Update: Police identify Hudson drowning victimThe Hudson Police Department has identified the man found dead at St. Croix Marina on Friday, Nov. 13, as Conrad V. Anderson, 61, of Minneapolis.
By: Jon Echternacht and Randy Hanson, Hudson Star-Observer
A Minneapolis man was the victim of an apparent accidental drowning in the St. Croix River last Friday.
Hudson police and St. Croix County sheriff’s deputies were called to the St. Croix Marina at 12:39 p.m. Nov. 13 when the body of Conrad Victor Anderson, 61, was discovered floating near a pier. A marina worker discovered the body during the noon hour and called police.
Anderson, a retired 3M Co. employee and inventor, was a member of the Hudson marina and kept a sailboat there.
“An autopsy did not reveal any trauma,” said Sheriff’s Investigator Cathy Borgschatz. “It is believed to be an accidental drowning,” she said.
The autopsy was conducted by the Ramsey County, Minn., Medical Examiner’s Office.
Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen said the body was found in the slip next to where the Hudson police boat is moored.
Borgschatz said Anderson’s slip was at the end of the same pier and his body floated around the end of the dock and toward shore before it was discovered.
The sheriff’s investigation said Anderson had been seen by other persons in the marina on Thursday night and was all right.
Hudson Det. Sgt. Eric Atkinson said investigators don’t know how Anderson ended up in the water, and might never learn the answer to that question. He said they were told that Anderson didn’t know how to swim.
It will be several weeks before toxicology reports from the Medical Examiner’s Office are complete, Atkinson said.
An obituary in Tuesday’s St. Paul Pioneer Press said Anderson had retired in 2007 from 3M Co. to pursue “varied and wide-ranging interests.”
“His sailboat was his passion,” the obituary said, adding that he spent many hours sailing and putting his woodworking skills to use on boat projects.
St. Croix County Chief Deputy John Shilts said Anderson may have been working on his boat when he slipped and fell into the water, according to the St. Paul newspaper. Shilts reportedly said there was nothing to indicate so far that Anderson had been drinking.
Anderson was a long-time 3M employee and received a number of patents for designs used in company products, according to the obituary.
The Web site www.patents.com credits Anderson with creating an adhesive film removal method and apparatus, methods of making micro-structured lamina and apparatus, graphic image film registration and methods, and steered vacuum-assisted laminating apparatus and methods.
The obituary said Anderson graduated in 1972 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mechanical engineering.
“Friends and family were treated to his extensive world music collection, often accompanied by Con (Anderson’s nickname) on his trombone or harmonica,” the obituary said.
He is survived by his wife, Anita, his mother, and a brother and a sister.
His memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Lakewood Chapel in Minneapolis.