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 legislators consider new investment in DNR fish restocking

State legislators are working on a plan to improve hatcheries.


BWCA reservation system crash threw fuel on already contentious permit changes

Popular lottery was ended in process of building new online system.


Mille Lacs anglers will be able to keep some walleyes this year

DNR and tribal biologists say the lake's walleye population is showing signs of recovery.


Long battle lands record-setting 120-pound sturgeon on the St. Croix

Likely to go down as Minnesota's largest record fish of any kind, the ancient-looking sturgeon was 6 feet 6 inches long, 29 inches around and weighed about 120 pounds.


Officers find Mille Lacs rife with over-fishing, drugs

The special enforcement this winter resulted in 146 citations and 213 warnings, the DNR said. Twenty percent of the writeups dealt with keeping fish illegally.


Rally for Minnesota public lands set for Thursday at State Capitol

Many groups plan to gather Thursday at State Capitol in support of protecting BWCA, wilderness


Updated BWCA reservations system opens — and quickly crashes

Outfitters had complained loudly about changes to the system this year and warned supervisors at the U.S. Forest Service about some potential pitfalls.


Strommen close to filling DNR leadership positions

At the annual DNR Roundtable held in Bloomington earlier this month, the new commissioner announced that Bob Meier and Barb Naramore will continue to have roles in the commissioner's office.


New to the boat show: A jet ski for fishing

Sea-Doo's jet-powered craft is fast, nimble and meant for solo outings; it sells for $14,799.


Young hunters need to start with right firearm for them

Finding the right firearm for a young hunter is a key step in boosting overall participation in Upper Midwest hunting seasons. Choosing a gun with the right fit, low recoil and high impact will make the experience a lasting draw to the outdoors.