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.


DNR changes deer test process in CWD zones, has other new regulations

Illnesses affecting humans and animals drive many adjustments.


Rush River trout ride out damaging flood in western Wisconsin

Even young trout survived as did most stream banks.


Fishing in the city: DNR's Ruiz shows off hotspots near downtown

Ray Ruiz's job with the Department of Natural Resources is to work with diverse metro area community groups to increase participation in fishing.


It's not an easy trek, but Angle Inlet still can be reached

The temporary closure of Canada's border has cut off the only land route to Angle Inlet. For now, nearly all traffic is by boat. The routes vary from 30 to 50 miles long and can be dangerous if ill-equipped or inexperienced.


Pandemic has harmed fundraisers that conservation groups depend on

Despite the surge in hunting and fishing during the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota's wildlife conservation groups are retrenching to cope with a fundraising crisis.


Fishing has been bonkers: On Mille Lacs, lots of anglers and walleyes

The head-spinning measurements of activity on the lake, as reported in the most recent DNR data, mesh with reports by fishing guides, bait store owners and conservation officers.


Collin Cody and his drift boat guide others to fly fish on Mississippi

The teacher leverages his passion for fly fishing and drifting into a unique Minnesota guide service.


DNR pivots on fishing tournaments: Live weigh-ins allowed

Previous outdoor recreation guidelines set by the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health prohibited live weigh-ins.


Far from done, but a comeback plan for elk north of Hinckley advances

Project taken up by DNR and Fond du Lac Band could include moving some elk to Hinckley area.


Twin Cities appetites keeping Mississippi River fish market alive

At least 85% of the daily catch at Mohn Fish Market is purchased by retailers along University Avenue in St. Paul and in other Asian enclaves in the metro area.