The Rev. Gordon Grimm, a minister and pioneer in the Minnesota Model of addiction treatment, dies at 86

Hired in 1965 as Hazelden's first full-time pastor, Grimm helped imbue the institution with a spiritual, whole-person approach to addiction treatment.

Helen McNulty, University of Minnesota Spanish teacher and international consultant, dies at 97

January 15
She took all five kids and her husband on study-abroad adventures while she worked as an adviser to the Student Project for Amity Among Nations program.

Longtime Caribbean journalist Bernard Diederich dead at 93

January 16
Bernard "Bernie" Diederich, a longtime journalist in the Caribbean region who braved dictators and disasters, has died in his adopted homeland of Haiti. He was 93.

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Celebrities
January 16

Gladys Bourdain, who helped her son reach an audience, dies at 85

Her pitch — as editor, she said, not as "pushy mom" — catapulted her chef son.
Celebrities
January 16
In this 2008 photo provided by WWE, Inc., Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson, left, speaks at his WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as his son, Dwayne “The

Wrestler Rocky Johnson, Dwayne Johnson's father, dead at 75

Rocky "Soulman" Johnson, a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler who became better known as the father of actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has died. He…
Minneapolis
January 14
In 2004, Minneapolis City Council Member Paul Zerby spoke passionately about the smoking ban ahead of its passage on a 12-1 vote.

Paul Zerby, tax attorney turned public servant, dies at 86

He wanted to use his legal training to help people — and not just wealthy clients.
West Metro
January 14
Daryl “Taddy” Drusch Credit: Howard Lake Fire & Rescue

Minnesota fire chief dies from suspected heart attack soon after answering emergency call

Death is considered in the line of duty because of the timing.
East Metro
January 13

David Magnuson, lawyer who helped write many Stillwater ordinances, dies at 78

David Magnuson was a longtime city attorney who combined shrewd legal judgment with encyclopedic historical knowledge to guide the city of Stillwater from its riverfront…
National
January 13

3 decades of making St. Cloud 'a good place to live'

For the past three decades, while St. Cloud-area residents attended plays, baseball games or beer tours, Tony Goddard has been working behind the scenes.
Local
January 12
Fran Heitzman, founder of the non-profit operation Bridging, poses for a portrait at the warehouse located in Boomington, Friday afternoon. ] Elizabet

Fran Heitzman, who founded nonprofit furniture bank, dies at 94

Fran Heitzman often said he "failed at retirement."He'd owned a dry-cleaning company and then a landscaping business, and his attempt at retiring in 1980 was…
National
January 12

As trial nears, Trump keeps discredited Ukraine theory alive

The theory took root in vague form well before Donald Trump laid claim to the White House in 2016. The candidate's close confidant tweeted about…
National
January 12

Against all evidence, debunked Ukraine theory endures

With President Donald Trump's impeachment trial set to begin in the Senate, some Republican allies continue to promote a discredited theory that accuses Ukraine of…
Local
January 11
Elaine Voss with Joan Growe in 1998

Elaine Voss, a behind-the-scenes force in Minnesota's election integrity, turnout, dies at 83

As deputy to Minnesota Secretary of State Joan Growe, she helped build the state's reputation.
Music
January 11
Drummer Neil Peart of Canadian rock band Rush performs at Target Center in Minneapolis September 24, 2012.

Neil Peart, drumming virtuoso and lyricist for Rush, dies at 67

His talents drove the beloved progressive rock trio, which delivered expansive, often dizzyingly complex pop music compositions.
Music
January 11

Neil Peart, drummer for influential rockers Rush, dead at 67

Neil Peart, the renowned drummer and lyricist from the influential Canadian band Rush, has died. He was 67.
Movies
January 10

Ivan Passer, a leading Czech New Wave filmmaker, dies at 86

Ivan Passer, a leading filmmaker of the Czech New Wave who with Milos Forman fled Soviet-controlled Prague and forged a celebrated career in Hollywood, has died. He was 86.
Nation
January 10

Friends say woman freed from death row led bittersweet life

When Gaile Owens left the Tennessee Prison for Women in 2011, after more than two decades on death row, her life seemed a textbook example of redemption and hope.
Celebrities
January 10
Edward Byrnes in 1959.

Edd Byrnes, who played Kookie in "77 Sunset Strip," dies

Edd Byrnes, who played cool kid Kookie on the hit TV show "77 Sunset Strip," scored a gold record with a song about his character's hair-combing obsession and later appeared in the movie "Grease," has died. He was 87.
Minneapolis
January 9

Thomas Thompson, former Minneapolis city coordinator, dies at 94

Thompson served as the "city's own master builder," promoting the creation of many of the landmarks that define the City of Lakes.
Celebrities
January 9
Writer Buck Henry arrives to the premiere of Bleecker Street Media's "Colette" at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Sept. 14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Th

Prolific 'Graduate' writer-actor Buck Henry dies at 89

Buck Henry, "The Graduate" co-writer who as screenwriter, character actor, "Saturday Night Live" host and cherished talk-show and party guest became an all-around cultural superstar of the 1960s and 70s, has died. He was 89.
Celebrities
January 9
Silvio Horta attends the "Ugly Betty" reunion presented with Entertainment Weekly at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, on June 11, 2016.

'Ugly Betty' co-creator Silvio Horta dies in Miami at 45

Award-winning producer Silvio Horta, who was acclaimed for creating the hit series "Ugly Betty," has died. He was 45.
Minneapolis
January 8

WWII survivor Maria Iwanok, pillar of northeast Minneapolis 'church that pierogi built,' dies at 100

A native of Ukraine who survived a World War II labor camp, Iwanok is remembered as a woman of deep faith, generosity and grit.
Books
January 8
Elizabeth Wurtzel in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 17, 2007. Wurtzel, whose startling 1994 memoir, “Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America,” won p

Elizabeth Wurtzel, 'Prozac Nation' author who spurred memoir boom, dies at 52

The cause was breast cancer, an experience she also wrote about.