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Mark Anderson is a retired Mower County Sheriff's deputy, but that doesn't mean he's slowed down. Among several things he does for Adams, he also is the director ambulances. -- Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

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Adams’ jack-of-all-trades

Published 12:21pm Monday, March 28, 2011

Mark Anderson is the Superman of Adams. He’s been the director of the Adams Ambulance Service, recently retired from a 30 year career as a Mower County Sheriff’s deputy, is part of the Mower County Trail Committee, sits on the Adams City Council, is the vice-president of a local snowmobiling group. He even volunteers as a snowmobile instructor when he’s not helping groom more than 260 miles of county trails.

“Well, I stay busy I guess.” Anderson said. “It isn’t just me, I mean you got a lot of other people (helping out).”

An avid outdoorsman, Anderson has loved snowmobiling since his father bought him his first Polaris snowmobile when he was 13-years-old. Since then, he’s loved every minute riding and grooming trails, swapping laughs with other riders and sharing the sport with his family.

“It’s just the past time my whole family enjoys,” Anderson said. “We all do it as a family sport. We enjoy riding the trails, enjoy the camaraderie with other snowmobile riders.”

Aside from snowmobiling, Anderson likes camping with his wife and two now-grown daughters, as well as hunting, sometimes bringing his dog Brutus along.

“It’s just fun being with nature and enjoying that,” he said. “Being out in the solitude and the quietness, just getting out and enjoying the outdoors instead of sitting in the house.”

Despite his love for fun, Anderson also values public service. He served as an Adams Ambulance volunteer for 13 years before being promoted to director in 2010, and has been an Adams City Council member for nearly as long, as he was first elected more than 10 years ago. That’s on top of the six years he has spent grooming county snowmobile trails.

“I just wanted to try to get on and to keep moving the city in a positive nature,” Anderson said. “And to help out the community too.”

When he has a little free time, he enjoys taking on a game of golf with his wife, Gail. His tee times are few and far between, given how busy he is serving the town.

“I’m just trying to give back to the community,” he said.


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