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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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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 Hårfagre 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.
Crash briefly shuts down LRT in downtown Minneapolis

Crash briefly shuts down LRT in downtown Minneapolis

No injuries were reported in the crash with a car that occurred about 8:20 a.m.
Boy who took cement truck on high-speed chase was just 11 years old

Boy who took cement truck on high-speed chase was just 11 years old

One of the officers who gave chase recalls the frightening incident.
Family IDs man fatally shot by police at Burnsville McDonald's

Family IDs man fatally shot by police at Burnsville McDonald's

The five officers involved were also ID'd by authorities.
Van collides with Green Line train in St. Paul's Midway area

Van collides with Green Line train in St. Paul's Midway area

Green Line trains are rolling again following a collision involving a van and light-rail train at Cleveland and University Avenues, Metro Transit said. The scene…
Getting your green on? Look for parades, free rides and extra patrols

Getting your green on? Look for parades, free rides and extra patrols

To help revelers get home safely, Metro Transit is offering free rides on buses and light-rail trains from 6 p.m. Thursday until 3 a.m. Friday.

New Metro Transit app will allow riders to pay fares by phone

Users will also be able to access route details and arrival times.
Northeastern Minn., Duluth set to get a foot of snow or more

Northeastern Minn., Duluth set to get a foot of snow or more

Strong winds may make for difficult driving conditions in southern and central Minnesota where sustained winds could hit 50 mph.

Pedestrian, 55, struck and killed in Brooklyn Park

The victim was 55 years old.
TSA chief promises to fix long security lines at MSP

TSA chief promises to fix long security lines at MSP

The head of the Transportation Security Administration came to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Friday with a promise to provide the resources to reduce security checkpoint wait times that have stretched to an hour or more.

Authorities ID woman killed in Hwy. 10 crash

The State Patrol has identified the woman killed in a crash early Wednesday on Hwy. 10 in Coon Rapids as Ashley Novak, 30, of Coon…

Hwy. 10 in Coon Rapids reopens following fatal crash

Authorities reopened the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 10 at Foley Blvd. in Coon Rapids following a fatal crash overnight that left one person dead. Both…
MSP checkpoints get help with more bomb-sniffing teams

MSP checkpoints get help with more bomb-sniffing teams

But long lines will continue in the short term as a smaller staff and increased training has taken screeners off the lines.
MAC officials just as upset as fliers over long waits at checkpoints

MAC officials just as upset as fliers over long waits at checkpoints

Passengers flying out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are not the only ones fuming over long lines at security checkpoints. The Metropolitan Airports Commission is mad, too.
TSA tells MSP fliers to get used to long lines at checkpoints

TSA tells MSP fliers to get used to long lines at checkpoints

With fuller planes and no new screeners hired, passengers should expect to wait and to be patient, officials said.
Man killed in Dakota County crash was Hall of Fame HS theater director

Man killed in Dakota County crash was Hall of Fame HS theater director

A 70-year-old man killed Wednesday in a head-on crash on Hwy. 50 in Dakota County was a beloved teacher and theater director at three south…
Police arrest man suspected of burglarizing Minneapolis mosque

Police arrest man suspected of burglarizing Minneapolis mosque

Police doubt the suspect specifically targeted the mosque.

Teen brother and sister found dead in Meeker County house

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the deaths of two teenage siblings found in their residence on…
Arson suspected in beach umbrella's burning at Eden Prairie park

Arson suspected in beach umbrella's burning at Eden Prairie park

Somebody set an oversized umbrella at Riley Lake Park in Eden Prairie on fire over the weekend, and the city’s Crime Prevention Fund is offering…

High-speed chase crossed three suburbs during morning rush hour

Two Burnsville officers landed in the hospital and the suspect in custody after he crashed.
'Crazy' long security lines rankle passengers at MSP Airport

'Crazy' long security lines rankle passengers at MSP Airport

"This is crazy," one annoyed traveler said. Passengers can expect long waits until the end of March, when spring break traffic eases.

Man fleeing police hits and flips paratransit bus in Eden Prairie

A busy Eden Prairie intersection was shut down for about four hours Friday after a crash in which a driver fleeing police T-boned a paratransit…

Suspect sought in Columbia Heights chiropractic clinic stabbing

Employee was stabbed with a knife Wednesday morning.
Applicant for offensive license plate said it was his band's name

Applicant for offensive license plate said it was his band's name

Man who bought the truck linked to the plates says he's trying to clear his name.
Shakopee Derby Days canceled for 2016 amid police investigation

Shakopee Derby Days canceled for 2016 amid police investigation

A popular summer celebration in Shakopee has been called off for 2016 as police have opened an investigation into the finances of the organization that runs Derby Days, city officials said.
Crystal officer felt breeze as truck skidded past him on snow-slicked I-94

Crystal officer felt breeze as truck skidded past him on snow-slicked I-94

"We crouched down and didn't know what to do."
Minn. woman's desperate text to husband after icy rollover crash: 'help'

Minn. woman's desperate text to husband after icy rollover crash: 'help'

Regaining consciousness, she sent a one-word text to her husband: Help. Police cite the cellphone and a coat as key to her survival.

Man who crawled under stopped train in Winona killed as it starts moving

A man who crawled under a stationary train Friday morning in Winona, Minn., died when he was hit by the train’s wheels when it started…

While inspecting damage from 1st crash, Spicer couple struck and killed

A couple from Spicer, Minn., died in a crash near New London. A second crash in southeastern Minnesota killed a man from Racine, Minn.
Wage protesters snarl morning commute into Minneapolis

Wage protesters snarl morning commute into Minneapolis

Protesters supporting janitors seeking higher pay and more sick time took to the streets Thursday morning, blocking downtown streets at the peak of the morning rush hour, which caused massive traffic jams on I-94 and I-35W.
Dalai Lama to speak Sunday in Minneapolis

Dalai Lama to speak Sunday in Minneapolis

The Dalai Lama will be keynote speaker Sunday at a celebration of the Tibetan New Year with a program at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In…
New checkpoint at MSP opens with long lines, wrinkles to iron out

New checkpoint at MSP opens with long lines, wrinkles to iron out

Just four of 10 lanes were open early Tuesday as the TSA worked out the bugs.

Two die in separate crashes on slick Minn. roads

Slick roads likely played a role in two fatal wrecks Sunday night that left a child and a woman dead.
Crash on Hwy. 12 in Independence kills 1, injures another

Crash on Hwy. 12 in Independence kills 1, injures another

Icy road was likely to blame, State Patrol said.
Lane drops, lack of a sign concern I-394 motorists

Lane drops, lack of a sign concern I-394 motorists

Motorists who frequently drive eastbound on I-394 likely know the freeway goes on a SlimFast diet at Louisiana Avenue where the far right lane drops.…
$1.28? No pain at the pump as gas prices hit rock bottom

$1.28? 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.
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