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Obituary: Tom Metzen's passion helped horse racing thrive in Minnesota

Tom Metzen, left, with a jockey at Canterbury Park. “Virtually all the successes we have had, Tom has had a hand in,” Canterbury President Randy Sampson said of Metzen.

WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:


Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25

Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.


Kaine's wife, Anne Holton, no stranger to political stage

Anne Holton first stepped into the spotlight in 1970 as a white student enrolling in a predominantly black middle school in Virginia's capital as part of a push for school integration by her father, the state's governor at the time.


Butter plant expansion forces closure of Hillsboro airport

There is no lack of quaintness at the Joshua Sanford Field Airport.


Retired Gilbert teacher reconnects students to their past

Richard Roach, former longtime English teacher in Gilbert, put the following message on Facebook on June 1:


Actor Marvin Kaplan, a diner patron on 'Alice,' dead at 89

Veteran actor Marvin Kaplan has died at 89.


Secret Service agent who protected LBJ dies in Texas

Jim Hardin, a Secret Service agent who protected President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family during and after their White House years, has died in Texas. He was 80.


Obituary: Richard Rust was devoted soil scientist who broke new ground in agriculture

From the field to the classroom to the garden, Richard Rust devoted his life to the soil. Rust, a former professor of soil science at…


Muckraking SF journalist Warren Hinckle dies at 77

Warren Hinckle, a muckracking journalist who drew the wrath of mayors, police or anyone who got in his way, has died, his daughter said Thursday.


Ron Vander Kelen, former Badgers, Vikings quarterback

In his first three seasons with the University of Wisconsin football program, Ron Vander Kelen had only 90 seconds of playing time with the varsity…


Steven Hill, who played 'Law & Order' DA Schiff, dies at 94

Steven Hill, a versatile character actor in theater, films and television who achieved his greatest success late in life as grumpy District Attorney Adam Schiff on TV's long-running "Law & Order," died Tuesday. He was 94.


Obituary: Supercentenarian Marion Hunter danced through life

Before Marion Hunter died earlier this month — not long before what would have been her 111th birthday — she attributed her longevity to a…


Wisconsin families fight drug addiction through obituaries

Some people who have lost loved ones to drug addiction are speaking out in obituaries as heroin and prescription opioid abuse continue to cause a rising toll of fatal overdoses in Wisconsin and across the nation.


Former Biloxi mayor dies at 93; was WWII fighter pilot

Former Biloxi, Mississippi, Mayor Jerry O'Keefe, who received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service as a fighter pilot in World War II, died Tuesday. He was 93.


Alabama funeral planned for journalist George Curry

Funeral plans are set for George E. Curry, a journalist, civil rights activist and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the United States.


Filmmaker who made illustrations into moving images dies

An Oscar-nominated filmmaker who developed a technique to transform illustrations from children's books into moving images for films has died at his Connecticut home. Morton Schindel was 98.


Last resident of historic Chinese shrimping village dies

The last remaining resident of a shrimping village established by Chinese immigrants on the northern shore of San Francisco Bay has died.


Researcher who led fight to eradicate smallpox dies at 87

The American epidemiologist whose unwavering leadership resulted in the eradication nearly 40 years ago of smallpox, one of the world's most feared contagious diseases, has…