The Anderson Standing Rock Ranch of Mora began in 1975 with the purchase of 90 acres by Lawrence Anderson (Bryon’s father). In 1981 Ginny joined the operation when she married Byron right on the farm. In 1997, the Andersons began raising registered Angus beef for 4-H. Over the years, they have worked hard to improve the herd thru selective breeding. At one time, the Andersons had 175 head of sheep for wool and meat production. Currently, the Andersons manage 24 Angus beef and 10 sheep. The animals are used for perfecting the breeds and showing for 4-H. One pen of sheep took a State Fair Championship last year. Byron and Ginny have three children; Matt, Emily, and Jessica. Son Matt owns the farm next door, daughter Jessica is a Physical Therapy Assistant, and daughter Emily is currently attending college.
Off the farm, Ginny is employed as a Vet Assistant and as a Kindergarten paraprofessional at the Mora Elementary School. Ginny has been on the 4-H leader’s council and has been an adult leader of the Knife River Ramblers for 15 years. She also works with youth demonstrating proper care and showing of cattle and sheep. Bryon is an assistant manager at the local coop lawn and garden/feed store. He also chaperones youth to the state fair and to the Northeast Livestock Show. Each year the Anderson family has the kindergarten class at the farm day. They also sponsor sheep shearing day at the Kanabec County Fairgrounds.