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Obituary: U Prof. Robert J. Collins helped develop the laser beam

The night her father came home from the laboratory with a box, Molly Picha remembers, he gathered his children in the living room to make an announcement. “He said ‘This …

Eric Lynch, Howard Stern's diminutive foil, dies

Eric "The Actor" Lynch, whose fear of werewolves, love of professional wrestling and angry, often foul-mouthed rants endeared him to fans of Howard Stern's radio show for more than a decade, has died at age 39.

Obituary: Sportswriter John Wiebusch, 74, boosted NFL's fortunes

Growing up in Minneapolis, John Wiebusch aspired to be a sportswriter. Wiebusch realized his goal by working for newspapers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles before going to work for the …

Clarification: Obit-Polly Bergen story

In an obituary Sept. 20, The Associated Press reported that actress Polly Bergen's survivors included daughter Pamela Fields. The story should have made clear that the daughter goes by P.K. instead of Pamela.

Ohio creator of Slush Puppies dead at age 74

Will Radcliff, who built a multimillion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, has died in Cincinnati. He was 74.


50-year Opry member George Hamilton IV dies

Grand Ole Opry Member George Hamilton IV, who was one of country music's first international ambassadors, has died. He was 77.


Obituary: Elinor Scott-Sutter inspired thousands with return to Boston Marathon

When Elinor Scott-Sutter qualified to run in the Boston Marathon in 2013, it was a dream come true. But then two bombs exploded when she was about a mile from …


Obituary: Marge Gerten, matriarch of the garden mart, dies at 89

Over the years, there would be those customers who wanted to talk only with Marge Gerten’s son Terry, wanting to hear “from a man” about a lawn chemical or …


Obituary: Leonard Share, owner of Arcade Men's Shop in downtown Minneapolis

His Arcade Men’s Shop was a popular destination, especially among musicians, for things you couldn’t find in a typical department store.