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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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The quarter-mile stretch of Hwy. 252 between Interstate 694 and 66th Avenue N. in Brooklyn Center can be congested and dangerous.

The Drive: Upgrades to dangerous Hwy. 252 still in the works

Two words might best describe the quarter-mile stretch of Hwy. 252 between Interstate 694 and 66th Avenue N. in Brooklyn Center: congested and dangerous. Northbound…
Temperatures in the high 40's made a dent in the snow pack and turned melting snow piles into puddles Wednesday in St. Paul by the State Capitol.

Warming up: Weekend may bring first 50s of the year

Mild conditions are expected to continue through most of next week

Squad car hits bicyclist in St. Louis Park

The bicyclist was not seriously hurt.
In this file photo, a man used his cell phone while driving in downtown Minneapolis.

Minn. House panel advances bill to ban cellphone use while driving

The measure passed out of committee for first time in four-year campaign.
Friends of the family have started a reward fund called Peace for Porter.

Reward tops $9,000 for tips leading to Plymouth dog's killer

A Plymouth family whose dog was shot has been flooded with aid.
“Delineators” in action

What are those new posts on Minneapolis' 2nd St.?

That pack of plastic posts in the center of 2nd Street at 3rd Avenue NE. in Minneapolis is looking a bit worse for the wear, drivers have noticed. But the real question they are asking is, "Why are they there?"
A bus crash Saturday night on Interstate 94 near St. Michael, Minn., tied up traffic in both directions for more than two hours.

Driver medical issue led to bus crash on I-94 near St. Michael

The bus was transporting a college basketball team from Illinois; as many as 17 people were injured.

Woman's body found in Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr Meadows Park

Police are unsure how she died, and are awaiting autopsy results.
One person was killed and more than a dozen others hurt in a crash involving a pickup and van on Alligator Alley in western Broward County Tuesday eve

Spring training crash kills 1 Minnesotan, injures 14 — including $150M Powerball winner

Driver faces DWI charges after hitting van carrying Andover teen and 14 friends and family members after Twins game.
A maintenance person paused from the task of snow removal outside U.S. Bank Plaza on Tuesday in Minneapolis.

After messy morning commute, Twin Cities get snow cleaned up

Snow totals in the metro ranged from about 2 inches in Afton to more than 7 inches in the south metro to more than a foot in north central Minnesota.

Trucker who killed driver in Lake Elmo can still drive while out on bail

Prosecutors wanted Samuel Hicks' driving privileges curtailed, but a judge said no.

Suspect caught after two police pursuits near Forest Lake

The suspect faces charges of parole and probation violations.
A participant in a conceal carry class held at the Metro Gun Club, Blaine.

Yes, it's legal to carry a gun on a Minnesota bus — if you have a permit

Minnesota state law says that anybody with a permit to carry can have a gun almost anywhere in the public domain, except in private establishments such as businesses, churches, restaurants, stadiums and other places that hang special signs that say guns are not allowed.
35W seen from the 38th St. bridge.

Demolition of 38th St. bridge to close I-35W in Mpls. this weekend

Work on 38th Street bridge is part of a $239M project.

Trucker in fatal Hwy. 36 crash due in court Friday

Distracted driving was the cause of fatal Hwy. 36 crash in Lake Elmo, authorities say.

Trucker used smartphone seconds before fatal Lake Elmo crash, charges say

The driver who was killed, Robert Bursik, was the owner of Dragonfly Gardens in Amery, Wis.
Cars driving on E. Minnehaha Parkway along Lake Nokomis tried to dodge potholes.

Holey ground: Melt-freeze cycle takes its toll on Twin Cities roads

Change in weather brings usual crop of potholes as street crews scurry to keep up.
New on-demand fuel service will allow Twin Cities drivers to skip the gas station

New on-demand fuel service will allow Twin Cities drivers to skip the gas station

Yoshi arrived last week and offers on-site oil changes and routine car care services

Child critical after bus crash in Richfield; driver may have run stop sign

A 6-year-old girl remains in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Two critically hurt in Richfield crash involving Metro Transit bus

2 in critical condition after Monday morning crash.
U.S. Men’s Curling team skip John Shuster enjoys a champagne toast to the team's gold medal performance on the Delta flight home. Teammate Matt Hami

USA curling skip Shuster strikes gold again on flight home; first-class passenger swaps seats

Delta celebrated their gold-medal achievement at the airport in Seoul popping champagne and giving the curlers a toast on board during their flight home.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation offered free rides Feb. 2 in a driverless shuttle bus traveling a one-block section of the Nicollet Mall in

Self-driving bus scores big in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week

Driverless buses are not going to run on the roads any time soon, but if and when they do, Minnesotans seem keen on the idea, according to feedback the Minnesota Department of Transportation has received.
Mary-Kate McCarthy held her dog, Henry, to protect his feet from sidewalk and road salt put down Friday in downtown Minneapolis after the big overnigh

Are you ready for more shoveling? 6 to 9" expected by tonight

Minneapolis and St. Paul declared snow emergencies starting tonight to clear side streets of the snow that fell Thursday night before Saturday's dumping arrives.

2 juveniles face charges in East Ridge school threats; 17-year-old arrested in St. Francis

Arrests have been made in Woodbury, St. Francis, Hill City, Prior Lake and Orono over recent days.

Overnight snow serves up a slow morning for commuters

And this is only the first round of a 1-2 punch from storms that could drop as much as a foot of new snow by Sunday.
Families of those killed by distracted drivers listened during a rally Thursday in the State Capitol rotunda to drum up support for a law that would b

Push to ban handheld cellphones begins with rally at Minn. Capitol

Supporters want Minnesota to be 17th state to pass law banning handheld cellphones.
Rev. Billy Graham was instrumental in launching powerhouse radio station KTIS at a time when Christian radio was a rarity.

Rev. Billy Graham rose to prominence during his years in Twin Cities

Graham's footprints still seen at University of Northwestern, KTIS.
Marcus Allen Wayne Hallmark

Suspect in Minnetonka park-and-ride killing found guilty

Marcus Hallmark will be sentenced Monday for the killing of Thomas Russ in March 2017.
Several people were injured in a vehicle crash that occurred at a slick intersection of Nicollet Ave and 66th St in Richfield early Monday afternoon.

Expect a slow commute today as metro roads remain slick

A fine mist and drizzle freezing to windshields will fall throughout the morning, the National Weather Service said.
Paul Shadle, of Rosemount, won this pontoon boat and $25,000 by sinking a 120-foot putt at the Venture Minnesota Golf Show.

Rosemount man wins $25,000, pontoon boat with 120-foot putt at Golf Show

"I could not do that again," says first person to win Golf Show contest.
Simon Matthew Schiffler, 33, of Williston, N.D.

Driver in Hwy. 65 crash recounts fatal shooting of knife-wielding man

A driver who had stopped to help shot the knife-wielding man as he assaulted others involved in the crash, police and witnesses say.
Some Minnesota legislators want to make it illegal for drivers like this man to use hand-held devices like cellphones while driving.

'It's become an epidemic': Minnesota reconsiders hands-free cellphone bill

Momentum has been picking up over the past year for the measure to make Minnesota the 15th state, plus Washington, D.C., to outlaw drivers' use of hand-held devices.

Cellphone may have distracted teen killed while crossing Hwy. 7

The 15-year-old boy was hit by two vehicles as he crossed the highway at Texas Avenue.
The Rev. Anthony Oelrich

St. Cloud priest charged with sexual misconduct

The Rev. Anthony Oelrich was placed on administrative leave after his arrest on Tuesday.
A one-day taste of spring on tap for Valentine's Day

A one-day taste of spring on tap for Valentine's Day

Temperatures are expected to hit 40 degrees in the Twin Cities for the first time in three weeks.

Lake Elmo woman whose body was found in wooded area died of hypothermia

25-year-old was believed to be on her way home.
A scene of the latest record-breaking crowd at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as Super Bowl fans headed home.

After years of growth, MSP Airport set passenger record in 2017

Airport has added eight carriers since recession, with another to come.
In this file photo a long-distance trucker makes his way to Minnesota.

Park here: MnDOT installing technology to guide truckers to parking spaces

MnDOT joins interstate effort to help truckers get to resting places.

Minnesota state troopers making more large pot busts

Recent stops in the northwest of the state show surge of drug traffic.
Flavored tobacco products.

Duluth votes to restrict flavored tobacco sales; Mankato votes down proposal to raise minimum age

Duluth joins Minneapolis, St. Paul and others in limiting the sales of menthol and other flavored tobacco products.
MVTA bus

South metro bus ridership rises slightly

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority saw an uptick in ridership in 2017, rising 1 percent from 2016, the agency announced.
Signs on the Lafayette Bridge direct motorists to the proper lanes, but many don’t heed them until the last moment.

Motorists seek fix on dangerous Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul

Crashes — mostly fender benders — are common on the half-mile stretch of Hwy. 52 between Plato Boulevard and the I-94/I-35E/7th Street interchange: about two a month, according to a MnDOT spokesman.
A Transportation Security Administration security check.

MSP screeners to get training on handling sacred Native American items

Guidelines coming for how to screen gourd rattles, eagle feathers and fans "in a respectful manner."
Demolition of the Minnehaha Academy campus damaged by an August natural gas explosion began in December.

Minnehaha Academy will rebuild Upper School in Minneapolis

The school was damaged in an Aug. 2 natural gas explosion.
Chris Endicott

Charges say Lakeville middle school principal stalked investigator

The Century Middle School principal was already on leave during a police investigation.
Stolen stadium seat after getting through airport security, waiting to be carried on plane.

Eagles fan who swiped U.S. Bank Stadium seat pays for replacement

U.S. Bank Stadium now has full complement of 66,400 seats back in place.
I-35 northbound was shut down after a multivehicle crash near Northfield.

Driver killed in I-35 crash near Northfield is identified

Crash near the Hwy. 19 overpass closed northbound lanes for five hours.
The man had his newfound souvenir strapped to his carry-on suitcase when he pulled up a seat next to Marcus Certa in the gate area.

Eagles fan flies home with swiped stadium seat

Man who stole seat carried it on his flight back to Philadelphia.
Passengers, some of them still sleepy, wait in the security line at Terminal 1 at MSP Monday morning.

MSP breaks traffic record in Super Bowl aftermath

More than 60,000 pass through airport on "game day."
A Transportation Security Administration security check.

No guns: TSA issues stern warning to passengers ahead of Super Bowl rush

More than 70,000 people are expected to pass through security checkpoints Monday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and officials advise them to pack plenty of patience — and leave all weapons behind.
Don't get stuck in this during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

How to get around Minneapolis today

Whether you're driving, taking public transit or walking, here's what visitors and locals alike need to know to successfully navigate downtown Minneapolis and the surrounding area between now and game day.
Metro Transit expects the Super Bowl crowd to move much faster than the one that packed the platforms after the Luke Bryan concert at U.S. Bank Stadiu

Metro Transit braces for biggest test: Super Bowl

That's 7,000 more fans than the agency has ever moved for one event. "This will be different from what everybody is used to," a manager said.
New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead delivered a check for $221,143 to Children's Hospital Minnesota for all the donations Minnesotans gave to hi

Saints punter kicks $200K in donations back to Children's Hospital

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead made good on his promise to come to the "Bold North" on Friday.
Both Uber and Lyft driver services have made preparations for a surge in service requests for the Super Bowl game on Sunday, adding scores of drivers.

Uber and Lyft drivers go all out during Super Bowl to make some cash

"It's all hands on deck" said Lyft's local manager.

Woman killed Sunday in St. Paul by Green Line train is identified

She was in a no-standing zone between tracks when she was struck.
A man leaned out a window where a suspect has been on a stand off with police for over a day on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at the Graduate Hotel at th

2-day standoff over: Man holed up at hotel near the U is arrested

A two-day standoff at a hotel near the U ended when police arrested the man who had holed up in a room while grieving for his daughter who killed herself in 2014.
Police cars were parked outside the Graduate Hotel on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.

Woman released as standoff at hotel near U enters 2nd day

The standoff played out throughout the day Monday on the East Bank, where students and guests went about their business despite closed roads and a large police presence.

Russian skier dies during Masters World Cup at Theodore Wirth Park

A skier from Russia collapsed and died Friday while participating in a race during the Masters World Cup at Theodore Wirth Park, race officials…

Alert issued, roads are closed on U's East Bank

Roads near the Graduate Hotel on Washington Avenue on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank have been shut down due to “public safety situation,” according…
Passengers getting off a Route 9 bus at 8th Street and 3rd Avenue S. in downtown Minneapolis navigated a snowbound bus stop on Friday.

Snow piles at bus stops may linger for awhile

Days after a snowstorm clobbered the Twin Cities, many bus stops remained buried under a foot of snow. Others were still blocked by piles kindly left behind by plows.
Starting Friday, the city of Minneapolis deployed its full complement of 44 traffic control agents at key intersections.

Downtown Mpls. traffic eases after 2 days of Super Bowl gridlock

Friday evening's commute was improved after epic traffic jams Wednesday and Thursday, commuters said.
Vikings fan Andrew Grein of Edina, walked through a crowd of hostile Eagle fans before kickoff of the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field

Eagles fans pony up to atone for bad behavior against Vikes fans

The Zimmer Foundation said most apologized for Philly fans' behavior.
Maplewood liquor store worker foils armed robbery, fatally shoots suspect

Maplewood liquor store worker foils armed robbery, fatally shoots suspect

Two people were trying to rob the store after dark Monday.
Bobby Wiesner, 15, a student at Southwest High School, was upended as he sledded down the hill at Beard’s Plaisance on Tuesday.

More than 12" of snow strands students, flights and commuters

Sunny skies return after storm that brought 17 inches and more to areas of Minnesota.
A car stuck halfway up the hill on Ramsey Street gets a push from a good samaritan.

Rough sledding: Snow strands students, flights and commuters

The first major snowstorm of 2018 brought the Twin Cities to a halt Monday, stranding students at school and littering streets, alleys and highways with stuck cars.
Nine-year-old Ellie Westerman, of Eagan, cheered for her team despite her company. Ellie's dad said they'd made her cry earlier, but she's resilient.

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Hwy. 23 in central Minn. proving safer one year after two fatal crashes

Hwy. 23 in central Minn. proving safer one year after two fatal crashes

Law enforcement agencies have not been called to a fatal crash along the dangerous segment of Hwy. 23 between Milaca and Foley in central Minnesota for about a year, and that's definitely something to celebrate.
Sunday's storm might be the one 6-inch snowfall to hit Twin Cities this winter

Sunday's storm might be the one 6-inch snowfall to hit Twin Cities this winter

The metro is in line for 5 to 8 inches, but the storm track could change.
New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) injures his ribs on this touchdown saving tackle of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) in

Donations rocket past $200K for Saints punter's charity and Children's Minnesota

Punter Thomas Morstead will deliver the money to Children's Minnesota during Super Bowl week.
New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) injures his ribs on this touchdown saving tackle of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) in

Saints punter is coming back to Minnesota after raising $100,000-plus

Minnesota Vikings fans, still jubilant after the team's stunning win over New Orleans in Sunday's NFL playoff game, are showing that they are a benevolent and compassionate bunch.
Visitors at the Science Museum of Minnesota's cardboard engineering gallery Thursday in St. Paul used cutting tools and connectors to make a creation.

Science Museum's 'Year of the Engineer' seeks to encourage new generation

Programs offered are focused on fostering an interest in STEM fields.
Bruce Frank

Bruce Frank, who was a champion for children and voice of Anoka sports, dies

He was rarely far from any civic endeavor in Anoka or Coon Rapids.

Hot news: Twin Cities temperatures will flirt with 40 degrees by Friday

But don't get too used to it. Winter will return to normal on Sunday.

Driver dies on snowy Minnesota highway when pickup rolls in ditch

The State Patrol responded to 688 crashes across the state Monday.
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