Tony Kennedy | Star Tribune
Reporter | Outdoors

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.


In Rock County, farmers taketh and giveth when it comes to pheasant habitat

Rock County, where farming has crowded out birds, gains some land dedicated to them


Despite Mark Dayton's absence, Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener celebrates tradition

Luverne basks in success of the Governor's Opener, this time without the governor.


Calculus of sport: What hunters have to consider — species to species — before their fall seasons

Hunters each fall gauge prospects for success against time and cost required.


Habitat for pheasants keeps shrinking

Farms are not offering as much cover for game birds as they once did, and Conservation Reserve Program acreage is falling.


Minnesota's archery deer hunt quickly detects another case of CWD

The finding, announced Monday, renewed public attention on the state's ongoing, multifaceted fight against the spread of CWD. Thousands of more deer will be sampled.


Meet an all-around outdoorsman: Sieve hunts and paints wildlife, cares about habitat

He once received the state's forest stewardship award.


Hunters find success during duck opener, but participation falls to record low

Steve Cordts, waterfowl staff specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said the dip in participation is in keeping with an overall languishing trend in the sport throughout the Upper Midwest.


Blue-winged teal never fail to turn heads during Minnesota's duck opener

These ducks are a highly sought game because they are so tasty and challenging to shoot.


Minnesota duck hunters have reason to believe this year

The DNR hopes a shift to cooler weather will contribute to a set of conditions that's already favorable in many areas.


Lost season leaves Minnesota grouse hunters with a hangover

The state's ruffed grouse season opens Saturday. But birds were scarce in 2017 with an assortment of theories about what went wrong.