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In Memory of Arnold "Arne" Anderson

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday April 8, 2022
Indian Hills Golf Club
6667 Keats Ave N
Stillwater MN, 55082

Arnold “Arne” Nels Anderson, age 65, was called to heaven unexpectedly on March 28, 2022. Arne was born to his parents Elmer and Barbara (Gorres) Anderson in St. Paul, MN.


Growing up in North St Paul at age 9 he started working with his parents at the family business Polar Plastics.  At the age of 24 Arne started his first business, UpNorth Plastics, which he grew to be one of the largest plastic companies in the United States. After selling UpNorth Plastics he started Norflex in the early 90’s. His passion was his work and he could fix anything and everything. During Arne’s free time you could find him enjoying family time at the river and playing slots at the casinos.


Arne will forever remain in the hearts of his life partner Barb, children; Jason (Gina) Anderson, Troy (Tara) Anderson, Tate (Jennaya) Anderson; grandchildren, Tavin, Teagan, Thaelyn, Teneille, Rylan and Ty. Siblings, Robert (Kathy), Donald (Jan), Lori DeBriyn; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and employees. Preceded in death by parents; Elmer and Barb, brother Jimmy, and brother-in-law Paul DeBriyn.    


Friend to many and loved by all!


A celebration to honor Arne’s life will be held on Friday, April 8th, 2022 at Indian Hills Golf Club in Stillwater, MN from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. There will be a time of sharing memories starting at 5:00 p.m. Private family service to be held at a different date.


In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to St Croix County Sheriff Department program called Shop with a Cop.

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    • This is sad, sad news to learn of Arnie passing. My sympathy to Barb and sons and to the Anderson family. I was part of the sales dept. at Up North Plastics in the 80’s. Arnie will be greatly missed but not forgotten. He played hard and worked hard. Thank you for the video–sharing the moments from Arnie’s life.
      Linda Dornfeld, Winsted, MN

    • My Friend!!!! Boss…..I can’t believe I won’t see him again. Arne was the biggest influence in my life and I was blessed to have met him.

      “May his memory be Eternal”

    • My deepest sympathy to Arne’s family. I met Arne in the late 1980’s and we hit it off right away. He was a big personality with a big heart and not afraid of anything. We worked together on a number of projects related to his first big foray into plastics at UpNorth Plastics and he was always willing to do whatever it took to get the job done. And, what a character! Always fast with a joke and he always made even the hardest work fun. He will be missed.

    • Arne inspired me by his work ethic. He worked harder than anyone I have ever met. It took me a while to figure out that if he teased you or gave you a hard time it was because he liked you and that was his way of camaraderie. Arne was always thinking 20 steps ahead. He was always planning the next big project; sometimes several at a time! Arne loved his business, his family, and his employees. He would take the time to explain the intricacies of equipment design if you were willing to listen, but also would show you the proper way to push a broom! I will always remember the way he’d shout my name when he would speed walk through the office, sometimes for no reason at all. Not only did he work on manufacturing equipment, he loved using construction equipment. He was most in his element when in a bulldozer or large excavator.
      I am grateful to have worked for Arne and will always remember his energy and passion for what he did. He broke the mold, as they say. He had a larger than life personality that you don’t see very often and are privileged when you do.

    • I can’t express how much I looked up to Arne and respected him in his knowledge of business and the plastics industry. He helped me too many times to count with technical issues in my Blow Mold plant. Mostly, I admired hm as a dear friend and for who he was. He was generous, funny, and a great conversationalist. I will miss him dearly, and look forward to carrying on with Tate and Troy in the same manner I did with Arne.. Arne raised these boys well, as you can tell from a firm handshake every time you see them. Tate and Troy, I will be behind you in any way needed as you take the reins of what Arne and you both built with Norflex. Consider me a friend who will be there, as I also consider you both friends.

    • I would run into Arne about ever 15 years..he was always kind and always had a smile for ya..we attended the same High School..he was a true friend to all that he loved..I am so sad for the family, he is gone way to soon…Gods Blessings.

    • Barb and I could talk on the phone for hours with Arnie sometimes shouting to her in the background. They had a special relationship you only have after being together for many years. Arnie was a good guy who took care of his family. He was someone you could count on for hep. Praying for peace in your hearts at this difficult time.

    • I met Arne and Robert ~30 years ago when they bought what would become Norflex’s first blown film coextrusion line from us. We were expecting a crew of riggers and electricians to disassemble the line… but it was just the two of them! We’ve stayed in touch ever since – never underestimate what he’s capable of! The stretch film industry will miss him. Rest in peace!

    • I always had so much fun with Arne. He gave me so much guff every single time I saw him – all in love and fun of course. I’ll miss his snarky attitude, and the way he gave me the berries. He was always so accommodating at the river when we’d have our summer get together, never leaving out his little digs about my birthmark or how he was headed to Phoenix to get drunk like the good ol’ days.
      Barbie, I love you so much and it crushes my heart that you and the boys are going through this. We’ll miss him!

    • When it comes to Plastics, Arne was the real deal in terms of overall knowledge about the industry and the how to of everyday Blown Film production. I first met Arne in 1983 or 84 at his St. Paul Up North Plant, it was obvious then that he grew up in Plastics from his early days at Polar. From there the company took over the old Whirlpool Plant in Cottage Grove and truly made it big. So much so Steve Ross of Poly America noticed the company and bought them up. So what was Arne to do then, what else but start up another Blown Film Plant “Norflex” making Stretch Film. He grew the company in one of the most competitive business sectors in film industry and competed with the biggest players in the business.

      While I have only met his wife Barb a couple of times over the years, the her and Arne raised three young men Jason, Troy & Tate. I am positive they and their families will continue to grow the company for years to come. He truly will be missed by all! Steve G

    • Arne was a great guy. It’s just to bad the big man on campus of Norflex is gone. He was a great owner of the company. I would stop in and talk with him about a job there like once a year.

    • Heaven gained a great guy! Jason, Troy and Tate, sending you all hugs and prayers from the Slagle boys and myself…. To Barb I have very fond memories of when the kids were little and the generosity of you and Arne with Andy and our family! Prayers to you all during this difficult time!

      Keri Johnson