Columnist | Outdoors

Outdoors columnist and editor Dennis Anderson joined the Star Tribune in 1993 after serving in the same positions at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 13 years. His column topics vary widely, and include canoeing, fishing, hunting, adventure travel and conservation of the environment.

Anderson was born in North Dakota, but grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a master's in journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where his focus was communications law. He and his wife, Jan, along with their Labrador retrievers, live on a small farm in the St. Croix River Valley. As time allows, Anderson competes on cutting horses.


Anderson: Early spring activity marks renewal for outdoors, now on hiatus

April is known for an annual awakening of nature, a beckon to head outdoors. But not this year.


Anderson: On this stretch of the Mississippi, it's fishing as usual -- for now

On the banks of the Mississippi near Red Wing, where walleye fishing is allowed year-round, anglers decide for themselves when fishing season begins.


Anderson: Shuttering of Canada-U.S. border has outdoors implications

Businesses and customers in both nations brace for a closed border.


Anderson: Reality is a real dose these days, but so is the fishing

A rod, a country river, and time to anchor while waters are troubled.


Anderson: Boundary Waters magazine publisher makes time for his own adventures

Stu Osthoff, publisher of Boundary Waters Journal, gets the itch to live out the adventures and lifestyle chronicled in his magazine.


Anderson: Minnesota's path isn't so clear after wolves become delisted

Don't expect a Minnesota wolf hunting or trapping season this fall, in part because the DNR will spend the next year updating its wolf management plan.


Anderson: DNR launching efforts to beef up size of sunfish and bluegills

Minnesota DNR in the past decade has cut sunfish limits from 20, to 10 or five in about 60 lakes. Results: fish maintained their size in lakes with 10 limits and generally increased size in lakes with five-fish limits.


Anderson: It was a life of words – and fields – for prairie poet from Fargo

Timothy Murphy did a lot of things while cultivating a following as an esteemed poet.


Anderson: Bird watchers come from far away for glimpses at Sax-Zim site

As word spread about unique sightings, northern swampland became a go-to for fowl enthusiasts


Anderson: Pheasant Fest gathering was further proof of women's traction in hunting

The vibe was upbeat, even excited, as the women gathered to celebrate their common passion for dogs, birds and wild places.