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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

Man dies of drug overdose in Mankato apartment

Two were hospitalized after taking counterfeit painkillers.
Mad Capper co-owner Jeff Chilson, whose Stillwater eatery has no patio, may be able to offer service on state-owned roadways.

MnDOT might let bars, restaurants use state roads for outdoor dining

The agency has gained approval from the federal government.

Authorities find body of missing canoeist in BWCA

Two others in the canoe that overturned Wednesday swam to safety.

Woman dies after being found on Bloomington street

The woman who died may have been assaulted, police said.
Watertown giving households $60 economic stimulus checks

Watertown giving households $60 economic stimulus checks

"Chamber Checks" can be used at local businesses, to pay city bills or given to charity.
Motorists found single lane traffic Thursday May 7 on Interstate 94 just west of Monticello, Minn. All lanes on I-94 between Maple Grove and Clearwate

All lanes on I-94 in northwest metro open for Memorial Day travel

Expect light traffic; gas prices will be at their lowest levels since 2003.
Fourteen DVS exam stations reopened Tuesday, including this one in Arden Hills where during the mid-morning an estimated 200 people waited outside in

Minnesota begins rescheduling 13,000 road tests canceled by COVID

Starting Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Vehicle Services plans to give 300 tests a day to catch up on the growing backlog.

Hopkins teenager identified as victim killed in north Minneapolis shooting

The shooter fled the scene and has not been caught.
Hope Academy student Cesar Cadalso surveyed the new playground at the renovated Peavey Park at Franklin and Chicago avenues in south Minneapolis in Ma

Minneapolis will slowly reopen city parks over the next 2 weeks

It said it's working to reopen about 100 basketball courts, 118 play areas, 120 tennis courts, six skate parks and nearly 400 fields for soccer, football, baseball and softball.
Drivers cited the risk of getting COVID-19 as one reason for staying home, along with financial stress and other factors.

Memorial Day may see record low travel due to COVID-19 concerns

The record low travel set in 2009 likely to be broken.
The Quickserve on Monday will begin renewing driver's licenses and processing applications for Real IDs by appointment.

Minnesota DVS offices try license renewals by appointment

Most state-run Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) offices closed during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, and that has created angst for thousands of drivers whose licenses…
Department of Vehicle Services will open exam stations on Tuesday to administer knowledge tests, accept permit applications and resume motorcycle and

Need a driver's license? Minnesota set to resume road tests, services

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety will resume road tests May 26 at select stations and will give priority to people who had tests canceled. Exam stations will open Tuesday.

Authorities investigate fatal Chisago County stabbing

A suspect fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.
Christopher Paul Seiple

Former Mendota church employee who stole $33K gets probation, jail term.

Christopher Paul Seiple must also repay the money he stole, and then some.
Members of the church sang during worship services at the Salvation Army Center in Maplewood in December 2017. Food, housing, emergency assistance and

Salvation Army permanently closes adult day care program in Maplewood

The announcement means 9 full- and part-time staffers are out of a job.

Wrong-way crash in Brooklyn Park leaves one dead

Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash early Wednesday on Hwy. 169.
Seen from West River Parkway in downtown Minneapolis, water vapor rises from the Mississippi River near the 3rd Avenue Bridge in January.

3rd Avenue bridge redo in Minneapolis begins with weekend closure

New lane shifts are in place on I-94 in Maple Grove and I-35W in Bloomington.
Authorities closed eastbound Hwy. 12 in Maple Plain on Wednesday morning because of a rollover crash.

Eastbound Hwy. 12 reopens in Maple Plain after rollover crash

The crash happened about 6:25 a.m.

Crash involving wrong-way driver injures at least 4 in Brooklyn Park

Hwy. 169 near County Road 81 was closed for about four hours.
A 3-foot Asian lizard similar to this one is missing from a home in Champlin.

Police on the lookout: Large Asian lizard goes AWOL in Champlin

The 3-foot-long pet crawled away from its home this week, the owner says.
Hehaka Hi Provencial

Charges: Man held Lyft driver at knife point, stole his vehicle and crashed

The Lyft driver was not hurt in the March 25 incident in St. Paul.

Fundraiser started to help north Minneapolis mosque damaged by fire

The campaign seeks $200,000.
A pair of F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth flanked a C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 133rd Air Wing out of For

Minnesota National Guard plans more flyovers to thank workers

The Guard's message to front-line workers: "Thank you for your service and your sacrifice."
State Patrol 911 operator Marty O’Hehir

911 operator tells motorist who wanted to die: 'I'm not going to let you go'

Marty O'Hehir said the April 16 call was the most intense of his career.
Arik Matson and his daughters Audrina, 7, left, and Maklynn, 5, at United Hospital in St. Paul late last month, shortly before he was moved to a diffe

Waseca police officer who was shot in the head walks on his own

Arik Matson is recovering after being shot while pursing a suspect Jan. 6.
In this Wednesday, May 6, 2020, photograph, unsold 2020 Model 3 sedans sit at a Tesla dealership in Superior, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Minnesotans warned about auto dealer-shipper scam

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning Minnesotans about scams in which auto dealers and shippers ask customers to wire money for cars they have bought online. The problem is neither the cars nor the companies exist.
Larry Utterback of Minneapolis wore a winter coat to protect himself from the cold and a surgical mask to protect himself from coronavirus in Minneapo

Record lows may accompany freeze warning issued for metro, southern Minnesota

A weather pattern more common in January will usher in the cold air
Musicians with the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band performed during the 2018 Irish Fair of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Irish Fair of Minnesota called off for 2020 due to COVID-19

The fete will return to Harriet Island in St. Paul next year, officials said.
Traffic signals at the intersection of Hwy. 10 and Ramsey Boulevard in Ramsey would be replaced with a full interchange to alleviate bottleknecks that

Ramsey seeks $138M to remove traffic lights, bottlenecks from Hwy. 10

"The goal is to convert the existing expressway corridor to a free-flowing … corridor," an Anoka County traffic engineer said.

Northfield officer hurt in crash while responding to emergency call

The officer was treated at a hospital and released. The State Patrol is investigating.
Motorists found single lane traffic Thursday May 7 on I-94 just west of Monticello, Minn. The freeway is intermittently reduced to one in both directi

Road construction could slow anglers' trips to Minnesota lakes

No major road closures are on tap in the metro this weekend.

Man seriously injured in Brooklyn Center shooting

Police are still looking for the shooter.
A state trooper watches for speeders.

Tickets to Minnesota drivers going 100 mph or faster jumps threefold

Law enforcement across the country has also seen a spike in excessive speeding

Bemidji man killed in Beltrami County crash

The victim was not wearing a seat belt, the State Patrol said.

Two jailed and charged in fatal shooting, house fire near Bemidji

A third suspect involved in the incident Sunday morning has not been caught.
Yabel Rosado, a fourth-grader at Nellie Stone Johnson School, got set for a bike ride with fellow students in May 2018.

With schools closed, Bike to School Day now Bike to Anywhere Day

With students on distance learning, the annual event takes a new path.

Body found in burned house in Beltrami County, another victim shot

The victim who was found shot called 911.
A Minnesota law requiring slower drivers to move right on freeways and roads with two or more travel lanes took effect on Aug. 1.

Few cited for breaking Minnesota's 'slowpoke' law

The state’s hands-free law banning drivers from holding phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel has gotten quite a bit of attention since…
Samuel Nilva at his 100th birthday party in 2019 with daughters Barbara Nevin and Alexis Diker.

Minnesota WWII vet beats COVID-19, leaves hospital on 101st birthday

Samuel Nilva lived through the Spanish flu, WWII and brain surgery. COVID-19 didn't scare him.
An aerial view of the Hwy. 62 interchange where I-35W separates and heads north toward downtown Minneapolis.

I-35W through Richfield will be closed this weekend

Buses will replace Blue Line trains between the 28th Avenue and Mall of America
Wayne Haskell "had more curiosity than anybody you’d ever meet," said longtime friend Louise Yim.

Wayne Haskell, North High Class president of 1960, dies at 77 of COVID-19 complications

Wayne Haskell had everything going for him when he graduated from North High School in Minneapolis in 1960. He was an honors student, senior class…

Anoka woman charged with attempted murder in stabbing of roommate

The incident Friday at the Greenhaven Apartments led to a 3-hour standoff with police
Minnesota Department of Transportation
The scene of the accident at Interstate 494 and Hwy. 7 in Minnetonka.

Motorcycle crash on I-494 ramp kills one in Minnetonka

The ramp from southbound I-494 to eastbound Hwy. 7 remains closed.

Woman dies in head-on crash on Hwy. 13 in Scott County

The crash happened Monday about 7:20 a.m. at 240th Street
File photo: The “Back to the 50s” street rod exhibition in 2016.

'Back to the 50s Weekend' at State Fairgrounds cancelled due to COVID-19

The Minnesota Street Rod Association pledges to be back in 2021.
The GoFundMe page photo of Bobbi Glewwe.

More than $8,000 rolls in to replace Mendota Heights girl's stolen wheelchair

The specialized chair was stolen Monday as Bobbi Glewwe was out for a walk.
I-94 will be closed at the I-94/694/494 interchange in Woodbury Friday night to Monday morning. Several ramps at the interchange also will be closed.

Weekend road work brings I-94 closure in Woodbury

More lane closures on Hwy. 5 near MSP Airport begin Friday; light-rail maintenance continues in Minneapolis.
In this 2011 file photo, Jordan Cummings, right, practiced log-rolling while his father Geno Cummings, left, cleaned up at Lumberjack Days in Stillwat

Stillwater's Lumberjack Days axed amid COVID-19 concerns

Stillwater called off its July 4th fireworks and all events through July 19.
A fire on April 21 damaged a condominium in north Minneapolis.

Fire damages north Minneapolis condo complex

The building was evacuated without injuries; the cause is undetermined
Joshua Nichols, 25, was charged Friday with criminal vehicular operation that caused substantial bodily harm and leaving the scene.

Man charged in Hopkins hit-and-run that left another critically hurt

Surveillance tapes helped police find suspect; victim is in critical condition.

Motorcyclist dies in Hopkins crash

No other vehicles were involved in the crash reported Sunday morning
Two people died in a crash April 1 at the intersection of 185th and Natchez Avenue in Credit River Township. Residents say the intersection is dangero

After two fatal crashes in a year, Scott County seeks fix for busy intersection

Residents who live near a busy intersection in Credit River Township where there have been two fatal crashes in just over a year have long…

Man charged with felonies in New Brighton hostage standoff

Peter Michael Dziuk has a long history of displaying hostility toward police, the charges say.

Patrol seeks SUV involved in Maplewood crash that killed pedestrian

Susan Sina, 67, was hit April 2 while crossing Century Avenue in Maplewood
Westbound I-494 is reduced to two lanes between Hwy. 55 and Dodd Road, through June 1.

MnDOT's weekend roadwork should bring few traffic hassles

An overnight closure of I-35W in south Minneapolis may cause the most problems
The project will restore many period touches to the 3rd Avenue Bridge.

3rd Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis to get first major overhaul in 40 years

Rehab of the gateway to downtown Minneapolis will start in May and take three years

New Brighton standoff ends with arrest of suspect

The incident started Wednesday night as a domestic assault situation.
Brown wooden shelfs fully packed with books in a library

Curbside pickup offered at 8 Hennepin County libraries

The library system also is offering temporary e-cards so all county residents can access online materials
A fire destroyed a building on N. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Fire destroys commercial building near State Fairgrounds

Crews continued to put out hot spots early Tuesday.
Michelle Allender and Jack Rudman of A+ Driving School in White Bear Lake conducted a driver's education class for high school students online.

Minnesota driver's education goes online for now

A few years ago, Pete Hosmer bought two cameras with the idea that someday he’d be able to use them to offer A+ Driving School’s…
Drivers will find lane restrictions on I-494 through Eagan and Mendota Heights.

Weekend construction hot spots in Twin Cities will be on I-494, Hwy. 5 in south metro

Some parkways in Minneapolis and St. Paul also remain closed
Construction at the SouthWest Transit garage in Eden Prairie.

Downtime brought on by COVID-19 means it's project time for Minnesota transit

Stay-at-home order allows for maintenance projects.
FILE: Sean Davis of Nice Ride worked at taking tags off bikes as the company rolled out its fleet throughout Minneapolis last spring.

Nice Ride Minnesota returns with free rides for health care workers

Nice Ride bike sharing program returns, with free offer for a month, new cleaning protocols.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) offices are closed at least through Friday.

Reprieve granted for Minnesotans with expiring driver's licenses

With Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) offices closed at least through Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, Drive readers are concerned they can’t renew their…

Man dies in Inver Grove Heights apartment fire

Firefighters found the victim in the unit where the fire started.

Edina police hope reward will lead them to whoever painted racial slur on fence

The vandalism may have occurred on March 26.

Pedestrian in Maplewood, truck driver in Willmar die in crashes

A truck driver transporting live turkeys crashed on snow-and-ice-covered Hwy. 12 early Friday near Willmar, Minn., and died at the scene. Gary Kim Vergin, 65,…
Motorists will encounter orange cones and detours at 188 sites in the metro and across the state.

MnDOT spending $1 billion on 2020 road projects

Work on Hwy. 5 near the MSP Airport may pose the biggest travel challenges.

One killed in head-on crash near Waconia

A man from Waconia was killed in a head-on crash early Thursday on a county road just southeast of the Carver County city’s downtown. Deputies…
A Southwest Airlines jet comes in for a landing at MSP near the Speedway on Post Road where gas and oil prices were already below $2 a gallon last wee

Gas prices slip below $1 a gallon at some Minnesota gas stations

Stations in Lakeville posted gas for $1.09 a gallon Wednesday
RoadCoach, an app developed by U of M researchers, gives senior drivers warnings when they engage in risky driving behaviors.

University of Minnesota develops app to help keep older drivers safe on the road

RoadCoach improves attention and reduces risky behaviors by those over 65, but speeding continues.
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