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.

Sturgeon make spring another weighty affair in all the right ways

Biggest spring turnout is for sturgeon and 'the action's been hot.'

Through the 1970s and on, Nisswa bait shop was epicenter of opener

As this year's May 15 fishing opener approaches, thoughts turn to fishing openers past and the joyful stampede of walleye anglers that jammed bait shops Up North for two days of round-the-clock sales.

DNR again denies review of motorized backroad route proposal Up North

Reidents are concerned that the Border to Border Touring Route will increase traffic of high-impact vehicles on natural surface roads in remote forest lands

CWD reaches a new northern limit with discovery of deer disease in Beltrami County

Discovery on Beltrami County farm threatens animals on tribal lands.

Senate panel again tries to alter wildlife habitat projects with constitutional backing

2019 projects tied to lottery proceeds are cut and lumped into bill.

DNR pushes for new respect of Minnesota's rough fish

Agency wants to reverse culture of disrespect with targeted new campaign.

Walleye harvest a central topic as DNR lays out Mille Lacs plan

The agency's higher goal over the next five years is to maximize fishing opportunity, including catch-and-release.

Mille Lacs anglers will get to keep a walleye early in the season

Early season anglers on Mille Lacs will be allowed a one-walleye bag limit this year before the season shifts to catch-and-release regulations in June.

Finding their freedom outdoors

These Minnesotans went into the wild for different reasons, but all have experienced unmistakable awe.

What makes a great trip to the BWCA — from the experts

A trip into the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a long weekend is a must. So, too, are gaining some skills and taking on a longer adventure.