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: Picture from MWA brings brother back, at least for a moment

The family of Michael Moosbrugger found comfort in an image from Star Tribune Outdoors last week. "It seemed like Michael was popping up to say hello to all of us. We miss him every day."


Anderson: True to form, sensing that vivid autumnal vibe

Fall inspires recollections of adventure taken, and an eagerness for hunter and four-legged companions to get out.


Ruffed grouse hunters unsure how many birds to expect for opener Saturday

In the past 10 years the correlation between spring drumming counts of ruffed grouse and their fall population has weakened so much that the survey is no longer considered a reliable predictor.


Anderson: It's the sad end for Minnesota Waterfowl Association

With too few members (approximately 2,500) and too-little cash (about $20,000) the group's board voted unanimously recently to shutter its rental office in Hopkins, effective Sept. 30.


Anderson: Minnesota boy gets a huge surprise from his fishing hero

A star-struck 10-year-old will have quite a fish story to tell his fellow fourth-graders when he returns to school next week. And every word will be true.


Minnesota pheasant count is down 17% from a year ago

Late-season snowstorms, spring rain likely contributed to birds' demise, DNR reports.


Anderson: Robinson, a Minnesotan, is newly in charge of venerable Outdoor Life

In its more than 120-year history, Outdoor Life has published the writings of Hemingway, Grey, Roosevelt and Leopold, as well as Clark Gable, Babe Ruth and Amelia Earhart.


Anderson: Sheepdogs will deliver command performances at Hudson event

Herding competition has become more of a sport.


Anderson: Brook trout rebound a surprise success from conservation efforts

Wholly dependent on very cold water, brook trout are perhaps Minnesota's most vulnerable finned species to ever-warming temperatures.


Anderson: Minnesota falconer is still raptor-crazy after all these years

Game Fair: Frank Taylor is in his 38th consecutive year at the event.