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

Good jobs hang in the balance of Minnesota's frac sand debate

As activists rally at the State Capitol for a moratorium on Minnesota’s emerging frac sand industry, business and labor groups say delays imposed by St. Paul could stifle the creation of hundreds of good jobs.

Updated: March 25, 2013, - 09:03 PM

Collapse of St. Charles frac sand project causes split among investors

Town's rejection of mining site leads to goodbyes from some investors.

Updated: March 13, 2013, - 11:47 PM

Mining-hub town of St. Charles says no to major frac sand facility

Frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota was dealt a serious setback Tuesday night when the city of St. Charles adopted a resolution advocated by local foes of the industry.

Updated: March 13, 2013, - 06:04 AM

State frac sand bill seeks taxes and minimum standards for regulation

Southeastern Minnesota would get a silica sand board and taxes from industry under a bill in the Legislature.

Updated: February 26, 2013, - 06:49 AM

Red Wing mayor resigns in face of pressure over frac sand industry role

Facing a recall effort and an inquiry, Egan chose to stay in his role as lobbyist.

Updated: February 25, 2013, - 11:58 AM

Firm agrees to in-depth study on frac sand in Winona County

Minnesota Sands bows to state pressure, in a move that could set a precedent for growing industry.

Updated: February 21, 2013, - 11:24 PM

Southeastern Minnesota asks state for frac sand help

Small governments in southeastern Minnesota seek state help on studying and regulating mining, with calls for a moratorium.

Updated: February 20, 2013, - 06:27 AM

Frac sand mining awakens activism in southeastern Minnesota

A Ronald Reagan fan and former provost at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, Amy Nelson now stands on the front lines of an anti-frac sand movement that is spreading rapidly across southeastern Minnesota.

Updated: February 19, 2013, - 04:00 PM

Mayor's new frac sand job ignites debate in Red Wing

Residents swarmed into City Hall with conflict-of-interest concerns; he said he won't quit.

Updated: February 11, 2013, - 11:45 PM

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

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