Earl Bakken, founder of Medtronic

Medtronic founder Earl Bakken has died in his Hawaii home

Earl Bakken invented the pacemaker in Minneapolis and started Medtronic in 1949.

The McCain Institute is looking for a few good mavericks

October 23
A nonprofit named for the late Sen. John McCain is looking for "mavericks" to vote in the Nov. 6 midterm election and fight for human rights around the world as President Donald Trump pursues his "America first" foreign policy.

Dave Dave, who was set afire as boy, died of natural causes

October 22
Medical examiners in Las Vegas have determined that artist Dave Dave, who was badly scarred when his father set him on fire as a boy, died of natural causes.

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World
October 22
FILE -- Joachim Ronneberg in Alesund, Norway, Oct. 5, 2015. Ronneberg, the last surviving member of the 1943 raid that helped sabotage Hitler’s nucl

Norwegian leader of raid that thwarted a Nazi atomic bomb dies at 99

It was not until the war's end in 1945 that Ronneberg learned the significance of the raid. Had the raid failed, he concluded, London would have ended up "looking like Hiroshima."
Variety
October 22

Medtronic co-founder who created wearable pacemaker dies

Earl Bakken, an electronics repairman who created the first wearable external pacemaker and co-founded one of the world's largest medical device companies, Medtronic, has died. He was 94.
Variety
October 22

Wisconsin woman helps international public health efforts

When she's surrounded by strong women and men — colleagues, beneficiaries and friends alike — and seeing that her work matters, Mary Kante asks herself: "Who wouldn't want to do this?"
Variety
October 21

Charles Wang, former New York Islanders owner, dies at 74

Charles Wang, a technology company founder and former owner of the New York Islanders hockey team, died Sunday. He was 74.
Nation
October 19

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital where she began life. She was stunned by what she saw there.
Variety
October 19

Ohio boy, 2, who got early Christmas dies of brain cancer

A 2-year-old boy with brain cancer who had an early Christmas celebration planned for him by his friends and family has died.
Variety
October 19

Teen found dead at Northern State died of heart defect

The mother of a Minnesota teen found dead in his dorm room at Northern State University in South Dakota says her son died of an undetected heart defect.
Books
October 18
Todd Bol helped Eddye Watkins erect a Little Free Library on her yard in Minneapolis in October 2013.

Todd Bol, creator of the Little Free Library movement, dies at 62

Todd Bol hammered together the first Little Free Library. Then he built a movement around it. Bol believed the now-ubiquitous little boxes of books —…
Local
October 18

Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies

The Wisconsin man who founded Little Free Library, a project that now sets up boxes for sharing books around the world, has died. Todd Bol was 62.
Local
October 18

Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies

The Wisconsin man who founded Little Free Library, a project that now sets up boxes for sharing books around the world, has died. Todd Bol was 62.
Local
October 18

Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies

The Wisconsin man who founded Little Free Library, a project that now sets up boxes for sharing books around the world, has died. Todd Bol was 62.
South Metro
October 17

Gilbert Baldwin, business owner and passionate photographer, dies at 69

Baldwin died Sept. 19 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville a month after his cancer was diagnosed.
Variety
October 17
OxyContin, in 80 mg pills

Obituary for woman with opioid addiction inspires donations

A powerful obituary for a Vermont woman with opioid addiction has inspired more than 100 donations to a local recovery center from around the country and as far away as Denmark.
Nation
October 17

Shoe-shiner who gave $200K in tips to hospital dies at 76

A part-time shoe-shiner who donated more than $200,000 in tips over 30 years to a Pittsburgh children's hospital died early Tuesday.
National
October 17
FILE - In this June 13, 2016, file photo, Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nevada, is pictured during a

America's most famous pimp, poised for elected office, dies

America's most famous pimp partied for days with porn stars, political pals and others to celebrate his 72ndbirthday, but the revelry ended when Dennis Hof was found dead in one of his Nevada brothels.
Nation
October 17

Ditka, prosecutor in Penn State child abuse case, dies at 55

Laura Ditka, a lead prosecutor in the child abuse case involving officials at Penn State, has died at age 55.
Home & Garden
October 16

Paul Allen's passions: Rock n' roll, sports and philanthropy

Personal computers, conservation, pro football, rock n' roll and rocket ships: Paul G. Allen couldn't have asked for a better way to spend, invest and donate the billions he reaped from co-founding Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates.
National
October 16
FILE - Dennis Hof, a legal pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his business, was found dead at Hof's Love Ranch brothel, Nevada authorit

Nevada legal pimp, candidate, star of HBO series found dead

Dennis Hof, a pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO series about his brothel business and who fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate for the state Legislature, was found dead hours after his extended-weekend 72nd birthday bash, authorities said Tuesday.
National
October 16

The Latest: Porn star says he and woman found Hof's body

The Latest on the death of Nevada brothel owner and Republican political candidate Dennis Hof (all times local):
National
October 16

Ex-Kentucky senator who lost to Mitch McConnell in 1984 dies

Walter "Dee" Huddleston, a former two-term U.S. senator who lost his re-election bid in 1984 to Republican Mitch McConnell in one of Kentucky's most storied and pivotal political campaigns, died Tuesday. He was 92.