Former Minneapolis obstetrician Dr. Mario Petrini dies at 92

He is remembered for the compassion he brought to his work and to everyday life.

Rodney Ebersviller, wounded and captured in WWII, dies at age 94

August 17
Once deployed, it didn't take long for Ebersviller to see combat.

Ex-publisher and political staffer Wayne Weidie dies at 78

August 19
Wayne Weidie, a former Mississippi newspaper publisher and political columnist who later became a congressional aide, has died. He was 78.

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National
August 19
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2007, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco conducts an interview in her office Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana Gov. John Bel

Ex-Gov. Kathleen Blanco dies, led Louisiana through Katrina

Even after Hurricane Katrina ended her political career and as cancer ate away her strength, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco still described her life as "charmed." With strength in her faith and her family, the state's first elected female governor time and again refused to wallow in disappointment or disaster.
Nation
August 19

Memorials, funeral for ex-Louisiana gov Kathleen Blanco

Three days of public events will honor former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the state's first female governor who died after a yearslong struggle with cancer.
Celebrities
August 19

Bubba Hiers, brother of Paula Deen, dies of cancer at 65

Bubba Hiers, who left behind landscaping to help his celebrity sister Paula Deen grow her Savannah restaurant business as she rose to fame, has died at age 65.
Local
August 19

Veteran salutes veterans by cleaning their gravestones

Dale Reich frequents cemeteries. But the graves he visits are those of people he's never met, and in lieu of flowers, he brings a bucket, scrub brush and bottle of Dawn.
National
August 18

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state's first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died.
Variety
August 17

Orange County Fair Speedway celebrates centennial

Brett Hearn won't forget his first race at Orange County Fair Speedway. Hey, when you're a 16-year-old junior in high school, it has to be etched in the memory, even if it was in 1975.
Movies
August 16
Peter Fonda, who played "Captain America" in the 1969 counterculture film "Easy Rider," poses atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle based on the one he ro

'Easy Rider' star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79.
Local
August 16

Nancy Slaughter, Westminster Church and Macalester volunteer of many decades, dies at 83

Nancy Slaughter loved a game of bridge, Minnesota Gophers football, fine scotch and sharing her life with friends, family and just about anyone she encountered…
Books
August 16

Charles Santore, illustrator of children's books, dies at 84

Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died, his daughter said Friday.
Variety
August 16

Michael Krauss, Alaska linguistics expert, dead at 84

A linguist renowned for his work with Alaska Native languages has died.
Books
August 16
Paule Marshall

Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, dead at 90

Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and modern and traditional cultures, has died at age 90.
Local
August 15

Stanley Davis, patriarch of Minnesota business family, dies at 100

He was remembered as a hard worker whose work ethic and the care he took cultivating and maintaining relationships with people were worthy of admiration.
Local
August 14

Patrick 'Gramps' Teel, innovative mind behind Eden House treatment center in Minneapolis, dies at 75

Teel's friends and family recall him as brilliant, troubled, fearless — a multitalented man whose creativity and compassion knew no limits.
Local
August 12

Taeko Tanaka Perry, fixture in St. Croix Valley pottery community, dies

Taeko Tanaka Perry spent much of her long life appreciating and creating art.A gifted potter in the Japanese Mingei tradition, Perry was also a writer,…
Business
August 12

Founder of national restaurant chain Jason's Deli dies

The businessman who founded the national restaurant chain Jason's Deli more than 40 years ago in Texas has died.
TV & Media
August 11

Joseph White, former AP sports writer, dies at 56

Joseph White, known for finding unique ways to write about sports and other topics during an award-winning career at The Associated Press, has died at age 56.
Duluth
August 11
Joe Begich was a state representative from 1975 to 1992. Credit: Star Tribune file

Former state Rep. Joe Begich, a spirited Iron Range defender, dies

The former mayor of Eveleth was 89.
National
August 10
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, talks to the press as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) looks on after the Republican luncheon at the

Trump-McConnell 2020? Senate leader takes on role of wingman

It's not quite "Trump-McConnell 2020," but it might as well be.
Stage & Arts
August 10

'Bone man' artist Gendron Jensen dies at age 79

He died last month in New Mexico after a battle with a rare bone cancer. "The irony of that diagnosis was not lost on him," a friend said.
National
August 9

Former US Rep. Paul Findley of Illinois dies at age 98

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Findley, who spent 22 years in Congress, has died at age 98.