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: DNR leader Strommen turns to the people for help

Minnesota DNR commissioner Sarah Strommen later this month will ask a panel of non-DNR employees for ideas on what to fund and how to fund it.


Anderson: Smaller-scale conservation groups doggedly pursue stewardship

1,500-strong Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is among organizations dedicated to protecting land and natural resources.


Anderson: The time is now for fishing the peak of the Minnesota season

Experiencing the best of Minnesota's fishing.


Anderson: Plans in Canada are murky as resorts continue to suffer

Border news Up North remains bad, and Canadian lodges dependent on U.S. visitors continue to suffer.


Anderson: Late DNR officer Grell was an enforcer and an ally

Sarah Grell's death this week was felt far beyond the umbrella of her service.


Anderson: Citizen-legislative committee on resources still being steered by politics

The commission's problems stem almost entirely from imbalance. Its membership disparity of 10 legislators and seven citizens too often taints its decisions. It wasn't supposed to be.


Anderson: Resort life is declining; some wouldn't have it any other way

It's a declining industry for family-run resorts, but long-timers are in it for the long haul and are reporting that business is very good.


Anderson: Lakes stocked, anglers stoked for fishing opener

The DNR planted seeds for a plentiful harvest to start the season.


Anderson: Opener wisdom. Walleyes can be finicky, but they're not smart

The trick to remember for Saturday's fishing opener, especially in this wacky spring, will be finding walleyes, and less so catching them once they're located.


Anderson: Losing out on fishing opener leaves friendship with a void

This "Gang of Four'' has celebrated their own private fishing opener the second week of the season, overcoming personal tragedy.