Columnist | Outdoors

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.


Anderson: Walleyes are tasty — but crappies and sunnies are more fun

Like mother, like daughter. Anglers of all ages love crappies.


Anderson: Again on walleye opener, 'Winnie' gives up her treasures

Slower in the morning, action on the big lake picked up throughout the day Saturday for Minnesota's traditional fishing opener.


Anderson: 43 years later, record walleye moves back to Gunflint Trail

When LeRoy Chiovitte of Hermantown died, he left no plans for the fish that had been encased in glass for four decades. Soon, though, you'll be able to see the big walleye close to where it was caught in 1979.


Anderson: To catch your limit on Saturday's opener, increase your walleye IQ

Walleye facts and insights from a new book by DNR fisheries biologist Paul Radomski might help you catch shore lunch on Saturday's opener.


Anderson: Hooking anglers since 1975, Wayzata bait shop may have reached its limit

Big box stores and changes in fishing technology may lead to the closure of another one of the suburban bait shops that have fallen victim to changing times.


Anderson: For opener, ice-out will be a close call on some Minnesota lakes

Cold weather has hung around this spring, slowing the arrival of open water on some lakes in the northern part of the state.


Anderson: Republicans' attempted diversion of lottery proceeds sign of the times

Today, Minnesota legislators too often hew the caucus line, and the state's natural resources are going to suffer.


Anderson: For the love of boats — and why not?

Sitting in your boat, in your garage, anticipating open water, is good for your mind in April


Anderson: Fascinating new book celebrates 150 years of the Bell Museum

The book, like the museum's new building, showcases visionaries' long-held belief that science and public education — and entertainment — can go hand in hand.


Anderson: Women hunters find excitement, satisfaction in search for turkeys

Meet four who have learned that rising early and communing with nature is worth repeating.