- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015
Brainerd Mayor James Wallin dies at 73

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) - James Wallin, the longtime mayor of Brainerd who served in city government for nearly four decades, died on Saturday, the city administrator said.

Wallin died at his home, according to Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services. He was 73.

Wallin had served as mayor for 17 years. He was first elected to Brainerd’s City Council in 1977 and served in city government for 38 years.

City Administrator Jim Thoreen said that Wallin had some health problems but had not suffered a long illness.

“We woke to a great shock in Brainerd on Saturday morning and we are going to miss him,” Thoreen said.


Motorcycle passenger dies in deer collision in NW Minnesota

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) - One person is dead and another injured after a motorcycle collided with a deer in northwestern Minnesota.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened on a county road northeast of Crookston about 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

The sheriff’s office says a 43-year-old woman who was a passenger on the motorcycle was killed. The motorcycle’s 44-year-old operator was hospitalized.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1MRX8Qfhttps://strib.mn/1MRX8Qf ) reports the names of the two people have not yet been released.



Issues remain as buffers move from Capitol to cropland

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State officials are moving to implement new requirements for setbacks between cropland and waterways passed by the Legislature this year, but concern and confusion among farmers and lawmakers surrounding the new law makes it clear - the buffer battle in Minnesota isn’t over.

Agricultural groups spent months negotiating with Gov. Mark Dayton on his controversial call to boost water quality by installing buffer strips along Minnesota waterways. They eventually passed a scaled-down compromise. The first of those buffers, on public waterways, are required by November of 2017, with smaller strips along public drainage systems coming the following year.

State officials say they’re still working to provide farmers and property owners clear guidance about where they’ll be required to install the grassland zones to filter harmful runoff. That information vacuum - and what little guidance they’ve received - has some lawmakers and farmers worried the state may grab up more land than they bargained for to get the buffer treatment.

“I really want this to be successful, but the only way to be successful is if we get good cooperation,” said Republican Rep. Paul Torkelson, a farmer who played a key role in the bill’s negotiations. “We’re not going to get that cooperation if we break our word.”

The state’s Department of Natural Resources and other regulatory bodies are starting to work their way through the law and the state’s massive network of lakes, rivers, streams and drainage systems. The law generally requires 50-foot buffers along public waterways and 16 1/2-foot strips along public ditches.


Dalai Lama remains at Mayo Clinic for evaluation

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - The Dalai Lama remains at Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic after canceling his U.S. appearances for the month of October.

A Mayo spokeswoman confirmed Sunday the 80-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader remains at the Rochester clinic for a medical evaluation. No other details were released.

The Dalai Lama’s office said Friday in a statement on its website that he has canceled his planned October U.S. visit after doctors advised him to rest. The statement gave no more details about the Dalai Lama’s condition, and there was no update on the website as of Sunday.

Among the Dalia Lama’s canceled appearances next month was a planned visit to the University of Colorado in Boulder as well as appearances in Salt Lake City and Philadelphia.

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