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.


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.


Hunting snow geese — abundant yet elusive — requires some blind luck

A wildly expanding population doesn't mean it's an easy hunt in the unpredictable late season


Ravaged portion of St. Croix State Forest enjoys a rebirth

Turkey enthusiasts lead habitat restoration project.


Walleye fishing on Upper Red Lake keeps improving

Ice anglers this winter harvested 109,000 pounds of walleyes under a three-fish bag limit, but the DNR announced this week that there's ample room for a spring bag limit of four walleyes.


Suspicious deer killed in CWD hot zone may be from farm, DNR says

The discovery was made recently when the animal was shot during a culling exercise to reduce chances the disease will spread to other whitetails.


Restricted Mille Lacs walleye season to shut down entirely July 7-27

Restrictions needed to protect dwindling fish numbers, DNR says.


Northwest Sportshow's tradition of entrepreneurship carries on

The annual gathering for hunting, fishing and camping enthusiasts has been a familiar launchpad for innovative gear for 85 years.