HJ/EDJune 12, 2006

New HL officer likes small-town aspect

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Eric Anderson was ready for a change last year, after working for the Buffalo Police Department for 13 years.

He found the City of Buffalo was getting a little too big for him. He likes the small town aspect that he feels is in the Howard Lake area – a close-knit community. It is kind of how Buffalo used to be, he said.

He began working part-time for the Howard Lake police department in January 2005.

Anderson was offered a full-time position in Howard Lake in April. He was one of three candidates interviewed for the full-time police officer position that became available when Dan Lang was appointed the new Howard Lake police chief.

Anderson and his wife, Valerie, live in Buffalo. They have three children, a daughter, Haley, 9, and two sons, Joey, 5, and Jonah, six months old.

During Anderson’s junior and senior year at Buffalo High School, his dad was a volunteer police reserve officer for the City of Buffalo. Through his dad’s volunteering, he found himself considering the possibility of becoming a police officer himself.

After high school, he attended school in Mankato, where he began taking classes in law enforcement which he enjoyed. At Minnesota State University, Mankato, he obtained an Associate of Science Degree.

In addition, he attended Hibbing Technical College for his police officer skills.

He is currently working on a degree in criminal justice at St. Thomas, and has made this his number one goal.

Anderson’s hobbies are keeping up with his children, and he likes yard work and home projects.

Anderson is also on the Buffalo Fire Department.

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