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.


Minnesota bike shops, individuals now have dates to apply for e-bike rebate program

Bike retailers need to apply for eligibility to receive certificates for $2 million e-bike rebate program. Individuals can begin applying June 5.


Find a spring hike that fits: Here are seven good ones around the state

Few things heighten the anticipation for the outdoors months to come like an early spring hike. Here's a list of prime options from around Minnesota to get you started.


Weather doesn't change message to Minnesota snowmobilers: Season is over

Late snow raises idea of late-season riding, but state group and DNR say safety, impact and trail rules take precedent.


Minnesota outdoors council approves $12 million for invasive carp deterrent

Lessard-Sams council's expenditure will be a late-add to its other recommendations before legislature.


Dozens of state boat launches to get major upgrades. Where are they?

The DNR is moving with new urgency on a backlog to rebuild the neediest of dozens of public water accesses used by boat-happy Minnesotans.


Boundary Waters will now look up to another as world's largest dark sky sanctuary

Some in Minnesota whose focus is on the skies are supportive: the more dark skies, the better.


Unique mapmaker of state's wild places turns attention to Itasca State Park

Keith Myrmel is bringing his signature, handcrafted style to a map for Itasca State Park, Minnesota's oldest and one of its most popular.


Twin Cities Marathon registration opens to the public

Runners who missed out in 2023 after the marathon's cancellation were given an early shot at entry late last year.


Last-minute tips for experiencing the Great North American Eclipse

The U.S. total solar eclipse on April 8 is filling calendars, campgrounds and flight schedules, but there are ways to get in on the sky show.


What's up with that e-bike rebate? Shop owner creates calculator for answers

John Sheehan gets that question again and again from customers who walk into his bike shop in White Bear Lake. He's doing his best to help.