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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
Phone: 612-673-7768
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Tim Harlow covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour. Harlow also covers general assignment and breaking news and weather. 

Harlow previously spent four years covering Washington County news and writing about family events and festivals. He is a resident of Robbinsdale and earned a communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters degree in communications from Bethel University. In his free time, he likes playing sand and indoor volleyball.
Recent content from Tim Harlow
The 10th Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, with the I-35W Bridge to the rear .

Winter must be over: Road construction season begins in Twin Cities

Five blocks of Hennepin Avenue will close Tuesday in downtown Minneapolis.
James Schlafer and his wife, Diana, show their roll of double twos to Carol Jackson and her husband, Ron Liebelt, (middle) and Paul Schlafer and his w

Virtual family game night brings siblings together across state lines

Far-flung family members hold virtual game night by turning to an old standard.
Lolly Lijewski, who uses a seeing eye dog named Jiffy, was helped off a Metro Mobility bus by driver Rigoberto Zuniga in September.

Metro Mobility begins delivering groceries

The program debuted Sunday and is available to those certified to use the service

Pickup driver killed in crash on Hwy. 10 in St. Cloud

The driver rear-ended a semitrailer truck that had stopped for red light
In this Monday, March 23, 2020, photo, Metro Transit busses travel with the hashtag #STAYHOMEMN during the coronavirus outbreak on Nicollet Mall in do

Minnesota gets an A in social distancing, tech company says

The data company Unacast has been tracking a decrease in movement since COVID-19 hit.
Twins Stadium parking ramp in Minneapolis.

COVID-19 crimps downtown Minneapolis parking business

Drivers can cancel downtown parking contracts, but few have.

Escalating argument over loud music ends in arrest in St. Louis Park

A dispute between two residents over loud music set off the chain of events Monday night
A Metro Transit bus with the hashtag #STAYHOMEMN drove down Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis on Monday, March 23. Buses and trains are moving to

Metro Transit to cut service by 40% starting Wednesday

Service will resemble the days following a major holiday, like Thanksgiving
There was no congestion on Hwy. 169 near 63rd Avenue in Brooklyn Park at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, a time when there is usually bumper-to-bumper traffic.

COVID-19 brings radical shift in Twin Cities commuting patterns

MnDOT's analysis of data showed that on Tuesday, for example, motorists collectively logged 30 million miles, a drop of nearly 20% from the week before.
A State Patrol crash reconstruction team on the scene of a fatal crash on Hwy. 61 at Lower Afton Road.

Driver who ran red light killed in crash on Hwy. 61 in St. Paul

The crash occurred Friday morning in the northbound lanes of Hwy. 61 at Lower Afton Road
The KinderCare on Xerxes Avenue in Brooklyn Park is a total loss after a fire Thursday morning.

Overnight fire severely damages Brooklyn Park day care center

The blaze at the Xerxes Avenue KinderCare was reported about 2 a.m.
A Metro Transit light-rail train pulled into the Warehouse District / Hennepin stop in downtown Minneapolis.

Twin Cities transit agencies reduce service as ridership plummets

Fewer trips and rear-door boarding are among the changes coming.
Cars lined up as drivers waited to take the test at the DMV in Eagan in May 2015.

Minnesota DPS cancels road tests at exam stations statewide

Tests have been suspended for the next 10 days, through March 27

Man killed in single-vehicle crash in Anoka County is ID'd

The driver died at the scene of the wreck on Viking Boulevard in Oak Grove.
The Real ID office at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Minnesota license office closures make it harder to get Real ID

Some officials want the Oct. 1 deadline extended.

Minnesota Uber, Lyft drivers: 'We are scared'

Drivers fear losing much-needed income and getting sick.
Robin Garwood received this parking advisory after he locked his bike up to a Metro Transit bus stop pole. City ordinance allows for cyclists to attac

Construction ahead: Expect delays on Highway 5 near Minneapolis-St. Paul airport

Officials at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have long advised travelers to arrive at least two hours before departures to allow enough time to park, check…
Transit agencies are bracing for a drop in ridership due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Twin Cities transit still running amid COVID-19, but cuts could be coming

Transit providers have stepped up efforts to clean buses and trains.
Students worked on coding skills during an "Hour of Code" at Robbinsdale's School of Engineering and Arts.

Robbinsdale first state school district to close over COVID-19 concerns

The district serving about 12,500 students called off classes Friday.

Power restored to thousands in Twin Cities south metro

About 30,000 customers lost electricity for about 20 minutes, the utility said
Ramaden Waliye suffered significant injuries when he was hit by a pickup while walking to a school bus in St. Paul on Feb. 27. He began rehabilitation

Boy hit by pickup while boarding school bus in St. Paul begins rehab

No charges have been filed against the driver, a man from St. Paul.
Heavy traffic congestion for the afternoon commute on Interstate 494 at France Avenue in Bloomington in 2015.

Survey: Twin Cities commutes grow as congestion worsens

Drivers lose 52 hours a year sitting in traffic, up from 40 just 3 years ago.
Catalytic converters have become common items of theft from vehicles. They are sold by the thieves as scrap metal.

Police offer reward after dozens of catalytic converters stolen in Hopkins

Police say the thefts began early February
Dariaz Higgins

Murder charge filed against father who dumped 2-year-old daughter in southern Minnesota highway ditch

Dariaz Higgins was charged for the death of Noelani Robinson
Lois Riess

Lois Riess headed back to Minnesota to face murder charges

Lois Riess is charged in Dodge County with the killing of her husband, David, in 2018.
Traveler Jack Rossmann of St. Paul gets an a REAL ID application at MSP before a news conference debuting the new REAL ID Office at Minneapolis-St. Pa

Need Real ID? Now you can apply 'right here and right now' at MSP Airport

The hope is to get frequent air travelers to apply for the federally approved ID card while waiting for their flights.
Under a proposal recommended by city staff, parking on Wooddale Avenue between 44th Street and 42 1/2 Street in St. Louis Park would be removed to mak

Plan for controversial bike lane wins approval in St. Louis Park

Construction on Wooddale Avenue could begin this fall.

Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in Crow Wing County

The crash happened Saturday in Mission Township.
A police officer talks to a school bus driver at the scene along Robert St. Thursday morning on St. Paul's west side.

Boy hit while boarding school bus in St. Paul still in critical condition

No charges have been filed against the driver, a man from Minneapolis.

Thieves steal truck, hit several parked cars before crashing in south Minneapolis

Police said the suspects, believed to be juveniles, ran from the scene.

Crews putting out fire in northeast Minneapolis find body nearby

A man's body was found by crews putting out a fire.
The scene on S. Robert Street in St. Paul where a child was hit by an SUV while getting on a school bus Thursday morning, Feb. 27, 2020.

St. Paul 7-year-old critical after he's struck while walking to his bus

The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. at S. Robert Street and Wood Street on St. Paul's West Side.
Melvin Heckt

Melvin Heckt, champion for those with disabilities, dies at 95

Heckt spent more than 60 years as a Twin Cities lawyer and was known for his pioneering work on trusts and estate planning.

Threatening message was reason classes were called off in western Minnesota school district

Classes were canceled Thursday and Friday in the Lac qui Parle Valley School District.
Police were called to a scene in St. Paul during the early morning hours where a woman was found unresponsive and later died. Here, police investigato

Woman dead, man jailed in St. Paul homicide

The death occurred after a domestic dispute in the Union Park neighborhood, police said.

Annunciation School remains closed after sewer main break causes flooding

Cleanup will continue on Tuesday at the south Minneapolis school.

Fridley man killed in snowmobile crash in Crow Wing County

A snowmobiler who died Saturday when his sled left a state trail and struck a group of trees has been identified as David Walter, 61,…
Under Minnesota law, drivers are not allowed to have a cellphone or other electronic device in their hand while at the wheel. Drivers can touch their

Tickets for violating Minnesota hands-free cellphone law seldom get tossed out

Of more than 9,700 citations for breaking Minnesota's hands-free law, less than 2% have been dismissed.
Kelby Woodard

Former state legislator to head St. Thomas Academy

Kelby Woodard will take over the position of headmaster on July 1.
Construction on I-35W in south Minneapolis.

Weekend warm-up comes with closing on I-35W in Minneapolis

MnDOT will be moving a crane into place ahead of a drainage project this summer.

Pickup truck driver killed in NW. Minn. crash involving semi

The crash on Hwy. 210 near Underwood, Minn., left a 30-year-old man dead.

1 dead, 2 injured in head-on crash in western Wisconsin

The crash occurred on Hwy. 63 near Spring Valley Wednesday afternoon
The Minnehaha headed to Lake Minnetonka's Big Island with a load of passengers.

Steamboat Minnehaha won't venture onto Lake Minnetonka this summer

The property with the only boat launch large enough to accommodate the steamboat won't be available this year.

Crews work through the night, monitor air quality from fire at Becker, Minn., metal recycling plant

Police were telling residents with respiratory problems who live near the Northern Metals Recycling plant to remain indoors or in well-ventilated areas.
University of Minnesota authorities put out a warning to students, faculty and staff members to be cautious after an attempted kidnapping near the Twi

University of Minnesota sends alert after attempted kidnapping near campus

The incident happened about 10:30 a.m. at SE. 6th Street and 10th Avenue.

One dead in southeastern Minnesota crash

The crash occurred on Hwy. 76 in Houston County.
Drivers frequently use the shoulders and have often gone onto sidewalks to pass vehicles that have stopped to make a turn on France Avenue in Edina.

Video of drivers on Edina's France Avenue may lead to safety fixes

Drivers are going too fast and putting pedestrians and bicyclists in danger by illegally driving onto shoulders — and sometimes up on the sidewalks — to pass vehicles that have stopped to make a turn.

Coon Rapids man dies in northeastern Minnesota snowmobile crash

The crash occurred on the Arrowhead trail southwest of Tower, Minn.
A runner wears the cold on his face Thursday while running along West River Parkway with temps hovering near minus 30 degrees with wind chills Thursda

After another night of dangerous cold, relief should come quickly Friday

Daylight hours will bring a little more warmth, and the weekend could bring temperatures above freezing.
Minneapolis Police investigated the scene on the Metro Transit bus where two people were shot Thursday night.

Vigil honors man shot and killed on Metro Transit bus

About two dozen mourners shared memories of Tommie McCoy at the bus stop where he was killed.
Billboards across the city warn drivers not to leave their cars running unattended in order to avoid car thefts.

Billboards are latest tool in Minneapolis push to cut car thefts

More than 500 vehicles have been stolen in the city in 2020. The message is simple: Don't leave keys in an unattended car.

Man killed in highway crash near Kimball, Minnesota

Roads were icy and snow-covered at the time of the crash on Hwy. 15.
Permits are required on some St. Paul streets to help residents park near their homes.

St. Paul City Council makes it a crime to sell parking permits

Permits are required on some city streets to help residents park near their homes. But some people have been selling their permits to make extra money, particularly during the State Fair.
The windchills around the region are expected to bottom out Thursday morning.

Minneapolis, St. Paul schools plan for class Thursday as arctic front brings in bone-chilling cold

The coldest windchills of the season will accompany bitter cold air.
A study by the website FinanceBuzz recently found MSP to be the third worst airport for travelers who are running late for their flights.

Study: MSP Airport among the worst for tardy travelers

Airport officials advise fliers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.
Minneapolis Police investigated the scene on the Metro Transit bus where two people were shot Thursday night. ] JEFF WHEELER • Jeff.Wheeler@startrib

Man fatally shot on Metro Transit bus identified

Authorities on Monday released the name of the man who was fatally shot last week on a Metro Transit bus in downtown Minneapolis.Tommie McCoy, 51,…
People get off the a C-line bus at the same stop a gunman got on a bus the night before and shot two people in Minneapolis, Minn. Photographed on Frid

Charges filed in deadly Metro Transit bus shooting, while new safety plans anticipated

Police don't know if an argument led to the first fatal shooting on a Metro Transit bus in 10 years.
County ordinance requires anybody who brings their pet to the park to clean up after them, and properly dispose waste in a sanitary manner.

Carver County says scoop the dog poop or else

Carver County officials have issued an ultimatum to users of a popular dog park in the southwest metro: Pick up your pet's poop or lose…

Pedestrian killed while crossing Hiawatha Avenue identified

Kurt Dwane Howe was struck by a car at 26th Street about 3:10 a.m. Wednesday
Police were at the scene after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car at Hiawatha Avenue and 26th Street Wednesday morning.

Pedestrian killed while crossing Hiawatha Avenue in Mpls.

The fatal crash occurred just after 3 a.m. at 26th Street
A state trooper conducted a field sobriety test on a driver.

Officers zero in on driving under the influence of drugs

As long as there have been vehicles and drugs, motorists have been driving while high. But drugged driving is getting a lot of attention locally…
The crash scene on Interstate-94 near St. Cloud.

One killed in two-vehicle crash on I-94 crash near St. Cloud

The freeway was covered with snow at the time of the crash.

Fire damages resort on Long Lake near Fergus Falls

The fire destroyed the main building at the Wee Villa Resort.
Adam Nickelson

Bicyclist from North St. Paul dies in California crash

Adam Nickelson died Jan. 23, four days after the crash in Huntington Beach, Calif.
A runner endures yet another sunless day in Minnesota along Bde Maka Ska Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Cloudy stretch makes for gloomiest January in decades in the Twin Cities

Clouds have been present more than 70% of the month, keeping temperatures 5 degrees warmer than average.

Glencoe man dies in southern Minnesota crash

The crash occurred at the intersection of Hwy. 19 and County Road 2 near Lonsdale, Minn.

Minnesota records sixth $1 million lottery winner in past two months

One lucky person won $1 million in Saturday's Powerball drawing.
Surveillance video from the Edina school bus captured an image identifying the vehicle involved. Police believe the vehicle is a Chevrolet Malibu or C

Edina High student boarding school bus hurt in hit-and-run crash

The student has been released from the hospital and is resting at home, the school district said.
Westbound I-694 was closed early Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2020, because of a multiple vehicle crash near I-35E in Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Snow, freezing rain slows morning commute; I-694 reopens after crash

A combination of light snow, rain and freezing rain turned Twin Cities roads slippery.
Metro Transit is looking to make NexTrip, its service that provides real-time bus schedule information, more accurate.

Metro Transit aims to make NexTrip more reliable

Metro Transit is getting new software to improve NexTrip's spotty accuracy.
Signs on a Minnesota snowmobile trail in 2008.

Wis. sheriff wants charges against men who damaged snowmobile trail signs

The vandals damaged about 70 signs near Rock Creek and Spring Brook townships in Dunn County.
Metro Transit is looking to make NexTrip, its service that provides real-time bus schedule information, more accurate.
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Why doesn't a bus come when NexTrip says it will?

And how is Metro Transit fixing that?
Eagan officer Kirsten Dorumsgaard talked with a motorist who was ticketed for typing on their phone.

Drivers cited 9,700 times for breaking Minn. hands-free law

Some drivers said they are aware of the new law but were having a hard time breaking the habit of driving while holding their devices.

Woman, teen die in separate crashes in southern Minnesota

Both crashes involved a semitrailer truck and occurred on icy roads.
New high-definition cameras would provide a 360-degree view and a live feed of what is going on iinside light-rail cars.

Metro Transit to upgrade security cameras on light-rail trains

High-resolution equipment will allow police and transit officials to monitor activity in real time.