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Longtime Minnesota journalist Larry Oakes dies at age 52 | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Larry Oakes, an acclaimed journalist who spent much of his three-decade career chronicling stories in Duluth and northern Minnesota, died Friday in Duluth. He was 52.

By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune

Larry Oakes, an acclaimed journalist who spent much of his three-decade career chronicling stories in Duluth and northern Minnesota, died Friday in Duluth. He was 52.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing Oakes’ family, reported today that Oakes committed suicide Friday night. His family told the paper that Oakes had been battling depression in recent years.

Oakes won many honors over the course of his career, including for his 2004 series “The Lost Youth of Leech Lake.”

Oakes joined what was then the Duluth News-Tribune & Herald in August 1982, and spent time covering police and court stories.

In 1985, at age 24, he won a prestigious Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award — honoring the best in Minnesota journalism —for a series of stories he wrote about plea bargains, their place in the court system and their effect on crime victims.

Oakes joined the Star Tribune later that year, and spent more than two decades at the Minneapolis paper’s bureau in Duluth, until the bureau was closed in 2009. He then spent two years as an editor at the paper, before shifting back to regional reporting.

Oakes graduated from Cass Lake High School in north-central Minnesota. He later attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.imgres

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