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

Grizzly smashed glass
The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley closed the Grizzly Coast exhibit after a bear shattered part of a glass barrier with a rock. A temporary barrier will go up soon. (07/06/2015)
Medical cannabis
A tour of one of Minnesota's new medical marijuana dispensaries reveals that the stores will be secure clinical facilities with not a pot leaf in sight. (06/26/2015)
A key link between St. Paul and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be closed this weekend. (06/26/2015)
Three people were exploring the empty Fruen grain mill just after midnight when one man fell about 40 feet. (06/26/2015)
Authorities say Patrick Henry Kelly, 56, of Eden Prairie, violated the terms of his release, which require him to stay away from Lucia. In October, prosecutors charged him with felony stalking. (06/25/2015)
The thrift chain agreed to pay a total $1.8 million to several Minnesota charities and make its operations more transparent, including disclosing that it is a for-profit fundraising company. (06/25/2015)
A pedal pub rolling across the Hennepin Avenue bridge in Minneapolis Wednesday night was rear-ended by a car, sending 12 people to the hospital, Minneapolis police said. (06/25/2015)
The Wolves won the chance to select first in the draft -- the first time in the team's history -- and are hoping their pick will one day help the team win a championship. (06/24/2015)
Bigger payouts, better technology and fresher games are leading to more acceptance of electronic pulltabs and bingo. (06/15/2015)
Manny Munson-Regala's move from regulating marijuana to helping sell it has raised questions at the Capitol and elsewhere. (06/12/2015)
Manny Munson-Regala will leave his state post next week and join LeafLine Labs in early July. (06/11/2015)
Minnesota Medical Solutions says the new growing and manufacturing facility will be adjacent to its existing greenhouse in Otsego -- and eight times bigger. (06/11/2015)
A bingo player in Eveleth won $71,000 Saturday night, a sign that play is picking up and driving up jackpots to unprecedented levels. (06/07/2015)
The state's medical marijuana program is underway but doctors are wary of signing up patients for the drug, which will be available in pill or liquid form on July 1. (06/05/2015)
Last year's makeover of the fairgrounds has officially entered into permanent fair lore. (06/05/2015)