Gary Flakne passed away in January after a short illness. Gary practiced law from 1960 until his death, while also serving six consecutive terms in the Minnesota Legislature, followed by five years as Hennepin County Attorney, and later, several years as a part-time Hennepin County court referee. While Hennepin County Attorney, the office won national awards for programs to assist the victims of crimes. In 1975, Gary personally tried State of Minnesota v. David S. Forbes, the first prosecution of an in-hockey game criminal assault in U.S. history. Gary retired as the judge advocate general for the Minnesota National Guard and later served with the Minnesota Reserves, attaining the rank of colonel. He was also an instructor of legal writing at William Mitchell. Gary appeared on Twin Cities broadcast television and radio as a talk show host, election analyst and political commentator. Preceded in death by parents, Kleve and Jean, and his brother, Robert (Marion), Gary is survived by wife, Patricia; children, Brian (Victoria Rico), Ross, Keith (Diane), Mark, Alison (Steve), Dona and Leslie (Chuck), and grandchildren, Jessica, Kathryn, Cameron, Tyler, Stephanie, Michelle, Dan, Brianna, Isaac, Veronica, Adam and Connor.