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: Legislature is turning a blind eye to CWD in Minnesota

Whenever the Legislature finally, and mercifully, ends its business in St. Paul, its lack of decisive action to contain chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Minnesota's 1-million-animal-plus white-tailed deer herd will be among its major failures.


Anderson: What's predictable about turkey hunting? Plans will change

The tom was tricked, but it still had the last laugh.


Anderson: Keeping eyes open in North Woods is like going on a safari

Even though the purpose of the trip to Beltrami County was for the fishing opener, plenty of wildlife and birds in the area were their own spectacle.


Anderson: Generous limits a big fishing-opener draw on Upper Red

One of 10 large Minnesota lakes that together yield about 40% of the state's walleye harvest, Upper Red continues to amaze fisheries managers and anglers.


Anderson: Women's groups breathe new life into Minnesota fishing

While the number of fishing licenses sold in the last 10 years has declined, the sport's two major women's fishing groups have grown significantly.


Anderson: Angler rewarded for taking on cold North Shore streams

On a decidedly un-springlike day, fishing for steelhead had again begun.


Anderson: DNR conservation officers are enduring a dark period in their ranks

To have four deaths in previous eight months might be unprecedented, says DNR's enforcement director.


Anderson: Kindergarten teacher brings a surplus to offset the nature deficit

During the week of Earth Day, let's focus on a Eden Prairie teacher who is bringing the outdoors into teaching.


Anderson: At 80, Alford is back in the hunt after scary fall

Nearly two years after a nasty slip on the ice left him in rehabilitation centers for 77 days, Dick Alford is in search of his 299th wild tom.


Anderson: Some state legislators would again dip into trust fund for outdoors

Public beware: Some again want to dip into lottery-fed environmental fund.