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Former Twin Cities columnist dies at 67

Former St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Nick Coleman is shown in a circa 1987 photo in St. Paul. St. Paul Pioneer Press file photo

ST. PAUL -- Nick Coleman, a former columnist and reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, died Wednesday, May 16, in a St. Paul hospital at 67.

Coleman entered Regions Hospital after suffering a massive stroke at his home earlier this week.

“It’s a sad day for Minnesota journalism and for people who love newspapers,” said former Pioneer Press executive editor Walker Lundy. “Nick Coleman called balls and strikes the way he saw them and didn’t take any crap off politicians or editors.”

During more than 40 years in journalism, Coleman covered everything from Sen. Paul Wellstone’s death to the funeral of the first Minnesotan to die in the Iraq War to the flooding in the Red River Valley.

Coleman and his first wife, Ann Schwarz, had three children: James, Hannah and Josiah. He and Billings Coleman, who married in 2001, had three sons: Mac, Declan and Finn.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Assumption in St. Paul in downtown St. Paul. Visitation will be at 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Willwerscheid funeral home in St. Paul, which is handling the arrangements.

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