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Aaron Holmes of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, drowned at a beach on the island Friday. This honorary placard with pictures of the 16-year-old was made by his older sister, Arianna, a college student in St. Cloud. Aaron was the son of Arlan Holmes and Laurie (Johansen) Holmes, originally from Two Harbors and Duluth. Aaron's grandparents, Larry and Arlene Holmes, live in Two Harbors and many other relatives still live in the area. There will be a memorial service for Aaron at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bethlehem Luther...

Couple's grandson dies in sea surge

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Despite profound sorrow, the faces of Larry and Arlene Holmes of Two Harbors light up when asked about the grandson they lost at sea Friday.


Larry smiles and shakes his head. "Shining light," he simply says when talking about Aaron Holmes. "He was a clown. A funster."

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