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Joel Rippel writes about sports for the Star Tribune.


Harold Panuska, Minnesota oral surgeon and volunteer in Honduras, dies at 91

For nearly 40 years, the International Health Service has provided dental, medical and eye care services in the Central American country.


Golf legend Bud Chapman dies at 97

He was a member of the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame and the artist of the "Infamous Golf Holes."


Adwina Jackson Baptiste, educator and poet, dies of COVID-19 complications at 71

Adwina Jackson Baptiste always emphasized two things to her three children. “Faith and the pursuit of knowledge,” said daughter Alicia Ayodele of New Hope. “They…


Ron Ricketts, Minnesota Orchestra trombonist who played with top bands in the 1960s, dies at 87

Ricketts also taught at the University of Minnesota School of Music.


Donald Carruth, longtime musician and Minnetonka Public Schools educator, dies at 106

Education, music and sports were lifelong passions for Don Carruth.After surviving a life-threatening illness as a child, Carruth, the youngest of 11 siblings, became the…


Rose-Mary Utne, Minnesota teacher, coach and artist, dies at 93

The "tough old Ranger" was a woman of many talents and interests: a teacher and coach, politician and artist.


University of Minnesota geography Prof. Dwight Brown dies at age 83

Brown's nearly five-decade career at the U was fueled by his own curiosity.


Alden 'Al' Hylland, longtime MnDOT manager, dies at 87

Much of his work involved environmental impact statements and attending public hearings to get feedback.


Fred Friswold, who 'flunked retirement' and spearheaded key U projects, dies at 83

Fred Friswold showed an interest in community service at an early age. He was a sixth-grader at Keewaydin Elementary School in south Minneapolis when he…


Cleo Herrera, who worked to protect children, dies of COVID-19 complications at 82

As a single mother in her 30s with six children, Cleo Herrera set a lasting example for her family when she earned a master’s degree…