Artist and business leader Miranda Moss posed in 2004 with her colorful painting “Fall.”

Minneapolis artist and advertising entrepreneur Miranda Moss dies at 81

Moss led the design firm Yamamoto Moss with charisma, grace and humor.

Evan Maurer, who made the Minneapolis Institute of Art free to all, dies at 79

November 30
A photograph of Evan Maurer in 1994 in front of a large canvas by the American painter Frank Stella.
A scholar of Surrealism, African art and Native art, Maurer transformed Mia.

'That was Janice': Former Ramsey County Commissioner and St. Paul City Council Member Janice Rettman has died

November 28
Janice Rettman in the council chambers before the Ramsey County Board in 2017.
Rettman served in local government in St. Paul and Ramsey County for more than three decades and helped solve a St. Paul child murder case.

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November 26
Gophers football captain Jim Carter in 1969.

Former Gophers, Packers great Jim Carter dead at 75

A fullback and hockey player in college, Jim Carter became a Pro Bowl linebacker in the NFL.
November 25
Marty Krofft in 1970.

Marty Krofft, co-creator of fantastical TV shows, dies at 86

His business acumen and ability to woo studio executives ensured that some of the strangest programs ever to appear on the small screen actually got made, in conjunction with his brother, Sid.
November 24
Sister Rita McDonald singing with other protesters at the Hennepin County Government Center in 1997, after 78 land-mine protesters were found guilty o

Sister Rita McDonald, oldest of four sisters who long protested war, dies at 101

Spurred by opposition to the Vietnam War, McDonald and her sisters took to the streets, and became peace protest fixtures in Minnesota for decades.
November 24
Constance (Connie) Freeman

Constance Freeman, a force in economic development in Africa and daughter of a Minn. governor, dies at 78

Freeman steered through coups, corruption, war and economic turbulence during stints with the Peace Corps and State Department and on Capitol Hill.
November 18
Ex-Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza, shown in 1988.

Former Minneapolis Chief Tony Bouza hailed as police innovator

Several internationally known experts on policing methodologies eulogized Bouza at a program at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota.
November 16
One of Canterbury Park’s most successful and respected owners, Bob Lothenbach, passed away Tuesday.

Canterbury Hall of Fame owner Lothenbach dies unexpectedly at 64

Bob Lothenbach was a five-time leading owner at Canterbury Park and earned national respect for the quality and success of his thoroughbreds.
November 16
Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza in 1988.

Memorial set for former Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza

Bouza died June 26 at the age of 94.
November 15
Andre McNeal

Andre 'Debonaire' McNeal, a music promoter and mentor to Black youth, dies

McNeal promoted comedy, R&B and gospel events, started the Doorstep Foundation mentoring nonprofit and hosted networking events for Black professionals.
November 9
Lou Cotroneo, shown in 2001, might have been the happiest man in St. Paul, smiling, laughing and greeting everyone he met at Xcel Energy Center with a

St. Paul hockey legend Cotroneo dies at age 93

Lou Cotroneo, a member of St. Paul Johnson's state championship team in 1947, coached in the Johnson program for 20 years and later worked for the North Stars and Wild.
November 6
Judge Harry Crump, the judge credited with saving the Minnesota Twins, has died.

Judge Harry Crump, who saved Twins from contraction, dies at 85

Judge Harry Crump issued an injunction two decades ago to stop MLB owners from eliminating the Twins as part of a contraction plan.
November 4
Dr. Erick Hakanson

Dr. Erick Hakanson, OB-GYN who advocated for teen mothers and women's rights, dies at 102

In a 49-year-career, the doctor focused on urgently needed prenatal and reproductive health care.
November 2
In 2011, Robert Janssen trudged into Painter’s Marsh near Lake Minnetonka chronicling birds to help the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District with a ha

A Minnesota birding 'pioneer,' expert and author dies at 91

Robert Janssen was considered the "pioneer of ornithology in Minnesota."
October 29

'Friends' star Matthew Perry found dead in hot tub

L.A. authorities responded about 4 p.m. to his home, where the 54-year-old actor known for his role in "Friends" was discovered unresponsive, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing sources.
October 28
Geri Joseph, born Geri Mack, always defied norms.

Geri Joseph, Hubert Humphrey speech writer and DFL leader, dies at 100

She accumulated an impressive array of awards and job titles and molded generations of Democrats.
October 27
Carol Finwall

Doll repair expert Carol Finwall, who healed hundreds of beloved childhood toys, dies at 86

"She was an artist. Dolls were her palette," her son said.
October 24
The actor Richard Roundtree in New York, on June 11, 2019. Roundtree, the actor who redefined African American masculinity in the movies when he playe

Richard Roundtree, star of 'Shaft,' dies at 81

"Shaft," which was released in 1971, was among the first of the so-called Blaxploitation movies, and it made Roundtree a movie star at 29.
October 24
Vernetta Benton, mother of music producer Terry Lewis, dies at 87; 'Momma B' served as mother to whole neighborhood

Vernetta Benton, mother of music producer Terry Lewis, dies at 87; 'Momma B' served as mother to whole neighborhood

Benton, 87, the mother of noted producer and songwriter Terry Lewis, was both firm and gentle with her own kids — and everyone else's children, too.
October 11

Karen Boros, pioneering TV reporter and longtime journalism instructor, dies at 82

Her enthusiasm and drive for journalism was infectious, a former student said.
October 10
Nothando Zulu

Nothando Zulu, master storyteller and beloved educator dedicated to keeping Black history alive, dies at 78

She focused on children in particular, telling tales as a "means for her to teach without preaching or lecturing."
October 10
Arlen Erdahl died Sept. 21 at the age of 92.

Former GOP Rep. Arlen Erdahl, the kind of political leader people 'yearn for,' dies at 92

He represented Minnesota's First Congressional District and also served as secretary of state.

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