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Grant Johnson poses with his University of Minnesota men’s basketball memorbelia from the 1937 Big 10 championship season. SUBMITTED PHOTO

A golden legend passes away

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A Golden Legend passed away Tuesday, July 1, in Maitland, Fla.

Grant “Spike” Johnson lived a full and productive 98 years, as he made his imprints in several Minnesota communities, as well as in University of Minnesota men’s basketball lore.


Johnson first made a name for himself on the Gopher hardwood, after he was a main contributor in the U of M’s Big 10 championship team in 1937, along with John Kundla, who also coached the famed Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA titles.

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.