Dennis Anderson


Dennis Anderson: Grand Rapids mourns loss of DNR conservation officer Sarah Grell, 39

In the past year, law enforcement officers too often have been considered contributors to society's ills, rather than part of the solution, which they are. In Grand Rapids Friday, in northern Minnesota, the opposite of cops-are-the-problem was on display. The sad occasion was the funeral of Department of Natural Resources conservation officer (CO) Sarah Grell, 39, who left a husband, Gene, and three children ages 13, 4 and 2.

Dennis Anderson: Great weather, great fishing for opener

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH, Minn. — At about 67,000 acres, this wide spot in the Mississippi River is the fifth-largest lake in Minnesota. More than a century ago, loggers, fur traders and others downstream had argued for a more constant flow of the big river, and in 1881 and again a few years later, the government acquiesced and built the Winnibigoshish Lake Dam.

Dennis Anderson: Losing out on their own fishing opener leaves friendship with a void

MINNEAPOLIS — A year ago at this time the state's political kingpins attempted to cancel the fishing opener. Gov. Tim Walz might disagree with that characterization. But when you ask a half-million or more Minnesota winter survivors who, with the precision of surgeons, have loaded boats, spun line on reels, propped Mother's Day cards on kitchen tables and packed beverages to "fish close to home," you're heaving a wrench into the works, or trying to.

Dennis Anderson: Of turkeys, and spilling blood and ink

Some mornings in a turkey blind, the time between gobbles seems endless. This was the case recently not far north of the Twin Cities. Wood ducks fluttered onto small ponds. The odd deer picked at new shoots of green grass. And overhead, Canada geese paraded noisily, their wings flapping against a clear sky hued midnight blue.