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.


DNR celebrates success of restoring trout to Lake Superior

The turnaround — 50 years in the making — was capped less than a year ago when the Department of Natural Resources fully reopened the native species to commercial fishing.


For 35 years as Minn. fisheries chief, science was Pereira's guide

Pereira turns 60 in August, but he has 35 years of experience at the DNR. He wants to spend more time with his wife, Lyn, and son, Leo.


With no time to spare, ice-outs unlock the Minnesota fishing opener

The last-minute ice-outs on Leech Lake, Kabetogama, Winnibigoshish, Pokegama, Upper Red Lake and Lake Vermilion provide a boost, as does the latest forecast.


As interest in management of common carp populations grows, so does Carp Solutions

Removing them to improve water quality is the name of the game for this upstart business.


State report: Lax oversight of deer and elk farmers needs fixing

The report recommended that the Board of Animal Health should more closely oversee deer and elk farmers, as well as strengthen consequences for those who don't comply with state rules,


Farm deer escapes concern DNR because of chronic wasting disease

The DNR has complained that the Board of Animal Health is too cozy with deer farmers to ideally protect the state's invaluable wild deer herd from infected game farm deer.


Fighting back against tick bites

Simple precautions, awareness outdoors can thwart diseases.


Wisconsin walleye have hit a wall, study finds

Study of 473 lakes finds alarming trend of decline in fish productivity over past few decades


State public lands that are often-overlooked pockets of wild for adventure

Whether you hunt, birdwatch, hike or fish, there are Wildlife Management Areas in Minnesota to check out. Here are seven.


High in the sky is the limit for early spring snow geese

Hunters may take as many snow geese as they can shoot, but wary birds keep harvest to a minimum.