Longtime Star Tribune reporter dies at 52

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An acclaimed, longtime reporter for the Star Tribune who covered a variety of topics over the years has died, the newspaper reports.

Larry Oakes' family Saturday said that Oakes committed suicide. He was 52.

Oakes most recent beat was that of a statewide reporter. He spent two decades before that as the paper's top reporter in northern Minnesota and was based in Duluth.

Among Oakes' most heralded projects were "The Lost Youth of Leech Lake" in 2004 and a piece on the war on synthetic drugs in 2011.

The Duluth native was also a reporter the Duluth News Tribune from 1982 to 1985, the Tribune said.

Funeral arrangements are pending, the paper said.

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