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.