Outdoors Weekend Editor

Bob Timmons covers news across Minnesota's outdoors, from natural resources to recreation to wildlife.

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.


Minnesotan began camping monthly in 1982. He hasn't quit.

As he passed the 504th consecutive trip with an overnight at a state park, Bob Naslund of Brooklyn Park has every intention of continuing his streak.


Birkie will scale down ski plans because of weather

Celebrating 50 years, the cross-country ski event will make the best of it with loop course


Minneopa State Park could preview Minnesota's camping future

One of the most popular parks in the system, Minneopa, near Mankato, will be the focus of $5 million toward camping improvements.


Champions of Minnesota's wild places have busy 2024 ahead

The lengths Minnesota land and wildlife managers go to manage the state's resources can at times appear like a horizon without end. But what are their priorities for this year?


Can this race be saved? The Birkie hopes to pivot with the weather.

Add the nation's largest cross-country ski race just across the Minnesota border to the list of threatened events if the extended forecast holds true.


Trumpeters, tundras shot; found on private property near Morris

Federal wildlife authorities have given new details in the killing of multiple swans in west-central Minnesota, including that the birds were shot and discovered near public land protected for waterfowl.


Another winter, another challenge for Minnesota's ice safety boss

With ice-safety related deaths in Minnesota this winter higher than they've been in recent memory, perhaps there has never been more urgency around the job.


Longtime teaching raptor, Columbia, at National Eagle Center euthanized

Columbia, a bald eagle, had artherosclerosis. She survived much more before 20-year stay at the center.


5 things to know about getting the BWCA permit you really want

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness conjures up thoughts of still beauty. Yet, the thought of securing a permit for its most-visited season is fraught with stress. Here's some advice.


U.S. wildlife officials seek public's help after swans killed in west-central Minnesota

The waterfowl, protected by federal law, were killed between Dec. 16 and 17, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.