Outdoors Weekend Editor

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.

State parks and trails are active with projects, too, and here is a glance

Itasca will get new paved segment for cyclists; William O'Brien will get work around better accessibility for disabled visitors.

Celebration of North Country Trail's success comes with need for help

More hikers are using the path, and more of them need to see themselves as caretakers.

Three Rivers Parks District will spend a day getting a better snapshot of its birds

Teams will set out to count Saturday. It isn't serious science, but it matters as bird species diminish.

Minnesotan and mountaineer is now a giant of Colorado's highest peaks

Colorado's "14ers" — 58 peaks above 14,000 feet — are bucket-list material for beginning mountaineers and rugged veterans. Dan Hobbs of Bloomington conquered them all — in two weeks.

Hunter, wildlife researcher makes the case for nontoxic ammunition

Mike McTee, who has written a new book regarding the plight of eagles, said a focus on local populations seems to resonate best.

At 74, woman is in Minnesota for second 4,800-mile thru-hike

Joan Young of Michigan is taking on Minnesota sections of the North Country Scenic National Trail.

Lost and then found: Luigi the Lab survives nearly a month in BWCA

A Labrador retriever mix went missing from its family in the BWCA and improbably turned up miles away — and alive — 29 days later.

New or time-tested, gateways to the outdoors exist for people with physical challenges

On the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, here are some programs and people making the outdoors more accessible.

Return of women's Tour de France ripples in Minnesota

Team director Charles Aaron has his Minnesota-based squad in the field, realizing his longtime dream.

3 days, 200 miles: Bikepacking the backroads of Minnesota's extraordinary Driftless Area

Bikepackers in parts of the Driftless Area met unmatched beauty and rugged challenges.