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Matt Von Pinnon

Matt Von Pinnon is editor and longtime employee of The Forum. His column appears each Sunday on the editorial page of The Forum.
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Record-setting Red River flood five years ago grabbed world's attention PressPass

Five years ago today, the Fargo-Moorhead area held its collective breath. The Red River gauge in Fargo hovered at 40.84 feet, the highest flood crest ever seen here. And yet nobody declared victory.

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Von Pinnon: Seven more ready to work on Forum Readers Board PressPass

Meet the seven new members of The Forum’s Readers Board. They join five returning members whose terms expire in June.

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Von Pinnon: Was local TV station right to break the law for news? PressPass

Is it ever justifiable for a journalist to break the law in pursuit of news? That’s the question many area journalists and non-journalists are asking themselves following a local TV station’s actions last week.

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Von Pinnon: Visiting Pakistani journalist became a friend and teacher PressPass

The Forum newsroom recently said goodbye to a visiting journalist from Pakistan whom we now call a friend.

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Von Pinnon: HoDo has place in Fargo's psyche PressPass

Sitting inside the HoDo lounge, it seems anything is possible. By day, business people craft plans on the back of bar napkins. Old friends hug before sitting down to lunch. By night, women in heels mug for cellphone photos with martinis while men in T-shirts and blue jeans join co-workers for a beer.

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Von Pinnon: Gossip today spreads faster, cuts deeper PressPass

High school might just be harder today. Not necessarily on the academics side. That’s still up for debate. But on the social side, no doubt.

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Von Pinnon: Will social networking kill the Christmas card? PressPass

Forget the presents and the food, though those are nice, too. Christmastime, for me, is about the Christmas cards.

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Meet the six new members of The Forum's Readers Board PressPass

Meet the six new members of The Forum’s Readers Board. They join six returning members whose terms expire in December.

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Von Pinnon: Celebrating the spirit of ’76 in south-central Moorhead PressPass

They came to Moorhead to better their lives and, in doing so, they made my life richer, more wordly. It was a powerful Independence Day lesson early in life.

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Von Pinnon: Day a chance to show Mom how you really feel PressPass

Mother’s Day will always mean something more for me. Last year, after spending the entire day with her children, grandchildren and husband, my mom had an unexpected heart attack and died. She was 70.

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Von Pinnon: Skuza story was difficult for our readers and for us PressPass

Last Tuesday we ran a front-page story that upset and angered many readers. Headlined “Officer who killed himself was to be fired,” it revealed that an internal investigation over an accidentally fired Taser led three deputy chiefs to recommend Fargo Police Lt. Jeff Skuza be fired for lying.

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From the editor: Facts behind resignation reported once we knew PressPass

When the longtime principal resigned in late July, it was reported elsewhere that no reasons were given by the principal or superintendent and the school board asked no public questions of either.

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Von Pinnon: Look for changes you asked for in The Forum PressPass

We’re excited to announce some changes we’re making to your newspaper starting with today’s edition, though the biggest changes will be evident in weekday editions starting tomorrow.

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Von Pinnon: Police deserve scrutiny because of their authority PressPass

Today’s front-page stories about area law enforcement officers being disciplined for professional missteps or ethical breaches is the latest in a series of recent Forum stories shedding light on the internal affairs of police agencies in Cass and Clay counties.

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Von Pinnon: Summer interns learn, and we learn from them PressPass

Every year at The Forum for as long as anyone can remember, we’ve welcomed summer interns into our newsroom.

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Von Pinnon: Six new members join Forum Readers Board PressPass

Meet the six new members of The Forum’s Readers Board. They join seven returning members whose terms expire in December.

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Von Pinnon: Open records laws should also apply to lawmakers PressPass

When a North Dakota legislator wants to dig into a year’s worth of written correspondence of a university president, he files an open records request, obliging the president to turn over what he has. But if that same university president wanted to dig into even a day’s worth of correspondence from that same state lawmaker, the legislator could outright ignore that request.

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Von Pinnon: Awareness events at times lose out to breaking news PressPass

A couple recent letters to the editor took us to task for not covering the April 6 Run 4 Change, a Deutscher Family Memorial in Fargo.

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Von Pinnon: Dear Shirvani: Take the buyout; consider it a learning experience PressPass

If your bosses offer you a nearly $1 million payout of taxpayer dollars to buy out your contract, don’t stop to ask questions.

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Von Pinnon: We scrutinize Moorhead because we care about it PressPass

Moorhead officials recently discussed whether the city should continue spending tens of thousands of dollars to market Moorhead to potential new residents or spend that money improving services for its current residents.

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