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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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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.

Rochester police officer fatally shoots domestic assault suspect

The man who was killed was wanted in a connection with a domestic assault, and he was armed, authorities said.
State's new parks and trails license plate will be available Dec. 1

State's new parks and trails license plate will be available Dec. 1

Sale of new car tags will benefit Minnesota parks.

It will be tough going in the west metro with closures on Hwy. 100 and I-494

Restrictions on Hwy. 100 and I-494 are expected to turn more drivers onto Hwy. 169.
Firefighter in N. Minn. finds fatal car crash victim is his son

Firefighter in N. Minn. finds fatal car crash victim is his son

"Seeing the car on fire and the rims, I knew [it was my son]," he said. "I dropped to my knees. I was a mess. Another member of the crew just held me."

Crystal man charged with endangerment for driving with grandson on his lap

The 85-year-old was stopped Oct. 10 in New Hope and it was not the first time

Semi hits construction worker on I-494 in Maple Grove

The State Patrol is investigating, but speed was not a factor.
Motorist smashed into Hudson squad car on I-94 bridge; officer okay

Motorist smashed into Hudson squad car on I-94 bridge; officer okay

The crash at 9:24 a.m. involved a pickup truck and a stalled car.
'Corridor of Death' on Hwy. 12 to get median divider

'Corridor of Death' on Hwy. 12 to get median divider

Traffic will be detoured through the Long Lake area for 18 days to deal with the median work.

Deer River, Minn., man killed in northern Minnesota crash

The crash took place on Hwy. 2 near Warba, Minn.
The Drive: As seat belt enforcement begins, Delano students remind neighbors to buckle up

The Drive: As seat belt enforcement begins, Delano students remind neighbors to buckle up

A two-week statewide seat belt enforcement and education campaign begins Friday, and drivers in Independence, Maple Plain and Delano have no excuses for failing to…

Suspect in Monday's downtown Minneapolis shooting due in court today

Qumari Spencer was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person
Plymouth Metrolink bus crashes downtown, injuring about 13

Plymouth Metrolink bus crashes downtown, injuring about 13

A Plymouth Metrolink bus, after being hit by a car, crashed into a minivan owned by the U.S. Postal Service during Wednesday's morning rush hour in downtown Minneapolis, sending all three drivers and 8 to 10 passengers to local hospitals.
In St. Paul crosswalk test, police can't stop all the right-of-way violators

In St. Paul crosswalk test, police can't stop all the right-of-way violators

The St. Paul effort on Tuesday came with the number of pedestrians killed on state roads this year at 37, compared with 23 at this time last year

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…
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…

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.
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…
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
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.
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.
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.
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