Tony Kennedy | Star Tribune
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 loses two more conservation officers to untimely death

Two tribal conservation officers from northern Minnesota have died this summer in separate incidents.


Minnesota DNR calls for loon watch after uptick in suspicious deaths

West Nile virus has been confirmed in two dead loons, and is suspected in others.


'It's water, water, water.' Muddy creek blues hamper trout fishing

A DNR spokeman said virtually all cold-water streams were at zero visibility 10 days or so ago. But a dry period over the long July 4th weekend helped clear things up.


Upper Red Lake's relaxed walleye bag limit could be fleeting

Change considered by DNR would affect the winter season.


'I like waking up here': Seeing the BWCA through the eyes of a 12-year-old

On a first-ever trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, chores don't seem like work and simple pleasures don't go unnoticed.


Minnesota high school anglers take on the nation in Alabama event

Minnesota teams pursue $2 million in scholarships.


Metro waters receding, but know rules before you flow

Some closures, restrictions will remain in place while levels drop.


Bass fishing booms in Minnesota: 'It's really going gangbusters'

Zero fanfare surrounded the opening day of Minnesota's bass harvest Saturday, but smallmouth and largemouth anglers are carrying on in larger numbers year after year.


Wonders of fishing surprise visitors to Pop-up Bait Shop

The summer touring mission of the colorful 8-by-12 shack and summer tour, open again this weekend at Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun, is to create surprise moments to introduce urban youth and young adults to fishing.


Stream rehabilitators note eroding banks, blame overuse of wood debris

Minnesota is wasting millions of dollars on trout habitat projects in the Driftless Area by forcing contractors to use woody debris instead of rock to protect stream banks that are washing out in spectacular fashion, a pair of rehabbers say.