Mark Fleischhacker, who helped build Minnesota's med-tech industry, dies at 66

The medical technology executive helped lead Chaska-based Lake Region Medical, a multimillion-dollar company with close to 2,000 employees, before retiring three years ago.

Ed Smith, would-be loner and World War II veteran, dies at 92

August 11
Those who knew him describe a man whose life was colored by tragedy from the beginning, but punctuated until the end by moments of grace.

Publisher of 2 Ohio newspapers dies after lengthy illness

August 14
A longtime newspaper executive and publisher of two eastern Ohio newspapers has died after a lengthy illness.

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Local
August 14

Janette Hansen Strathy, physician and women's health advocate, dies at 62

Janette Hansen Strathy had delivered at least 6,500 babies over more than 30 years at the Park Nicollet Medical Center. But when asked to describe…
Celebrities
August 13

Former WWE star Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart dies at 63

Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, who joined with brother-in-law Bret Hart to form one of the top tag teams in the 1980s with the WWE, has…
National
August 13

US commando dies after explosion in southern Afghanistan

An Army special forces soldier has died from wounds he received earlier this month in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province, the Defense Department said Monday.
Variety
August 12

Founder of The Good Earth restaurant chain dies at age 89

William A. "Bill" Galt, the founder of The Good Earth restaurant chain who was considered a health food pioneer, has died. He was 89.
National
August 12

'Babe' Schwartz, longtime Texas state senator, dies at 92

A.R. "Babe" Schwartz, a longtime liberal state senator with a reputation of being one of the most formidable orators in the Texas Legislature, has died at age 92.
Books
August 12
FILE - This 2001 file photo shows British author V.S. Naipaul in Salisbury, England. The Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose celebrated writing and bri

Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul dies at 85

V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose precise and lyrical writing in such novels as "A Bend in the River" and "A House for Mr. Biswas" and brittle, misanthropic personality made him one of the world's most admired and contentious writers, died Saturday at his London home, his family said. He was 85.
Local
August 10
Gottsacker

Honeywell engineer, veteran and lover of brats Raymond Gottsacker dies at 94

His legacy includes four engineering patents, a Purple Heart earned during World War II and a 500-word love letter to his wife.
Nation
August 10

Korean War soldier returning home to Kentucky for burial

The remains of a Kentucky soldier who disappeared after a 1950 Korean War battle with high casualties will be returned home for a burial with full military honors.
TV & Media
August 9
Fox 9 meteorologist Steve Frazier.

Fox 9 meteorologist Steve Frazier dies after battle with pancreatic cancer

Frazier had been the weekend weather guy at Channel 9 since 2012.
TV & Media
August 9

Ex-Hearst Newspaper chief Robert Danzig dies at 85

Robert J. Danzig, who overcame difficult beginnings as a foster child during the Great Depression to become the head of Hearst Newspapers, has died, the company said. He was 85.
National
August 9

2nd person dies of injuries suffered in Army depot fire

A second person has died of injuries suffered in an explosion and fire last month at an Army facility in Pennsylvania.
Local
August 8

Jeri Rasmussen, a founder of Minnesota's modern feminist movement, dies at 84

An outspoken, devout Methodist homemaker from Shoreview, she was fired from her job at Northwest Orient Airlines in the 1960s because she was pregnant.
TV & Media
August 8

Dave Swearingen, former AP chief of bureau, dies at 73

Dave Swearingen, a former Associated Press bureau chief who led coverage of Indiana's first execution in more than two decades and the arrests of more than 1,000 demonstrators at the Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hampshire, has died at age 73.
Minneapolis
August 8
Arvonne Fraser, of Minneapolis, celebrating her 90th birthday, as she addressed a group about about the unfinished business of her longtime activism.

Arvonne Fraser, who blazed her own trail as women's rights advocate, dies at 92

The onetime first lady of Minneapolis championed causes for women around the globe and showed political savvy as husband's campaign partner.
Celebrities
August 7
FILE - In this March 17, 1996, file photo, Stan Mikita, second from left, and Ed Lizenberger hoist the Stanley Cup during ceremonies to honor the Chic

Stan Mikita, who led Blackhawks to 1961 title, dies at 78

When Stan Mikita got back together with the Chicago Blackhawks, it was clear how much the reconciliation meant to the Hall of Fame forward.
Variety
August 7

Michigan parents charged in neglect death of 10-month-old

The parents of a 10-month-old girl who died of malnutrition and dehydration in western Michigan have been charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse.
National
August 7

Former Republican Congresswoman Margaret Heckler dies

Margaret Heckler, an eight-term Republican congresswoman from Massachusetts who went on to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan and U.S. ambassador to Ireland, has died at age 87.
TV & Media
August 7

Longtime Cincinnati journalist Jim Schottelkotte dies

Longtime Cincinnati Enquirer journalist Jim Schottelkotte (SHAHT'-ul-kot-ee) has died at age 88.
National
August 7

Former Republican Congresswoman Margaret Heckler dies

Margaret Heckler, an eight-term Republican congresswoman from Massachusetts, secretary of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan, and U.S. ambassador to Ireland, has died.
Local
August 6

Andy Shea, a lawyer who helped keep the Twins in Minnesota, dies at 79

Andrew J. Shea may be best remembered as the brilliant attorney who came up with the winning legal strategy that kept Major League Baseball from killing off the Twins.