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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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This photo provided by the South Padre Island Police Department shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who was arrested by federal deputy marsh

Lois Riess' arrest in Texas eases the what-ifs, but not the whys

Lois Riess, 56, was in a Texas jail Friday, accused of killing her husband in late March and then heading to Florida, where she is charged in the death of a 59-year-old woman in Fort Myers Beach and stealing her identity.

Green Line train, car collide at St. Paul intersection; 2 injured

Two injuries were reported, said Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla
Taken at a happy hour on April 5 at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers, Fla., video showed Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., talking to

New videos show 'coldblooded killer' Lois Riess in Ocala, Fla.

Blooming Prairie fugitive used dead woman's credit cards, authorities said.
Taken at a happy hour on April 5 at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers, Fla., video showed Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., talking to

New videos show suspected murderer Lois Riess in Ocala, Fla.

Billboards from Texas to California will feature 56-year-old Blooming Prairie fugitive.
Shawn Mathews and her son, Wyatt, at her husband’s burial last year. Wayzata officer Bill Mathews was killed on the highway by a woman allegedly on

Police crack down on distracted drivers in memory of fallen Wayzata officer

Shawn Mathews, the widow of officer Bill Mathews, wants drivers to know her suffering.
Bands were put around ash trees along Grand Avenue in St. Paul last year. Minneapolis and St. Paul have cut down thousands of trees because of emerald

Emerald ash borer found in Edina, threatening 50,000 trees

Officials confirmed that an ash tree on private property in the northwest part of the city had been attacked by larvae.
Chuck Williams retrieved his truck from the Minneapolis impound lot Monday morning.

Talk about timing: Minneapolis tows 570 cars; St. Paul tows 0

With no place to take towed cars, St. Paul cuts drivers a break. No such luck for Minneapolis drivers.
Recent photos of Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minn. Believed to be in Texas, she is now in the deaths of her husband and a Florida woman.

Video shows Minn. homicide suspect with victim in Florida brewery

The video shows Lois Riess chatting with a woman who was found shot to death four days later. Riess is suspected in the murder and is also alleged to have killed her husband in Minnesota before fleeing the state.
Roundabout sign

Richfield resident raises red flag about his city's impending roundabouts

Drive reader Ross is about to get two of the circular interchanges near the senior center in Richfield where he lives, and he's none too happy about it.
Shoppers left Cub Foods at the Quarry in Minneapolis, loaded with groceries to get through the incoming April storm.

Metro area gets ready for storm, up to 15 inches of weekend snow

The snow is likely to come along with hail and high winds. In western Minnesota, 2 feet or more of snow is possible.
Recent photos of Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minn. Believed to be in Texas, she is now in the deaths of her husband and a Florida woman.

Minnesota woman sought in shooting deaths of husband, Florida woman

U.S. marshals have joined the search for Lois Riess, believed to have fled from Florida to Texas.
Carl “Cully” Wagener

Carl Wagener, who ran the Midway Typewriters Exchange in St. Paul, dies at 103

"Cully," as he was widely known, developed a huge following among business owners and students came to rent and buy typewriters, and get them fixed.
Richard In this 2011 photo, Andy Hamann works out at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester. Hamann focused his wo

Minnesota men boast nation's longest life expectancy

Women in Minnesota had the four-longest life expectancy, according to new research.
Sirens will sound twice across Minnesota Thursday in simulated tornado warning drills.

Sirens will sound twice today for statewide tornado drill

Drills will be held at 1:45 and 6:45 p.m. as part of Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week activities

Two die in separate traffic crashes on Minnesota roads

A woman was killed in a rollover crash in Beltrami County, and a man was killed in a head-on crash in Rice County.
Many Minnesotans would agree with this message board in Windber, Pa., Monday. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Cold and snow wreaking havoc with spring sports schedules

Despite temperatures in the mid-30s, the golf balls flew as students from Benilde-St. Margaret's gathered Monday afternoon for boys' golf team practice."Just set up every…
Maryland Avenue E. in St. Paul was wet and rainy on this December 2016 day.

Maryland Avenue in St. Paul will be limited to three lanes after study's results

We're not sure if it will get three cheers or three jeers, but one thing is certain: Drivers will get only three lanes on the segment of Maryland Avenue that runs through St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
Peter Gaustad

Wis. educator jailed, charged with online sexual relationship with minor

The teacher and coach worked at the Glenwood City schools and was a City Council member.

Drug bust in northern Minnesota lands 29 people in jail

Authorities from a number of agencies collaborated in a lengthy investigation.
Tasha Lynn Schleicher

Police chief: New Hope mom one of worst DWI offenders we've arrested

Tasha Schleicher was arrested Wednesday in Riverside, Ill., after she passed out at a gas station.
A driverless shuttlebus, like the one demonstrated on Nicollet Mall during Super Bowl week, is one of the emerging technologies that could transform t

Minneapolis named one of 22 cities to study transportation innovations

Smart Cities Collaborative will take a close look at technology, and even curbs.
Twins players caught fly balls as the grounds crew began final preparations for Thursday's home opener.

Despite weather, Twins dig deep to make opener best it can be

This may be the most unseasonable start to the baseball season since the outdoor downtown stadium opened in 2010. There's been snow, there's been cold, but there hasn't been an April like this.
Heavy traffic on 4th Street S. headed toward U.S. Bank Stadium caused delays in downtown Minneapolis in 2015. The city expects will begin work on the

The Drive: 4th Street redo in downtown Minneapolis in the works

A long stretch of 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis is going to look a lot different in a couple of years as the city reconstructs one of the primary entry points into downtown.
Free lunch: Chain giving away pizza today after March Madness upset

Free lunch: Chain giving away pizza today after March Madness upset

Little Caesars promised free lunch to everyone in America if a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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41 Chihuahuas rescued from unsanitary Carlton County home

Animal Humane Society officials say 41 Chihuahuas rescued this week from an unsanitary home in Carlton County in northern Minnesota are in "decent" medical condition…
The Robbinsdale OES Dining Hall is closing after 80 years at the Minnesota State Fair.

Pronto Pup kitchen will replace Robbinsdale dining hall at State Fair

Real pups (and other unbattered pets) also moving.
Winter returns with weekend cold and snowstorm watch

Winter returns with weekend cold and snowstorm watch

The National Weather Service says no significant warmups are expected through the first two weeks of April.

Ambulance on way to hospital rolls over after being hit in Blaine; 5 hurt

A teen driver allegedly ran a red light and hit the ambulance while making a left turn.
The Bloomington Fire Department rescued a pooch that had gone through thin ice on a pond last week in the 8200 block of Penn Avenue S.

Bloomington Fire Department gets award from PETA for saving dog from icy waters

Firefighter Robby Smith jumped into chilly water to save the struggling dog and reunite it with its owner.
The remains of Lakes Trading Company in Forest Lake after a fire at the business on Monday night.

Cause of fire that heavily damaged Forest Lake gun shop unknown

"Fire does not appear to be suspicious," chief says.
Bloomington Fire Department rescued a pooch that had gone through thin ice on a pond last week in the 8200 block of Penn Ave. S.

Three recent pet rescues prompt warnings about thin ice

It's eroding quickly, even with Monday's snow.
This Minnesota State Patrol vehicle was struck while an officer was on the side of the road assisting a motorist.

Roadside vehicles feel like 'camouflage,' creating push to strengthen Move Over law

In 2017, the State Patrol issued 893 citations and 2,355 warnings to drivers who endangered personnel by not moving over, said the patrol's Lt. Tiffani Nielson. Fines can exceed $100.
The mother of a Burnsville High School student posted this photo of her son after he was subdued with a Taser at school.

Burnsville police use Taser on student

Mother of student says her son was not aggressive, but police say he was.
Rampage, a toy gun that shoots foam darts, made by Nerf, in an undated handout photo. In light of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, foam-

Prior Lake-Savage school official calls for an end to Nerf Wars

"This game has become dangerous," Principal John Bezek said.

Two injured in Brooklyn Park home invasion

Police say the motive was robbery; investigation continues.
A look at the damage after a teen driver's road test went bad.

That's a fail: Teen taking driving test crashes through exam station in Buffalo

The teen driver was getting set to take her behind-the-wheel test.
The Walker Art Center's Spoon Bridge and Cherry, designed by husband and wife Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, are coated in fresh snowfall at

Blanket of wet snow likely this weekend across much of state

Spring will be on hold as a "tournament storm" brings rain and snow Friday and Saturday.
Linda Rost thought it was a scam when she got a Facebook message from a woman who claimed to have found her wallet stolen nearly 50 years while she wa

Owner gets wallet back 50 years after it was stolen at downtown Dayton's

After 50 years, theft victim delights in reclaiming photos and other treasures.

Start times changing next year for seven Edina schools

Two middle schools and five elementary schools swap.
For the fourth year in a row, Dairy Queen is giving away free cones to mark the arrival of spring and as a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network H

Dairy Queen marks arrival of spring by giving away free cones Tuesday

This is the fourth year for the promotion, which also is a fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
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.
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