Dennis M. Anderson has Finnish and Scandinavian roots in New York Mills, Minnesota, where he was born and raised on a family-owned dairy farm in the west central part of the state. His Finnish-born paternal grandfather immigrated to the New York Mills area from Oulu, Finland, and settled on a family-owned Century Farm homestead.
Mr. Anderson graduated from the New York Mills High School and then attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he received a B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in psychology.
His initial employment after college was with the State of Minnesota Commerce Department, where his time was spent as a bank examiner of banks, credit unions, and savings and loan associations. After leaving the State of Minnesota job, he went into credit union management where he worked in credit unions for the Hamm Brewing Company, the Minnesota State Federation of Teachers and started a new credit union charter for the Minnesota Teamsters. His last 20 years of employment were with the Pillar (Pillsbury Company) Federal Credit Union as President until retirement.
Mr. Anderson’s volunteer work includes currently serving as the President of the Minnesota Finnish-American Historical Society and strengthening scholarship ties to Concordia Language Villages in support of Salolampi and the associated Soiva Music Camp. He has also served as President of the New York Mills Lions Club and the Wadena Area College Foundation, and has been privileged to serve as a board member and treasurer of the New York Mills, Minnesota, Regional Cultural Center, and the Finn Creek Open Air Museum over a period of six years.