ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Former Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson has passed away at age 83.
Anderson was surrounded by his family and friends when he passed at Our Lady of Peace hospice care in St. Paul.
Wendell was elected to the legislature when he was 26-years-old and then governor when he was 37. He was born and raised in Minnesota. Wendell graduated from Johnson High School and went on to play hockey at the University of Minnesota.
Statement from Governor Anderson’s family:
“Wendell Anderson was many things: A kid from East St. Paul. A Gopher. An Olympian. An elected public servant of the highest order. But above all else he was a Minnesotan. His love for the state and its citizens was second only to his love for his family."
Statement from Governor Dayton:
“Governor Anderson was one of Minnesota's greatest governors. His transformational ‘Minnesota Miracle’ – which he achieved through one of the most momentous bipartisan agreements in our state’s history – has dramatically improved the quality of our state's public education.
"I offer my deepest condolences to his family and many friends."
Gov. Dayton has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor Anderson’s life and his distinguished service and contributions to the state.
Fmr. MN Gov. Wendy Anderson has passed away. Our ❤s go out to his loved ones. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/vxL9q4SxUx— Minnesota DFL Party (@MinnesotaDFL) July 17, 2016
Sad to hear we lost Gov Wendy Anderson. Still have '73 Time cover w/his beaming smile & pike. As mag said, he gave us "the good life in MN"— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 17, 2016