Ron Weber, the Duluth native who made his fortune by introducing Finnish Rapala fishing lures to America, died Friday. He was 84. Weber grew up in Duluth, fishing the French and Lester rivers as well as Alden, Island and Boulder lakes. "I'd fish for anything," Weber said in a 2001 interview. "I still do. Fishing just got into my soul. When I wasn't fishing back then, I was reading about it in outdoor magazines and dreaming about fishing all over the world. Now ...
Jim Malosky had a tough-guy image during four successful decades as Minnesota Duluth's football coach, but those who knew him say he was a true family man with a love of life. Malosky died Sunday afternoon of respiratory failure at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was 82. Malosky coached at UMD for 40 years from 1958 through 1997, compiling a mark of 255-125-13, the most victories by a Division II coach at the time of his retirement. He never missed a practice or game in four decades.
Jeno and Lois Paulucci had "an incredible love story," their daughter Cindy Paulucci Selton said Thursday. Four days after losing his beloved wife of more than 64 years, Jeno Paulucci died at his Duluth home on Thanksgiving morning. He was 93. "Once my mother passed, my father was determined to be with her," Selton said.
Jim Miner Sr., who began working in the grocery business when he was 10 years old and was involved in the growth of Miner's Inc., owner of Super One Foods, from one store to 29 in four states, died Sunday. He was 77. Miner's Vice President of Operations Robert Halvorson said the family will release a statement on Miner's death later today. Miner's Inc. has its roots in the 1943 opening of a small tavern in Grand Rapids by Miner's parents, Tony and Ida.