Minnesota was a natural stop for the Dalai Lama on his trip through the United States. Our state is home to the 2nd largest Tibetan population next to New York. He spoke to a joint session of the legislature on Wednesday. Rep Arlon Lindner (R-33A, Corcoran) adhered to his pledge not to attend the event and his seat was taken by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz.

The members were given a pin to commemorate the event and we understand there were only enough made for each member of the legislature. This should b a good collectible. After his speech in the House chamber, he talked with legislative leaders, fielded questions from the press, met with Governor Jesse Ventura (RP-MN) and spoke at the University of Minnesota. National Public Radio carried his lunchtime address at the U.