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: Anglers flock to Mille Lacs, happy to catch — and release — walleyes

Launch boats are sold out on some nights during strong walleye bite.


Some guy named Trout caught a big northern in Minnesota

Angels star Mike Trout hit a Minnesota lake before the series against the Twins and showed he's as good with a fishing rod as he is with a bat.


Anderson: Hot days in July, fishing for walleyes, more rigamarole

Challenge is the point, not necessarily the number of fish caught.


Anderson: Conservation groups, legislators mourn Helland, driver of environment policy

John Helland was a bureaucrat for decades, and "his work lives on in Minnesota."


Anderson: Wolves need managing in Minnesota, period.

Science tells us that, even if the powers that be do not.


Anderson: Minnesota's intense drought has different impact for different critters

Not all species suffer equally, and some actually benefit.


Anderson: Every-state fishermen tick down to a final few

Daniel Balserak and Luke Konson still seek the state fish of Hawaii and Alaska, and then they'll head home for brook trout and a goal completed.


Embrace your freedom to enjoy Minnesota's outdoors with these 12 ideas

From seeing wildlife to self-powered fun, activities are opening up to meet any interests.


Anderson: New teal season might push ducks away

The DNR's management doesn't match waterfowlers' thinking.


Anderson: Legislature could have done more to staunch CWD threat

An effort to stop new deer farms failed; good news is that parks will stay open.