Reporter | Outdoors

Tony Kennedy is an outdoors writer covering Minnesota news about fishing, hunting, wildlife, conservation, camping, natural resource management, public land, forests and water.

T"A Minnesota native, Kennedy lives in the Twin Cities and on land surrounding a Driftless Area trout stream. Previously, he was an investigative reporter at the Star Tribune, an Associated Press newsman and a beat writer covering the environment, aviation, state politics and police. His journalism career started at Marquette University, a small-town newspaper in Indiana and The St. Cloud Times. Kennedy's wife is an inner-city kindergarten teacher and their two boys are crazy about hockey and the outdoors.


Minnesota boating's time to shine rolls around with four-day Boat Show

The four-day event has 700+ boats, 230 exhibitors and draws 38,000 to Convention Center


Bringing ice fishing to kids' level is goal again this winter

Weekend events are geared to getting young people into the action.


No Child Left Inside program offers grants for wide range of activities

The spanking new program recently announced its first 59 awards, including $5,000 for Pillager Public Schools to buy enough Nordic ski equipment to outfit a classroom.


CWD, lower walleye limit on agendas at Capitol

State lawmakers attuned to hunting and fishing will revisit chronic wasting disease (CWD) next month when they return to St. Paul


Sportsmen's Show on collision course with DNR over trophy buck exhibit

Minnesota deer farmer Steve Porter plans to bring his monster bucks to the Sportsmen's Show in defiance of an emergency rule against moving such deer.


Crush of snowmobile action amplifies sport's hazards and harms

December snowfalls that dumped 15 to 40 inches of snow across the state have magnified snowmobiling's safety hazards and harms while land damage and vehicle violations are mounting in eager snowmobilers' wake.


Wildlife advocates angling for control of the axe

Under a new statewide timber-cutting plan about to be implemented by the DNR, stately forests favored by fishers and other wild creatures will become choice "stands" for sale to Minnesota's wood products industry.


Four-year plans to increase habitat for ducks and pheasants released

DNR wants to help ducks and pheasants to thrive.


Chronic wasting disease creeping, not exploding in southeastern Minnesota's deer herd

No disease spike was seen, despite increased testing.


CWD detected on Douglas County deer farm

The announcement by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health didn't specify the location of the farm, but the finding is certain to introduce state-funded disease surveillance of the area's wild deer herd.