Kristin Wilke Detailleur, veteran Twin Cities stage manager and props designer from St. Paul, dies

Detailleur was a longtime stage manager and prop master for theaters throughout the Twin Cities, a theater veteran who loved working behind the scenes on local productions of shows ranging from "God of Carnage" to "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding."

Donald Ericksen, former University of Northwestern-St. Paul president, dies at 85

August 18
The lifelong educator, whose career progressed from high school teacher and basketball coach, was always motivating others to be intentional with their time.

Writer, teacher Robley Wilson Jr. dies in Florida at age 88

August 19
Writer Robley Wilson Jr, a novelist and poet who was a longtime editor of North American Review, has died at his home in Florida. He was 88.

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National
August 19

Aretha Franklin came to Washington to sing - and for history

As a 21-year-old Aretha Franklin worked on her singing voice in New York during the summer of 1963, her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, raced…
National
August 18

Pacifist, socialist leader David McReynolds dead at 88

Longtime pacifist and socialist activist David McReynolds has died at age 88.
Nation
August 18

Inventor who played key role in lobster industry dies

The Massachusetts inventor of wire mesh used in most U.S. lobster traps has died.
Minneapolis
August 17
Ralph Strangis

Minneapolis lawyer Ralph Strangis, who put together big deals, dies at 82

Strangis helped drive airline merger, got Target Field off the ground.
National
August 17

Former Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell dies

Former U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell, an Iowa farmer and soldier turned politician who served 16 years in Congress, has died. He was 84.
Music
August 17

MTV VMAs working to craft tribute for Aretha Franklin

The MTV Video Music Awards plans on honoring the legacy of Aretha Franklin — they're just not sure how they will do it.
Local
August 17

Richard Sipe, national expert on clergy sex abuse, dies at 85

The former monk from St. John's Abbey in Minnesota was one of the nation's foremost authorities on clergy sex abuse and a thorn in the side of the Catholic Church.
Music
August 17

Aretha Franklin's funeral set for Aug. 31 in Detroit

Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 31 in her hometown of Detroit.
Music
August 16
In this 2011 file photo, Aretha Franklin smiles after the Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies, leaving legacy of 'Respect'

A powerhouse vocalist until the end, Franklin gave up touring only last year.
Local
August 16

Rolland Anderson, longtime advertising executive and mentor, dies at 82

Revered for his artistic eye for ads and clever headlines, Anderson built a lasting legacy in his ability to mentor and elevate others.
Music
August 16

Jill Janus, singer of the metal band Huntress, dies at 43

Jill Janus, lead singer of the heavy metal band Huntress, has died at age 43, her family and band said Thursday.
National
August 16

Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black…
Music
August 16
Aretha Franklin performed at the State Fair Grandstand in 2014.

'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death

Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday:"Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her…
Music
August 16

The Latest: Fans mourning Franklin in Detroit, New York

The Latest on the death of Aretha Franklin. (all times local):
Music
August 16

Aretha Franklin's music rising on charts following her death

Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday.
National
August 16

The thrill and the truth of Aretha Franklin

The clarity and the command. The daring and the discipline. The thrill of her voice and the truth of her emotions.
National
August 16

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies in Detroit at 76

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Music
August 16
Aretha Franklin (File, July 14, 1968)

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.
Nation
August 15

Dave Dave, whose father set him on fire in 1983, dies at 42

Dave Dave, a respected Las Vegas artist who was badly scarred as a boy when his father tried to burn him to death in Southern California, has died. He was 42.
Variety
August 15

Ex-Dallas bishop whose tenure marred by scandal dies at 87

The Most Rev. Charles Grahmann, whose 17-year tenure as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas was marred by one of the first church sex abuse scandals to explode into public view, died Tuesday. He was 87.