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Wendell Anderson’s 80th birthday party

Gov. Dayton, former Vice President Mondale and other friends and family gathered recently to honor the former Minnesota governor.

Hundreds of friends and family members gathered on Feb. 2, at the Wayzata Country Club for a surprise tribute to former Gov. Wendell R. Anderson in honor of his 80th birthday. The previous day, his actual birthday, was officially proclaimed “Wendell Anderson Day” in Minnesota by Gov. Mark Dayton. The celebration was described as “an unabashed reunion of 1970s politicos” by Sam Stern, who served as Anderson’s legislative counsel during his two years as U.S. Senator, 1977-1978. All photos courtesy of Stern.

Dayton Chief of Staff Tina Smith and former Vice President Walter Mondale
Attendees included Dayton Chief of Staff Tina Smith, center, and former Vice President Walter Mondale, far right


Attorney Tom Johnson and Accenture's Peter Hutchinson
Former Hennepin County Attorney Tom Johnson and Accenture’s Peter Hutchinson


Former State Sen. Roger Moe
Former State Sen. Roger Moe


Former Vice President Walter Mondale and first female Minnesota House Speaker Dee Long
Former Vice President Walter Mondale and first female Minnesota House Speaker Dee Long


Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Attorney General Lori Swanson
Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Attorney General Lori Swanson


Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, attorney Bob Hennessey and former St. Paul Mayor George Latimer
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, attorney Bob Hennessey and former St. Paul Mayor George Latimer


Jim Erickson and Gov. Mark Dayton
Attorney and lobbyist Jim Erickson and Gov. Mark Dayton displaying the iconic Time magazine cover featuring Anderson and “The Good Life in Minnesota”


Former Gov. Wendell Anderson, Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr. and former Vice President Walter Mondale
Former Gov. Wendell Anderson, Rep. Lyndon Carlson Sr. and former Vice President Walter Mondale


Former Gov. Wendell Anderson and Gov. Mark Dayton
Former Gov. Wendell Anderson accepting a state proclamation from Gov. Mark Dayton

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Chuck Johnson on 02/11/2013 - 12:26 pm.

    Looks like everyone had a great time.

    Gov Dayton looks exceptionally lit up.

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