Tony Kennedy | Star Tribune
Reporter | Outdoors

Tony Kennedy covers the outdoors for the Star Tribune. Previously he had been an investigative reporter since 2002, starting with a probe of the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone. His work includes a 2012 collection of stories on executive compensation at the University of Minnesota; a four-part series on judicial penalties against BNSF Corp.; and an examination of factors leading to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge.


Minn. DNR chief apologizes for extended walleye ban on Lake Mille Lacs

Catch-and-release will resume on Aug. 11.


Mille Lacs becomes a big bass hot spot

The DNR is closely monitoring lake, eyeing smallmouth numbers.


Mille Lacs ranked No. 1 bass lake in the nation by fishing magazine

Mille Lacs has been losing its identity as a leading walleye lake in the Upper Midwest, but it keeps gaining attention for great bass fishing.


Monster muskie found belly-up on Mille Lacs exceeds state record

Earlier this month, Gary Gilbert and his wife stumbled upon a decaying 59½-inch muskie. Death blanched its coloring, but its body was fully intact.


On Upper Red Lake, fishing is simply a breeze

Walleyes are biting on Upper Red, when the wind doesn't stop anglers.


DNR opening super-sized training academy to fill game warden shortage

DNR gets funding to fill posts opened by retirees.


State's newest state park a work in progress, but drawing crowds

Crowds already are flocking to the fishing pier and its surrounding day-use area at Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park. A few boat-in campsites have opened and crews are working toward a late-summer opening of the park's first campground.


Fishing opener in Tower, Minn., offers fun by the boatland

Those familiar with Lake Vermilion said Saturday was the best all-around opening day of fishing that they can recall.


Several issues await Minnesota anglers this summer

Year-over-year changes are shaped by issues tackled by DNR fisheries personnel.


State auditor set to review agency that oversees deer and elk farms

Judy Randall, deputy legislative auditor, said concerns about the possible spread of CWD from privately owned deer and elk to the state's wild herd sparked interest in an evaluation.