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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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Ryder Cup traffic improving in southwest metro

Congestion on roads leading to Hazeltine National Golf Club was starting to ease by midmorning Friday after big backups developed ahead of the opening tee.By…
Science Museum of Minnesota's triceratops has a new resting place

Science Museum of Minnesota's triceratops has a new resting place

The beloved exhibit was moved to make way for the museum's new "Sportsology" exhibit, opening in January.

Woman killed in broadside crash on Hwy. 10 in Sherburne Co.

A broadside crash has claimed the life of a Clear Lake woman, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Rose Wipper, 84, was driving west on Sherburne…
The Drive: Why doesn't Metro Transit offer a Vikings equivalent of the Twins Express?

The Drive: Why doesn't Metro Transit offer a Vikings equivalent of the Twins Express?

Metro Transit has offered express bus service from the western suburbs to Twins games ever since Target Field opened six years ago, and it’s been…

Weekend traffic: Shutdowns on I-35E and Cedar Avenue; Metro Transit celebrates

It's throwing a party near Target Field today for an award it won.
That was much too fast: Prince tribute concert tickets gone in an instant

That was much too fast: Prince tribute concert tickets gone in an instant

The Oct. 13 show at Xcel Energy Center sold out as soon as tickets went on sale Monday.
MnDOT, city aim to reduce number of solo commuters

MnDOT, city aim to reduce number of solo commuters

Last month the Minnesota Department of Transportation told us that congestion on metro area highways increased by 2 percent last year and grimly predicted that…

Weekend traffic: Vikings traffic and closures on I-694 and I-35E

Watch for events at both Target Center and Xcel, and in the north metro, a truck convoy.

Arson cause of late Tuesday fire in New Hope apartment building

The fire broke out around 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Tradewinds apartments
Disturbances at Mall of America lead to 10 arrests

Disturbances at Mall of America lead to 10 arrests

Witnesses at the state's largest shopping and entertainment complex described the scene that unfolded Monday evening as "chaotic" with people running and chanting.

Weekend traffic: Drivers will find detours on I-35E, I-694 and Hwy. 100

As repairs resume, drivers will find detours aplenty, including on I-35E, I-694 and Hwy. 100.
Vikings, Twins, traffic fears help Metro Transit shatter single-day ridership record

Vikings, Twins, traffic fears help Metro Transit shatter single-day ridership record

Overall ridership and Blue and Green lines all hit records on Sept. 1.

Melrose cleans up after second major fire in six months

A large fire in downtown Melrose, Minn. affected several businesses and residential apartments.
5K run will be held in Jacob Wetterling's honor

5K run will be held in Jacob Wetterling's honor

The inaugural staging of the Running HOME for Jacob 5K will take place on Oct. 22, the day marking the 27th anniversary of when Jacob…

One killed, five injured in Cass County crash

A Cass County woman was killed early Monday in a single vehicle crash, authorities said. Tracy Gale was driving on County Road 8 in Gould…
Maplewood residents are swindled out of $180,000

Maplewood residents are swindled out of $180,000

Five victims were collectively scammed out of more than $180,000 during July and August in financial exploitation cases that have police in the east metro city warning residents to be on guard.

The Drive: Back-to-school lesson for drivers: slow down and stay alert

It’s the time of the year when parents cheer and kids mourn. It’s back to class this week for thousands of students as public schools…

Weekend traffic: Road work takes a holiday

MnDOT will keep all lanes of I-94 in the St. Cloud area open and lift the detour on Hwy. 169 between St. Peter and Mankato.
Obituary: Wayne Gensmer was a man of many businesses

Obituary: Wayne Gensmer was a man of many businesses

Friends and acquaintances of Wayne Gensmer always had the same question for the man with a great smile and the confidence to back it up.…
Brace yourself for tonight's 'busiest traffic day of the year' commute

Brace yourself for tonight's 'busiest traffic day of the year' commute

The Thursday evening commute could get downright gnarly.Aside from the normal crush of folks leaving work, four major sporting events — three in Minneapolis and…

South St. Paul couple found dead in Wash. state amid probe

They were under investigation for possible sexual contact with underage boys, according to news reports.
Urban cow tipping? Vandals flip car2go vehicles in St. Paul

Urban cow tipping? Vandals flip car2go vehicles in St. Paul

The two-seat vehicles were overturned late Saturday and early Sunday

State Fair and Vikings first home game will be biggest weekend traffic hassles

Biggest road closure in metro is near Fort Snelling on Hwy. 5, also known as W. 7th Street.
Maplewood police ask for public's help in finding Cub Foods bank robber

Maplewood police ask for public's help in finding Cub Foods bank robber

The holdup occurred Aug. 15 at a TCF branch in a store on White Bear Avenue.

Man shot dead in southern Minnesota state park

Suspect turned himself in to Sheriff's Office.
Your guide on getting to the Minnesota State Fair

Your guide on getting to the Minnesota State Fair

Driving to the fair can be a pain, and fair officials acknowledge that.
The Drive: UPS driver is a model of road safety

The Drive: UPS driver is a model of road safety

When it comes to safe driving, we could all take a lesson from UPS truck driver Nick Gulenchyn. He’s been schlepping packages around the Upper…

Early morning storms include 60-mph winds, toppled trees in Minn.

Widely scattered damage occurred across the metro and in other parts of central Minnesota.

Traffic will be slowed by I-694 and I-35W closures, stadium events and Tall Ships Duluth

And drive sober – a DWI enforcement campaign runs through Sept. 5.
Prepare for a Friday afternoon traffic snarl in downtown Minneapolis

Prepare for a Friday afternoon traffic snarl in downtown Minneapolis

An appearance by Donald Trump and a Luke Bryan concert will put thousands of extra vehicles on downtown streets.
Monster rubber duckie joins Duluth Tall Ships festival

Monster rubber duckie joins Duluth Tall Ships festival

The ships gather in the waters of Lake Superior, then glide under the city's famous lift bridge to their docking stations, where they will be parked through Sunday.
Suspect sought in rash of western Wis. church burglaries

Suspect sought in rash of western Wis. church burglaries

The break-ins occurred between Friday and Sunday nights, and a security camera captured an image of the burglar, authorities said
I-94 reopens at Lowry Tunnel after gas leak

I-94 reopens at Lowry Tunnel after gas leak

Interstate 94 in downtown Minneapolis has reopened after it had been shut down for more than 90 minutes after a gas leak Thursday afternoon.
State Patrol, MnDOT partner to crack down on MnPass cheats

State Patrol, MnDOT partner to crack down on MnPass cheats

For the next two years, six state troopers will be dedicated to enforcing rules of the HOT lanes

Train, Metro Transit bus collide in south Minneapolis

No injuries were reported.
MnDOT workers rescue dog trapped on Iron Range cliff

MnDOT workers rescue dog trapped on Iron Range cliff

Golden retriever wandered onto cliff at Iron Range site.
State Fair to celebrate Prince with 'Unite in Purple' Day Aug. 26

State Fair to celebrate Prince with 'Unite in Purple' Day Aug. 26

"Unite in Purple" Day will offer tributes to the late rock icon on Aug. 26.

Pedestrians hit and killed in Edina, Bloomington and Belle Plaine

Incidents in Edina, Bloomington and Belle Plaine investigated.
Fridley officer hurt in rollover crash

Fridley officer hurt in rollover crash

The officer was trying to stop a motorist who had run a red light when he was hit Friday morning.

Weekend traffic: Drivers could encounter hassles on getaway routes, and metro detours on Hwys. 52, 100 and 280

Drivers escaping the city will hit the biggest snags this weekend, even as metro area motorists deal with another shutdown on Hwy. 100 — although…

Weekend traffic: Drivers could encounter hassles on getaway routes, and metro detours on Hwys. 52, 100 and 280

Drivers escaping the city will hit the biggest snags this weekend, even as metro area motorists deal with another shutdown on Hwy. 100 — although…
Heavy rain leaves floods, soggy cleanup across Minnesota

Heavy rain leaves floods, soggy cleanup across Minnesota

More rain was possible Thursday night in the metro, but it wasn't expected to be as heavy as 24 hours earlier.
Yes, you did wait a long time at MSP checkpoints last winter

Yes, you did wait a long time at MSP checkpoints last winter

The time it took to get through security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in February was longer than 20 minutes more than 222 times, according to newly released data.

It turned black, and then it poured; tweets from last night's storm

[View the story "A dark and stormy night with lots and lots of rain" on Storify]

Charges: In long feud, Lakeville man threatens cable guy with shotgun

The repairman was caught in the middle of a feud between neighbors
Source of outage unclear as Delta flights resume

Source of outage unclear as Delta flights resume

By noon, the Atlanta-based airline had canceled 427 flights worldwide, 45 of which were either arrivals or departures at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Car, light-rail train collide near U of M

A car and a westbound Green Line train collided just after noon Monday near the University of Minnesota, Metro Transit officials said. Nobody appeared to…

Weekend traffic: Art fairs, a street fair and a spate of road closures

Drivers will find closures on portions of Interstate 35E and Hwys. 100 and 280.
Metro Transit and U.S. Bank Stadium vendors vow changes

Metro Transit and U.S. Bank Stadium vendors vow changes

The overriding complaint about how Wednesday night's opening could be captured in one word: Lines.

Temporary TSA PreCheck enrollment center coming Aug. 23-27

The Bloomington center will help up to 1,000 travelers sign up for faster TSA screenings Aug. 23-27.
Already bad traffic in the Twin Cities will only get worse, MnDOT says

Already bad traffic in the Twin Cities will only get worse, MnDOT says

Slower speeds, longer trip times, and lots more company on the roads. That's the future of Twin Cities traffic.Congestion on metro area highways and freeways…

Delta flight lands safely at MSP after making emergency call

A Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis on Tuesday morning made an emergency call before landing safely at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, airport…
Enterprise will spin for the final time at Valleyfair on Aug. 21

Enterprise will spin for the final time at Valleyfair on Aug. 21

One of Valleyfair’s oldest and most popular rides is heading for retirement. The Enterprise will spin for the final time on Aug. 21, and then…

I-494 in South St. Paul is back open after fatal pedestrian accident

The pedestrian was on the interstate for an "unknown reason" at the time he was run over, the patrol said.

The Drive: 7th Street headache will last until October

The Drive loves the Minnesota Lynx. After all, who can’t get behind a three-time champion that is the only local professional sports team giving us…

Weekend traffic: Vikings training kicks off and I-35W closure

In a nice change of pace, Hwy. 100 is open in both directions through St. Louis Park and Edina.

Brothers abused by Bloomington casting director awarded $2.1M

A Hennepin County jury has awarded nearly $2.1 million to two brothers who were sexually abused by the former owner and casting director of a…
Worker buried when trench collapsed in Minnetonka has died

Worker buried when trench collapsed in Minnetonka has died

One of the two construction workers trapped when a trench they were digging collapsed Monday morning in Minnetonka has died, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s…

Eden Prairie police warn residents about thefts from homes and cars

Eden Prairie police are warning residents to lock up in the wake of a recent string of burglaries in the city. The first occurred on…

Chisholm, Minn., semi driver is year's 201st traffic victim

The number is keeping pace with 2015 fatalities.
Two hurt when trench collapses in Minnetonka

Two hurt when trench collapses in Minnetonka

Two construction workers where hurt Monday morning when a trench they were digging in Minnetonka collapsed. The men were working on a road rehabilitation project…

Weekend traffic: Brace for shutdowns on I-94 in St. Paul's Midway and Hwy. 100

Weekend of festivals, sports could add to woes.

Gillette workers get intro to the bus

Try riding the bus, you just might like it. That’s the thought behind an initiative earlier this week at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St.…
Why was this storm so bad in northeast Minnesota?

Why was this storm so bad in northeast Minnesota?

High winds, "juicy air" and saturated soil led to downed trees.
Storms kill 2 campers; Minnesota heat wave continues

Storms kill 2 campers; Minnesota heat wave continues

Storms early Thursday left thousands without power in northern Minnesota.
Beleaguered Viking ship sails for Chicago; Duluth fate uncertain

Beleaguered Viking ship sails for Chicago; Duluth fate uncertain

The fate of Draken's visits to Green Bay, Wis., and Duluth remains unclear.

Suspects flee Hermantown police at 117 mph, crash car

Police were looking for different vehicle when suspects sped by
Thief drives off with St. Paul restaurant's corn roaster

Thief drives off with St. Paul restaurant's corn roaster

Owners of El Burrito Mercado are offering a reward of up $1,000.
Your guide for getting to U.S. Bank Stadium

Your guide for getting to U.S. Bank Stadium

A traffic management plan is in place to get people in and out with relative ease.
Two DWI charges for woman who crashed into Hopkins apartment building

Two DWI charges for woman who crashed into Hopkins apartment building

Her blood alcohol content was 0.346 percent — more than four times the legal limit.
Differences 'resolved,' police going back to work at Lynx games

Differences 'resolved,' police going back to work at Lynx games

Police were at Target Center on Friday after they mended their differences
Pokemon Go craze sparks side business for drivers. Really.

Pokemon Go craze sparks side business for drivers. Really.

Public safety officials are concerned about drivers playing game on the road.

Weekend traffic: Orange cones and detours on Hwy. 100 and I-35W

Big weekend events include Lumberjack Days in Stillwater, truck races in Elk River.
Fundraiser may be the life vest that saves Viking ship's voyage

Fundraiser may be the life vest that saves Viking ship's voyage

The Sons of Norway have stepped forward to try to help raise $400,000.
'White allies' shut down 35W amid rush hour; charges filed

'White allies' shut down 35W amid rush hour; charges filed

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said the activists make up "a coalition of white people and non-Black people of color [acting] in solidarity with the movement for Black lives, condemning the ongoing killings of Black people by police in the Twin Cities and across the country."
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