Ross Arneson earned business and English degrees from the University of Minnesota, and law from William Mitchell. Organizations he worked for include the Austin Daily Herald, Robby’s Restaurant, Hormel, Mower County, Kodak, Northwestern National Life Insurance Company, First Judicial District, Watonwan County, MSU-Mankato, and Blue Earth County where he served as county attorney for 27 years. He is admitted to practice before Minnesota State Courts, U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Legal proceedings he initiated allowed for the development of the improvement and expansion of Madison Avenue and Victory Drive, Blue Earth County Highway 90, and the Red Jacket Bicycle Trail. During his tenure his office processed 60,000 cases, including a dozen murder cases that were all successfully prosecuted. He was legal advisor to all county departments, and the county board.
Ross is an Eagle Scout and has provided community service to many organizations, including serving as a trustee to the Public Employees Retirement Association (the state’s largest pension) serving as a trustee for the Minnesota Valley Federal Credit union, and as a director for the Highland Park Neighborhood Association.
Ross has been married to Barbara (Baumhover) Arneson since 1979, and is proud of his two children, Nathan Arneson and Sarah (Arneson) Davis, and is delighted with his two grandsons, Noah Arneson and Matthew Davis.