Tim Nelson

Tim Nelson

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
timnelson@mpr.org
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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

Minneapolis police officers
Brian Thole and Shawn Powell repeatedly used racial epithets and obscenities during a confrontation with a group of black men outside a Green Bay bar in the summer of 2013. (07/28/2014)
Electronic pulltab game
The old versions never quite caught on. E-pulltab gambling failed to pay out the big profits it promised since it launched in 2012 as a financing mechanism for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. (07/24/2014)
Speed restrictions to reduce wakes will remain in channels and designated bays, near docks and piers, swimming areas and near anchored craft. (07/24/2014)
The NOvA detector is a huge array of plastic cells filled with mineral oil, built near Ash River on the Canadian border. (07/24/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Monday launched an improvement project on Interstate 494 that will slow traffic and bring night and weekend lane closures through the fall. (07/21/2014)
Drew Ryder said his brother Arjen, and sister-in-law Yvonne, were returning from a vacation in the Netherlands to the family's home in western Australia when the jet went down. (07/21/2014)
The weather agency says humidity will make it feel more like 100 to 110 degrees. That's led to an excessive heat warning for seven Twin Cities counties, including Anoka, Washington, Dakota, Ramsey, Hennepin, Scott and Carver counties. (07/21/2014)
The Legislature approved medical marijuana in pill and oil forms this spring. The state's health department is now ramping up its Office of Medical Cannabis, the regulatory group that will oversee medical marijuana production and use. It's expected to name a director this week. (07/21/2014)
The identification is based on personal effects found nearby, but a fuller investigation is ongoing, Snelling said. It appears that the two succumbed to bad weather, and foul play is not suspected. (07/18/2014)
David Olson was 58 and had been head of the statewide business group since 1991. (07/17/2014)
A letter from U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is urging Congress to crack down on so-called "inversions" that let U.S. corporations shift their tax burdens out of the country. It could have a major impact on Fridley-based Medtronic. (07/17/2014)
Minnesota's sex offender program may be headed for a serious challenge in federal court. (07/16/2014)
Attorneys for a man who was committed to Minnesota's sex offender program for crimes he committed as a child say his confinement violates his rights. The man's attorneys want a federal judge to declare that he is being held unconstitutionally. (07/15/2014)
Como Zoo posted on Twitter that although the gorilla left, it was "always in gorilla proof barriers" and that "no people or animals [were] ever at risk." (07/10/2014)
The DNR says it's ramping up enforcement this weekend as a result. (07/10/2014)