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 has plan to sell school trusts lands in BWCAW to federal government

The proposal involving 80,000 acres crafted by state officials and the U.S. Forest Service would end a long-running land management challenge.


Love of outdoors, flexible work, good Wi-Fi a winning combo for camp hosts

The Minnesota state parks system relies heavily on retirees. Workplace shifts and program tweaks have made campground hosting more attractive to some.


Gear-making 'genius' who covered Minnesota outdoors dies at 68

Friends and family are honoring Dan Cooke, whose custom production of packs, canoe covers and more was revered. He died Monday of brain cancer.


From Gooseberry Falls to Minneopa, state parks felt weather's wrath

Managers still are assessing swamped campgrounds, damaged trails and popular attractions closed by flooding.


Creator of enduring Minnesota ultra race inspired runners and learners

Bob Frawley, who died unexpectedly June 11, created the FANS 24-hour race in 1990 to run it and to support kids in the process.


Boundary Waters fishing trip becomes both tragedy, extraordinary rescue and search

While the victims are honored, a surviving paddler and St. Louis County rescue captain recount 24 hours and those that followed at Curtain Falls.


The 100-year bridge: Jay Cooke's swinging span is picture of perseverance

A photo tribute to iconic Swinging Bridge that has drawn hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans.


Violence? Injustice? Math? It's all here in a history of 'The Great River,' the Mississippi

NONFICTION: A look at the origins of the river tracks how we've tried to tame it over the centuries.


Grand Marais author takes on danger and death in the BWCAW

Joe Friedrichs, a former radio news director in Grand Marais, has a new book about perils in the Boundary Waters.


How popular is Superior Hiking Trail? Improved data has an answer.

Managers of the Superior Hiking Trail on Minnesota's North Shore know the popular destination is heavily used. Now they have more evidence of boots (and other footwear) on the ground.