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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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It's official: Minneapolis Marathon is canceled

It's official: Minneapolis Marathon is canceled

Efforts to move the June 5 event to Dakota County were unsuccessful.

Fire damages Loretto car dealership

Crews from 14 departments battled the blaze for nearly three hours.
Four dead in three crashes on busy roads across the Twin Cities

Four dead in three crashes on busy roads across the Twin Cities

They included a head-on crash in St. Paul, a rollover on the Mendota Bridge and a pedestrian trying to cross I-94 in Minneapolis.

Body found outside Lakeville liquor store

There were no signs of trauma and it doesn't appear traffic related.

2 killed in early morning crash on Snelling Ave. near fairgrounds

A driver attempting to pass another vehicle near the State Fairgrounds on Snelling Avenue in the early morning darkness Tuesday crossed the centerline and collided…

Fatal rollover crash closes lanes on Mendota Bridge

The Minnesota State Patrol has confirmed that at least one person died in a rollover crash Tuesday morning that led authorities to shut down the…
The Drive: Billboard delivers dark, clever distracted driving message

The Drive: Billboard delivers dark, clever distracted driving message

A digital billboard put up last week along a busy freeway in downtown Toronto blatantly encouraging motorists to “Text and Drive” generated a lot of…
Obituary: Pediatric cardiologist Dr. George Lund was pioneer, innovator

Obituary: Pediatric cardiologist Dr. George Lund was pioneer, innovator

George W. Lund started his medical career by making house calls. He eventually made his mark as one of Minnesota’s first board-certified pediatric cardiologists and…
Minneapolis Marathon organizers had been working on new course

Minneapolis Marathon organizers had been working on new course

Team Ortho Foundation expects to know next week if a plan to move the race to Dakota County is approved, said spokesman Ted Davis.
Transit agencies face bus driver shortage

Transit agencies face bus driver shortage

Metro Transit officials are pulling out all the stops to let people know they're hiring.
Fargo prosecutor reviewing bar assault case involving 'Property Brothers' star

Fargo prosecutor reviewing bar assault case involving 'Property Brothers' star

A bouncer put a headlock on HGTV star Jonathan Scott, who was caught in the middle of an argument among other people at bar closing time.

Weekend traffic: Great weather, rough motoring

This weekend's weather looks beautiful, but the forecast isn't so sunny for motorists. The biggest inconvenience will be a shutdown of Hwy. 100 through Golden…
Man pulled from burning car that crashed in north Minneapolis is critically hurt

Man pulled from burning car that crashed in north Minneapolis is critically hurt

A man was hospitalized in “very critical” condition after firefighters cut him out of a burning car that crashed early Friday at a north Minneapolis…

Driver dies after nearly hitting police, crashing into north Mpls. building

A man who nearly hit a Minneapolis police squad car head-on and then sped away as officers tried to stop him died early Wednesday when…
Minn. high school senior suspended for displaying Confederate flag will get to graduate

Minn. high school senior suspended for displaying Confederate flag will get to graduate

Cody Nelson was suspended from Crosby-Ironton High on Monday after refusing to remove the flag from his car.
The Drive: It's Minneapolis Bike Week

The Drive: It's Minneapolis Bike Week

Remember the 1970s commercials for Alka-Seltzer? You know, the ones that ended with the tagline “Try it, you’ll like it.” The folks putting on Minneapolis…
Plea to motorists from injured Twin Cities tow truck driver: Move over

Plea to motorists from injured Twin Cities tow truck driver: Move over

A video from AAA Minneapolis highlights the dangers tow truck drivers face as motorists whiz by within inches.
'Grid search' conducted in effort to find missing U student

'Grid search' conducted in effort to find missing U student

20-year-old David Miller was last seen leaving his dorm Tuesday night.

Weekend traffic: Fishing opener and a spate of road work

Fishing opener travelers could well encounter delays en route.
Crocs is footwear of choice for Minneapolis South High prom

Crocs is footwear of choice for Minneapolis South High prom

The company that makes the footwear donated 500 pairs to the school this week.
Police nab woman they say robbed two metro area banks, tried a third

Police nab woman they say robbed two metro area banks, tried a third

In her first heist, the woman sauntered into a Wells Fargo branch bank in Brooklyn Center and slid a note to the teller, police said.Scribbled…
Charges: 3 Minn. women had $3M of heroin, opium in luggage at O'Hare

Charges: 3 Minn. women had $3M of heroin, opium in luggage at O'Hare

They were arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday

Botched bounce house delivery leads to drunken gun threats, charges say

The play structure was delivered May 6 to the wrong address in Nowthen.
College student pulls woman from burning car on I-35 near Hinckley

College student pulls woman from burning car on I-35 near Hinckley

The Thunder Bay, Ontario, woman crashed near Hinckley, Minn., and is recovering at North Memorial Medical Center.

ATV crash in northern Minnesota leaves one dead, one injured

A 24-year-old man from Cook, Minn., died and a second man was injured when an all-terrain vehicle they were riding on overturned Sunday night in…
Man steals charity money from two Eagan gas stations

Man steals charity money from two Eagan gas stations

Police seek help in identifying suspect in two heists on May 5.

Woman dies after falling out of moving pickup truck in Rogers

Air care and an ambulance were canceled after she died at the scene.

Weekend traffic: Light on events, heavy on road work

But don't get down, major traffic jams aren't likely in the metro.

Motorcyclist injured in crash involving school bus in NE Mpls.

"The bus was literally on top of the motorcycle and one of the cars."

Pedestrian seriously injured when hit by Eagan police squad car

A pedestrian is recovering at a metro area hospital after being hit by an Eagan police squad car early Thursday.
Bonding bill is a matter of life and death for Highway 12 Safety Coalition

Bonding bill is a matter of life and death for Highway 12 Safety Coalition

Safety advocates make an urgent plea for fixing stretch that's claimed 23 lives in five years.

Teens admit setting Lake Wobegon Trail bridge fire, authorities say

Firefighters from Avon, Albany and Freeport spent five hours dousing the flames that damaged wooden planks on the west end of the 216-foot bridge.

Fire damages Plymouth apartment building

At least one unit at the Parkers Lake Apartments collapsed onto a parking garage.

Minnesota state troopers help deliver two babies

They were at right time, right place for deliveries.
Reward offered for information leading to Lake Wobegon Trail bridge arsonist

Reward offered for information leading to Lake Wobegon Trail bridge arsonist

Quick-acting bicyclist saved Lake Wobegon Trail structure from ruin.
Prince tribute erased from Red Wing bluff has been restored

Prince tribute erased from Red Wing bluff has been restored

Two artists worked overnight to restore a mural the city had painted over.
Prince tribute restored to the bluffs above Red Wing

Prince tribute restored to the bluffs above Red Wing

A resident's objection got it removed. Then his fans intervened.

The Drive: Parts of I-94, I-35W will be closed over the weekend

The shutdowns are in St. Paul's midway area and Arden Hills.
Minn. texting crackdown cites 972 drivers, some more than once

Minn. texting crackdown cites 972 drivers, some more than once

Some drivers were even busted more than once.
Red Wing abuzz after city paints over Prince mural on bluff

Red Wing abuzz after city paints over Prince mural on bluff

Now the city is left with a "black blob."

Austin police officer who shot fleeing suspect ID'd

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has released the names of a man who led police on a chase through Austin, Minn., last week…
World's largest Viking ship sets sail for Minnesota

World's largest Viking ship sets sail for Minnesota

Draken Harald HÃ¥rfagre will be among tall ships.

The Drive: Slow down, then stop when patrol does the 'wiggle'

To motorists, it may have looked like the trooper was drunk or driving very erratically, but the officer was doing what's called the "Wiggle," said Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the State Patrol.

Uber begins service to Twin Cities airport, delighting some and dismaying others

Travelers can now use the app to get picked up at MSP, an upsetting change for cabdrivers there.

High-speed chase of stolen car ends in fatal crash on Crosstown

The driver crashed after a pursuit from Eagan into south Minneapolis.

Weekend traffic: Construction will disrupt travel on the roads and light-rail system

Like the trees, road construction is leafing out all across the metro area, and motorists will see plenty of orange this weekend. Drivers will find…
Record amounts of marijuana wax getting seized in Minnesota

Record amounts of marijuana wax getting seized in Minnesota

The drug has a higher concentration of the psychoactive component THC.
5 Metrodome highway signs coming down; $46,000 to replace them

5 Metrodome highway signs coming down; $46,000 to replace them

Contractors hired by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will do the work in May and June.

Officer shoots suspect who fled from police in Austin, Minn.

The man suffered noncritical injuries, according to the BCA, which is investigating. He allegedly rammed a police squad car with his own.

Wrong-way driver in southern Minn. charged with 13th DWI

His blood-alcohol levels were three times the legal limit.

State Patrol helicopter damaged in hard landing during training exercise

The pilot, the only one on board, was taken to the hospital and released.
Pay-by-phone parking apps catching on in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Pay-by-phone parking apps catching on in Minneapolis and St. Paul

The convenience has, so far, trumped the associated fees.

Pedestrian killed as he walked along northern Minn. highway

A 46-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a vehicle as he walked along a highway Sunday in northern Minnesota, authorities said.The victim,…
Police turn to photos, videos to build case vs. distracted drivers

Police turn to photos, videos to build case vs. distracted drivers

In the war against distracted driving, Minnesota police are reaching deep into their bag of tricks to catch drivers who tap out text messages, video chat and even watch movies as they roll down the road.
Wrong-way, speeding driver crashes and dies on University Av. in Mpls.

Wrong-way, speeding driver crashes and dies on University Av. in Mpls.

The driver's door was sheared off, and he was thrown to his death, police said. The car kept going for a block.
Fewer road repair projects this season, but plenty of headaches

Fewer road repair projects this season, but plenty of headaches

MnDOT will take on 44 fewer road projects statewide this construction season, but some of them will cause delays for motorists on major arteries.

ID'd: Driver cited for going 171 mph on highway near Duluth

The 2016 Camaro was on Hwy. 61 north of Duluth.
Hennepin County apologizes for 6 a.m. wake-up sirens

Hennepin County apologizes for 6 a.m. wake-up sirens

The sirens sounded by mistake early in the morning, causing quite a stir.
Dog shot in face multiple times in February dies

Dog shot in face multiple times in February dies

Stearns County sheriff is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to whoever fired the shots.

Maplewood boy who was taken by non-custodial dad is returned

The 4-year-old's father returned the boy early today after learning that Maplewood Police were investigating him for violating a custody agreement, police said.
Minnesota fight vs. distracted drivers now enlists employers

Minnesota fight vs. distracted drivers now enlists employers

Also starting Monday, officers across the state will begin a weeklong education and enforcement campaign to stop texting or interacting with electronic devices while driving.
Man is fatally shot in law office above W.A. Frost

Man is fatally shot in law office above W.A. Frost

The homicide at a law office in the historic Dacotah Building, also home to W.A. Frost restaurant, led to a several-hour lockdown at Selby and Western avenues.
Check out drone footage of fire damage at Tink Larson Field

Check out drone footage of fire damage at Tink Larson Field

Waseca, Minn., was in shock over the damage to the landmark ballpark. The view from the air adds to the sadness.
Mild spring? Orange cones returning Monday to Twin Cities highways

Mild spring? Orange cones returning Monday to Twin Cities highways

Weather letting construction projects get an early start.

Fatal crash in Lakeville; police catch suspect who fled scene, broke into townhome

A motorist involved in a crash that killed another driver at a south metro intersection Friday morning was captured after fleeing on foot and taking…
Motorist was drunk, texting while driving on Hwy. 12, authorities say

Motorist was drunk, texting while driving on Hwy. 12, authorities say

A call from another driver led police to the suspect, who had part of a six-pack of beer in the vehicle and was weaving across the centerline.
Courthouse in Brooklyn Center to reopen after suspicious device report

Courthouse in Brooklyn Center to reopen after suspicious device report

The area around the courthouse and library had been taped off.
Police seek help finding vehicles involved in separate crimes in Mpls., Birchwood

Police seek help finding vehicles involved in separate crimes in Mpls., Birchwood

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating vehicles believed to have been seen in the vicinity of a fatal shooting in north Minneapolis…

Interstate 694 work to begin Monday in Shoreview

You will need to choose a lane and then stick to it in an unusual construction zone, MnDOT tells drivers.
Callaway residents return home after derailment

Callaway residents return home after derailment

The northwest Minnesota town was evacuated after a freight train collided Thursday with a tanker truck carrying propane, resulting in a fire and explosion.
SE Minn. roads in bad shape; snow continues into midmorning

SE Minn. roads in bad shape; snow continues into midmorning

Metro area roads are mainly wet after nearly a foot fell in the southern suburbs.
Snow piles up in south metro, but other areas go untouched

Snow piles up in south metro, but other areas go untouched

The National Weather Service says an estimated 12 inches of snow fell on Savage as of late Wednesday night. Other reports include 11.5 inches of snow in Burnsville and 10 inches in Prior Lake.
St. Paul police make arrest in double slaying at motel

St. Paul police make arrest in double slaying at motel

Police found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. One was lying in a parking lot of a nearby business, and the other was on the off ramp from Snelling Avenue to Pierce Butler Route, police said.
MSP Airport steps up police presence after Belgium attacks

MSP Airport steps up police presence after Belgium attacks

Travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are likely to see a greater police presence in nonsecured areas of the terminal in the wake of the bombings that occurred this week in Belgium.
Snow is coming, but just how much is still uncertain

Snow is coming, but just how much is still uncertain

South of the metro, several inches are expected. In the metro area, amounts could range from an inch of snow up to several.
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