Dennis Anderson | Star Tribune
Columnist | Outdoors

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: Reports of species die-offs are scary, but public's indifference is scarier

Declines continue, with habitat loss a big influencer.


Anderson: On state pheasant opener, hike is good but birds are elusive

A lot of crops, a lot of water, but the pheasants won on this day.


Anderson: Another pheasant opener, another chance to make memories

Wing-shooters of a certain age know their rewards.


Majority of corn, soybean fields still standing for pheasant opener

The vast, standing crops often prove nearly impenetrable by hunters and their dogs, thus providing safe havens for rooster pheasants, which many wing shooters consider the most beautiful of game birds.


Anderson: Gov. Dayton deserves a pheasant for conservation leadership

As our governor opens the pheasant season next weekend, a look at his conservation-minded leadership


Anderson: Former state environmental champion has message for the moment

A state watchdog in the 1970s, Merritt said with regard to current mining push: Proceed with caution.


Ruffed grouse numbers appear to be up this fall

Historically, fall grouse-harvest numbers have tracked population estimates forecast by spring drumming counts. But last year's lopsided disparity between the two indicators worried DNR officials.


Anderson: Veteran hunter, 90, continues tradition during Minnesota's duck opener

The DNR had issued an upbeat prediction for Saturday's opener, reporting that duck nesting conditions were good this spring. That was welcome news for Arnold Krueger.


Anderson: Rebuilt and still updating, Whitewater State Park is having its moment

Dennis Anderson: Changes made because of 2007 flood – and in spite of it – have made visiting the park a must.


Anderson: Ex-Viking Nord deals with cancer but stays happy afield

Keith Nord, athlete and motivational speaker, has the usual big plans for the fall. Except …