Mary Lou Westerberg lived until she was 100 and "still had all her smarts," said her daughter Julie. "She still was just a crackerjack."

With viral obit, local music matriarch Mary Lou Westerberg gets her due

The mother of Replacements rocker Paul Westerberg and DJ Mary Lucia lived for the Twins.

University of Minnesota ag visionary, Forever Green Initiative founder Don Wyse dies

July 9
Don Wyse, a University of Minnesota agronomy professor and researcher, stands in front of perennial sunflowers that are part of the Forever Green init
The University of Minnesota crop scientist helped develop Kernza and pennycress, key parts of the regenerative agriculture movement.

Former Minneapolis chef Remy Pettus dies at 41

July 9
Bardo chef/owner Remy Pettus in the bar of his restaurant. "This is literally a dream come true," he said. "It's so enjoyable and rewarding when thing
He had recently left the restaurant industry to pursue another passion: writing.

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High Schools
July 21
Terry McLean during his high school days at St. Michael Catholic in 1957.

Former Elk River football coach McLean dies at 83

Terry McLean was a member of the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
July 19
FILE - House Judiciary Crime and Federal Government Surveillance Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, delivers opening statem

Texas Democratic U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee dies at 74

She said in June that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
July 19
In this handout photo courtesy of Solters & Digney PR, actress Julia Duffy, left, and actor Bob Newhart listen during an interview with the cast of th

Bob Newhart believed Minneapolis played a pivotal role in his comedy career

WCCO Radio helped put the comic on the map.
Stage & Arts
July 3
Jeff Bartlett started as a tech at Southern Theater, then was a lighting designer before becoming the artistic director.

Jeff Bartlett, lighting designer and former Southern Theater artistic director, dies at 73

The "painter with lights" helped performing arts companies launch even as he helped artists realize their visions onstage.
July 3
Laurie Lindeen smiled at the Podium guitar store in Minneapolis in 2007, the year her memoir, "Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story," was pu

Minneapolis musician-turned-writer Laurie Lindeen of Zuzu's Petals dies at 62

Her 2007 memoir, "Petal Pusher," colorfully documented the music career that gave way to writing and starting a family.
June 30
Center Greg Larson captained the Gophers to a national championship in 1960 before going on to a long NFL career with the New York Giants.

Former Gophers, NFL center Greg Larson dead at 84

A captain on the 1960 national championship team, Greg Larson went on to play 13 seasons for the New York Giants.
June 28
Lynx assistant coach Ed Prohofsky poses with players, from left, Chandi Jones, Eshaya Murphy, Navond Moore, Tamika Raymond (moving Prohofsky's arms fr

Ed Prohofsky, state basketball coach for five decades from high schools to Timberwolves and Lynx, dead at 90

Ed Prohofsky's legacy includes helping Minnesota begin sanctioning adapted high school sports.
St. Cloud
June 18
Robert Ringstrom

Retired central Minnesota police chief fatally struck by semi while bicycling

Robert Ringstrom was killed in a collision at an intersection in St. Joseph, Minn. He was a career law enforcement officer who at one time led the police department in Sartell.
June 11
Jamal Mitchell 1988-2024

Jamal Mitchell 1988-2024

A true peacekeeper with a "megawatt" smile, Mitchell joined the police force to build community bridges.
June 7

Prominent North Dakota attorney, ex-chief judge for reservation found dead in Minnesota lake

William Delmore was fishing with his son at Starlight Bay Resort in Hubbard County when he fell into the water. He was a prominent North Dakota attorney and one-time chief judge at Standing Rock Reservation.
June 7

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June 1
Elizabeth "Betty" Grant decided to learn Spanish at 40, determined to parlay her skills into serving as a bridge for immigrants trying to make their w

Elizabeth 'Betty' Grant, co-founder of Amigos del Mercado in Minneapolis, dies at 77

The organization helps immigrants navigate life in Minnesota; "Betty's dedication to the center was really amazing."
May 20
Joanne Von Blon in 2015 in front of one of the Joan Mitchell paintings she gave to the Walker Art Center.

Joanne Von Blon, who fueled Minnesota's arts scene, dies at 100

Married to Philip Von Blon, who helped found the Guthrie Theater, she had her own passions, writing book reviews and serving on literary boards.
TV & Media
May 18
Minneapolis native Roxanne Rosedale on "Beat the Clock."

Twin Cities native Dolores Rosedale, glamorous '50s TV model and actress, dies at 95

The Minnesota native also had a memorable scene in "The Seven Year Itch" and had a doll named after her.
May 18
Bob Bruggers, right, wrestles against Ken Patera  in a wrestling school camp in 1973.

Former Gophers, NFL player, pro wrestler Bob Bruggers dead at 80

A high school standout at Danube and a two-way player with the Gophers, Bob Bruggers played six seasons of pro football before becoming a wrestler.
May 18
Local blues legand Spider John Koerner performs on the indoor stage during the third annual Deep Blues Festival Saturday afternoon at the The Cabooze

Minnesota music legend Spider John Koerner dies at 85

The vet of Minneapolis' West Bank folk/blues scene inspired several generations of players but stayed humble in his six-decade career.
May 8
Music producer Steve Albini in his Chicago studio in 2014.

Steve Albini, influential producer of '90s rock and beyond, dies at 61

He recorded acclaimed albums by Nirvana, PJ Harvey, the Pixies and hundreds of others while becoming an outspoken critic of the music industry.
May 4
Artist Frank Stella at his studio in Rock Tavern, N.Y., June 17, 2015. Stella, whose explorations of color and form pointed the way to an era of cool

Frank Stella, towering artist and master of reinvention, dies at 87

Stella was a dominant figure in postwar American art, closing the door on abstract expressionism and pointing the way to cool minimalism.
May 3
Sharon Lubinski said one thing she learned as a Minneapolis cop is the idea of applying justice evenly.

Sharon Lubinski, first openly gay U.S. marshal and longtime MPD leader, dies at 71

Lubinski came out in 1993 and later became one of the highest serving women in law enforcement nationwide.
April 16
FILE - Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog is seen before the start a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets

Whitey Herzog, who managed Cardinals vs. Twins in 1987 World Series, dies

The Hall of Fame manager led the St. Louis Cardinals to three National League pennants and one World Series title in the 1980s.

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