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Dennis Anderson

Columnist | Outdoors
Phone: 612-673-4424
Location: Minneapolis
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Outdoors columnist and editor Dennis Anderson joined the Star Tribune in 1993 after serving in the same positions at the St. Paul Pioneer Press for 13 years. His column topics vary widely, and include canoeing, fishing, hunting, adventure travel and conservation of the environment.


Anderson was born in North Dakota, but grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a master's in journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where his focus was communications law. He and his wife, Jan, along with their Labrador retrievers, live on a small farm in the St. Croix River Valley. As time allows, Anderson competes on cutting horses.
Recent content from Dennis Anderson
Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake

Anderson: Some state legislators would again dip into trust fund for outdoors

Public beware: Some again want to dip into lottery-fed environmental fund.
Andy Lang, right, was joined on his property by Jon Schneider of Ducks Unlimited.

Anderson: Landowners in Minnesota - and elsewhere - creating a movement

Some of the conservation efforts involve land purchases by the Fish and Wildlife Service, the DNR or various conservation groups. More commonly, the lands are accessed through easements.
Snow geese and Ross's geese.

Anderson: The splendor of migration captured the attention on road sprint to Montana and back

Trip to buy a fifth-wheel covered Dakota country witnessing that rite of spring.
Minnesota and Wisconsin members of the Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited gathered last Saturday along Parker Creek between Roberts and River Fal

Anderson: Wisconsin group gets to work on state's most popular rivers

In the 100 years that John Phillipps' family has owned land along Parker Creek outside of River Falls, perhaps never have so many unrelated people been on his property

Anglers on Upper Red Lake will be allowed to keep bigger walleyes

Anglers can keep four walleyes with one longer than 20 inches — or, if they choose, four walleyes under 20 inches.
Arnold Krueger of rural Le Center, Minn., cleaned one of 58 wood duck houses in his yard. Many wood ducks in Minnesota are dependent on well-maintaine

Anderson: Wood duck enthusiast has nesting boxes prepped for new season

Arnold Krueger, 90, has 58 wood duck boxes in his yard near Le Center and it's in the early spring when these birds are among the first waterfowl migrators to arrive in Minnesota.
Warm, sunny days last week followed by cool nights are ideal conditions to for sap to start running from tapped maple trees.

Anderson: Tapping into an early spring rite with an almost cultish following

However tangled our plan, the old syrup-making ways still resonate.
Crappies are among Minnesota’s most sought-after fish. But some advocates say limits and other management guidelines aren’t keeping up with the an

Anderson: Fish, and fishing industry, are starved for advocates

New group taking a plunge into role of Minnesota fishing's long-sought comprehensive voice

Anderson: 'What else are you going to do in winter?' Anglers made their point

More appeared to get out fishing — and stay out.

Seasonal change wreaking havoc on Minnesota's outdoors

Wildlife and anglers alike suffer in the deep snow and flood conditions.
Trevor Lo, fishing for the University of Minnesota, won the national collegiate bass fishing title in 2015. He’ll appear at the Northwest Sportshow

Anderson: Younger anglers to offer tips, guidance at Northwest Sportshow

A look at the profiles for four young and kind-of-young Minnesota anglers who will appear at the Northwest Sportshow.
Bemidji elementary school students watched trout eggs put into a special school aquarium as part of a special environmental education project through

Anderson: Minnesota Trout Unlimited, Great Waters Expo remind us fishing has a message beyond sport

Trout Unlimited and fly fishing expo are platforms for a unifying message.
Carl Gottlieb Uber came to Hartford, Wis., in 1854 from Europe to continue the family tanning business. Three of his four sons are shown in this 1900-

Anderson: Uber Glove and Tanning continues its rich tradition

The Uber family name has been restored to one of the last businesses of its kind in the United States.
Melissa Bachman stars and produces "Winchester Deadly Passion" on Sportsman Channel.

Anderson: Minnesota native has forged reputation with outdoors TV show

Melissa Bachman knew she wanted hunting to be part of her adult life -- and went after it.
Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn, DFL-Roseville, has shown an interest in the state's legacy recreational pursuits and natural resources management.

Anderson: Environmental education might be solution to making natural resources relevant

Amid societal changes, the focus has to be on meaningful education. And there are efforts out there.
About 4 percent of Lac qui Parle County is in public ownership. Those lands and waters are valued year-round by a variety of wildlife, especially duck

Anderson: Wildlife, water — or more crops? Both sides have their points

The Minnesota DNR and the Lac qui Parle County Board are squabbling over the state agency buying two parcels of farmland
In this undated file photo, a pheasant walks through the snow in the winter in Minnesota.

Southern Minnesota pheasants coping well with latest blizzard

A tour of areas surrounding Marshall on Monday revealed "quite a few pheasants coming out of winter cover to feed'' in open areas.
After years of catch-and-release angling, management of Mille Lacs walleye has the lake ready for a season that can support 150,000 pounds of harveste

Anderson: Numbers are right to open Mille Lacs walleye harvest

A majority of the lake's current 14-inch-plus walleyes were hatched in 2013, a "year class'' that is old enough now to be "exploited.''
Will Steger is about to return to the site of his spring trip of 2018: the arctic tundra of Canada.

Anderson: True north is adventurer Will Steger's truth every day

Yet, with another spring outing to the Barren Lands awaiting, he has a hard time explaining his incessant wanderlust.
Shelby McEntyre, 25, of Ely prepares to stake out three teams of sled dogs after arriving on Basswood Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildernes

Anderson: Dogs do the heavy lifting on anglers' BWCA deep-snow ventures

It takes a different animal to fish the BWCA in winter — and a rugged team to get there
There will be 140 teams (rider, horse, skier or snowboarder) at the Canterbury Park skijoring competition.

Anderson: Event at Canterbury Park takes equine competition in extreme direction

Rodeo pals reconnect to put on skijoring event.
“It’s important to remember that a plan is not an outcome,” DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said. “We want [the new plan] to be more action or

Anderson: Minnesota DNR officials promise duck plan by fall

Paul Telander, the agency's wildlife section chief, said he and other state waterfowl managers will meet with conservation group leaders as early as this month.
Judy Holmquist regularly fishes the St. Croix River in winter with her husband, Roy. But they usually occupy separate shacks while on the ice — two

Anderson: Out ice fishing together, but alone, on the St. Croix

Roy and Judy Holmquist love the sport — but prefer to keep it yards apart in their fishing shacks on the river. They have a unique tale of fishing love.
Circle of friends: Minnesota state Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, spoke Thursday at the Capitol at the Rally for Public Lands.

Anderson: Advocates of public land and waters gather at Capitol rally

Amid the glad-handing and backroom deals that are routine in St. Paul when legislators gather, scores of regular people trudged through snow Thursday to advocate in the Capitol rotunda for what was theirs.
Trevor Unruh, left, Riley Mcalpine and Ryder Beckman drew down on a few blue-winged teal during the 2016 Minnesota duck season opener.

Anderson: Duck plan on deck? Minnesota needs it to come together - quick

It's true: the long-awaited update to the Department of Natural Resources' 50-year duck plan hasn't yet been started.
Minnesota Department of Resources Conservation Officer Mitch Boyum has been named the 2019 DNR Conservation Officer of the Year. He is shown with his

Anderson: Conservation officer has proved worthy of DNR's highest accolades

Mitch Boyum proves worthy of one of the agency's highest accolades.
Nearly 10,000 anglers competed in the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Saturday on Gull Lake. Prizes were awarded for the 150 biggest fish

Nearly 10,000 compete in Brainerd's big ice fishing contest

Organizers of the 29th Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza were pleasantly surprised by the big turnout despite predictions of bad weather.
What appears as a long long for the portable bathrooms is actually a line of successful fishing contestants waiting to register their fish on Hole in

Anderson: Brainerd Jaycees are focused on fishing fun at main event, not drama

Event is ready to move past allegations of cheating by some participants last year.
Invasive species such as zebra mussels and diseases affecting deer and other wildlife are among the threats to the outdoors at a time when fewer are p

Readers tell how they would solve conservation problems

We asked how to solve conservation problems, and you answered pointedly
Minnesota's deer hunting tradition is threatened by shrinking numbers of hunters and faltering license sales, and disease is also playing a role. Zebr

Anderson: Minn. needs ideas for saving its natural resources, quickly

Conservation of Minnesota's natural resources is in a lot more trouble than many realize. If actions aren't taken in the next 10 years or so, the outdoors lifestyle that historically has been a hallmark will go the way of the horse and buggy.
Thousands gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol Mall for the Rally for Ducks, Wetlands and Clean Water on April 2, 2005. As many as 6,000 attended t

Anderson: Habitat funding amendent was a bet that paid

With the dawn of another legislative session, it's worth reminding how the 2008 amendment changed everything.
Hunters and anglers, whose numbers are dwindling, are carrying most of the financial load for outdoor pursuits. That means seeking other funding sourc

Anderson: A shift in the foundation for conservation

As hunter and angler numbers dwindle, new sources of support are needed to replace them.
OnX Hunt with waypoints and windspeed.

Anderson: onXmaps phone app is a big deal in the field

Precision of onXmaps came to fore on a mule deer hunt in Montana.
Gov.-elect Tim Walz on Thursday entrusted Sarah Strommen with the state’s most visible cabinet position, and the one with the hottest seat. Strommen

Anderson: Strommen's task is to find a better way for Minnesota's natural resources

We're failing our lands and waters in Minnesota; from new DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen on down, it's time to reverse the course.
Duck plan — what duck plan? For eight years under the administration of commissioner Tom Landwehr, the Department of Natural Resources has not produ

Anderson: Key issues in conservation in 2019

Several important natural resource issues will demand the attention of Minnesota conservationists in the coming year.
Winnie Zahradka posed with her 25 inch walleye that she caught during the 2015 Minnesota fishing opener at Lake Mille Lacs

Anderson: Readers' reactions to trophy photos raise broader questions

The largest issue and the most interesting one, is why in the first place hunters and anglers take photos of themselves with their quarry.
Hunting partners John Dzik, left, and Scott Herzog of the Twin Cities area strategized about ways to walk-and-post a southern Minnesota farm grove in

Anderson: Rabbit hunter hunts rabbits and grooms rabbit hunters

Hunter swayed a contemporary decades ago and now grooms grandsons in cottontail game.
Wendell Diller shot and retrieved a Canada goose in river backwaters made accessible by early winter ice. The retrieve came with complications for ano

Anderson: River ice gives way, but goose hunting party comes prepared

Party overcomes mishap, and a prized Canada for Christmas brings a new recipe into play
Showing coonhounds was commonplace for Marilyn LeBlanc and Leon Swing.

Anderson: This was a late love affair, with coonhounds at the center

Bluetick hounds were part of this late love affair.
Randy Schmiesing has converted much of his farmland land to wildlife cover. But he, along with other Minnesota farmers, still experiences water proble

Anderson: In lieu of runoff system, farmer's excess water part of habitat

Randy Schmiesing, 60, like most every farmer past or present in west-central Minnesota, has a complicated relationship with water. This is especially true in Eldorado Township, where Schmiesing lives, because land there is nearly table-top flat.
Tim Anderson, with his Gordon setter, Sam Elliott.

Anderson: Nothing breaks this Minnesotan's fever for the outdoors life

Saddled with a broken arm, Tim Anderson's story is instructional, perhaps even inspirational.
Bemidji-area fishing guide Matt Breuer posed with one of his favorite wintertime catches: a monster burbot.

Anderson: Catching a burbot a thing of beauty for one guide

A Bemidji-area fishing guide, Matt Breuer has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with a fish many Minnesotans find too ugly and serpentine to even like.
Trevor Anderson, peering through binoculars, joined his dad, Dennis, to hike into the vast badlands region of eastern Montana seeking mule deer.

Anderson: Hunt in eastern Montana's badlands offers hard times, good times

Packing out 200 pounds of mule deer? Only one way to handle it: 'We should enjoy it'
Then-gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz talked with owner Randy Voss as he shot on the sporting clay course Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at the Caribou Gun C

Anderson: Dearth of outdoors reps on Walz's transition team is worrisome

There remains concerns among some sporting types that they are being taken for granted.

Deer harvest in Minnesota down from 2017, especially in northeast

The state's opening day kill was down 11 percent, and the harvest on Sunday of the season's first weekend was off 7 percent.
Kent Harris, left, and Tony Berg, boith of the Twin Cities area, were among hunters who felled mature bucks when the Wisconsin deer season opened Satu

Anderson: Some luckier than others on Wisconsin's opening day

Unlike years past on opening day of Wisconsin's firearm season, no bucks entered into the scope this time on Saturday morning. But not all were shut out.
In this 2016 photo, Bill Illetschko, a bow hunter, was practicing at the city-run archery range in South St. Paul

Anderson: Calm, not restlessness, an asset in bow hunter's pursuit of deer

An archery deer hunt provides plenty of time and reason to think.
Bob White’s One Last Look — Musky

Anderson: Sporting art is a vocation and a lifestyle for Bob White

Affinity for sporting art came quick for Bob White.
The world record Jordan Buck.

Dennis Anderson: A wild, weird deer tale figures in Minnesota's opener

Highlights include a world record whitetail buck, an unusual caliber Winchester, a dance hall and — why not? — a tavern.
John Rabe, left, Bud Rabe, Loren Rabe and Greg Kroschel are part of a multiple-generation deer camp in Kanabec County whose family roots date to the l

Anderson: Kanabec County deer camp remains a draw five generations later

A Kanabec County deer camp remains a draw for descendants into its second century
Ethan Zdon, 15, of Isanti, shot this 8-point buck the second weekend of the firearms season last year. This is an example of a photo that appeared on

Photos wanted for Wednesday Outdoors page

Readers also should include with submitted photos a few descriptive sentences, including names of people shown and other pertinent information such as the time, day and general location where hunts were conducted.
Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, Republican, left, shakes hands with Congressman Tim Walz, DFL, after they

Anderson: Walz, Johnson state their case on the outdoors

Candidates for Minnesota governor Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson offer their opinions on outdoor issues ranging from guns to roadside mowing to mining in northern Minnesota.
Charlie Hays, with Marty, the top field-trail yellow Labrador retriever ever.

Anderson: Retrieving dogs had their champion in trainer Charlie Hays

Accolades only tell part of the trainer's rich story.
Rancher Clay Peterson, center, of Wisdom, Mont., enlists the help of several Minnesotans to find hundreds of cattle among 13,000 Montana mountain acre

Anderson: Minnesota horsemen answer call for cattle roundup in Montana

On a recent day in the Big Hole Valley, seven Minnesotans were part of a fall roundup, during which cattle are gathered and driven to lower country, where they over-winter.
Honeybee populations are in severe decline, owing to pesticides and reduced foraging habitat -- among other things.

Anderson: Reports of species die-offs are scary, but public's indifference is scarier

Declines continue, with habitat loss a big influencer.
Arlyn Gehrke, left, and Rodney Lowe opened the 2018 Minnesota pheasant opener on Lowe's land west of Luverne.

Anderson: On state pheasant opener, hike is good but birds are elusive

A lot of crops, a lot of water, but the pheasants won on this day.
The twitchy energy, the October sun, the lunches by tailgate: All are a part of the pheasant opener memory bank.

Anderson: Another pheasant opener, another chance to make memories

Wing-shooters of a certain age know their rewards.

Majority of corn, soybean fields still standing for pheasant opener

The vast, standing crops often prove nearly impenetrable by hunters and their dogs, thus providing safe havens for rooster pheasants, which many wing shooters consider the most beautiful of game birds.
DNR conservation officer Lt. Gary Nordseth checked Gov. Dayton’s license before the governor went afield on the first day of the 2017 ringneck seaso

Anderson: Gov. Dayton deserves a pheasant for conservation leadership

As our governor opens the pheasant season next weekend, a look at his conservation-minded leadership
Grant Merritt, 1970s

Anderson: Former state environmental champion has message for the moment

A state watchdog in the 1970s, Merritt said with regard to current mining push: Proceed with caution.
Ruffed grouse numbers are up, according to one preliminary report.

Ruffed grouse numbers appear to be up this fall

Historically, fall grouse-harvest numbers have tracked population estimates forecast by spring drumming counts. But last year's lopsided disparity between the two indicators worried DNR officials.
Arnold Krueger and his pal, Jet, looked over a pond on his property about 6 miles from Le Center on Saturday monring, opening day of the Minnesota duc

Anderson: Veteran hunter, 90, continues tradition during Minnesota's duck opener

The DNR had issued an upbeat prediction for Saturday's opener, reporting that duck nesting conditions were good this spring. That was welcome news for Arnold Krueger.
Patrice Aubrecht of Shorewood was experiencing Whitewater State Park for the first time.

Anderson: Rebuilt and still updating, Whitewater State Park is having its moment

Dennis Anderson: Changes made because of 2007 flood – and in spite of it – have made visiting the park a must.
Former Vikings player Keith Nord has been happiest in his post-athletic career when following dogs through Minnesota’s grouse woods or North Dakota�

Anderson: Ex-Viking Nord deals with cancer but stays happy afield

Keith Nord, athlete and motivational speaker, has the usual big plans for the fall. Except …
Friends, including Brad Johnson, far right, on the first day of their hike Sunday in the Beartooth Mountains. From left, Todd Green, Tom Therrien and

Friends' quick thinking saved Minnesota buddy mauled by grizzlies

As Tom Therrien and Todd Green half-ran through the rugged Beartooth Mountains that divide Wyoming and Montana, they prayed for help.
Anderson: High-tech gear is winning the argument in the wild

Anderson: High-tech gear is winning the argument in the wild

Communication devices more and more make sense.
Mitch Lunda toted a pair of Canada geese back to his blind while hunting in the east metro Saturday, opening day of the early goose season. Success ca

Anderson: Early Canada goose season signals change in season, for the better

Summer gives way to fall, in the field if not on the calendar, and for many it's a welcome transition
Anglers on Upper Red Lake were expected to draw down numbers of walleyes 17 inches and under, but warm waters cooled the bite.

Some of Minnesota's best walleye lakes: How was their season?

Looking back at the season on Leech, Cass, Upper Red and Lake of the Woods — and ahead to likely changes.
Canoeist Pete Arnesen of the Twin Cities capured this shot of Canadian forest fires from a distance, but they got close enough to him to prompt him to

Anderson: Canoeist gets more than he bargained for on fire-shortened wilderness trip

Flames put a scare into Pete Arnesen, who continued a solo canoe trip despite 'imminent' danger

Anderson: State Fair's horse show feeling its oats again

After recent struggles, the old barn is buzzing.
Fairgoers walked though the DNR's building featuring scenes from Minnesota landscapes.

Anderson: DNR building is a must stop at State Fair

The 84-year-old DNR building, with its outdoor fish pond and indoor fish tanks, will as always show off about 40 finned species to fairgoers.
Iowan Art Fleener sized up an original Rigby muzzleloader used in the first-ever 1,000-yard international shooting match.

Anderson: Muzzleloader marksmen are fascinated by their weaponry

Part competitor, part historian, shooters delight in the tools of the trade.
David Logan of Scotland afield with one of his Labrador retrievers. He will be at Game Fair.

Anderson: Once also-rans, a handler and his Labrador become royalty

Queen Elizabeth II, who knows the world of field trials, was impressed.
All five leading candidates for governor - Republicans Tim Pawlenty and Jeff Johnson, and DFLers Tim Walz, Lori Swanson and Erin Murphy - shared a sta

Anderson: Gubernatorial candidates should be forced to bone up on conservation

Farmers want gubernatorial hopefuls to listen and address conservation topics.
Frank Addington Jr. has been trick-shooting for more than 30 years.

Anderson: Texas trick-shooting archer locks in on his target ­­— and his message

Frank Addington Jr. is in town for performances at Game Fair in Ramsey.
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