James Perrill, visionary businessman, dies at 53

Innovative and bold, the University of Minnesota grad embraced the internet early on.

Paul McEnroe, legendary Minnesota investigative journalist, dies at 69

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Paul McEnroe in 2009. The longtime investigative journalist, who worked 35 years for the Star Tribune, has died at age 69.
McEnroe developed an unrivaled trove of sources ranging from hotel bellhops to federal judges to strangers to break news around the world.

Texas GOP condemns George Floyd posts by its local leaders

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FILE - IN this Tuesday, June 20, 2020 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference at city hall in Dallas. Just days before George F
Three promoted a Facebook post suggesting George Floyd's death was staged. Another shared a Martin Luther King Jr. quote over a picture of a banana. A fifth nudged followers to consider that liberal billionaire George Soros pays black people to riot to keep "race wars" flaring.

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Variety
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Bill Gossman worked at his pottery studio in New London in 2018. (photo by Jerry Holt, Star Tribune)

Bill Gossman, 67: An artist in clay, he left his fingerprints on the town of New London

Bill Gossman had a way with clay. Whistling, he’d dig his thumbs into a big hunk of it and, in minutes, form it into an…
Home & Garden
June 5

Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

A fashion designer who made it to the runways of Paris and New York but never left her Dominican home. An Oklahoma boy who became…
Variety
June 4

Floyd mourned, celebrated as death used as call to action

A mural honoring George Floyd was projected above his golden coffin, where mourners knelt and cried, paused and prayed Thursday at his memorial service. Its simple message: "I can breathe now."
Music
June 4
Jazz composer Carei Thomas at his home in south Minneapolis.

Minneapolis jazz pianist and composer Carei Thomas dies at 81

The innovative, Buddhist arts leader and educator died after six decades in music.
Movies
June 3

'Splash,' 'Stern' writer Bruce Jay Friedman dead at 90

Bruce Jay Friedman, an Oscar-nominated screenplay writer and popular playwright and author known for the wry comedy and subtle pathos of such novels as "Stern" and "About Harry Towns" and for his scripts for "Splash" and "Stir Crazy," has died at age 90.
Variety
June 3

Floyd memorial will retrace life, push for justice in death

The memorial services to honor George Floyd are extraordinary: three cities over six days, with a chance for mourners to pay their respects in the communities where he was born, grew up, and died.
Celebrities
June 3

U.S. news organizations focus on lives lost in the pandemic

Many are familiar with some of the bold-faced names of people who died of COVID-19 — musician John Prine, NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, former Stanford University President Donald Kennedy and music producer Hal Willner.
National
June 2

The Latest: UN body calls for action on debt amid pandemic

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health…
Obituaries
June 2

Dennis Erickson, a championship high school volleyball coach, dies of COVID-19 complications at 83

  The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) girls state volleyball tournament was in its infancy when coach Dennis Erickson and his Robbinsdale Armstrong volleyball…
Variety
May 31

Lives Lost: A century of learning, bookended by pandemic

In her 80s, Phyllis Antonetz moved to a new state, quickly settling in and volunteering at a school. In her 90s, she was living on…
Stage & Arts
May 31
FILE - In this file photo of Feb. 12, 2005, artists Christo, left, and his wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, participate in opening "The Gates" project

Christo, artist known for massive, fleeting displays, dies

Christo, known for massive, ephemeral public arts projects died Sunday at his home in New York. He was 84.
Movies
May 31
Herbert Stempel appears in New York in 1956. Stempel, a whistle blower of early television whose confession to deliberately losing on a 1950s quiz sho

Herbert Stempel, TV quiz show whistleblower, dies at 93

Herbert Stempel, a fall guy and whistleblower of early television whose confession to deliberately losing on a 1950s quiz show helped drive a national scandal and join his name in history to winning contestant Charles Van Doren, has died age 93.
Coronavirus
May 30
Margarita Trautmann

Margarita Trautmann, an editor and Spanish language translator, dies of COVID-19 complications at 67

Margarita Trautmann was as self-assured and comfortable at a formal dining table with politicians as she was sitting next to her husband on the banks…
Obituaries
May 30

Edith Stodola, a nature lover who brought organic food to the masses, dies of COVID-19 at 103

To Edie Stodola, it wasn’t organic food — it was just food. It grew on the farm where she was raised and in the gardens…
Obituaries
May 30

Virginia Mae 'Ginny' Anderson, a longtime bank teller and editorial librarian, dies of COVID-19 at 91

For almost 40 years with the Second Northwestern Bank of Minneapolis on University Avenue, Virginia Mae “Ginny” Anderson was the smiling face at the teller’s…
Obituaries
May 30

Audrey Larsen, cheerful mother of nine, dies of COVID-19 at 93

  Outgoing and cheerful, Audrey Josephine Larsen rarely missed an opportunity to make someone else smile or laugh. With friends and family, new acquaintances and…
Obituaries
May 30

Duane Solem, a businessman and swing band musician, dies of COVID-19 complications at 91

Duane Jerome Solem always had advice — even if it wasn’t always what his company wanted to hear. He was a pragmatic man, a believer…
Obituaries
May 30

David Borntrager Jr., an electrician and motorcycle enthusiast, dies of COVID-19 at 65

David Borntrager Jr. lived his life in a relaxed manner and valued helping others and taking care of those closest to him. So when he,…
Obituaries
May 30

Trudine 'Trudy' Stringer, a woman who treated everyone like family, dies of COVID-19 at 74

Trudine “Trudy” Stringer was “the epitome of a neighborhood mom” who welcomed everyone into her north Minneapolis home and would make sure they didn’t leave…
Coronavirus
May 30

Cordelia Agrimson, a gracious woman of deep faith, dies of COVID-19 complications at 100

Cordelia Agrimson loved reminiscing about her youth. “Even with her memory loss the last couple of years,” said son-in-law Mark Hanson of Minneapolis, “Cordelia still…