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

View of checkpoint entryway
Construction starts in April on a 10 lane checkpoint in the main terminal. Officials hope to cut the average wait time to about 12 minutes. (12/17/2014)
Police begin to clear the scene of a shooting.
An apparent killing at a Maple Grove rest area early Wednesday led to a police chase that ended with officers killing the suspect. (12/17/2014)
St. Cloud snow
Many Minnesotans are waking up to winter this morning after snowfall blanketed parts of the state. (12/16/2014)
Skye is the 18th baby giraffe born at the St. Paul zoo and the fourth giraffe at the zoo now. She's unlikely to stay in town, though. (12/15/2014)
Central Avenue, designated as Highway 65 coming out of downtown Minneapolis, has been closed between 18th and 14th avenues since early spring. (12/15/2014)
Crews will be removing and replacing bridge beams on the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge, just east of downtown St. Paul. (12/12/2014)
Light invisible to the human eye may be the key to making the new Vikings stadium safer for birds. (12/12/2014)
Hunters killed nearly two dozen more animals in northwest Minnesota than the state target. In northeastern Minnesota, hunters have already killed six more than the target. (12/11/2014)
Two state lawmakers hope 3M may be able to engineer a way to keep birds from smashing against the glass on a new Vikings stadium. 3M says that's only a theory. (12/10/2014)
Traffic has returned to normal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after an afternoon rally at the main terminal where airport workers called for a $15 an hour minimum wage. (12/05/2014)
Westbound Interstate 94 between Highway 61 and Interstate 35E will close tonight through early Monday so crews can work on the Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge project. (12/05/2014)
Owners of the Amsterdam Bar will expand food offerings and invest $200,000 to upgrade the space, which will be known as Como Dockside. (12/04/2014)
Minnesota's NFL franchise is competing against a group led by former UnitedHealth CEO William McGuire to bring a Major League Soccer team to Minneapolis. (12/03/2014)
League officials will be meeting this weekend to talk about the future of top level U.S. soccer. The Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota United are interested in owning a team. (12/02/2014)
MnDOT will close lanes and shoulders in both directions on the interstate between Highway 280 and Dale Street starting Wednesday. (12/02/2014)