Former Minneapolis Star Editor Leonard ‘Lee’ Canning Dies at 87

Leonard “Lee” Canning was an old-school journalist who enjoyed the daily deadline drama that came as city editor when presiding over the newsroom at the Minneapolis Star, the afternoon newspaper that would merge with the morning Tribune in 1982.

Five minutes before deadline on many mornings, he’d walk down the aisle in the Star’s newsroom, yelling at reporters, “Any late ones?” a reference to late-breaking news stories that needed to be finished to get in the paper, recalls Jim Klobuchar, a retired columnist at the Star.

 

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