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International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson Dies

International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson Dies Photo: City of International Falls

Updated: September 20, 2019 04:04 PM

International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson has died.

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City administration says it was notified by family members that Anderson passed away Friday morning.  The city said no further information is available at this time.

Anderson was 77, according to his Facebook page.

Anderson had led a city council meeting as recently as this Monday.  The International Falls Journal reported that Anderson delivered a state of the city address on Sept. 12, saying, "there is a lot of sunshine and a few dark clouds, but overall it's positive."

According to the Journal, Anderson had been mayor for four years in the 1980's and was re-elected to the position in 2012 and again in 2016.  His current term was due to run through 2020.

Representative Rob Ecklund, who is from International Fall, said, "He was an icon in the timber industry. He always had International Falls as his top priority. You can't go anywhere in northern Minnesota without seeing his fingerprint on it, from airports to roads. He left a tremendous lasting imprint. I greatly enjoyed partnering with him as we worked together to deliver local priorities at the State Capitol. He will be missed by many, and my thoughts are with his family in this difficult time."

Senator Tina Smith sent a statement on Friday afternoon. “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson. Mayor Anderson was passionate about his community and his love was reflected in his years of dedication to the airport, hospital, Highway 53 Task Force, the county, anything and everything connected to his beloved International Falls. I’m grateful I saw him just this August. He was a friend and I will miss seeing him when I visit the Borderland.”

And Senator Amy Klobuchar sent this: "Today, with the passing of Bob Anderson, International Falls lost a longtime advocate, mayor, and friend. He truly left his mark on his beloved hometown from his seats on the City Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and as its devoted mayor. Bob was also dedicated to improving communities across Minnesota through decades of public service on numerous statewide committees and advocacy organizations. I am thankful to have been able to call Bob a friend. We worked together often, and I will always remember him as a tireless champion for small towns and the outdoors. My thoughts are with his wife Carol, family, friends, and the people of International Falls during this time of loss." 

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