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Ex-congressman who gave Bill Clinton first defeat dies at 92

John Paul Hammerschmidt, the longtime Arkansas congressman who defeated Bill Clinton in the former president's first race for political office, died Wednesday. He was 92.

Gary Dahl, creator of the Pet Rock, dies at 78

Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in southern Oregon.

Tuskegee Airman Leslie A. Williams dies in California at 95

Leslie A. Williams, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen, which broke the military color barrier during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.

Inventor of the 1970s phenomenon Pet Rock dies

It was a craze to rival the Hula-Hoop, and even less explicable. For a mere $3.95, a consumer could buy … a rock — a plain, ordinary, egg-shaped rock …

Obituary: U Prof. Josef Mestenhauser championed Czech culture

For nearly half his life, Josef Mestenhauser lived a sort of double life. In Minnesota, he was a revered professor who won international awards promoting student exchange programs around the …


Jeremy Brown, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts guitarist, dies

Musician Jeremy Brown, a guitarist for Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, died a day before the release of the band's debut album. He was 34 years old.


Obituary: Ole Hage, proud concrete craftsman, kept it simple

The hands-on owner of Hage Concrete Works wanted to experience at least one more season of bidding jobs, making new friends and assisting his crews, but he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on March 17 at age 74.


Obituary: Jack Puterbaugh, DFL stalwart and advance man for JFK's final trip

Jack Puterbaugh, a stalwart DFL activist and advance man in Minnesota in the 1950s, could never have guessed that when he went to Dallas in November 1963 to make …


Wisconsin trooper who died in the line of duty buried

The young trooper killed in a confrontation with a bank robbery suspect in Fond du Lac has been laid to rest.