The Dakota Monument Company was incorporated in the state of North Dakota on February 27, 1911 by O. C. Anderson, H. F. Nesne and O. Skognes. O. C. Anderson started in the memorial business in 1906 as founder of Crookston Marble and Granite in Crookston, MN. He sold this company in 1910 and moved to Fargo, ND to begin a new memorial business.
In 1912, Anderson and Nesne purchased Skognes’ interest in the business and made it solely a family owned business as Nesne was Anderson’s uncle.
O. C. Anderson operated Dakota Monument Company until his death in 1938. At that time, his son, Frederick S. Anderson took over management of the company.
Frederick Anderson continued to operate the company until his death in May 1980. He was succeeded by his son, David F. Anderson. In May of 2013 Dustin Anderson the fifth generation joined the family business and does outside sales. David and his son Dustin continue the family tradition today.
The original business location for Dakota Monument Company was 101 Front Street (now Main Ave.) in Fargo. In 1965, the company relocated to a new facility at 2414 South University Drive. Then in 1994, the company built a new facility and moved to 1212 24th Ave. South in Fargo.
Today Dakota Monument Company is the only monument company in the state of North Dakota that has been invited to be one of 50 members of the American Institute of Commemorative Art. The company also has been a part of the Monument Builders of North America for over 20 years and strictly follows its Code of Good Practice. The company is also active members in the Northwest Monument Builders and the Fargo Chamber of Commerce. Dakota Monument Company is an authorized agent for Royal Melrose Granite Company, Cold Spring Granite, Dakota Granite Company, Granit-Bronz and Matthew's Bronze International.
Dakota Monument Company’s primary business includes, but is not limited to, the designing, engraving, lettering, installation, distribution and sale of cemetery memorials, commercial and residential signage and other natural stone products.