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Penumbra founding company member Terry Bellamy, part of famed arts family, dies at 70

Terry Bellamy

The actor originated roles in the works of August Wilson and helped form the DNA of the St. Paul theater.

Jake Mauer, father of Twins legend Joe Mauer, dies at 66

In their St. Paul home in December 2001, Joe Mauer, center, is surrounded by his family, his older brother Jake III, left, his younger brother Billy,

Big Jake, as he was known, "was kind of the local coach in the neighborhood. He mobilized them into good baseball players and good people."


Guitarist Tom Verlaine, co-founder of Television, dies at 73

Tom Verlaine, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal proto-punk band Television who influenced many bands while playing at ultra-cool downtown New York music venue CBGB alongside the Ramones, Patti Smith and Talking Heads, has died. He was 73.


David Crosby, mainstay of two classic rock bands, dies at 81

Crosby was inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as a founding member of the Byrds and as a founder of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.


Harold Brown, Tuskegee Airman from Minneapolis who broke barriers, dies at 98

Brown played a crucial role in helping end segregation for Black people entering the military, and served in two wars before transitioning into a career in education.


Bob Leaders, who helped the 'average man' learn to fly, dies at 89

The Clear Lake resident opened Leaders Flying Service in 1969 and was inducted to the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018.


Polly Mann, co-founder of WAMM and leader in Minnesota's antiwar movement, dies at 103

Explaining her mission, she said, 'I have to speak out.'


John Risdall, ad man who helped create Desert Eagle pistol, dies at 77

Advertising agency founder known among employees, colleagues for generosity, entrepreneurial grit.


Former Gophers baseball great Bill Davis dies at age 80

The former Richfield High School standout also played college basketball before appearing in the major leagues with Cleveland and San Diego.


Donald Blom, in prison for killing Katie Poirier in 1999, has died

Donald Blom was the subject of one of the largest police investigations in state history after the teenaged convenience store worker disappeared in 1999.


Former Twins ironman reliever Bill Campbell dies at 74

The reliable righthander is the only player in major league history with 17 wins and at least 17 saves in a season.


Kohl Miner, noted Native American storyteller who graced Minneapolis stages

The "dynamic and energetic" performer was killed in a house fire.


Foster Dunwiddie, Twin Cities architect who spearheaded historic preservation efforts, dies at 97

During his career, Dunwiddie helped preserve many landmarks of Minnesota history, including the Minnesota State Capitol, Historic Fort Snelling, the James J. Hill House and buildings in downtown Red Wing.


Roosevelt basketball star Nordland, famed jump shooter, has died

After starring for the Teddies on their back-to-back state championship teams in 1956 and '57, Tom Nordland played for Stanford and went on to teach the "Swish" method of shooting.


Barry Bonoff, inspirational Minnesota retailer, dies at 91

Owner of Jackson Graves womens shop would give you the shirt off his back.


Brett Carlson, longtime fixture in Minnesota prep sports and devout Christian, dies at 45

Carlson taught and coached at several metro-area schools. He is survived by his wife, Renee, and two daughters: Megan and Sara.


Jennifer Smith, leader of Burnsville's Innovative Office Solutions, has died

Businesswoman raised more than $1 million for leukemia research in the weeks before her death.


Sanford Morris, longtime clown and Santa at Shriner's Children's hospital, dies at 81

He was a longtime member of Zuhrah Shriners in the Twin Cities and served as president of the International Shrine Clown Association.


A model of redemption: John Turnipseed, VP at Urban Ventures, dies at 68

Artence Turnipseed still loves telling the story of her courtship with her husband, John Turnipseed, an executive vice president at Urban Ventures who died last…


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