By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN Dan Anderson, 55, is a Delano guy with a positive outlook and a willingness to help others.
For several years, Dan and his sons participated in the Northland 300, a 300-mile, three-day, charity snowmobile ride. The event is made up of volunteer participants who raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.
“That was a fun time doing that,” he said. “Plus, it was for a good cause.”
Dan also enjoys riding motorcycles, and often does rides that support benefits and charities.
As the owner of Anderson Trucking and Excavating, he spent two months helping out after Hurricane Katrina, and did snow removal in Fargo.
Dan likes traveling to events such as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota and bike week in Daytona Beach, FL.
“That’s my main getaway,” he said.
Delano, however, has always been Dan’s home.
“I was born and raised in Delano,” he said. “My dad was born and raised in Delano, too. The whole family’s been here a long time.”
Dan’s father, who is no longer living, crop farmed and owned a sawmill.
Dan graduated from Delano High School, where he met his late wife, LuAnn DeMarais.
“We were high school sweethearts,” he said. After more than 30 wonderful years of marriage, LuAnn was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer, which affects connective tissues. She passed away May 10, 2006.
“Sarcoma is just a really aggressive cancer,” Dan said.
LuAnn had been active in the Delano American Legion Auxiliary and was also involved in Anderson Trucking and Excavating.
“She did a lot to help support the business,” Dan said. Dan and LuAnn also loved taking motorcycle trips together.
Dan and LuAnn moved to Dan’s parents’ property in 1973, and Dan started his company in 1982. At one point, he had 14 employees, but has since scaled back. Now, Dan and his son, Rick, operate the business.
“I do small residential work, all the way to commercial,” Dan said. He does demolition, roads, ponds, and “basically everything except water and sewer.”
He likes the business because he gets to meet a lot of people, and there is variety in the work.
“I’m an outdoors type of person,” he added.
Rick, 34, lives in Montrose, and has two sons, named Austin and Owen.
“They enjoy snowmobiling and dirt bikes and ATVs and all that good stuff,” Dan said.
Dan’s oldest son, Chris, 36, rents Dan’s parents’ house, and drives equipment for Xcel Energy.
Dan and his sons and grandsons enjoy going to car shows, tractor shows, and other events where people share their collections.