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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.
Recent content from Tim Harlow

Pedestrian killed walking along University Avenue in Fridley

A man walking along University Avenue in Fridley was hit and killed by a vehicle Monday morning, authorities said. Police were called to the area…
SouthWest Transit pioneers with Uber-like public service

SouthWest Transit pioneers with Uber-like public service

With its service called Prime, SouthWest Transit is pioneering Uber-style door-to-door on-demand rides, offering freedom of mobility and schedule flexibility not generally associated with traditional public transportation.

January thaw will bring a 50-degree warm-up next week

A shifting weather pattern will give Minnesota a break from below-zero readings.

Ramsey officer finds 7 children, woman in labor in stolen vehicle

The father of the children was charged with felony auto theft and child neglect.

Apartment fire in Mound leaves one dead

One person died when fire broke out Thursday morning at a Mound apartment building, according to the Minnesota state fire marshal’s office. The victim, whose…

Rum but no gun found after man causes Dakota Co. Government Center lockdown

Hastings High School was also put on lockdown Thursday morning.

6 are injured in explosion at Dodge Center truck manufacturer

Authorities say the blast, which was strong enough to blow out doors and cause extensive damage to the complex, occurred in a "paint room."
Snow emergencies now are in effect in Mpls., St. Paul

Snow emergencies now are in effect in Mpls., St. Paul

As snow has tapered off, roads have remained slick. At 12:30 p.m., MnDOT traffic maps indicated 19 crashes on metro area freeways and highways.

Clearwater man killed after rear-ending stopped semi on snowy I-94

Snowy and icy conditions may have played a role in a rear-end crash Monday that killed a 58-year man on I-94 near St. Cloud, the State Patrol said.
Trespasser hurt by falling ice at Minnehaha Falls

Trespasser hurt by falling ice at Minnehaha Falls

Park police issued at least 140 warnings at Minnehaha Park over the weekend.
Source of Blaine's water failure still unknown; no school today

Source of Blaine's water failure still unknown; no school today

Hundreds of kids Monday off school after the city's water system failed Sunday.
Goodhue Co. K-9 stabbed while chasing suspect who fled from car

Goodhue Co. K-9 stabbed while chasing suspect who fled from car

Suspect stabbed dog with screwdriver, Goodhue County deputy says.

Exposure, drugs factors in deaths of two men

One body found in Friendly Marsh Park; second was in ditch.
Worst winters in the country? You betcha, they're here in Minnesota

Worst winters in the country? You betcha, they're here in Minnesota

The website Thrillist chided the state for its below-zero temperatures and copious snow falls, and even had the audacity to dis ice fishing. Just to rub it in, the site pointed out the abysmal performances of our sports teams.
Although high, traffic fatalities on Minnesota roads remain flat in 2016

Although high, traffic fatalities on Minnesota roads remain flat in 2016

Drunken, distracted drivers remain a serious hazard on the road, officials say.

1 dead, 1 critically injured after car is broadsided by semi in Mille Lacs Co.

A broadside crash on a central Minnesota highway Wednesday has left a man from St. Cloud dead, the State Patrol said. Leodis Gary, 59, was…
Layer up: Arctic air to hang around the rest of the week

Layer up: Arctic air to hang around the rest of the week

Highs in the metro will struggle to get above zero on Thursday.
Hwy. 169 drivers, take note: Nine Mile Creek bridge closing til fall

Hwy. 169 drivers, take note: Nine Mile Creek bridge closing til fall

Any time the Minnesota Department of Transportation begins a construction project, it warns drivers to “Know Your Route.” Next week, when a major bridge and…
The Limited is closing all five Twin Cities stores next week

The Limited is closing all five Twin Cities stores next week

The stores in Mall of America, Rosedale, Ridgedale, Southdale and Premium Outlets in Eagan are all closing as the retailer appears headed for bankruptcy.
After theft, New Hope nonprofit gets new wheels for minivan

After theft, New Hope nonprofit gets new wheels for minivan

In this season of giving, a New Hope nonprofit got a gift from a local tire shop, which stepped up to replace the wheels that…

Robbinsdale man charged in man's heroin death

The death occurred Oct. 22 in Fridley.

Edina police tell residents calls from deputy U.S. marshal is a hoax

Police in Edina say somebody is posing as a deputy U.S. marshal and telling people they face arrest and to turn themselves in. Police believe…
Early morning shooting near Gay 90s leaves two injured

Early morning shooting near Gay 90s leaves two injured

Man and woman were taken to HCMC after 2 a.m. incident.
Like the winds, flight delays die down at MSP

Like the winds, flight delays die down at MSP

Travel restrictions were lifted in the Dakotas after blizzards shut highways.
This video shows why you should stay in your vehicle after a crash

This video shows why you should stay in your vehicle after a crash

Two men narrowly escaped injury while standing on the side of I-94 in downtown St. Paul.

New London man killed in broadside crash

The crash occurred Monday at an intersection in Scott County.
Offer to thieves: Return stolen wheels in exchange for jacks you left

Offer to thieves: Return stolen wheels in exchange for jacks you left

Thieves who carried out a sophisticated and calculated robbery by lifting a minivan belonging to a New Hope nonprofit off the ground and stealing all four wheels missed an important step.
Flight delays diminish, but MSP still down to one runway

Flight delays diminish, but MSP still down to one runway

The National Weather Service says winds will gust over 60 mph in southwestern Minnesota, and no travel is advised in far northwestern Minnesota. MSP is also experiencing significant delays.
Storm delivers 6" to Twin Cities; now comes the extreme cold

Storm delivers 6" to Twin Cities; now comes the extreme cold

Snow emergencies have been declared in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Both cities had about 6 inches of snow by 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. St. Cloud had 3.3 inches.
Minn. trooper returns wayward dog, Christmas presents to I-94 crash victims

Minn. trooper returns wayward dog, Christmas presents to I-94 crash victims

Both incidents occurred on an icy I-94 near Rothsay, Minn.
Storm kicks off with light snow, rising temps; could total 10"

Storm kicks off with light snow, rising temps; could total 10"

By the time it's done early Saturday, some areas can expect up to 10 inches. Then cold not felt in December since 2000 will follow.

Reward offered in Burnsville storage locker break-ins

Thefts occurred Oct. 29 and 31 at the North Star Mini Storage.

2 die in head-on crash in northwestern Minnesota

Two men were fatally injured early Wednesday in a head-on crash in Becker County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Bruce Vidden, 58, of Detroit…

$10,000 reward offered in Rogers gun shop break-in

The theft of $14,000 in weapons occurred on Dec. 8
Passersby pull driver from icy pond in west metro Tuesday morning

Passersby pull driver from icy pond in west metro Tuesday morning

Passersby aided woman who had broken the rear window with a fire extinguisher.
Obituary: A champion of vocational education, Duane Lund was known as 'Mr. Staples'

Obituary: A champion of vocational education, Duane Lund was known as 'Mr. Staples'

Duane Lund spent a quarter century overseeing the public school system in Staples, Minn., and a lifetime looking out and advocating for his central Minnesota…

Police seek crook who stole high-end pistols from Rogers gun shop

Video shows thief knew where valued weapons, silencers were stored.

Rochester opens door to Uber and the like; now, will they expand there?

The City Council approved an ordinance allowing transportation networking companies to operate due to public demand.
Snow, bitter cold arrive in Twin Cities starting this afternoon

Snow, bitter cold arrive in Twin Cities starting this afternoon

It's time to get the shovels at the ready and prime the snowblower. Both will be needed as a weekend storm will bring the first significant snowfall of the season this afternoon to the Twin Cities and parts of the state.

Body may be that of missing St. Cloud man

A body found in a ditch along a central Minnesota highway is believed to be that of a missing 22-year-old man, authorities said. The man,…
Man fatally shot in Eagan worked for company guarding facility

Man fatally shot in Eagan worked for company guarding facility

Authorities say a 25-year-old man who was fatally shot by a security guard in a Twin Cities suburb worked for the same security company.
Man shot by guard at Eagan warehouse died of multiple gunshot wounds

Man shot by guard at Eagan warehouse died of multiple gunshot wounds

Investigators are still looking into the early Monday shooting.

Father, son each hit $100,000 prize in state's 'All or Nothing' game

In a first for the Minnesota State Lottery, tickets matching all the winning numbers and none of the winning numbers were sold in the same…

Minneapolis man who died in custody had led police on a south-metro chase

Gerard Ryan's death is still under investigation
Security guard fatally shoots masked armed robber in Eagan

Security guard fatally shoots masked armed robber in Eagan

Officers responded to the call at 985 Aldrin Drive just after midnight and found a man dead of an apparent gunshot wound and the security guard injured, said police spokesman Aaron Machtemes.

The Drive: Indented markings don't harm pavement

Last summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) repaved the portion of I-394 between Hwy. 100 in Golden Valley and I-494 in Minnetonka, then painted…

West St. Paul police look for 3 men who stole purse from elderly woman

Police in West St. Paul say three men snatched a purse from an elderly woman and now the search is on to find them. The…

Faribault woman killed, 15-year-old driver hurt in Goodhue Co. crash

A woman from Faribault, Minn., was killed and a teenager was seriously injured Tuesday in a broadside crash involving a semitrailer truck, the Minnesota State…
Minimum-wage workers take daylong fight to streets of Dinkytown

Minimum-wage workers take daylong fight to streets of Dinkytown

Coordinated actions included arrests, an Eden Prairie mall lockout and a U of M demonstration.
Charges: Masked bandits shot Prior Lake man over drug deal-turned robbery, then fled, shot at cops

Charges: Masked bandits shot Prior Lake man over drug deal-turned robbery, then fled, shot at cops

The suspect was being chased by police following a fatal shooting Nov. 23 in Prior Lake.
Believe it or not, Minnesota has nation's best drivers, study says

Believe it or not, Minnesota has nation's best drivers, study says

Insurance study based on national data says Texas and Louisiana have worst drivers.

Man's body found in nature preserve in Mendota Heights

Hikers on a Thanksgiving Day walk found a man’s body near Friendly Marsh Park, the Mendota Heights Police Department said. Police were called to the…

Winter weather advisory in effect until this morning

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Travelers can "plan on slippery road conditions," the National Weather Service said. Up to 5 inches of snow could fall.

Crashes kill Milaca man, Carlton County teen

A man from Milaca, Minn., was killed in a head-on crash Monday evening while a teenager from Holyoke, Minn., has died following a crash last…
More snow coming, with just enough to make Thanksgiving travel dicey

More snow coming, with just enough to make Thanksgiving travel dicey

Thanksgiving serves up an evening snowfall across the metro area.

Westbound I-694 grows to three lanes, but only until spring

Drivers who use westbound Interstate 694 through Little Canada and Arden Hills have been waiting six months for this news: Work on adding a third…

Body pulled from Sun Lake in Chaska

Authorities on Saturday recovered a man’s body from Sun Lake in Chaska. Chaska police gave few other details, saying the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office will…
Freezeup, cleanup follow blizzard after winter arrives in Minnesota

Freezeup, cleanup follow blizzard after winter arrives in Minnesota

The conditions halted travel in much of the state. In the metro area, flowers wilted in the slush ahead of a Saturday that will feel frigid. Also, Saturday's Alan Jackson concert at Target Center is postponed.
Robbinsdale will get Hy-Vee after all, despite Terrace Theater fallout

Robbinsdale will get Hy-Vee after all, despite Terrace Theater fallout

A visit from the city's mayor helped sway the grocer to move forward the plan.
Police talking with 2 women about fatal beating of UW-Stout student

Police talking with 2 women about fatal beating of UW-Stout student

Hussain Saeed Alnahdi died of a traumatic brain injury after being attacked on Oct. 30.

Robbery, shooting leads to 4 arrests in Hopkins

Hopkins police took four men into custody following a robbery involving a firearm Monday night. Officers were called to Valley Park on the 700 block…

Late-night fire destroys controversial city hall being built in Lakeland

The cause is still under investigation

Fire destroys Burnsville apartment building, nobody hurt

Residents in 36 units of the Pines of Burnsville were displaced.
The Drive: Get your sleep before you drive

The Drive: Get your sleep before you drive

Jeanna Grunewald’s most terrifying moment on the road occurred a couple weeks ago, and she never saw it coming. She was headed from home in…
U police identify person of interest in anti-Muslim graffiti case

U police identify person of interest in anti-Muslim graffiti case

University of Minnesota Police may have a lead on the person who vandalized a sign promoting the Muslim Student Association at the school.Sometime overnight, the…
Not quite record warmth for the weekend, but it will be close

Not quite record warmth for the weekend, but it will be close

Lots of sun will push the temperature close to 70 degrees Friday through Sunday, and you'll get an extra hour to enjoy it.

Weekend traffic: Twin Cities drivers will find few roadblocks

Hwy. 100 and I-494 will have 3 lanes open in each direction
New Metro Transit app allows fare payments with smartphones

New Metro Transit app allows fare payments with smartphones

App also offers schedules, route maps and real-time arrivals.
Ramsey County deputy who mistreated K-9 can keep job, arbitrator says

Ramsey County deputy who mistreated K-9 can keep job, arbitrator says

Berry, a 20-year veteran, will not get back pay.
Vulnerable adult, toddler missing in Minneapolis have been found

Vulnerable adult, toddler missing in Minneapolis have been found

The pair was last seen on Friday Oct. 28 but were found Tuesday morning
The Drive: Keep Halloween from becoming a road nightmare

The Drive: Keep Halloween from becoming a road nightmare

Monday is Halloween and the folks at AAA Minneapolis have a treat for you if you stop into one of their Hennepin County offices. And…
Funeral services announced for music legend Bobby Vee

Funeral services announced for music legend Bobby Vee

Visitation will be Tuesday with services Wednesday.

Hopkins police seek witnesses in hit-and-run that killed woman, 75

Hopkins police are offering a $6,000 reward in hopes that somebody will come forward with the tip needed to find the driver.

Man's body found in burning car near Owatonna

The body was found in a car burning in a farm field.
Missing Lakeville family found alive in vehicle in south Minneapolis

Missing Lakeville family found alive in vehicle in south Minneapolis

They were discovered in a vehicle that had been missing since Thursday.
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