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Former Moorhead, Minn., City Council member Martin Pinkney is seen in this Nov. 4, 1993, file photo. Pinkney died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the age of 77. Nick Carlson / The Forum

Longtime Moorhead council member Pinkney dies at age 77

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MOORHEAD – Martin J. Pinkney, a colorful and resolute advocate for the city’s north side in his 21 years on the City Council, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.


He was 77.

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Helmut Schmidt
Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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