Acclaimed journalist Larry Oakes dies
Larry Oakes, a respected and longtime Minnesota journalist, died Friday, Jan. 4.
“Larry was a beloved reporter in the newsroom. Everybody is heartbroken over his loss,” Minneapolis Star Tribune editor Nancy Barnes said. “He was just a great writer and an excellent contributor to journalism.”
Family members told the Star Tribune that Oakes, 52, committed suicide.
Oakes was the Star Tribune’s Duluth correspondent. He had worked for the paper since 1985 and had covered northern Minnesota for at least 21 years, according to his official employee biography.
Oakes won acclaim for his 2004 coverage of social problems on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation and for his contributions to the Star Tribune’s coverage of the 2005 Red Lake shootings. Recently, he had reported on the child pornography scandal surrounding Minnesota State University, Mankato head football coach Todd Hoffner.
Oakes graduated from Cass Lake High School and received bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and three children.