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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
Get in Gear is a Twin Cities running tradition.

Ideas for getting out and embracing a Minnesota spring in the outdoors

From fly fishing lessons to bird festivals to chipping in to clear hiking trails (while getting your backpacking fix), we've got you covered.
Jo Swanson, trail development director, Superior Hiking Trail Association.

Currents: Jo Swanson, trail development director, Superior Hiking Trail Association

Outdoors people and their current interests: reading, listening, following, doing.
Cliff Jacobson, paddler and wilderness guide, for Outdoors Weekend.

A new Currents: Cliff Jacobson, camping and paddling guru

What outdoors people are reading, listening to, following, doing. Jacobson is just back from a paddle along the Texas-Mexico border, and anticipating more times in the wild.
Stephen Regenold, editor of, is active in the scenes he so often writes about.

Currents: Stephen Regenold, GearJunkie editor and founder

What outdoors people are listening to, reading, following and doing. The GearJunkie editor on staying on top of the mainstream, the outdoors industry's politicized times, and scaling ice on the Upper Peninsula.
Karla Bloem, with Alice the Great Horned Owl.

Currents: Karla Bloem, executive director, International Owl Center

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, doing.
Enjoying wild game is among the family traditions for Olivia LeDee.

Currents: Olivia LeDee, deputy director of the Northeast Climate Science Center

Outdoors people and their interests. What they are reading, following, listening to, doing.
First-graders at Dowling Environmental Elementary School in Minneapolis made snowy creations Dec. 8 during their weekly Free Forest School outing.

Initiative taps into ever-growing interest to connect little ones (and their parents) to nature

Started by a Minneapolis parent, Free Forest School focuses on kid-led play, and has seen wild popularity.
Kate Coward, left, and Kari Gibbons managed smiles Wednesday as they neared the finish line of the Arrowhead 135.

One 135-mile endurance race wasn't enough; ultramarathoners get their 'Double Arrowhead'

Racers Kate Coward and Kari Gibbons from Minneapolis hoofed 135 miles to the start along the Arrowhead route in northern Minnesota before turning it around. They are the first women to accomplish a double.
Rich Hoeg, birder-blogger-photographer from Duluth, for Outdoors Weekend.

Currents: Richard Hoeg, Duluth photographer, birder, blogger

Outdoors people and their current interests: What they are listening to, reading, following, doing.
Revisited: Catching up with Minnesota outdoorists featured in 2017

Revisited: Catching up with Minnesota outdoorists featured in 2017

We got updates from some of the notable Minnesotans featured in Star Tribune Outdoors in 2017. Also, we asked: What is top of mind for 2018?
The guide leads readers through a variety of projects, even the basics of safely using a penknife.

Love of trees grows into engaging guide to whittling

Author of new book sees nostalgia in his hobby, hoping to ignite interest in the craft and "the elemental simplicity of creating."
Well beyond peak.
Minnesota, MN 10/31/2017

When the colors fade: Photos of the other autumn

Even in the dryness and darkness of late fall, beauty persists.
Jay Gustafson plans to pick up his river mission next spring.

Minnesota paddler wants to send a message about state's waterways

Minnesota paddler loves the rivers, but not what's happening to them.
JoyRide Magazine includes a feature called #BicycleLoveLetters.

Online magazine devoted to cycling's joy goes for readership, ridership

JoyRide Magazine debuts with style and verve befitting the Minnesota bike scene.
Jack and Maura Marko at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Young Chanhassen family's adventure meets roadblock at trail

Conditions prove to hard too continue on Border Route Trail, the last leg of the family's Arrowhead Traverse adventure.
"Mindful Running" digs into the science behind the power of mindfulness and running.

New book by Minnesota author channels power of mindfulness and running

"Mindful Running" makes the case that running and mindfulness are hand-in-glove.
Abdi Rahim Abdi of Minneapolis showed off his Mongoose bike Sept. 13 in Minneapolis.

iCycle: Every day is an opportunity to roll around the metro

Minneapolis man is on one of his three bikes most days, all day, across the metro.
Kate Gallagher rides a Synergy, which has internally hubbed gearing.

iCycle: Increasingly seeing opportunities to ride over drive

Minneapolis woman says she now rides, rather than drives, as much as she can.
Michael Johnson of Minneapolis said biking has become a way of life. “I understand this city in a way I never could have if I continued to bus or dr

A new iCycle: Big motivator is having control over his commute

Minneapolis man says using bike has been transformative, deepened his urban knowledge.
A whimsical look at what you'll see at Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon

A whimsical look at what you'll see at Sunday's Twin Cities Marathon

The 36th running of the Twin Cities Marathon (and TC 10 Mile) brings everyone out, from elites to everyday runners to supportive strangers. Sunday is all about encouragement, togetherness, the best of us.
Interior of a Minnesota state park camper cabin.

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.
Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill.

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.
Riding Paul Bunyan State Trail near Guthrie, Minn.: beauty and solitude.

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.
Rowan, Maura, Bobby and Jack Marko at Myre-Big Island State Park.

'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 sales in the United States are expected to hit $24 billion by 2025.

Electric bikes of every variety will roll at Burnsville expo

Organizer said manufacturers, retailers identified Twin Cities as emerging market for event.
Kaitlin Thompson of Isle, Minn., hauled brush last month during a weekend spent volunteering on the Superior Hiking Trail near Finland, Minn.

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.
High school student James Peterson was among cyclists encountered in Minneapolis, talking about their lives and cycling's impact.

Minneapolis student decided the bus was taking too long

Teen has taken to biking after ditching his longer commute to Hope Academy.
Yen Smith was among cyclists encountered in Minneapolis, talking about their lives and its impact.

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.
Connor Frazier of Minneapolis is regular bike commuter. He was encountered May 2 on Park Avenue, just south of downtown.

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.
Jon Mathson

Eagan teacher collapses, dies during rugged North Shore race

Eagan teacher Jon Mathson, 41, collapsed during the Superior Trail Race on the North Shore.
Looking downriver at an area of Kettle River rapids known as Blueberry Slide. The water was at 2½-3 feet high the morning of April 12, ideal for “s

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
Natalie Bontrager, 30, of Minneapolis commutes to work and school at the University of Minnesota.

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.
Tim Starr, 55, of Minneapolis was spotted commuting to his job as a professor and cancer researcher at the University of Minnesota.

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.
Spoke card for 30 Days of Biking.

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.
'Top Secrets' is a Falcon Guide by Cliff Jacobson, one of several he has written.

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.
2017 is a year for microadventures.

Making 2017 a year for microadventure in Minnesota's outdoors

Thinking small has its own share of inspiring possibilities.
A screen grab Tuesday morning from the state's EagleCam. The eagles will incubate their eggs for 35 days.

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.
Eric Smith was spotted en route to work at Central Clinic on a cold morning in northeast Minneapolis. Smith said he uses his single-speed bike everywh

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 rider moved along Keller Lake during Fat Wednesday.

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.
Ben Janke of Minneapolis was spotted on the Franklin Avenue Bridge.

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.
Whitetail buck

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.
Isa Schulz, 25, of Minneapolis, is a regular bike commuter who uses her fixed-gear bike to get, well, everywhere.

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.
Cranes struck an elegant picture across the morning sky Oct. 20 at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area.

Moving north to see winged visitors heading south

Crex Meadows Wildlife Area -- and its sandhill cranes -- came alive during October visit to northwestern Wisconsin.
Phil Coppess on his way to victory at the 1985 Twin Cities Marathon. His record time that day, 2:10:05, still stands.

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.
Seth Feider was the only Minnesotan competing in the Angler of the Year tournament 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.
Brandon Palaniuk was in the money earlier this year at a tournament in Union Springs, N.Y.

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.
A female northern long-eared bat was netted by researchers deep in the woods July 7 in East Bethel. The bat was later fitted with a transmitter for tr

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.
Shelby Marr, left, a mussels specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, helped sort mussels brought up by divers from the Minnesot

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.
Posters from the new book "See America."

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.
This elegant crowd, which includes Minnesota Gov. John Lind (second man from right on the train), showed off their catch in 1899.

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.
Tent camping at Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton, Minn.

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.
Scott Rall, president of Nobles County chapter of Pheasants Forever.

Hearing a call to protect the prairie in southwestern Minnesota

Drive is undiminished for 'hero of conservation' from Worthington.
Mike Fuerst and Eileen Kellen of St. Paul made their way along the Gateway State Trail, framed by woods and wetlands.

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.
Thousands of cross country skiers climbed Mount Telemark at the start of the 1979 American Birkebeiner.

Striding and gliding toward a big Birkie weekend

Conditions set up well for another another chapter in a long Nordic ski marathon story.
St. Croix River

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

Appreciating the rivers inspired him to work to clean and protect them.
Tom Koshiol

Field & Stream honor has only emboldened conservationist to act

Paynesville man was recognized in 2011; his commitment to Crow River Trail Guards endures.
In a photo from "Pond Hockey: Frozen Moments," a tree made for an extra player in Mountain Iron, Minn. It's there that one of the authors, Tommy Haine

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 riding — in any season — has never been more popular.

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.
Paddler Alex McKinney, recreation supervisor with Three Rivers Parks District.

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.
Paddler Alex McKinney, recreation supervisor with Three Rivers Parks District.

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.
Albeit mostly dry in late summer and autumn, Fairy Falls still is a favorite area to hike for Rob Bignell and his son, Kieran.

Regional guidebook author collects his favorite hikes

With endless opportunities, Rob Bignell tries to keep a discriminating eye before delivering.
Sublime sunsets and sunrises

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.
A tastemaker, Minnesota native and booster of all things Midwest, Annie D’Souza masterminded a popular blog called The Midwestival.

My Outdoor Life: Minneapolis blogger cultivates stylish, outdoorsy vibe

Minneapolis blogger cultivates stylish, outdoorsy vibe.
Mitch and Samantha Hackenmueller of Zimmerman with pudelpointer Kane

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.
"Jill," a peregrine falcon, scanned the St. Paul skyline in 2012, looking east from her nesting box on Bremer Tower.

Minnesota DNR's FalconCam is watching over peregrine family

DNR upgrades FalconCam, a window into a young family's world
Robert Janssen, author of “Birds of Minnesota State Parks,” spoke with students from Upper Mississippi Academy on April 16 during a Minnesota Depa

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

New birding book typifies a devoted life.
Fat Bike Birkie racers set out in the 47-kilometer race last Saturday from the Telemark Resort grounds in Cable, Wis., before hitting the Birkie trail

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

Thrill-a-minute Fat Bike Birkie had eclectic riders and rides.
Slow-Roasted Elk Loin, crusted with panko and Parmesan. Two sauces: horseradish and a liquid reduction puréed with roasted beets and balsamic vinegar

Game night: Dinner at Schara's

The culinary and outdoors worlds collide in a meal at the home of outdoors icon Ron Schara.
Top to bottom, evening grosbeak, northern hawk owl and red-bellied woodpecker.

Day by day, a year of birds

A Duluth man decided to photograph birds for a year — and got what he bargained for.
From left, Margie Nelson, Kitty Earl-Torniainen and Heather Norton-Bower photographed at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Birkie Nation: Skiers and their stories

There are stories at every turn when talking the venerable Nordic ski race in northern Wisconsin.
In the wilderness, Arrowhead 135 racers are on their own.

Ultramarathon participants face daunting wilderness

By bike, by ski or by foot, participants in the Arrowhead 135 are up for an extreme adventure.
Trail racer Maria Barton maneuvered the terrain at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, her favorite spot for an off-road run.

Runners pick their top trail runs

Five accomplished trail runners pick their favorite off-road runs.
Rocky outcroppings towered over sea kayakers just north of Red Cliff, Wis., during a half-day paddling excursion near some of the Apostle Islands.

Sea kayaking in the Heartland

A local family heads to the south shore of Lake Superior for their first encounter with this captivating sport.
Michael Johnson (right, in yellow) of Stillwater and three other runners helped an ailing runner get to the finish line Monday at the 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…
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