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Former Republican House Speaker Dave Jennings dies at 74

His wide-ranging career ended as Eastern Carver County's superintendent of schools.

Belmar Gunderson, the 'mother of women's intercollegiate athletics' at University of Minnesota, dies

Gunderson is credited with boosting women's sports programs at a time when most of the resources went to men.

Wrestling heel Iron Sheik dies; his 'anti-USA' image born in Minnesota

The idea for the Iron Sheik character played by Khosrow Vaziri came from the wife of wrestling legend Verne Gagne. It was Gagne who first trained and promoted the wrestler after Vaziri moved to Minneapolis.

Fans at Bud Grant memorial: 'He was the Vikings'

More than bringing the Vikings to four Super Bowls, Grant's legacy for Vikings faithful is about enduring hard conditions and the promise of next year.

Minnesota food science pioneer Hong Sik 'Peter' Park dies at 86

The Korean immigrant led the development of calcium-fortified yogurt, helping usher in an era of functional food ingredients.

Lorraine Palmer Rybak Mesken dies at 95; she had 'true grit' in face of adversity

The longtime Minneapolis resident, small-business owner, college counselor for Breck School and mother of former Mayor R.T. Rybak was known for her relentless optimism.

Scott Anderson, longtime North Memorial CEO, dies at 83

Colleagues said he transformed the north metro health system, keeping it independent.

Mark Lodge, high school hockey archivist who officiated 6,000-plus games, dies at 70

History of St. Paul's Johnson High School was a passion.

Richard Robinson, a Hall of Fame coach and mentor, dies at 87

In addition to football, Robinson coached boys and girls basketball and track.

Dedicated and team-first, 'Hennepin Avenue Joe' earned wide respect

Known for wobbly passes and a bold leadership style, Joe Kapp came to the Vikings late in his professional career after playing in the Canadian Football League.

Becky Mechtel, who helped Minnesotans get driver's licenses for 47 years, dies at 66

Mechtel worked for the Department of Vehicle Services and embodied public service, those who knew her said.

Beloved Broadway and Guthrie 'grand dame of the theater' Barbara Bryne dies at 94

England-born Barbara Bryne shined in musicals, comedies and dramas.

Sim Glaser, Minneapolis' rock 'n' roll rabbi, dies at 67

Of all the many memorable sermons Rabbi Simeon "Sim" Glaser gave at Minneapolis' Temple Israel, the one where he brought along his dog trainer stands…

U Carlson School of Management instructor Steve Spruth dies at 65

An April 28 memorial service is scheduled to remember the senior lecturer who focused on innovation.

Rev. Patricia 'Pat' Hawley, one of the early female Lutheran pastors, dies

She quietly led efforts toward inclusion and women's rights inside and outside the church.

Scott Johnson, founder of St. Paul's BlackStack Brewing, dies at 62

Entrepreneur Scott Johnson introduced people to new beer as an importer and then founder of BlackStack Brewing.

Danny Solis, Rochester poet and arts champion, dies at 63

A renowned slam poet in his youth, Solis' unexpected death shocked friends and artists across the U.S.

Minnesota businessman, arts champion Archie Givens Jr., 78, has died

A philanthropist, humanitarian and businessman, he was the scion of Minnesota's first Black millionaire family.

Jack Barkla, artist and legendary set designer for the Guthrie and Children's theaters, dies at 83

Known for his inventive sets, he quit theater to focus on painting. But he continued dreaming up designs for Dayton's and Bachman's.

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