ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota State Senate Committee on Rules and Administration yesterday confirmed the appointment Bob Anderson, Mayor of International Falls, to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
“I am very happy to serve on the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council,” said Anderson. “Across the state there is pressure put on our natural resources. In order for future generations to enjoy what we have in Minnesota we need to invest in projects that will sustain our natural habitat.”
Currently serving in his second, non-consecutive term as the mayor of International Falls, Anderson has been active in public service and community advocacy across four decades. Before recently returning as mayor, Anderson served as a city councilor for 14 years and has also chaired the local airport commission, the International Falls Charter Commission, the Highway 53 Four-Lane Improvement Task Force, and the board of trustees of Falls Memorial Hospital. Anderson has also chaired the International Falls Chamber of Commerce, is a past chairman of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and was formerly president of the League of Minnesota Cities.
Said Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), “Clearly, Mayor Anderson is one of our state’s best public servants. We are fortunate to have his expertise and commitment to the outdoors representing the citizens of Minnesota on the Lessard-Sams Council.”
Now retired, Anderson worked in the forest products industry at Boise Cascade for over 50 years, serving in public affairs for much of that time. Anderson currently resides on the Rainy River, a major Minnesota-Ontario watershed, and he owns timberland and wildlife habitat in Koochiching County.
Added Anderson, “I care deeply about our land and water here in Minnesota. We’re all stakeholders in Minnesota’s great outdoors, and I’m committed to making sure my grandchildren and generations to come can experience that heritage.”