Long-time Minnesota Senator Jim Vickerman has died

TRACY – Jim Vickerman, a Tracy area farmer and long-time Minnesota state legislator, died Tuesday at the age of 89.

Sen. Vickerman, who served for 24 years, was approachable, a good listener, and passionate about his rural constituents.

Marty Seifert, a former Minnesota state representative who served in the Legislature with Vickerman for 14 years, referred to Vickerman as an advocate for rural Minnesota, and someone who always treated others with kindness and respect, according to the Marshall Independent.

Regardless of political parties, Vickerman never hesitated to support projects that would benefit southwest Minnesota, like updates at Southwest Minnesota State University, and the establishment of the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training (MERIT) Center in Marshall, Seifert said.

“We could all learn a lesson from him,” Seifert said. “The Legislature misses the Jim Vickermans of the world.”

Agriculture was always a topic Vickerman was passionate about, even before he ran for state Senate. Vickerman farmed near Tracy, and served as director of the Murray County Soil and Water Conservation District, and as a Murray County Commissioner. He was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1986, during the farm crisis.

A private family funeral for Vickerman will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with a Facebook livestream on the Stephens Funeral Service Facebook page. A public visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at Tracy Area Funeral Home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests will be required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

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