Tim Nelson

Tim Nelson

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
timnelson@mpr.org
(651) 290-1393


Tim Nelson is a general assignment reporter for MPR News. He has covered education and the Republican National Convention for MPR. He is a 20-year veteran of newspapers across the Upper Midwest. He spent 16 years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, where he covered city government. He has also covered crime, written a recreation page and produced blogs and podcasts. A native of Coon Rapids, Minn., Nelson attended Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota. He's an avid runner and once swam across lake Minnetonka. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, Erika, daughter Emma and son Gunnar.

Tim Nelson Feature Archive

Electronic lottery
Lottery officials say the state has little choice, as commerce moves online. The lottery started selling PowerBall tickets online in 2010 and instant scratch-off games in February. (04/24/2014)
Birchwood Cafe owner Tracy Singleton
Opponents of the labeling said it would pose an undue burden on food producers and needlessly alarm consumers. Supporters argued there is not good way for grocery customers, food makers or diners to tell what they're buying. (04/24/2014)
Someone is posing as a Ramsey County deputy sheriff and telling people they have not done mandatory jury duty service and may have a warrant issued for their arrest. The caller then demands a payment, typically in the form of a pre-paid card. (04/23/2014)
The bus also struck a traffic pole and a some of the passengers on the bus reported minor injuries from the bus's sudden stop. The bus driver was also taken to HCMC for a medical evaluation and routine drug and alcohol testing. (04/23/2014)
The Minnesota Lottery started selling draw tickets in 2010. It added online scratch off games on Feb. 6, allowing gamblers to play the games right on their computer or smartphone. (04/22/2014)
The Vikings committed today to another $600,000 to almost double the size of the video board on the west end of the stadium to be almost seven stories high. They're also spending another $630,000 to put video walls in the premium lounges for the Fire and Ice clubs. (04/18/2014)
Isanti led the overnight snowfall totals in the wake of a spring winter-like storm that blew through Minnesota Wednesday night. Here's the rest of the Top 10, courtesy of the National Weather Service. (04/17/2014)
Authorities say the accident occurred before 8 p.m. Tuesday, as a route 17 bus leaving the Uptown Transit Center on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis reported a passenger running for the bus fell under its rear wheels and was run over. (04/16/2014)
Lawmakers don't need to address controversial tax breaks for the 2018 Super Bowl because a letter to the NFL pledges state support in the form of tax breaks, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday. (04/15/2014)
The Vikings will have to play at least four December games in the 2014 and 2015 season at the University of Minnesota. The stadium has to be winterized, since the Gophers' football season usually ends at the end of November. (04/15/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation says roads south and east of Rochester are in difficult driving condition, and that includes Interstate 90 from south of Rochester to the state line. Wisconsin's department of transportation says I-90 is snow covered east of LaCrosse. (04/14/2014)
The program, starting its fifth season in the Twin Cities, will make about 1,500 bikes available at 170 stations. It's also rolling out a new 30-day low cost membership program to attract more riders and will expand its Minnesota operation this year to Bemidji. (04/11/2014)
Police in riot gear broke up a rowdy crowd in Dinkytown last night who spilled into the streets after a dramatic last-second win by Minnesota's men's hockey team in the Frozen Four semifinals. The Gophers scored a shorthanded goal with less than a second left to defeat the University of North Dakota. (04/11/2014)
The team ranks among the worst in the NFL on the field, yet it draws millions of viewers to its Vikings Entertainment Network, an in-house media factory that cranks out three TV shows and five radio programs a week and runs a popular website. (04/10/2014)
Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan are believed to have struck out on a hike at the foot of Mount Evans on Wednesday. Cell phone tracking shows they had left their car and were between their campground and the summit of the well-known mountain. (04/09/2014)