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.

Closed roads give rise to charters to Northwest Angle, other remote areas

Leave South St. Paul at 6 a.m. and be fishing on the Northwest Angle three hours later? Road closures during the pandemic led to a flight service that has proven popular with metro-area anglers.

High water, high spirits converge on opening day on Rainy River

If you could tuck away from the Rainy River's fast-flowing current on Saturday, the walleyes were biting.

Stocking walleyes in Minnesota: Where science meets the trophy shot

This Minnesota Fishing Opener, here is a look at the life cycle of a stocked walleye, so key to a healthy population of the state's signature fish.

Forum leaders say it's time to reinvest in fishing in Minnesota

First-ever fishing summit by anglers' group pushes for hatchery upgrades and boat launch fixes.

'Rock Snot' algae mystery has researchers blitzing the North Shore

Aiming to protect fish in Lake Superior, teams race to understand a messy invader previously foreign to trout streams Up North.

Winter conditions keep grip Up North, but whitetails show resilience

Also: Minnesota loses an original Lessard-Sams council member, and the walleye bag is raised on Upper Red Lake.

Ice fishing trash problems persist on popular Minnesota waters

As the activity soars in popularity, discarding human waste adds to complexity of garbage problem on Red Lake and Lake of the Woods.

'Just a beautiful complex': Minnesota maps new hunting and wildlife areas full of benefits

Many to the south, the new Wildlife Management Areas total almost 5,300 acres.

New-look Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener is heavy on talk

Gov. Tim Walz will fish on opening day, but the state's celebration of fishing and tourism will steer attention elsewhere.

DNR's two-person leadership of fish and wildlife won't be blended

The decision ends more than two years of angst for active and retired resource managers who opposed the idea of unifying leadership jobs that now run in pairs.