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Grant “Fats” Johnson reading the News-Chronicle in Florida earlier this year. The Two Harbors native passed away July 1. Photo courtesy of Kathie Schaffler.

TH sports legend and Chronicle columnist “Fats” passes away

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Kyle Farris


For many years, it wasn’t a rare occurrence to find Grant “Fats” Johnson wandering along the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior. An avid agate hunter, the only thing that changed as Johnson grew older was the tool he used to unearth the precious stones -- his golf club became a cane.

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