Family and Community
Dario Anselmo was born in Duluth and raised in the western suburbs of Minneapolis.
He and his wife Jeanne have lived in Edina's Parkwood Knolls neighborhood for more than 15 years. Their three children all attend Edina Public Schools: Valley View Middle School, South View Middle School, and previously Highlands Elementary.
Dario recognizes that Edina’s thriving public schools are essential for the community’s quality of life, so he’s strengthened them by serving on the board of the Edina Education Fund and now on the board of Edina Give and Go.
Dario has also served as president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for over 10 years, and he was a long time board member of the Minnesota Mental Health Association.
Entrepreneur and Small Businessman
In addition to his family life and civic involvement Dario is an entrepreneur and small businessman.
He started his first company at age 21. It was a start-up, Edina based computer distribution company that he grew and was later sold. He then turned his focus to managing, leasing and investing in commercial real estate.
In 1993 he bought the Fine Line Music Café in downtown Minneapolis. Under Dario’s leadership, the Fine Line became a thriving business and a cultural institution. As the Star Tribune reported when Dario sold the business in Aug. 2013, Dario was “one of Minneapolis’ longest-operating music venues[.]…Under his watch, the Fine Line hosted everyone from George Clinton to President Bill Clinton, including Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, the Pixies[.]…He continues to be involved in his commercial real estate ventures.
Sensing a need for better representation in government, Dario co-founded the Warehouse District Business Association in Minneapolis and served on the board of the Minneapolis Downtown Council for 12 years (from 2000 to 2012). Through those efforts he encouraged government to provide better public safety, lower taxes, and more growth opportunities.
Today, Dario seeks to draw on his background as a father, husband, Edina resident, advocate for our schools, entrepreneur and businessman to represent Edina in the Minnesota state legislature.