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.

Rough Mille Lacs ice season at odds with great fishing. What's going on?

The lake's overall walleye population is down 10%. But despite the population decline, the catch rate on Mille Lacs this winter has soared to its highest level in at least 35 years, even with bad ice conditions.

Pot use in state parks, new hiking trail, elk politics in mix at Legislature

Big grant money for the outdoors will be in play at the 2024 legislative session along with policy proposals ranging from marijuana limitations in state parks to a repeal that would allow more elk to roam.

Fewer walleye on Mille Lacs will mean tighter regulations this year

"We're going to pump the brakes a little bit this year so we don't have to take more drastic action later on," a DNR official said in explaining what's ahead.

Fish Lake in Maple Grove will be removed from impaired waters list

State has worked to restore the popular, heavily used lake plagued by pollution.

Champions of Minnesota's wild places have busy 2024 ahead

The lengths Minnesota land and wildlife managers go to manage the state's resources can at times appear like a horizon without end. But what are their priorities for this year?

Lake of the Woods 'Bombers' remain winter workhorses

For decades, the tracked vehicles have been the go-to means to ferry the icefishing masses on the massive lake.

DNR explores a weighty walleye change: reducing the daily limit

The idea failed at the Legislature, but the DNR might try to cut the take-home limit from six walleyes to four using its own rule-making authority.

Minnesota legislative auditor opens probe of DNR's oversight of public hunting lands

The assessment is related to allegedly inappropriate logging on some state wildlife management areas.

Grant conditions revised to ensure DNR logging serves wildlife

The DNR must follow more detailed reporting requirements to show, in advance, how each timber sale will improve wildlife habitat.

Man killed when commercial transport vehicle crashes through Lake of the Woods ice

Several passengers and the driver escaped from the "bomber." It's the season's second known ice-related fatality in Minnesota.