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

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

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

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