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: Lake Minnetonka ice fishing village a hot destination for Iowa regulars

An Iowa family now regulars at a well-outfitted Lake Minnetonka ice house cluster, bunked in a sleeper fish house for three nights — hooking, reeling and smiling, 24/7.


Anderson: DNR event misses chance to take up critical issues of the day

Having hoped the roundtable this year, finally, would offer weightier matters for discussion, many in attendance will shrug, albeit politely.


Anderson: Hunting and fishing TV shows are still changing

As many Minnesotans settle in for a long winter of more "watching" than "doing," they'll see changes among hunting and fishing shows.


Anderson: Pheasants Forever works to keep the base fired up

The annual festival comes to the Twin Cities again this year. While it will arrive amid tough news for birds and habitat, the group stays on point.


Anderson: U researcher leaves legacy with animals, tribes and beyond

After Larissa Minicucci died, Mille Lacs, Leech Lake and White Earth leaders wanted to recognize her contributions to them, and their love for her.


Anderson: Thus far Walz has been a laggard on conservation

Many land, water and wildlife advocates don't think the state's chief executive has delivered.


Slushy conditions hampering ice fishing in northern Minnesota

Reports issued Tuesday by DNR conservation officers underscore the challenging and sometimes dangerous conditions anglers face accessing lake ice.


Anderson: Wily indeed, the coyote shows it will outlast history to erase it

The coyote reminds that its survival instincts are unmatched.


Anderson: Angling is the cure for what ails you

Even when it's hard, fishing is easy to take.


Anderson: Repulsive killing of bear wasn't hunting by a long shot

Sadly, the penalties historically haven't fit poaching crimes like those of which a Brainerd man is accused.