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Man who cooked Polish food at Michigan State Fair died of COVID-19

This obituary is part of “We Will Remember,” a series about those we’ve lost to the coronavirus.

Thomas Skowronski and his family were iconic figures known to those who frequented the Michigan State Fair, an annual event held from 1849 to 2009 in Detroit. 

His family owned and operated the event’s Famous Polish Kitchen from 1945 until the fair moved from its longtime location at 8 Mile and Woodward in Detroit in 2009. 

Famous Polish Kitchen at the State Fair in Detroit

Skowronski, 78, died in November at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Madison Heights, as a result of COVID-19.

Born in Detroit and raised in Hamtramck, Skowronski graduated from Hamtramck

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Authorities ID woman, 18, who died in RV behind north Minneapolis restaurant

Authorities on Tuesday identified the 18-year-old who died in a fire that engulfed a recreational vehicle parked behind a restaurant in north Minneapolis.

Akiea D. Green, of Minneapolis, died from smoke inhalation and burns suffered in the blaze Sunday behind Hook Fish & Chicken in the 1100 block of W. Broadway, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Fire crews arrived about 6 a.m. and found the RV fully engulfed in flames, said Fire Chief Bryan Tyner.

The Fire Department has not addressed the circumstances surrounding the fire, but Tyner said there is “nothing initially” that he’s heard to

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