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.

Cuyuna Country opens mountain bike trail for adaptive cyclists

The state recreation area has expanded its popular mountain biking system with an adapted trail — the first for riders with disabilities in the state park system.

Popular stretch of Superior Hiking Trail in need of repair, volunteers

Superior Hiking Trail stewards are hoping for dozens of volunteers to build up and reroute a part of the heavily used path to the much-visited Bean and Bear lakes.

Record spring of bison calves bodes well for conservation program

Minneopa State Park, one of the herd sites, witnessed arrival of 16 calves; expansion plans loom.

Camping is headed in new directions, and they have the proof

Former Minnesotans Sarah Smith and Kevin Long have built a community — think Airbnb meets camping — with their popular app, the Dyrt. They've reported back on interesting trends.

Call of the loons is heard — and the call to help them

The population of the state bird is stable, but conservation efforts like volunteer monitors prove they're essential to knowing that.

Fishing opener: A tackle box full of useful tools, data and how-to advice

From where and how to buy a license, to ice-out updates to videos on targeting fish, there is something for every angler. Good luck.

Virus that's killed birds turns up in first wild mammal in Minnesota

A fox kit from Anoka County has tested positive for a deadly, highly contagious bird flu that has killed countless wild birds this spring.

'It is a Minnesota thing': Canoe racing's popular past runs direct line to present

Marathon paddler has created 140-mile race on Mississippi River in June.

Hell in the water: Lake Minnetonka boater survives 'circle of death'

The quick action of good Samaritans and water patrol limited the dangers after a boater was flung into the water with the boat motor still running.

Legislation would extend boat safety training to adults in Minnesota

The state currently only requires youth get educated before operating watercraft and is a minority among big boating states.