. School officials…
Snowy, icy roads hamper morning commute

Snowy, icy roads hamper morning commute

During the morning hours, the state patrol responded to 174 crashes.
Record weekend warmth for Twin Cities will make it feel like April

Record weekend warmth for Twin Cities will make it feel like April

"You are like the new California," said a Weather Channel meteorologist.

Birkie hopes melted? Check out Sunday's 'Hamsterbeiner' in Maple Grove

An Osseo sports shop is holding the event at Elm Creek Park Reserve.
Ride-hailing up and rolling in Rochester

Ride-hailing up and rolling in Rochester

Lyft began offering rides Thursday; Uber is coming soon.
Red Wing comes up short in $500k online contest

Red Wing comes up short in $500k online contest

The city had the lead until the very end, contest officials say
Where was our snow? Weather Service says sorry

Where was our snow? Weather Service says sorry

Ground is bare in the Twin Cities, but southeastern Minnesota got walloped.
Fired after objecting to planned business lunch at Hooters, Prior Lake woman files suit

Fired after objecting to planned business lunch at Hooters, Prior Lake woman files suit

Former boss said he "enjoyed being served by attractive females," the complaint said.
New biometric screening puts MSP security on the fast track

New biometric screening puts MSP security on the fast track

Subscribers to Clear service debuting today will be able to skip long security lines.

Inmate in St. Louis County Jail dies

A man being held in the St. Louis County jail was found dead in his cell Monday. Jack Dale Price, 50, of Ely, Minn., was…

Train hits teen walking on tracks in Waverly

A Litchfield teen was hospitalized in critical condition after being hit by a train Monday night, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Tre Ertl,…
Teacher Jim Alley, the 'Father of Hockey' in Anoka, dies at age 92

Teacher Jim Alley, the 'Father of Hockey' in Anoka, dies at age 92

When Jim Alley arrived in Anoka in the mid-1950s, something was conspicuously missing: youth hockey. Alley had grown up playing the game in the hockey…

Teen killed, four others injured in crash on I-35W in northeast Minneapolis

The vehicle swerved across three lanes of traffic on I-35W.
MnDOT brainstorming ways to decongest I-494, Crosstown

MnDOT brainstorming ways to decongest I-494, Crosstown

For drivers traveling on the Crosstown or Interstate 494 between Eden Prairie and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, rush hour can be a nightmare any day. Throw in a crash or snowstorm and it can instantly turn into gridlock.
Red Wing anxiously awaits results of $500K online contest

Red Wing anxiously awaits results of $500K online contest

After a week of voting, Red Wing became the clubhouse leader Wednesday.
Friday's Twin Cities high of 63 sets record for Feb. 17

Friday's Twin Cities high of 63 sets record for Feb. 17

It is only the fifth time that has happened in February.

Driver killed in crash on Hwy. 371 was Pequot Lakes man

The State Patrol has identified the man killed in a head-on crash Thursday on Hwy. 371 in Sibley Township as Dennis Goff. Goff, 60, of…

Ramp on 35W at Crosstown reopens after crash

A wreck that had the ramp from southbound I-35W to westbound Crosstown closed has reopened, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.A vehicle and trailer overturned…
Niece of slain Maplewood officer sworn in as city's newest cop

Niece of slain Maplewood officer sworn in as city's newest cop

Ashley Bergeron's uncle, Joe, was shot by a carjacking suspect in 2010
Sheriff says no cars on Leech Lake for Eelpout Festival, upsetting organizers

Sheriff says no cars on Leech Lake for Eelpout Festival, upsetting organizers

Sheriff's call draws objection from organizers, who say the ice is safe.
Near-record highs on the way in Minnesota

Near-record highs on the way in Minnesota

Winds gusting between 10 and 15 miles per hour will still leave a chill in the air, but nothing like the arctic air that sent the mercury below zero earlier this week.
Cab company seeks leads after driver robbed at gunpoint in Minneapolis

Cab company seeks leads after driver robbed at gunpoint in Minneapolis

The driver was shaken but unhurt.

Extra police to be at Blaine High Thursday after message found in bathroom

Extra police will be at Blaine High School Thursday after a potentially threatening message was found in a bathroom on Wednesday. School administration notified a…
Forest Lake police K-9 dies in line of duty

Forest Lake police K-9 dies in line of duty

Ranger, a 95-pound German shepherd, suffered cardiac arrest Tuesday night while helping police and the State Patrol with a traffic stop.
Distracted-driving bill aims 'to stop the carnage on our roads today'

Distracted-driving bill aims 'to stop the carnage on our roads today'

Minnesota and other states struggle to rein in inattentive drivers.

1 dead in head-on crash on Hwy. 23 in Foley

For the second time in a week, the State Patrol responded to a fatal head-on crash on Hwy. 23 in Foley.
St. Cloud mall attack on list of terror attacks that White House cited

St. Cloud mall attack on list of terror attacks that White House cited

The list of 78 incidents includes domestic and international attacks.
Lady Gaga coming to Xcel Energy Center in August

Lady Gaga coming to Xcel Energy Center in August

She will perform Aug. 21 as part of the "Joanne" world tour
Police: SUV in fatal Foley crash that killed mom of three was stolen

Police: SUV in fatal Foley crash that killed mom of three was stolen

Grand Rapids police say they are looking for a vehicle of interest

2 suspects caught, 2 on the lam following Ham Lake home invasion

Anoka County authorities on Thursday afternoon were still searching for two suspects who broke into a residence in Ham Lake, threatened the homeowners with a…
Mother of 3 killed in head-on crash in central Minnesota

Mother of 3 killed in head-on crash in central Minnesota

A 29-year-old man from Milaca, Minn., was behind the wheel of a vehicle that came across the centerline.
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