We’ve lost a friend, a mentor, a guide and a hero. Al Milgrom, who was born here in Pine City, has passed away from a stroke at the age of 98 after a long and remarkable career of making and supporting independent films – including founding the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. He was more energetic as a 90 year old than most teenagers, and we were honored to welcome him to the Highway 61 Film Festival several times and to screen his films here. He was relentlessly productive and creative, and he is and will always remain an inspiration. Thank you, Al. We love you and miss you already.