Aanderud reflects on a good run
By Kathy Tandberg
In the span of time, 25 years is a long time to commit to something. It’s more time than some commit to a marriage, more time than most commit to a single job.
It’s half the time Albert Aanderud has committed to marriage with his wife of nearly 50 years, Adeline. And it’s the time Albert has committed to serving his city, Beulah, as a city councilman. On Aug. 18, Albert stepped down, retiring from city service after 25 years.
Albert was elected to his first term as a councilman in April 1974, serving eight years until 1982 when he chose not to seek re-election. Then tragedy struck the city when then city councilman Fred Galloway died in a plane crash. The City Council appointed Albert to fill Fred’s unexpired term Oct. 7, 1991, and he was re-elected every four years following until his recent resignation due to moving out of his southside Ward 4 where he and Adeline lived for so many years.
It was a good run, Albert said, but moving and recent health problems told him it was time.
“I’ve enjoyed every year I put in,” Albert reflected.
Mayor Darrell Bjerke said he and Albert go a long way back in city government and as family friends. The men served together as councilmen for 18 years under the leadership of then mayor, Darold Benz.
“Albert will be missed. He was always a good team player. He looked at both sides of things and chose the one that would make Beulah better. He’s been very loyal,” Darrell said.