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: It was a life of words – and fields – for prairie poet from Fargo

Timothy Murphy did a lot of things while cultivating a following as an esteemed poet.


Anderson: Bird watchers come from far away for glimpses at Sax-Zim site

As word spread about unique sightings, northern swampland became a go-to for fowl enthusiasts


Anderson: Pheasant Fest gathering was further proof of women's traction in hunting

The vibe was upbeat, even excited, as the women gathered to celebrate their common passion for dogs, birds and wild places.


These dogs and their owners are matches made in ... you tell us

Think you know dogs? Read the biographical sketches that accompany each photo here and see if you can match each human with his or her best friend.


Anderson: Understanding your food: Chef's inspiration is in the hunt

Wade Truong, who'll appear at the Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, is a chef and hunter – and those overlapping worlds inspire him.


Anderson: Duluth a prime tourism spot; does copper-nickel mining pose threat?

Last week, Duluth reported $12.4 million collected in tourism tax revenue, an all-time high. But industry, not tourism, has always been, and remains, among the city's primary economic drivers


Anderson: RV campers are great and all but, as with everything, there are trade-offs

Owning an RV can be a lot like owning a second home.


Anderson: Example of good government is found in outdoors council

Keen to its mission, Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council delivers its vital project requests.


Anderson: Seven young conservationists to watch

Treasured lands find themselves in the best of hands.


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.