Tony Kennedy

Reporter | Investigative, General Assignment
Phone: 612-673-4213
Tony Kennedy has been an investigative reporter at the Star Tribune since 2002. His work includes a 2012 collection of stories on executive compensation at the University of Minnesota; a four-part series on judicial penalties against BNSF Corp.; and an examination of factors leading to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge. Kennedy has uncovered corruption and lax oversight within Minnesota’s legal guardianship system for vulnerable adults, conflicts of interests that plagued Minnesota’s first lottery director at the time of his suicide in 2004 and the inside story of failure at Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycle Co. The St. Paul native holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University. He worked at the Frankfort (Ind.) Times, St. Cloud Times, Business Journal of Milwaukee and the Associated Press before joining the Star Tribune in 1991.

Recent content from Tony Kennedy

Small Minn. town's drinking water crisis highlights larger problem for state

High nitrate levels in Adrian, Minn., and several nearby towns are making water unsafe for babies, pregnant women.

Updated: April 02, 2015, - 12:01 AM

Obituary: Ole Hage, proud concrete craftsman, kept it simple

The hands-on owner of Hage Concrete Works wanted to experience at least one more season of bidding jobs, making new friends and assisting his crews, but he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17 at age 74.

Updated: March 30, 2015, - 09:49 PM

Southern Minnesota farmer asks: Who's minding the feedlots?

Those regulating feedlots have ties to them, drawing lawsuits.

Updated: March 21, 2015, - 05:48 PM

State sweep targets southern Minnesota farm wells

State steps up efforts to make sure excess water isn’t being drawn, especially by livestock industry.

Updated: March 13, 2015, - 11:14 PM

Standoff over huge Minn. dairy opens new chapter in feedlot battle

Common to the battles is a concern that the feedlots will deplete local groundwater, spill manure into waterways and produce odors that spoil rural living.

Updated: March 07, 2015, - 10:53 PM

DNR halts pines-to-potatoes conversion in central Minnesota

Study could take up to a year and will look at potential threats to groundwater

Updated: February 05, 2015, - 10:52 PM

Minnesota frac sand project, stalled by environmental issue, resurfaces

Minnesota Sands makes $130K payment to fund environmental impact statement.

Updated: February 04, 2015, - 12:47 AM

Sleepy Eye moose died from brain worm infection

Brain worm infection caused a young moose to wander far south of its normal range late last year, where it...

Updated: January 30, 2015, - 08:54 PM

In protecting wolves, advocates seek middle ground

They worry that a court decision made in December will trigger a backlash in Congress.

Updated: January 28, 2015, - 10:57 PM

Bankruptcy case brings financial fears for Catholic schools

Institutions hope troubles of archdiocese don’t impact them.

Updated: January 26, 2015, - 10:24 AM

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