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Former 'KQRS Morning Show' prankster Lee Siegfried, aka Crazy Cabbie, dies at 55

He was behind a fake Brett Favre story that made national news.

Lou Kilzer, one-time investigative reporter and Pulitzer winner for the Star Tribune, dies

Kilzer worked at the Star Tribune from 1987 to 1994, and with colleague Chris Ison won the Pulitzer for investigative reporting for a 1989 series that exposed corruption in the St. Paul Fire Department.

Richard Serra, who recast sculpture on a massive scale, dies at 85

Many people in the art world urged Serra to stop making sculpture after a rigger was crushed to death in 1975 when one plate of a piece being installed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis accidentally came loose.

St. Paul guitarist Billy Larson, 'a Kmart Keith Richards,' dies of brain cancer

The proud St. Paul East Sider was co-founder of the Minnesota Music Café.

William Whitworth, revered writer and editor, is dead at 87

Among Whitworth's accomplishments: After Garrison Keillor wrote an article for The New Yorker about the Grand Ole Opry, "he pushed me to do a Saturday night variety show myself, patterned on the Opry, which led to 'A Prairie Home Companion,' " Keillor said.

From Mumbai to Minnesota, Srimati Neenaben Gada shared her native Indian culture

Arriving as an immigrant in her 20s, Neena Gada helped create a home for Indian culture in Minnesota.

David Leventhal, who led Cecil's Deli in St. Paul for more than four decades, dies at 85

Leventhal and his wife, Sheila, owned and operated the Highland Park institution and ensured the family business would pass to his children and grandchildren.

Joe Madison, radio host who merged talk format and activism, dies at 74

Lorraine Blumenfeld Hertz, who stayed positive through WWII, Alzheimer's, dies at age 100

The former teacher died last month in St. Paul.

Remembering Jon Pankake: A Grammy-winning folk scholar and early critic of Bob Dylan

His job was advising University of Minnesota students, but he gave Dylan unsolicited advice.

Michael Berman, political strategist who revealed private struggles, dies at 84

The Duluth native came to Washington as a top aide to Vice President Walter Mondale and built a career as an eclectic insider.

Rochester's music man never missed his chance to help others

Longtime Lourdes music teacher Gene Eiden died in December at 93 years old.

Peter Crombie, actor known for 'Seinfeld' appearances, dies at 71

He played the role of "Crazy" Joe Davola on five episodes

Anderson: From canvas to conservation, Jim Killen left his mark

Some of the Owatonna resident's best work was as a conservationist. Killen died Jan. 6 at age 89.

Hmong American activist Tou Ger Xiong's funeral service to be held this month

The Xiong family announced on Facebook that services will be held Jan. 27-29 in St. Paul.

Coyne went to great lengths for running

The hats were many for David Coyne, who died unexpectedly Sunday. He helped launch a leading U.S. running organization — and a host of runners, too.

David Coyne, Twin Cities running community fixture, dies unexpectedly

Coyne, 67, founded the Twin Cities Running Club and was a presence on the national scene, too. "He just loved doing it," said his twin brother, Doug.

Terry Schneider, a pioneer of mental illness services in Minnesota, dies at 68

Schneider spent decades creating new programs for people with serious mental illnesses who few others would serve.

Cindy Morgan, star of 'Tron' and 'Caddyshack,' dies at 69

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in Florida confirmed her death, which they said was due to natural causes.

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