Matthew Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum.
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Because The Forum covers news in both Minnesota and North Dakota, we routinely deal with each state's open records and open meetings laws. Simply stated, North Dakota's transparency laws are much more favorable to its public.
Austin DeCock had his reservations. But like any man who's trying to keep his bride-to-be happy, he went along with fiancée Tara Wang's desire to have their wedding engagement published last Sunday in The Forum and on Inforum.com despite years of mutually difficult lessons to the contrary. And so the Wang-DeCock engagement ran. And some chuckles were had. But Austin and Tara weren't prepared for what came next, affirming - if it was ever needed - that the world enjoys a bit of juvenile humor far more than we'd like to think.
The Forum received a fair amount of criticism last week for our reporting on the death of former Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Mike Unhjem. The complaints took us to task for: Emphasizing some of the reasons for Unhjem's 2009 firing from BCBS and a 2006 DWI in the reporting about his Monday death. Reporting that Unhjem committed suicide. Sourcing the initial suicide information to recently fired local radio talk-show host Scott Hennen rather than police. Putting the story of Unhjem's Monday death on the top of Tuesday's front page. I'll try to explain some of
After lots of reader feedback and much discussion on our end, The Forum has chosen to continue running bankruptcy filings in the paper and on our website, inforum.com . Our decision comes three months after we first asked readers if they valued knowing who files for bankruptcy. We received well over 100 responses to that question, some of which we shared with our overall readership two weeks ago on an entire opinion page devoted to the feedback. Those who thought we should no longer publish bankruptcies seemed to base their opinion on three main argument
Occasionally, it's a fine line between a person's right to privacy and the public's right to know. Consider the following story that broke last week: Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney informed county commissioners that his department's $300,000 annual allocation to pay for jail inmates' medical bills would likely be exceeded by just one prisoner with a severe medical condition the county is required to treat so long as the inmate is in their care. Laney said releasing the prisoner into the public was not an option because he's considered dangerous, but paying for his medical treatments would s
Two months ago, I wrote a column seeking reader feedback on this question: Is there value in us publishing bankruptcy filings? I had hoped to share back in short order a few of the responses from our large audience. But we were not prepared for the volume of response that question generated. We received dozens of phone calls and more than 100 letters or notes on the subject, which prompted us to re-examine The Forum's long tradition of publishing this information. I have shared the reader correspondence with my boss, Publisher William C.
This summer's excessive severe weather - some of it deadly - has really awakened us to a much bigger issue that has more to do with how we live today. After all, dangerous and deadly weather is as old as weather itself. But how we learn about it before it potentially harms us largely depends on how we communicate, and how we communicate is changing about as fast as the weather around here. As it turns out, the traditional methods we use to alert people to dangerous weather may be antiquated and are generally misunderstood. This was evident again on July 27.
Last week, one of the big stories in our region and in nationwide sports circles revolved around whether Minnesota Vikings quarterback and future Hall of Famer Brett Favre would return for another season. The frenzy surrounding reports that he was retiring for a third time in three years was sparked by a few words from an anonymous source - or at least a source unknown to the public. The reporter who broke the story and his editors almost assuredly knew the source's name.
Meet the six new members of The Forum's Readers Board. They join five returning members whose terms expire in December. Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year. The paper's community sounding board chooses its own successors. The Forum thanks the members whose terms expired in June: Jeffrey DeLoss, Tim Flakoll, Morgan Forness, J.J.
Every once in a while, a person whose run-ins with the law have been written about in The Forum calls or writes us to ask that we remove their name from our newspaper and online archives. Sometimes, they make compelling arguments: The original complaint against them was eventually dropped or their charges were amended to something less severe. Perhaps they were found not guilty, or someone else later admitted to the crime, clearing them. But we don't go back and remove old stories from our archives under any circumstance.