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: Minn. needs ideas for saving its natural resources, quickly

Conservation of Minnesota's natural resources is in a lot more trouble than many realize. If actions aren't taken in the next 10 years or so, the outdoors lifestyle that historically has been a hallmark will go the way of the horse and buggy.


Anderson: Habitat funding amendent was a bet that paid

With the dawn of another legislative session, it's worth reminding how the 2008 amendment changed everything.


Anderson: A shift in the foundation for conservation

As hunter and angler numbers dwindle, new sources of support are needed to replace them.


Anderson: onXmaps phone app is a big deal in the field

Precision of onXmaps came to fore on a mule deer hunt in Montana.


Anderson: Strommen's task is to find a better way for Minnesota's natural resources

We're failing our lands and waters in Minnesota; from new DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen on down, it's time to reverse the course.


Anderson: Key issues in conservation in 2019

Several important natural resource issues will demand the attention of Minnesota conservationists in the coming year.


Anderson: Readers' reactions to trophy photos raise broader questions

The largest issue and the most interesting one, is why in the first place hunters and anglers take photos of themselves with their quarry.


Anderson: Rabbit hunter hunts rabbits and grooms rabbit hunters

Hunter swayed a contemporary decades ago and now grooms grandsons in cottontail game.


Anderson: River ice gives way, but goose hunting party comes prepared

Party overcomes mishap, and a prized Canada for Christmas brings a new recipe into play


Anderson: This was a late love affair, with coonhounds at the center

Bluetick hounds were part of this late love affair.