A dozen Minnesotans — from the powerful to the humble — who personify the lives we lost in 2012 and the legacy they left to us. We call them the “Northern Lights.”

“They can still send their light, even though they stop burning,” performer Kevin Kling observed about one. He could have been talking about them all.

Tell us about your Northern Lights

Did you lose someone this year who inspired your life? We’d love for you to share the story of your own “Northern Light.”

An introduction to our Northern Lights.

Photos courtesy Mike Barnett, Baz Ratner, Steve LeGrand, Terry Gydesen, Travis Anderson, Chris Niesen, family members and Star Tribune staff.

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