Dennis Anderson | Star Tribune
Columnist | Outdoors

Outdoors columnist and editor Dennis Anderson joined the Star Tribune in 1993 after serving in the same positions at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 13 years. His column topics vary widely, and include canoeing, fishing, hunting, adventure travel and conservation of the environment.

Anderson was born in North Dakota, but grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a master's in journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where his focus was communications law. He and his wife, Jan, along with their Labrador retrievers, live on a small farm in the St. Croix River Valley. As time allows, Anderson competes on cutting horses.


Anderson: Fishing museum, hall of fame in Little Falls needs help to survive

Road construction since May 13 has made the 21-year-old establishment a challenge to find.


Anderson: Right partner, right weather and some well-coached fishing casts

Fly rods at the ready, Dennis Anderson and Bob Nasby motored along on the St. Croix atop ageless red and white pines that clutter the river bottom in search of smallmouth bass.


Anderson: A fishy record-chasing tale involving Bud Grant

The present muskie mark has stood for 70 years, but the Hall of Fame Vikings coach nearly caught a bigger one.


Anderson: Persistent rains affect landowners, habitat, wildlife

Litchfield area is good example of damage, and situation doesn't bode well for fall hunters.


Anderson: Actions, not plans, needed to save Minnesota's game birds

The Minnesota DNR in early September will release updated versions of its duck and pheasant plans.


Anderson: Phenologist-friend's eyes are open to nature – and its fragile connections

Outing near Akeley, Minn., is reminder of abundance and threats.


Anderson: Loon center idea gains energy as it moves forward

Private fundraising is the next hurdle in Crosslake.


Anderson: On Father's Day, when I think of my dad, he's fishing

Memories spring, especially from Grandma and Grandpa's place in Frazee.


Anderson: Duck stamp designs should feature nature, not hunting

By far, the stamp program is the longest-running and most successful habitat conservation effort in the nation's history. Why mess with it?


Anderson: Southeast Minnesota has its own treasures

It doesn't get top billing like "Up North" but its oaks and aspens, basswoods, maples and elms are as inspiring as any northern coniferous forest.