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Bob Timmons

Outdoors Weekend Editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-7899
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Bob Timmons, editor of the Star Tribune's Outdoors Weekend section, worked previously editing, planning and designing the Sports section. He worked in news at the St. Paul Pioneer Press before joining the Star Tribune in 2005.


Timmons previously was the Page One layout and news editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He's a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Wis.) graduate.
Recent content from Bob Timmons
Scott Kudelka has an affinity for the waterways of Minnesota.

Currents: Scott Kudelka, naturalist, Minneopa State Park

What outdoors people are reading, listening to, following, and more.
Mercedes Akinseye, for Outdoors Weekend

Currents: Mercedes Akinseye, hunter, angler, chapter coordinator Minnesota Deer Hunters Association

What outdoors people are reading, doing, following, and more.
Joe Friedrichs is known to know a few good fishing holes.

Currents: Joe Friedrichs, WTIP producer and BWCA podcaster

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Steve Windels, biologist at Voyageurs National Park.

Currents: Steve Windels, Voyageurs National Park biologist

What outdoors people are doing, reading, listening to, and more.
Brad Shannon moved down Long Portage on boards covering a wet, muddy stretch.

Beast of a portage heightens tension of BWCA adventure

Paths between lakes over which you carry your canoe and gear, portages are the measuring stick of a trip's rigor. Long Portage in the BWCA is the test of tests. (Part 3 of our series.)
Sunset over South Fowl Lake, a border lake with a deep history of settlement and activity by native people. Copper material for tools are among collec

A trail of the voyageurs, sure, but of so many more

It’s easy to romanticize the colorful lore of the French-Canadian fur traders who traveled the remote northern boundary waters wilderness centuries ago — and for…
Van builds get heavy play in "The Culture of Vanlife."

Review: New book captures the romance -- and, smartly, the reality -- of vanlife

"The Culture of Vanlife" takes time for some self-reflection amid all the sun-drenched fun.
Roz Stendahl, shown doing portraiture at Paws on Grand, a community event on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, celebrating dogs.

Currents: Roz Stendahl, sketch artist and visual journaling instructor

What outdoors people are doing, reading, watching, and more.
Julia Schrenkler, hunter, angler and conservationist.

Currents: Julia Schrenkler, hunter, conservationist, R3 Council member

What outdoors people are doing, reading, listening to, and more.
Chad Zirbel, plant ecologist, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Currents: Chad Zirbel, researcher, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Keith Radel, left, of Faribault, checks on 175 bluebird nest box sites, covering 50 miles in Rice County. “The bluebird program is exciting for me b

Through sweat and devotion, friends of Minnesota bluebirds help the species rebound

Carve out a good patch of open space here, and the setting is almost perfect for young families. Tidy fencing. Mowed grass. Majestic oak trees overhead.
Bruce Martens, in his element during an April trip with Loppet Cycle Works in Sedona, Ariz.

Currents: Bruce Martens, director of Loppet's Cycle Works

Martens is a 2012 founding member of the Minnesota High School Cycling League, which today has more than 1,500 riders.
Greg Lecker is an plein artist, and is shown working in Grand Marais.

Currents: Greg Lecker, plein air artist and naturalist

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Currents: Travis Novitsky, nature and wildlife photographer

Currents: Travis Novitsky, nature and wildlife photographer

What outdoors people are reading, watching, following, and more.
Amber Brooks

Currents: Amber Brooks, naturalist, Blue Mounds State Park

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Lukas Leaf

Currents: Lukas Leaf, Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Jenny Anderson, aka Girl of 10,000 Lakes. Anderson writes online about her outdoors adventures.

Currents: Jenny Anderson, outdoorswoman, #girlof10000lakes

What outdoors people are reading, listening to, following, and more.
Good form and preparation are part of successful paddling.

Before you launch that canoe or paddleboard, consider these essential tips

Experienced paddlers develop best practices before they ever hit the waterways
Nicole Menard, urban biologist, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Currents: Nicole Menard, urban biologist, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

What outdoors people are listening to, reading, following, and more.
Jay Gustafson

Currents: Jay Gustafson, Paddle for Progress, clean water advocate

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
A bluebell bloom at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park is a sure sign of spring.

Signs of spring? Of course. Minnesota naturalists, on what they are observing at their wild places.

'Spring is making its presence felt': Minnesota park and center naturalists on what they are observing.
Luke Jordan, thru-hiker, North Country National Scenic Trail.

Currents: Luke Jordan, North Country, Great Plains thru-hiker

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Martin Kubik, Boundary Waters Advisory Committee

Currents: Martin Kubik, Boundary Waters Advisory Committee

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and listening to.
Katya and Mark Gordon

Currents: Katya Gordon, North Shore author, instructor, sailor

What outdoors people are reading, watching, following, and more.
Patrick Stephenson, organizer of 30 Days of Biking.

Currents: Patrick Stephenson, 30 Days of Biking organizer

What outdoors people are listening to, reading, watching, and more.
Currents: John Richardson, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

Currents: John Richardson, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Joseph Goldstein said his affinity for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness began after a trip when he was 6.

Currents: Joseph Goldstein, Kids for the Boundary Waters

What outdoors people are reading, doing, listening to, and more.
Amy Kay Kerber: "There has been interest at the Legislature and in many communities to expand (outdoor education) opportunities in Minnesota."

Currents: Amy Kay Kerber, state forestry outreach and legislative specialist

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Don Tredinnick has spent time photographing on four continents.

Currents: Don Tredinnick, nature photographer

What outdoors people are doing, reading, watching and more.
Outfitters were upset with the U.S. Forest Service over the new online reservation system, and warned the agency that the first-come, first-served app

Balky BWCA permit reservation system to reopen March 4

New platform has been dark since it crashed on first day of use Jan. 30
Alexandra Wardwell, Audubon Minnesota habitat specialist, has a vocation and interests that keep her outdoors.

Currents: Alexandra Wardwell, Audubon Minnesota habitat specialist

What outdoors people are reading, following, doing, and more.
Bear Paulsen makes camping a year-round endeavor.

Currents: Bear Paulsen, winter camping mentor, Northstar canoe-maker

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
David Bowman, in a self-portrait, frequently takes his work outside.

Currents: David Bowman, professional photographer and 'itinerant artist'

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
The permit process switched to a new national website. It was to begin Wednesday morning.

Updated BWCA reservations system opens — and quickly crashes

Outfitters had complained loudly about changes to the system this year and warned supervisors at the U.S. Forest Service about some potential pitfalls.
Jason Zabokrtsky, Ely Outfitting Company

Currents: Jason Zabokrtsky, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness guide and outfitter

What outdoors people are reading, following, doing, and more.
Greg Lais and Wilderness Inquiry just celebrated the organization's 40th birthday.

Currents: Greg Lais, Wilderness Inquiry executive director

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and doing.
2jan19: The path back up the hill to home looks like a little stream. The globe lights on poles are glowing. Dusk is coming, with that angst-y, winter

The same nature walk, and then a new sketch

A south Minneapolis woman opens up her colorful journal — art and observations — from daily walks in Roberts Bird Sanctuary.
John Moriarty, left, and Siah St. Clair have teamed up for a book on a topic they’ve lived and worked in for decades: the native and restored natura

New field guide to the Twin Cities' natural places wants to open new worlds

Author and photographer aim to broaden readers' exploration and grasp of the region.
Lori Naumann of the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Department of Natural Resources.

Currents: Lori Naumann, Nongame Wildlife Program with the Department of Natural Resources

What outdoors people are reading, doing, following, and more.
James Didier summited Mount Elbrus in 2017.

Currents: Mountaineer James Didier of Minnesota

What outdoors people are doing, reading, listening to, and more.
Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever chief executive Howard Vincent

Currents: Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever chief executive

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Professional photographer Bryan Hansel

Currents: Bryan Hansel, professional landscape photographer

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following and more.
John Storkamp

Currents: John Storkamp, Superior trail races director, ultramarathoner

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Anna Sharratt, left, got chased by children at Dowling Elementary in Minneapolis during a time of free play worked into their school day.

Currents: Anna Sharratt, Free Forest School executive director

What outdoors people are reading, listening to, following, and more.
Matt Davis, North Country Trail Association, regional coordinator for Minnesota and North Dakota.

Currents: Matt Davis, North Country Trail Association coordinator

Outdoors people and what they are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Women's 3/4 winner Veronica Hudacek after finishing the The Fulton Star Cross at Lions Valley Place Park Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Crystal, MN.] DAVID

Cyclocross in Minnesota is the right mix: Challenges, cut with good times.

Part of a weekend series of races, the Fulton Star Cross in Crystal delivered.
Gretchen Hansen, assistant professor of fisheries ecology at the University of Minnesota.

Currents: Gretchen Hansen, University of Minnesota fisheries ecologist, professor

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Peter Marshall. with his son, Konrad.

Currents: Peter Marshall, communications director, Friends of the Boundary Waters

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
A maple ridge blazed in early October in the Lutsen area.

Don't fret: Minnesota's fall still is something to marvel

We may have had an ugly stretch of weather, but fall colors abound.
Kris Larson

Currents: Kris Larson, executive director of Minnesota Land Trust

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to and more.
Day-17 - With over 200 miles behind her, Melanie McManus celebrates at the top Pincushion Mountain near Grand Marais. The outcrop rewards the hiker wi

Currents: Hiker and freelance writer Melanie Radzicki McManus

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Charles Youel with one of his loyal steeds in his Northeast studio, shown in 2017.

Currents: Charles Youel, ARTCRANK creator

What outdoors people are reading, listening to, following, and more
Stan Tekiela for Outdoors Weekend

Currents: Stan Tekiela, nature photographer and author

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Ajay Pickett of Woodbury, who claimed the Fastest Known Time in an unsupported hike of the Superior Hiking Trail.

Woodbury man sets speed record for covering the Superior Hiking Trail

He bests "fastest known time" set in 2016, finishing in less than 8 days.
Chris Clayton, editor of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer.

Currents: Chris Clayton, Minnesota Conservation Volunteer editor

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
"Into Nature: A Creative Field Guide and Journal"

Recent outdoors titles: Simple books for harried times

Tie knots, get connected to nature, learn a thing or two about national parks.
Sarena Selbo, manager at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, came from a Fish and Wildlife Service position based in Anchorage, Alaska.

Currents: Sarena Selbo, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge manager

What outdoors people are reading, listening to, following, and more.
Currents: Mark Norquist of Modern Carnivore

Currents: Mark Norquist of Modern Carnivore

Outdoors people and what they are watching, listening to, following and more.
Feeling Superior: People, groups, initiatives focused on future of Superior Hiking Trail

Feeling Superior: People, groups, initiatives focused on future of Superior Hiking Trail

From trail workers to nonprofits, the focus is helping the trail endure.
Denny Caneff, executive director of the Superior Hiking Trail Association: “Hiking is a very benign outdoor activity. Yet, we damage the resource. I

Feeling Superior: Trail association has ambitious plan to shore up areas

Trail Renewal Program is underway with support from state grant.
In a photo provided by Brent Cizek, dozens of common merganser ducklings follow a single hen on Lake Bemidji in Bemidji, Minn. Some birds, including c

Mother-of-all ducklings photo from Lake Bemidji has wild interest

The picture of a mother duck and dozens of ducklings in tow captures the internet, bringing calls and emails around the world to a Minnesota photographer.
Feeling Superior: Footprints of hiking's popularity are everywhere.

Feeling Superior: Footprints of hiking's popularity are everywhere.

The numbers and word of mouth back it up: More people are hitting the paths.
Day-16 - With heavy rain falling for the third day in a row and and no let-up in sight, Melanie McManus navigates through tall ferns along the trail n

Baptism on the Superior Hiking Trail: 16-plus miles in hypothermic conditions

From the sky, at the feet, water was the theme from the start of a thru-hike of the Superior Hiking Trail.

Feeling Superior: A region carved by upheaval

Two major geographical events millions of years ago shaped the North Shore.
Bryan Wood, director of Audubon Center of the North Woods

Currents: Bryan Wood, Audubon Center of the North Woods

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
At the Lebanon 10K trail race held at Lebanon Hills Park, the participants are off and running on the scenic trail by Jensen Lake .] Richard Tsong-Taa

10-plus things to do this summer in the Minnesota outdoors

This isn't the "best" list or "most-original," but it's meant to be a good barometer of the breadth of possibilities.
Ann Schinas

Currents: Ann Schinas, Three Rivers Parks recreation coordinator

What outdoors people are doing, following, reading and more.
@matt.benz.weather, for Outdoors Weekend

Sending off the season with #Stribspring images

Readers tagged hundreds of photos and shared them on social media.
Michael Koppy, trail runner.

Currents: Michael Koppy, ultramarathon runner from Duluth

What outdoors people are doing, listening to, following, reading and more.
Jamie Lowe, trails and volunteer coordinator, U.S. Forest Service, Kawawishi River District.

Currents: Jamie Lowe, U.S. Forest Service, trails and volunteer coordinator

Today: Jamie Lowe of Ely, a trails and volunteer coordinator with the U.S. Forest Service. Lowe was recently recognized with the Friend of the Trail…
Suzanne Trapp worked with students, a regular role as urban programs outreach coordinator for the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

Currents: Suzanne Trapp, urban program manager, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

What outdoors people are reading, doing, listening to, and more.
Stephen Scott, co-leader of Minnesota Outdoor Afro, for Outdoors Weekend.

Currents: Stephen Scott, co-leader of Outdoors Afro Minnesota

What outdoors people are doing, reading, listening to, and more.
"The Big Cloud," spring release 2018.

A trove of new outdoors books with fire, water, earth and sky

Several spring releases, from a Minnesota wildflower guidebook to stunning photo book.
Author Cary J. Griffith, who has a new book "Gunflint Burning" out in May.

Currents: Cary J. Griffith, Minnesota author of new book "Gunflint Burning"

What outdoors people are doing, listening to, reading, following.
Tom Yuska, of St. Paul, stopped on an exercise ride before work, was traveling west on Summit Avenue near Macalester College in St. Paul. Yuska said h

iCycle: Working cycling into his personal and work lives

Summer youth cycling program is reaching kids in mobile home communities.
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