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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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Labor Day road forecast: low gas prices, lots of road construction

Also, law enforcement will be looking for drunken drivers through Monday.

Pedestrian hit and killed on I-94 in St. Paul

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Monday morning on I-94 in downtown St. Paul and later died at the hospital, the Minnesota State Patrol…
Obituary: Pianist Thelma Hunter was a major figure in Twin Cities' music scene

Obituary: Pianist Thelma Hunter was a major figure in Twin Cities' music scene

Thelma Hunter knew what it was like to play on the big stage. At age 5, the pianist performed at Carnegie Hall as one of…

Weekend traffic: State Fair, plus another shutdown of Hwy. 100, I-35E

By far the biggest traffic event of the weekend will be the Minnesota State Fair, and a Black Lives Matter protest planned for Saturday has…

Minneapolis officer injured in crash with suspect's car

A suspect fleeing police in a car crashed into a Minneapolis squad in downtown Minneapolis early Thursday. Both the officer and the suspect were injured…

Metro Transit tests Wi-Fi on some routes

Following the lead of other local transit agencies, Metro Transit is bringing free Wi-Fi service to selected express routes and some urban and local routes.…

Lane, ramp restrictions being lifted on I-35E in St. Paul, Maplewood and Little Canada

Several changes are in store for Interstate 35E drivers in St. Paul and the eastern suburbs as new lane configurations are phased in over the…
Simulator kicks off Minn. DWI crackdown with sober lesson

Simulator kicks off Minn. DWI crackdown with sober lesson

“Drunk-vision” goggles that simulate what it’s like to drive while impaired show that "you see how you really see, not how you think you see."

Semi rollover on eastbound I-94 in St. Paul causes delays, detour

All lanes of eastbound Interstate Hwy. 94 in St. Paul are back open after crews finished clearing the scene of a semitrailer truck that flipped…
Life in the fast lane is a short ride for cyclist meandering on I-694 during rush hour

Life in the fast lane is a short ride for cyclist meandering on I-694 during rush hour

North metro drivers get a dangerous wake-up call from a meandering man at rush hour.

Man killed, teen driver injured in Elk River crash

The crash happened about 5:30 a.m. on a curve on the 19300 block Twin Lakes Road.

Part of Hwy. 169 in Edina to be closed for up to a year

MnDOT has an open house Wednesday on the $72 million to $87 million project.
May 1: Woman killed by light-rail train was Minn. Senate employee

May 1: Woman killed by light-rail train was Minn. Senate employee

A woman hit by a Green Line train as she crossed University Avenue Thursday morning in St. Paul’s Midway area has died, officials said.

Man jailed after MnDot truck is stolen from work site

An Inver Grove Heights man apparently needed some instant transportation, so he helped himself to a Minnesota Department of Transportation truck parked at a construction…
Obituary: Crystal Police's Susan Carstens kept kids on the straight and narrow

Obituary: Crystal Police's Susan Carstens kept kids on the straight and narrow

Children and vulnerable adults in trouble and teens who ran afoul of the law found a tenacious yet empathetic advocate in Susan Carstens. In her…

I-94 and 394 closures plus half marathons to bring traffic challenges

Interstate 94 and 394 closures, sports events and theater equal traffic jams.

The Drive: New service fuels more MTVA riders

Express service from Rosemount to downtown Minneapolis is powering much of the growth.

Portions of I-94 and 494 to be shut down for the weekend

The shutdown of two major freeways comes on a busy weekend that features the Minneapolis Aquatennial’s signature fireworks and the Twins hosting the New York Yankees at Target Field.

Metro Transit ridership up, but below 2015 goal

Metro Transit provided slightly more than 42.2 million rides on trains and buses during the first six months of 2015, up 6 percent or 2.4…

Number killed on Minnesota roads up 21 percent

Heading into 2015, Minnesota roads seemed to be getting safer. But the decrease in traffic fatalities is on pace to end if the first half…
Obituary: Lynn Steen made math fun, relevant and accessible for St. Olaf students

Obituary: Lynn Steen made math fun, relevant and accessible for St. Olaf students

Lynn Steen was one of the most respected and articulate voices in the field of mathematics, dedicating his career to advancing the way the discipline…

Twin Cities weekend road projects include partial shutdown for Green and Blue lines

The weekend should bring a reprieve for downtown Minneapolis and west-metro drivers after the chaos wrought by Interstate 394 lane closures this week.Things will be…
Metro commutes turn into torture: 'It's been a nightmare'

Metro commutes turn into torture: 'It's been a nightmare'

Road work on I-394 will last until mid-August, and gridlock downtown might, too.
The forecast for I-394: Gridlock as two-week resurfacing starts

The forecast for I-394: Gridlock as two-week resurfacing starts

Starting at 10 p.m. and lasting for two weeks, all westbound traffic will be shifted onto the reversible lanes as crews repair concrete between I-94 and Hwy. 100.

Metro Transit's longest-tenured bus driver retires with 42 years accident-free

He never lived up to his high school nickname, “Crash.”
Rain waterlogs parts of Twin Cities

Rain waterlogs parts of Twin Cities

The Twin Cities will be drying out this week after a heavy overnight rain on Monday caused flash flooding in some areas of the Twin Cities, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Road work won't be taking a holiday for July 4th weekend

Road work won't be taking a holiday for July 4th weekend

Gas prices for these busy driving days dropped to a five-year low.

Lawn worker finds body in Coon Rapids

Authorities are saying little about a body that was found Friday in a muddy area near a creek in Coon Rapids. A worker doing lawn…
Obituary: June Berg helped co-found Ronald McDonald House

Obituary: June Berg helped co-found Ronald McDonald House

In 1969, June Berg and a friend cleaned out their closets and held a small garage sale in south Minneapolis. They earned $2,000 and donated…
The Drive: Better design could make the Green Line safer

The Drive: Better design could make the Green Line safer

A woman walked across the tracks as a Green Line train with its horn blaring rolled into the station. Two teens dashed across three lanes…

Weekend traffic: Big events will be a traffic magnet, plus HOT lane and Cedar Avenue closures

Big events and big construction projects mark this weekend’s traffic report. Round two of the Cedar Avenue bridge repair project will complicate travel in the…

Gas leak leads to evacuation of homes, businesses in Anoka

Some residents in the area were directed to leave the area on foot and not use their cellphones, for fear of sparking a fire.
Green and Blue line trains go offline in Mpls. this weekend

Green and Blue line trains go offline in Mpls. this weekend

The Green Line marks one year of service on Sunday, but riders won’t be celebrating so much with a portion of the line closed for track maintenance all weekend.
Driver fleeing police in Wayzata rams vehicles, finally stops

Driver fleeing police in Wayzata rams vehicles, finally stops

A wild and crazy scene unfolded in Wayzata Thursday morning as a driver fleeing police rammed several vehicles before he was stopped.

55-year-old man suffers medical emergency, dies on freeway in Eagan

A 55-year-old Oakdale man died Thursday during the peak of the rush hour when his vehicle went off a freeway in Eagan, the State Patrol…

Fewer Minnesota drivers are ticketed for failing to buckle up

This year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign brings a 32 percent drop in number of citations.

I-394 project in and around Minneapolis delayed until July 10

A repaving and repair project on Interstate 394 that was supposed to have started Monday has been pushed off for a month.MnDOT officials said work…
Headaches continue over Cedar Avenue bridge closures

Headaches continue over Cedar Avenue bridge closures

Repairs on key Minnesota River bridge crossing is detouring thousands to Interstates 35E and 494.
The Drive: Cedar Avenue bridge work brings 20 days of closures

The Drive: Cedar Avenue bridge work brings 20 days of closures

Closing of major river crossing will divert traffic, disrupt transit schedules for 20 days.
Obituary: Dr. David Knowles cared for Mankato residents and Vikings for nearly 40 years

Obituary: Dr. David Knowles cared for Mankato residents and Vikings for nearly 40 years

David Knowles was the Mankato doctor generations of families called on to deliver their babies and Minnesota Vikings players sought to treat their training camp injuries.

Ah, the weekend: Here's a list of highways and byways to avoid

With Hwy. 100 closed in St. Louis Park and a partial closing of 1-35E, transit might not be a bad way to get around this…
Police wound suspect in N. Minneapolis carjacking; 2 arrested

Police wound suspect in N. Minneapolis carjacking; 2 arrested

At least two suspects fled the scene on foot and shots were fired.
Fares covering more than a third of Twin Cities' Green Line expenses

Fares covering more than a third of Twin Cities' Green Line expenses

The 36% contributed by fares makes it better than the national average.
Obituary: The Rev. Edwin Eilertsen, former rector of St. Martin's by the Lake

Obituary: The Rev. Edwin Eilertsen, former rector of St. Martin's by the Lake

The Rev. Edwin J. Eilertsen spent more than 45 years empowering people to do positive things with their lives and for their community, and he…

Driver wanted to race Minnesota state trooper; he lost

A Wisconsin man who said he just wanted to race a Minnesota state trooper he encountered on a northern Minnesota interstate highway Wednesday morning is…
Bird exhibitions canceled at state, county fairs because of flu

Bird exhibitions canceled at state, county fairs because of flu

There will be no live poultry exhibitions at the Minnesota State Fair this year after the Minnesota Board of Animal Health on Friday ordered all…

Detours, delays for weekend road warriors

The big traffic news this weekend is that 5 miles of Interstate 94 in St. Paul will be closed all weekend to allow the Minnesota…

Frustrated MnDOT seeks new source of MnPass devices for better supply, compatibility

Ongoing frustrations with transponders have the agency looking for a new vendor.
Snelling Avenue bridge repair will bring three months of detours

Snelling Avenue bridge repair will bring three months of detours

It’s not pretty now, but improvements are coming to Snelling Avenue in St. Paul: A new bus rapid transit line, better sidewalks and lighting, and…
Obituary: Elaine Meisch founded Dakota County Technical College's interior design program

Obituary: Elaine Meisch founded Dakota County Technical College's interior design program

Students in Elaine Meisch’s interior design courses at Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) learned quickly that there was much more to the trade than creating…

MVTA gains riders, will offer smartphone app

Ridership was up 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015.
MnDOT says it will review lane closing policy after massive Mendota Bridge traffic snarl

MnDOT says it will review lane closing policy after massive Mendota Bridge traffic snarl

MnDOT to look at policies that allowed lane closures and led to commuter gridlock Wednesday.
The Drive: Why police can use electronic devices, but drivers can't

The Drive: Why police can use electronic devices, but drivers can't

Minnesotans apparently are not getting the message that they should not be texting while behind the wheel. In a six-day campaign last month to crack…
In 3 seconds, reading a text turned into driving disaster

In 3 seconds, reading a text turned into driving disaster

Shyann Ericksen never thought twice about reading text messages while driving. Until the crash that left a toddler with a traumatic brain injury.
Green Line's East Bank Station reaches 1M boardings

Green Line's East Bank Station reaches 1M boardings

U’s East Bank station is the busiest on new light-rail line.

Police chase in Edina backs up morning rush hour traffic on Hwy. 169

A call about an erratic driver in the southwest metro escalated into a police pursuit during the Friday morning rush hour on busy Hwy. 169…
Obituary: Gerald Fischer, chief fundraiser for the University of Minnesota

Obituary: Gerald Fischer, chief fundraiser for the University of Minnesota

The 18 years that Gerald “Jerry” Fischer served as the president and CEO of the University of Minnesota Foundation were the best years of his…
Off-duty deputy involved in Norwood Young America shooting

Off-duty deputy involved in Norwood Young America shooting

An off-duty McLeod County sheriff’s deputy was one of two men injured in a shooting after a struggle between them early Friday at a gas station in Norwood Young America, authorities said.
Large fire damages family-run Anoka County businesses

Large fire damages family-run Anoka County businesses

A passing motorist called in the fire and neighbors in the area said they heard explosions about the time the fire started.

Metro Transit to test electric buses

Metro Transit is exploring the idea of adding buses powered solely by electricity to its fleet, and next week the public will have a chance…

Suspect fleeing police crashes into Minneapolis squad car

Man was running from Hopkins police.
I-494 commuter nightmare should ease this morning

I-494 commuter nightmare should ease this morning

West-metro commuters faced an agonizingly slow commute Monday morning as an ill-timed storm conspired with planned road construction to snarl freeway traffic all the way from Rogers to Maple Grove.
Parts of I-494, I-94 in Twin Cities closing for weekend

Parts of I-494, I-94 in Twin Cities closing for weekend

Two major stretches of Twin Cities roadway on interstates 494 and 94 are closing this weekend.
Obituary: Vernon Hollister, journalist and Robbinsdale Cooper High School teacher

Obituary: Vernon Hollister, journalist and Robbinsdale Cooper High School teacher

Vernon Hollister began and ended his journalism career in his native Wisconsin, and in between shared his passion for fine writing and literature with the…
Light-rail fare dodgers could cost $1.5M, Met Council audit says

Light-rail fare dodgers could cost $1.5M, Met Council audit says

Green Line sees more fare dodgers than older Blue Line, says a report to be discussed Wednesday.
Nov. 3, 2014: The Drive: Are all light-rail riders buying tickets?

Nov. 3, 2014: The Drive: Are all light-rail riders buying tickets?

Light-rail riders without a ticket can be ticketed. The misdemeanor carries a $180 fine plus administrative fees.
Remakes on Minnehaha, Washington avenues highlight county construction

Remakes on Minnehaha, Washington avenues highlight county construction

Construction will affect 140 miles of roads in metro area.
2015 road construction will put the squeeze on Twin Cities traffic

2015 road construction will put the squeeze on Twin Cities traffic

Patience is the watchword as resurfacing, rebuilding and expansion projects target roads in dire need.
High costs, low ridership bring end to college shuttle service

High costs, low ridership bring end to college shuttle service

Five Twin Cities private colleges still working on plans to replace service next school year.

The Drive: Sand, salt and snow take a toll on lane markings

Divots in the pavement are not a motorist's only concern at this time of year. The harsh elements have seemingly made white lane markings vanish.

ID released of man fatally shot near downtown Minneapolis ramp

By Tim Harlow and PAUL WALSH Star Tribune staff writers
1 dead, 2 injured in fire at Woodbury senior living complex

1 dead, 2 injured in fire at Woodbury senior living complex

A dispatcher with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the fire broke out around 4 a.m. at the Woodbury Health Care on the 7000 block of Lake Road. Several agencies and ambulances have responded to the scene.
Obituary: Priscilla Stanko channeled grief into Ronald McDonald House at U of Minn.

Obituary: Priscilla Stanko channeled grief into Ronald McDonald House at U of Minn.

More than 4,000 families a year spend nights at the Ronald McDonald House, a shelter on the University of Minnesota campus that Priscilla Lou Stanko…

Park-and-ride system has plenty of room as usage drops slightly in 2014

A Metro Transit survey found that just 56 percent of 32,000 available spaces were used in 2014.
Minneapolis Patrick Henry to reopen Friday after fire

Minneapolis Patrick Henry to reopen Friday after fire

No injuries were reported in the fire, which was reported to have broken out around 3 a.m. in a workstation in a chemistry lab.
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