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

In a first, Minnesota asks Winona County to assess risks of frac sand

Winona County will decide on requests tied to frac sand mining.

Updated: February 09, 2013, - 05:09 PM

Red Wing's mayor gets second job with frac sand lobbying group

Dennis Egan's decision occurs as debate rages up and down the Mississippi River corridor over the sand boom. In the past four years, more than 100 mines and processing facilities have been permitted in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Updated: February 06, 2013, - 11:36 AM

Rules for sand mine companies are melting under pressure

Miining companies are leveraging jobs and money to exert their will in the small communities of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, where a sand rush has led to the permitting of more than 100 facilities in the past four years.

Updated: February 04, 2013, - 06:05 AM

Sand plant in North Branch to monitor air quality

Deal with state may yield needed data on health effects.

Updated: January 29, 2013, - 08:45 PM

Split Wisconsin county OKs 2 more sand mines

WHITEHALL, WIS. - A divisive public hearing over frac sand ended in approvals this week for two new mining projects, despite citizen complaints that some officials were dealing themselves into the business at the expense of their neighbors.

Updated: January 10, 2013, - 10:54 PM

U of M professors in double-dip case quit

A long investigation of their dual roles at U, Georgia Tech comes to a close.

Updated: January 08, 2013, - 11:05 PM

Local officials dealing themselves a piece of frac sand boom

While the officeholders have been careful to abstain from voting on their own deals. their ethics are being called into question by constituents and other elected leaders.

Updated: December 26, 2012, - 03:43 PM

Wabasha City Council boosts frac-sand rail hub

City Council turns back environmental challenge to the proposal.

Updated: December 18, 2012, - 12:01 AM

Obituary: 'Super-salesman' Ron Johnson loved Minnesota Zoo

In the months before the Minnesota Zoo's annual Beastly Ball, Ron Johnson would scurry around the Twin Cities in search of high-value donations for the event's fundraising auction. It was the perfect volunteer job for a retired super-salesman who loved animals and took pride in giving.

Updated: December 06, 2012, - 10:15 PM

Harassed Minnesota hospital patients get checks from Accretive

Accretive Health Inc. was sued by the state for abusive debt-collection tactics.

Updated: November 20, 2012, - 10:52 PM

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