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Minneapolis heart surgeon, philanthropist Joe Kiser dies at 86

His efforts resulted in lifesaving cardiac procedures and treatments for thousands of poor and needy children worldwide.

James McCord, one of the Watergate burglars, died in 2017, but just recently reported

April 19
McCord served in the CIA for 19 years before his role in the events that precipitated the first resignation in history of a U.S. president.

Funeral held for widow of 50s rocker Frankie Lymon

April 19
Funeral services have been held for the widow of '50s rock star Frankie Lymon.

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Business
April 18

America's 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died.
Local
April 17

Lois K. Gibson, DFL force and bold champion of the arts, dies at 92

Lois K. Gibson’s many letters published in the Star Tribune and its predecessors over nearly half a century document her deep engagement in the world…
Celebrities
April 16
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018, file photo, actress Georgia Engel answers a question during a panel discussion on the PBS special "Betty White:

'Mary Tyler Moore Show' actress Georgia Engel dies at 70

Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70.
Business
April 16

Former astronaut Owen Garriott dies, flew on Skylab station

Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on America's first space station, Skylab, and whose son followed him into orbit, has died at age 88.
Local
April 15

Drummer Eric 'Edgar' Barnes, founder of Midwest Art Catalyst, dies at 49

Eric Gary Barnes thought his first name sounded too much like “ear ache” for his liking. So he chose Edgar Burn, a name that stuck…
Books
April 15

David Brion Davis, scholar of slavery, dead at 92

David Brion Davis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who documented the centrality of slavery in Western culture through a landmark trilogy that made him among the world's most respected and influential scholars, has died.
TV & Media
April 15

Jonathan Wolman, Detroit News editor, former AP exec, dies

Jonathan Wolman, who over more than 45 years in journalism served as editor and publisher of The Detroit News and previously worked as a reporter,…
Variety
April 14

Charles Gross, husband to Joyce Carol Oates, dies at 83

Charles Gross, a longtime Princeton professor of neuroscience and husband to author Joyce Carol Oates, has died. He was 83.
Local
April 13
Jessica Flatequal

Jessica Flatequal, Mankato community LGBT activist, dies

As a self-proclaimed "professional lesbian," she became a critical supporter for many students at Minnesota State.
Local
April 11

Minnesota vet Lewis Duckett, who spend a lifetime teaching, learning dies at 95

According to his wife: "One day he turned to me and he just said, 'You know? I've had a wonderful life.' "
Local
April 10

Marlene Barghini, who helped create the Bridge For Youth shelter, dies at 86

In 1970, the West Bank in Minneapolis was the Twin Cities version of Haight-Ashbury, the San Francisco neighborhood synonymous with the counterculture of the era.…
Music
April 10

Country musician Earl Thomas Conley dies at 77

Country musician Earl Thomas Conley has died. He was 77.
TV & Media
April 10
FILE - This Oct. 14, 1959 file photo shows Charles Van Doren at New York's hotel Roosevelt. Van Doren, who admitted his television quiz show performan

Charles Van Doren, figure in game show scandals, dies at 93

Charles Van Doren, the dashing young academic whose meteoric rise and fall as a corrupt game show contestant in the 1950s inspired the movie "Quiz Show" and served as a cautionary tale about the staged competitions of early television, has died. He was 93.
Local
April 9

Raina Eberly, PTSD researcher, dies at 66

Raina Eberly and her husband, Brian Engdahl, were professional partners and life partners. Both received doctorates in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota and…
National
April 9

Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies in Texas

Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103.
Nation
April 9

Marilynn Smith, Hall of Famer and LPGA founder, dies at 89

Marilynn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour whose 21 victories, two majors and endless support of her tour led to her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died Tuesday. She was 89.
Movies
April 8
FILE - This May 10, 2007 file photo shows actor Seymour Cassel at the premiere of "The Wendell Baker Story" in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cassel, who appea

Actor Seymour Cassel, frequent Cassavetes collaborator, dies

Character actors aren't often called larger-than-life, but Seymour Cassel, was just that. The live-wire pillar of independent film known for his frequent collaborations with John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, has died at 84.
Local
April 8

Martin Kellogg, businessman who helped create Voyageurs National Park, dies at 88

Martin N. Kellogg, a visionary conservationist whose love for pristine wilderness inspired him to play a leading role in the creation of two iconic Minnesota…
National
April 7

Maryland House Speaker Busch dies, a Chesapeake Bay defender

Michael Busch, a champion of the Chesapeake Bay and progressive causes during his record-tenure as Maryland's Democratic House speaker, battled for the environment up until the end of his life. He died Sunday at age 72.
Obituaries
April 7
Conagra says it sells more than 50 million boxes of Swiss Miss hot chocolate each year.

Charles Sanna, who created Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix, dies at 101

Fiddling at his kitchen stove in the late 1950s, standing over a pot of creamer, sugar, cocoa and vanilla, Charles Sanna — builder of submarines…