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Bob Timmons

Outdoors Weekend Editor | Newsroom
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Bob Timmons oversees and contributes coverage for the Star Tribune's weekly Outdoors Weekend section. He started at the newspaper in Sports in 2005, helping plan, edit and design the section.
Recent content from Bob Timmons
New guidebook goes deep into Minnesota's vast camper cabin scene

New guidebook goes deep into Minnesota's vast camper cabin scene

Author of "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles" of the Twin Cities and others, Tom Watson brings personal touch to new entry.
Young Chanhassen family's adventure meets roadblock at trail

Young Chanhassen family's adventure meets roadblock at trail

Conditions prove to hard to continue on Border Route Trail, the last leg of the family's Arrowhead Traverse adventure.
In effort to stop Asian carp, Army Corps adjusts water flow at Mississippi lock near Iowa border

In effort to stop Asian carp, Army Corps adjusts water flow at Mississippi lock near Iowa border

University of Minnesota expert on the invasive fish has guided Army Corps' work. Lock and dam is first on the Mississippi to be adjusted to prevent carp's passage.
Summer ride on the Paul Bunyan State Trail delivers solitude and more

Summer ride on the Paul Bunyan State Trail delivers solitude and more

Looking for a day-in-the-life of the northernmost section of the trail in north-central Minnesota was infinitely rewarding.
'Something epic': Young Chanhassen family prepares to bike-paddle-hike through the Arrowhead region

'Something epic': Young Chanhassen family prepares to bike-paddle-hike through the Arrowhead region

Couple known for their outdoors adventures with their tykes is hoping to inspire other young families.
Electric bikes of every variety will roll at Burnsville expo

Electric bikes of every variety will roll at Burnsville expo

Organizer said manufacturers, retailers identified Twin Cities as emerging market for event.
Trail clearing on North Shore another example that public are future to public lands

Trail clearing on North Shore another example that public are future to public lands

A spring work weekend on the Superior Hiking Trail reinforces a wider story: Some of Minnesota's favorite footpaths are nothing without the sweat and commitment of volunteers.
Minneapolis student decided the bus was taking too long

Minneapolis student decided the bus was taking too long

Teen has taken to biking after ditching his longer commute to Hope Academy.
Different motivations, same result: It was time to travel on two wheels

Different motivations, same result: It was time to travel on two wheels

Minneapolis woman decided it was better in all ways to commute by two wheels after selling her car.
Engineer finds his bike 'a great way to get around the city. It's low-stress'

Engineer finds his bike 'a great way to get around the city. It's low-stress'

Continuing series: Engineer was spotted on his usual commute into downtown Minneapolis via Park Avenue.
Eagan teacher collapses, dies during rugged North Shore race

Eagan teacher collapses, dies during rugged North Shore race

Eagan teacher Jon Mathson, 41, collapsed during the Superior Trail Race on the North Shore.
Sound and fury: White water of Kettle River is playground for willing paddlers

Sound and fury: White water of Kettle River is playground for willing paddlers

Like many Minnesota rivers, the Kettle lures thrill-seekers and beauty-lovers in spring
A conscious decision to live where cities make it 'easier to get around'

A conscious decision to live where cities make it 'easier to get around'

iCycle: Twin Cities cyclist has experience of riding in other metro areas, and likes what she sees here.
15 years on, the bike and the Minneapolis rider endure

15 years on, the bike and the Minneapolis rider endure

In ongoing urban cycling series, University of Minnesota professor and researcher discusses a longtime bike habit.
30 Days of Biking rolls bigger than ever April 1

30 Days of Biking rolls bigger than ever April 1

Born in the Twin Cities, the cycling challenge has added pledges from across the state and world.
A book of all knowledge

A book of all knowledge

It's difficult to think of a wilderness guide book with a camping bent that Cliff Jacobson hasn't written.
Making 2017 a year for microadventure in Minnesota's outdoors

Making 2017 a year for microadventure in Minnesota's outdoors

Thinking small has its own share of inspiring possibilities.
All eyes on Minnesota EagleCam now that third egg arrives in St. Paul nest

All eyes on Minnesota EagleCam now that third egg arrives in St. Paul nest

Following of state's streaming feed of the nest is sure to pick up. Third egg was laid Friday; second this week.
Urban cycling series rolls on: 'I biked everywhere, and I just kept doing it'

Urban cycling series rolls on: 'I biked everywhere, and I just kept doing it'

Latest in series on urban cycling catches up with physician's assistant and his single-speed.
A midweek social: Friends, fat bikes, beer in the north metro

A midweek social: Friends, fat bikes, beer in the north metro

Results are largely secondary at upbeat, laid-back race in the north metro for fat bikers.
New series turns spotlight on bike-centric metro area

New series turns spotlight on bike-centric metro area

In ongoing series, iCycle, we catch up with riders out on the streets of the Twin Cities.
Fatal brain disease surfaces in whitetail deer near Lanesboro

Fatal brain disease surfaces in whitetail deer near Lanesboro

The deer herd in large part of southeast Minnesota will be culled to curb any spread of chronic wasting disease.
There are more cyclists than ever in the metro. Meet some of them.

There are more cyclists than ever in the metro. Meet some of them.

With "iCycle" feature, we're setting out to find out who is riding in the Twin Cities. We'll profile random cyclists encountered on the streets of the Twin Cities, people who find that moving through their lives by bike is intrinsic to who they are.
Moving north to see winged visitors heading south

Moving north to see winged visitors heading south

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area -- and its sandhill cranes -- came alive during October visit to northwestern Wisconsin.
Twin Cities Marathon record-holder will look back – if asked

Twin Cities Marathon record-holder will look back – if asked

31 years later the record is the same; so is its unassuming keeper: Phil Coppess of Iowa.
How women closed the Twin Cities Marathon gender gap, and other runner stats

How women closed the Twin Cities Marathon gender gap, and other runner stats

That special rite of fall road running, the Twin Cities Marathon, will set out for the 35th time from Minneapolis to St. Paul on Sunday. And it's the women who are an increasingly big part of the race's story.
Bloomington angler beats the best on Lake Mille Lacs

Bloomington angler beats the best on Lake Mille Lacs

After barely qualifying for the Bassmaster Toyota Angler of the Year Championship, Seth Feider dominated on Lake Mille Lacs.
Fresh off La Crosse, Wis., Bassmaster pro angler brings his skills to Mille Lacs

Fresh off La Crosse, Wis., Bassmaster pro angler brings his skills to Mille Lacs

Inside the world of professional fishing, a young gun tests his skills – and his "arsenal" – on Lake Mille Lacs.
Minnesota bats are caught in a fast-moving, deadly epidemic

Minnesota bats are caught in a fast-moving, deadly epidemic

A night out with state researchers, who are netting and tracking a species of bat in hopes of saving some of them from an infectious disease called white-nose syndrome.
Minnesota mussels are underwater, of course, but top of mind

Minnesota mussels are underwater, of course, but top of mind

Along the St. Croix River for a day, multi-agency effort focuses on saving an animal vital to waterways.
Bold and new: National parks posters of early 20th century go modern

Bold and new: National parks posters of early 20th century go modern

New book "See America" from Chronicle Books collects modern takes on the retro posters of the New Deal era.
Minnesota author lands trophies in depths of fishing lore

Minnesota author lands trophies in depths of fishing lore

Eric Dregni is a hack when it comes to fishing (his words), but he pulls up trophy after trophy from the depths of Great Lakes lore in his new book.
DNR's plan to make all park campsites reservable set to begin

DNR's plan to make all park campsites reservable set to begin

In three phases beginning Tuesday, there will be full access to any state park site.
Hearing a call to protect the prairie in southwestern Minnesota

Hearing a call to protect the prairie in southwestern Minnesota

Drive is undiminished for 'hero of conservation' from Worthington.
A subversive act? How to appreciate a walk in the middle of the workday

A subversive act? How to appreciate a walk in the middle of the workday

For this writer, detaching from life's noise and busy pace opened up a different world along a Minnesota state trail.
Striding and gliding toward a big Birkie weekend

Striding and gliding toward a big Birkie weekend

Conditions set up well for another another chapter in a long Nordic ski marathon story.
Former hero of conservation: 'It just takes people who care'

Former hero of conservation: 'It just takes people who care'

Appreciating the rivers inspired him to work to clean and protect them.
Field & Stream honor has only emboldened conservationist to act

Field & Stream honor has only emboldened conservationist to act

Paynesville man was recognized in 2011; his commitment to Crow River Trail Guards endures.
There's just something about outdoor hockey

There's just something about outdoor hockey

Hockey is the Minnesota sport, but outdoor hockey might hold a place even closer to our state's collective heart.
Fat bike fever? Freewheel Bike event in Minneapolis might be the cure

Fat bike fever? Freewheel Bike event in Minneapolis might be the cure

December's Winterbike Expo will speak to the ever-evolving fat bike universe.
How 8 autumn insiders will get out and about this season

How 8 autumn insiders will get out and about this season

We asked several outdoors enthusiasts, from a camper to a kayaker, to tell us three things about a most-prized season in Minnesota.
How 8 autumn insiders will get out and about this season

How 8 autumn insiders will get out and about this season

We asked several outdoors enthusiasts, from a camper to a kayaker, to tell us three things about a most-prized season in Minnesota.
Regional guidebook author collects his favorite hikes

Regional guidebook author collects his favorite hikes

With endless opportunities, Rob Bignell tries to keep a discriminating eye before delivering.
Boundary Waters and back: Lasting impressions from border country

Boundary Waters and back: Lasting impressions from border country

Again and again, Mother Nature kept things in perspective for a bunch of first-timers in a new land.
My Outdoor Life: Minneapolis blogger cultivates stylish, outdoorsy vibe

My Outdoor Life: Minneapolis blogger cultivates stylish, outdoorsy vibe

Minneapolis blogger cultivates stylish, outdoorsy vibe.
Game Fair 2015: The many faces in the crowd

Game Fair 2015: The many faces in the crowd

The annual outdoors gathering is a summer fixture, drawing thousands to Ramsey over two weekends in August. It's a celebration for fairgoers of all things outdoors. Here are some of their stories.
Minnesota DNR's FalconCam is watching over peregrine family

Minnesota DNR's FalconCam is watching over peregrine family

DNR upgrades FalconCam, a window into a young family's world
My Outdoor Life: Minnesota author's is one devoted to birds

My Outdoor Life: Minnesota author's is one devoted to birds

New birding book typifies a devoted life.
Fat Bike Birkie race: It's a fat, fat world

Fat Bike Birkie race: It's a fat, fat world

Thrill-a-minute Fat Bike Birkie had eclectic riders and rides.
Game night: Dinner at Schara's

Game night: Dinner at Schara's

The culinary and outdoors worlds collide in a meal at the home of outdoors icon Ron Schara.
Day by day, a year of birds

Day by day, a year of birds

A Duluth man decided to photograph birds for a year — and got what he bargained for.
Birkie Nation: Skiers and their stories

Birkie Nation: Skiers and their stories

There are stories at every turn when talking the venerable Nordic ski race in northern Wisconsin.
Ultramarathon participants face daunting wilderness

Ultramarathon participants face daunting wilderness

By bike, by ski or by foot, participants in the Arrowhead 135 are up for an extreme adventure.
Runners pick their top trail runs

Runners pick their top trail runs

Five accomplished trail runners pick their favorite off-road runs.
Sea kayaking in the Heartland

Sea kayaking in the Heartland

A local family heads to the south shore of Lake Superior for their first encounter with this captivating sport.
Minnesota Nice gives runner a helping hand at Boston Marathon

Minnesota Nice gives runner a helping hand at Boston Marathon

Still smarting from failing to finish his first Boston Marathon last year when a pair of bombs disrupted the race, Stillwater runner Mike Johnson had…
The Full Moon Frozen River Run: Winter running at its wildest

The Full Moon Frozen River Run: Winter running at its wildest

Every year, a group of local runners defy the conventional wisdoms of their sport, setting out for a jaunt atop the frozen St. Croix River in the dark of a winter's night.
How to be a better winter runner

How to be a better winter runner

For a certain breed of Minnesotan, running outdoors is as much a part of winter as shoveling snow or pulling on a wool cap.
Winter ice breakers for fans of summer sports

Winter ice breakers for fans of summer sports

Short days and cold weather can kill the will to keep exercising. Here's how summer sport fans can stay fit.
Minnesota Swarm: Young and loaded for 2013

Minnesota Swarm: Young and loaded for 2013

The Swarm, the league's youngest team, is stockpiled with first-round picks.
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