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

Medical marijuana sold in MN will be smoke-free
The Legislature has adjusted the law to add hospitals to the list of facilities that can control, dispense and manage the use of cannabis inside their systems. (05/28/2015)
Reading on the mall
The Legislature effectively turned down the university's request to fund another two-year tuition freeze. (05/27/2015)
Last official day of session
Offers have come in from St. Paul College, the University of St. Thomas and the St. Paul Hotel. Dayton has suggested meeting in a tent on the Capitol lawn. (05/22/2015)
Attorney General Lori Swanson says the for-profit retailer has "seriously misled the public" about the extent to which donations benefit charitable organizations. (05/21/2015)
The parents of a boy killed two years ago during a school field trip in St. Paul say they will build a school in Guinea in his honor. (05/20/2015)
It's the first year that St. Paul has been included on the list. Minneapolis has topped the rankings for the last two years. (05/20/2015)
The signature elements of a crime are increasingly digital. Go behind the scenes with the Anoka County Sheriff's Office mobile digital forensics lab -- the first in Minnesota. (05/19/2015)
Minnesota animal health officials canceled all bird exhibitions for 2015, including at the State Fair. While it minimizes the risk of flu spreading it also affects a longtime Minnesota tradition. (05/15/2015)
Workers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport would earn at least $10 an hour under a recommended policy change. Officials estimate 2,800 employees could be affected. (05/12/2015)
Hennepin County has closed on a land deal that could block a proposed interconnection between two railroads in the western suburbs. (05/08/2015)
To replace its crowded Dorothy Day campus in downtown St. Paul, Catholic Charities plans to build a $100 million expansion nearby. A fundraising effort kicks off today. (05/07/2015)
Three inmates escaped from a minimum security facility in New Richmond, Wis., on Wednesday night, prompting the school district to cancel classes on Thursday. (05/07/2015)
The officer's comments during a traffic stop last March were recorded and aired online. (05/06/2015)
Critics say the laws are used disproportionately to cite and arrest minorities. However, the new head of the city's police union says they're legitimate law enforcement tools. (05/06/2015)
Medical marijuana will be legal in the state starting July 1. One of the manufacturers has a plant up and running with "casino grade" security. Here's what it's like inside. (05/05/2015)