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Bob Timmons

Outdoors Weekend Editor | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-7899

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
The Twin Cities Marathon is using crowd science data to inform its October plans.

Minnesota running race organizers join to have a say in their future

The pandemic resulted in groups coalescing to help state officials help them.
Shown in a still image from the live feed, Harry — the male parent in the EagleCam nest — fed its two chicks Wednesday. The two hatched last weeke

By any metric, Minnesota is at the center of bald eagles' rebound

The bald eagle population in Minnesota is soaring, benefiting from conservation measures.
While she hiked for the love of it, Emily Ford said she is glad her hike is inspiring other people. She is shown on the grounds of Glensheen Mansion,

Duluth woman on thru-hike of the Ice Age Trail in winter: 'Me being me'

Emily Ford accepts the attention on her epic winter thru-hike, even if her intent was modest. "A lot of things in my life appear," she says, "and I just say, yes."
In 2019, marathon weekend drew more than 7,000 marathoners and more than 13,000 runners in the 10-mile race.

4,000 runners will hit streets in this fall's Twin Cities Marathon

Twin Cities in Motion announced Tuesday that marathon registration will open at 10 a.m. on April 8. The race is set for Oct. 3.
Finding their freedom outdoors

Finding their freedom outdoors

These Minnesotans went into the wild for different reasons, but all have experienced unmistakable awe.
The sun illuminated a dramatic palisade on South Fowl Lake Friday night near the dam.

What makes a great trip to the BWCA — from the experts

A trip into the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a long weekend is a must. So, too, are gaining some skills and taking on a longer adventure.
A female fisher at a box in December 2019 in the Remer, Minn., area. She rested for about 16 hours in the box and found it about a month after it was

Researchers deploy den boxes as possible tool to aid mysterious fishers

Their Minnesota story matches other wildlife: It's one of cycles, and offers clues about the fisher's current struggle.
Extended trips in remote places are invigorating.

Freeing your mind outdoors

Tell us about an extended trip into the wilderness and how it affected you.
People set out for an early morning hike through Wild River State Park last spring. People have flooded to Minnesota state parks — especially those

Task force suggests Minnesota needs a new outdoors office

Group is finalizing report to DNR, Explore Minnesota.
Gunflint Lake was frozen and snow covered with a view into Canada on Monday, February 1, 2021. ]

Gunflint Trail's backwoods living is still a draw; so, too, is a fast internet

Of all that has changed over centuries along the Gunflint Trail, the greeting that pines whisper to old-timers and newcomers alike has been constant.
The angle of the sun this time of year is waking up dormant plants.

Mid-February sun is awakening Minnesota greenhouses

The sun is higher in the sky and the rays more concentrated.
Male evening grosbeaks are distinct in their yellow.

It's a 'finch winter' and other birds to watch for in Minnesota

While the pandemic has affected some birding traditions, the wildlife has produced a season to remember.
The quota permit season in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness runs from May through September.

2021 BWCA visitors will have to learn to 'leave no trace' of their visit

The Forest Service says it's making educational videos mandatory for permits after last season's "unacceptably high amount" of damage to the wilderness.
It's not a trip to Antarctica. Make the leap to winter camping

It's not a trip to Antarctica. Make the leap to winter camping

Apply skills learned over the summer, adapt some gear, and consider a leap to a different season.
The 2020 class: Front, from left, Meng Moua, Victoria Griffith, Chelsey Bechel, Cassie Block, Tou Vang and Ryan Brown. Back, from left: Curt Simonso

New Minnesota conservation officers open up about outdoors lives

Minnesota's 2020 class of 13 conservation officers are in the field in a heightened period of need for protecting the state's natural resources.
Cutting a path by snowshoe.

Get 2021 off on the right foot with these 'first day hike' ideas

Friday (or sometime this month) is an ideal opportunity to wash clean of 2020 through a stop outdoors. Consider a "First Day Hike," a New Year's Day tradition in the spirit of renewal.
The meadow in Cerro Pelon last season, when it was full of monarchs and visitors. The monarchs cluster in the dense forest above the meadow and fly do

Discovered butterfly tag in Mexico represents monarchs' tale of survival

Evidence of monarch tagged in Minnesota turns up in Mexico, a reminder of an epic migration.
Walkers made their way late Wednesday morning around the Mark Sather Trail in White Bear Lake. The trail is part of a broader study about social dista

Challenges of social distancing on trails revealed in University of Minnesota study

Though two-thirds of encounters feature users moving apart, more than half don't include safe distancing.
Glenn Simmons Jr. carried his son Kai, 2, atop his shoulders during an outing in Bagley Nature Area in Duluth. The group has met weekly for about thre

Brighter horizons for men of color meeting outdoors

Duluth-area men find rewards in the outdoors and ask why so few Black and brown people know the feeling.
From wetland to woods to wildlife and more, John Tester’s “Minnesota’s Natural Heritage” covered the vastness of the state’s ecology unlike

Landmark book from 1995 by pioneering Minnesota conservationist gets update

John Tester's "Minnesota's Natural Heritage" gets an update on its 25th anniversary.
A Twin Cities man caught this 51-inch muskie in Bde Maka Ska last week.

For second time on same Minneapolis lake in recent weeks, anglers land whopper muskies

The 51-inch fish "was very fat," the angler said. "It certainly felt like it lifting it in and out of the boat."
A star trails image, which is a blend of hundreds of shots taken over several hours.

Dark skies are a Minnesota outdoors treasure

A weeklong event puts focus on a phenomenon that has everyone from astrophysicists to land managers paying attention.
There were about 91,000 visits to ski at Hyland Lake Park Reserve trails last season.

Will cold stifle rush to the outdoors? Some parks and trail managers don't see it

As the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic stretches into its eighth month, some state and regional parks and trails managers are bracing for a replay, of sorts, of summer in their territory. Winter weather be damned.
On the surface of Schulze Lake in Eagan, oak leaves that littered the lake after ice up, create enough solar heat to develop mini pools of water as th

Speaking of the season: Minnesota outdoors advocates weigh in on their flight in autumn

The outdoors is a place of action – and reflection and release – this autumn.
Mikah Meyer, shown Wednesday on the Gateway Trail near Flicek Park in Maplewood, is on the verge of completing his run across Minnesota. His objective

Wrapped in a running adventure, a message that outdoors is for everyone

Mikah Meyer, who brought gay pride to the outdoors in a national parks odyssey, is on to another big idea.
See your same old neighborhood in a new way with an 'awe walk'

See your same old neighborhood in a new way with an 'awe walk'

Maybe you've heard about awe walks? You keep to the usual routine but slow down. Take time to observe the surroundings in a new way. Embrace nature's mysteries. And reap the emotional benefits.
Runners make do with DIY Twin Cities Marathons this year

Runners make do with DIY Twin Cities Marathons this year

This would have been Twin Cities Marathon weekend. Like most events, it's now all-virtual in 2020. But from honoring family to reflecting our health crisis, marathoners are filling the void.
The forest near Cloquet was dappled with colors as cool nights and sunny days have created a spectacular show.

Play this fall: Ideas for where to hike, roll, run, camp, and more

Minnesotans barreled into the outdoors in spring and summer during the throes of COVID-19. Don't expect that to slow in autumn, with its inviting weather and scene.
Mike Stout, shown on Lake Minnetonka, is on a pace of paddling his kayak 1,000 miles in each of the past five years. Among his treks was a solo crossi

Minnesota kayaker makes marathon solo crossing across Lake Michigan

Prior Lake man has paddled 5,000 miles in his Quest in the five years since he took up the sport, and he's not done yet.
Braeden Cox, a service technician at Ski Hut, rolled out a finished bike to return to a customer on Thursday. As with other retailers in the outdoors,

As bike sales and repairs climb, so does the backlog

So many Minnesotans eager to get rolling and beat the quarantine blues have created unprecedented demand on cycle shops and suppliers.
The sun illuminated a dramatic palisade on South Fowl Lake

Pandemic revives allure of the Boundary Waters

Some families are using these pandemic days as motivation to return to the BWCA after many years, and, in some cases, introduce the wilderness to their own families.
Some of the children’s owl artwork from the center’s contest is on display at Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis.

Fall migration, action at bird centers make August a month to engage

There are a mix of happenings in Minnesota's avian community worth checking out this month (and weeks to come).
This year's state pheasant opener is Oct. 10.

Walz cancels Governor's Pheasant Opener because of virus threat

A statement from the governor's office said the 2021 Governor's Pheasant Opener will return to Fairmont, its scheduled host community this year.
From the U.S. Forest Service. Improper disposal of waste at a site on Alpine Lake. ORG XMIT: nWU_2nxhXJjYaEZc2wB4

As Minnesotans rush outdoors for an escape, bad behavior follows

The surge in ATV use, boating, camping, and other outdoor activities in Minnesota has brought a dark element with it.
Crystal Gail Welcome’s time spent on the Superior Hiking Trail put her in touch with hikers interested in her activist thinking.

Superior trail thru-hiker's message for justice ends at George Floyd's memorial

Atlanta woman completes 24 days on trail, then visits George Floyd memorial.
Black Eyed Susan flowers bloom in Crow Hassan Regional Park, which is home to a remarkably diverse and thriving prairie that's been built and managed

Crow-Hassan's prairie is a mosaic of wild things and built to last

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve's 50-year-old prairie covers 1,200 acres in a 2,600-acre park where nature flourishes northwest of the Twin Cities near St. Michael.
More people are heading into the Boundary Waters this summer as developed campgrounds fill up or remain closed and the pandemic diverts more summer va

As newcomers increase in Boundary Waters, so do calls for help

Volunteer rescue squads warn that their resources to help are limited.
Shown Tuesday near Gooseberry Falls, Crystal Gail Welcome made her way on a wet day. “This is one way I can stand up for justice,” she said of her

Atlanta woman sends message one step at a time on Superior Trail

Crystal Gail Welcome, a Black social activist, is more than a third of the way done with her 310-mile trek.
(From left) Patsy and Warren Thieve from Bloomington crossed the swinging bridge while being followed by their son-in-law David Turley and his husband

Minnesota's state parks remain hot properties, but crowds represent challenges

About 85% of the sites and lodges can be used now, but more are opening.
Gail Buhl of The Raptor Center and Luke Herbert worked together June 16 to get two red-tailed hawk chicks back in trees at Island View Golf Course.

Birdie save: Golfers stop to rescue red-tailed hawk chick in Waconia

Luke Herbert and Noah Kandt were putting on the 12th green at Island View Golf Club when their round ended abruptly and their roles as bird rescuers commenced.
Oberg Mountain, with LeVeaux Mountain beyond, as seen from the Superior Hiking Trail. Photos provided

Minnesota man's new book celebrates the rugged beauty of Superior Hiking Trail

"The Superior Hiking Trail Story" is a scrapbook-like collection of stories, photography, and quotes from hikers left at trail registers.
A Minnesota summer is awash in activity in the natural world.

Stars of the summer solstice: Nature's abundance in Minnesota and the first day of summer

Reflecting on nature's abundance and the first day of the season.
Bob King of Duluth, a former journalist, writes a popular stargazing blog.

Currents: Bob King, author, photographer and skywatcher

What outdoors people are reading, watching, listening to, and more.
Paddling in the bow of a canoe while on Gunflint Lake during a BWCA trip last July.

BWCA outfitters take on COVID-19 one problem, one month at a time

BWCA outfitters can take solace in small victories and loyal campers as they take on COVID-19 threat.
Michael Koppy, shown last June on the Lake Walk section of the Superior Hiking Trail near Grand Marais.

At 69, Minnesota man chasing record for trail run of 310 miles

Michael Koppy intends to cover 310 miles in fewer than four days, from the north end of the Superior Hiking Trail at the Canadian border down to the southern terminus at the Wisconsin border near Jay Cooke State Park.
Walkers and cyclists made their way along Brown’s Creek State Trail on Wednesday afternoon near downtown Stillwater. Multiuse paths such as Brown’

Everyone is outdoors because of the pandemic; here's a way to share space safely

With everyone outdoors during the pandemic, it'll take common sense and respect to coexist.
Jon and Linneah Asp of Minneapolis found space and isolation Tuesday morning on a walk among the towering red pines on the Deer Creek Loop Trail in Wi

Some Minnesota state parks are packed. But normalcy? Not yet

The DNR acknowledges the importance of keeping the parks accessible as a place of sanctuary, but concedes future park operations are in limbo because of the pandemic.
Gravel riders pushed on, taking on the hills and valleys of the Ragnarok 105-mile race in 2012.

Minnesota cyclists of every sort see rides, races upended

Normally the Minnesota Cycling Federation would be buzzing about the popular, decades-old criterium racing series Tuesday nights at Machinery Hill. But all will be dark next week.
Jessie Diggins skied on the Theodore Wirth trails March 17. Ordinarily, it would have been World Cup racing.

Currents: Jessie Diggins, World Cup skier and Olympic gold medalist

What outdoors people are reading, listening to, following, and more.
Lonnie Dupre

Currents: Lonnie Dupre, Minnesota adventurer and explorer

What outdoors people are doing, reading, following, and more.
Keith Myrmel of Arden Hills has produced some amazing, oversized maps of Minnesota natural places.

Currents: Keith Myrmel, map-maker and hiker

What outdoors people are doing, reading, listening to, and more.
Embracing the peace found in the prairie and bluffland of Afton State Park.

For mind and body, add time in Minnesota's outdoors to your virus prevention kit

In the middle of last week, I took a long-planned camping trip with three of my college kids. We settled in at a small but…
Some programs have been canceled but state parks, campgrounds and other natural areas will remain open during the coronavirus-related shutdown.

Parks and trails remain open, even as facilities close and activities are canceled

State parks, campgrounds and other natural places will remain open for now, but expect some changes upon visiting because of safety measures related to the coronavirus.
The climate crisis is top of mind for Meredith Cornett, director of science and climate strategy for The Nature Conservancy.

Currents: Meredith Cornett, director of science and climate strategy, Nature Conservancy

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Dorian Grilley, executive director of Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, right, with his son, Davis, in Washington, D.C. The two made their way from Mahto

Currents: Dorian Grilley: Executive director, Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Fred Haberman, second from right in front row (kneeling), with his hockey crew, marking the 40th anniversary of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" at its recen

Currents: Fred Haberman, marketing chief executive, Pond Hockey Championships founder

What outdoors people are reading, doing, following, and more.
Alex Hastings, curator of paleontology at the Science Museum of Minnesota, during some field work on the Cottonwood River in New Ulm.

Currents: Alex Hastings, paleontology curator at Science Museum of Minnesota

What outdoors people are reading, listening to, following, and more.
Emma Schultz likes to hit the dirt on two wheels. She lends her mountain bike talents to Little Bellas, an organization that aims to build confidence

Currents: Emma Schultz, community forest project specialist

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Mahler is happy with a banjo and his dog, Atlas, nearby.

Currents: Charlie Mahler, Twin Cities in Motion media manager

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Kurt Stafki keeps things light, but he's serious about his cycling life.

Currents: Kurt Stafki, Otso Cycles

What outdoors people are reading, following, and more.
Travis Peterson pulled a water hose out of a man-made blizzard at the top of Big Moe run Jan. 7 at Hyland Hills Ski Area. The snowmaking operation ran

A snow event to be sure at Hyland Hills

Crews in the Three Rivers Parks District extend the season with snowmaking all-nighters like the recent one.
Bobby and Maura Marko, with their children, Rowan, 3, left, and Jack, 5. They are shown at the Keane Wonder Mine in Death Valley National Park in Cali

Currents: Bobby and Maura Marko, We Found Adventure blog

What outdoors people are reading, following, watching, and more.
Katie Burns, in Zion National Park, holding a primary feather of a California condor.

Currents: Katie Burns, outreach coordinator at Audubon Minnesota

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Carrie Tollefson, right, made her way across the Stone Arch Bridge for an early morning run May 2, 2017.

Currents: Carrie Tollefson, former Olympian and running icon

What outdoors people are reading, watching, following, and more.
Stars and the Milky Way in the night sky over the Elqui Valley.

Night skies are a wondrous frontier that are missed by most, author says

Book: 'Dark Skies' is about 'astrotourism' but raises deeper topics.
Fishing is a mainstay for Ryan Barth.

Currents: Ryan Barth, outdoors education supervisor, Three Rivers Park District

What outdoors people are reading, listening to, and more.
May Yang is the career pathways program manager at Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa.

Currents: May Yang, Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

What outdoors people are reading, watching, following, and more.
On the John Muir Trail: Michelle Schroeder has 25 years of backpacking experience.

Currents: Michelle Schroeder, backpacking instructor and guide

What outdoors people are reading, watching and following.
Jonathan Ringdahl looks for opportunities to paddle in any season.

Jonathan Ringdahl: Canoe and kayak instructor, adventurer

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Ellery McCardle, a KARE 11 reporter, has a series called Photo Stop.

Currents: Ellery McCardle, KARE 11 reporter

What outdoors people are reading, following, and more.
Alex Falconer has found himself quite at home in the wilderness.

Currents: Alex Falconer, trail runner and environmental advocate

What outdoors people are reading, following and more.
Chris Chavie, on the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge, en route to Victoria.

Currents: Chris Chavie, cycling blogger

What outdoors people are reading, doing, following, and more.
Lynne Farmer, former park naturalist at Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Currents: Lynne Farmer, former naturalist, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

What outdoors people are reading, following, listening to, and more.
Currents: Bob Dunlap, DNR zoologist and data specialist

Currents: Bob Dunlap, DNR zoologist and data specialist

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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.