Reporter | Outdoors

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.


Big spending throws more fuel in Minnesota's ATV boom

Reflecting the activity's popularity, DNR allocation will speed work on motorized trails in the northeast.


Minnesota DNR names Straka new wildlife chief

Kelly Straka, an expert in wildlife health who has worked for natural resource agencies in Michigan and Missouri, has been hired as the new wildlife section manager at the Department of Natural Resources.


Wildfire threat shaking things up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Some entry points and lakes were closed Thursday, and that complicates plans for those intending to paddle.


Embrace your freedom to enjoy Minnesota's outdoors with these 12 ideas

From seeing wildlife to self-powered fun, activities are opening up to meet any interests.


Muskie research findings illuminate the specie's impact and future

Research to help inform DNR management plan.


New campgrounds and improved sites pop up to meet Minnesota demand

With a massive base of 4,652 campsites already available by reservation in state parks and state forests, planners are prioritizing quality over quantity.


Deer farming drives predicament over CWD-infested dump site

Minnesota officials are scrambling to fight against the spread of chronic wasting disease in northern deer herds where the always fatal neurological disease has traveled via deer farming


ATV boom reshaping Minnesota's forests and DNR's priorities

A multimillion-dollar ATV trail building boom is trying to accommodate the tens of thousands of new off-road machines sold to Minnesotans.


Infected deer farm, dumping pose threat to northern Minnesota's deer population

At least one discarded carcass had chronic wasting disease.


Stretch of Upper Mississippi seeing bigger fish numbers, and bigger fish

It took a little while, but the fish eventually started biting near Red Wing.