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: Time is long past to stop jumping carp from invading

Sound and bubble barrier is possible at Lock and Dam 5 on the Mississippi, but the DNR wants to talk rather than act.


Anderson: Minnesota's ice isn't so nice, and anglers' pickups go down

From the Mississippi River to Lake of the Woods, uneven weather means, at times, uneven ice — and sometimes the need to fish out a vehicle that has been caught unaware.


Anderson: Walz, DNR propose to tap state surplus for $118 million to fix hatcheries, water accesses

Bonding money to be announced next week would supplement the surplus spending plan.


Anderson: 10 boats that kept me afloat through the years

Drawn to water, Minnesotans float boats for different purposes, at different times. And sometimes as life changes, a change in boats is in order.


Anderson: DNR leader says funding needed, source to be determined

Q&A: Sarah Strommen, Minnesota's first woman DNR commissioner, has been reappointed for a second term.


Outdoors-loving Minnesotans share their 2023 bucket lists

From remote hunting to rugged backpacking to angling through ice, Minnesotans file their dreamed-of adventures in the year ahead.


Anderson: After tragedy, Waseca officer leaves for Alaska adventure

Arik Matson nearly died while on duty three years ago. The bullet changed his life. It did not, however, take away his passion for hunting, and a donated hunt soon will give him a big thrill.


Anderson: Manage resources better to achieve 'best place to raise kids'

Gov. Tim Walz's ambitions belie the direction Minnesota lands and waters are headed. Until control over the state's resources is wrested from the governor's office and the Legislature, nothing will change.


Outdoors coverage in 2022: A dozen stories we won't forget

From an updated wolf plan and BWCA crowd control to camping's (and a campground's) wild popularity, we look back on the hot topics and cool stories of 2022.


Anderson: Cool fishing on Upper Red Lake's good-enough ice

Anglers flock to the big lake for the fishing and the adventure.