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Journalist behind 'Morning Hot Dish' newsletter leaves Star Tribune

Patrick Coolican is pursuing a new opportunity.

The journalist who has been the main author of the Star Tribune's daily politics newsletter is leaving the newspaper after five years.

J. Patrick Coolican announced on Twitter Thursday evening that, "with a heavy heart," he will be leaving the Star Tribune.

He joined the newspaper in 2014, and has been the voice of the Strib's daily newsletter, Morning Hot Dish," for which he was known for his engaging summaries of the day's political news – both Minnesota and national.

But he won't be out of the journalism game for long, as he revealed he is pursuing a new opportunity as the founding editor of a "new online news and progressive opinion site -- dare I say, 'magazine'?!"

Paying tribute to his colleague and friend was Patrick Condon, who bid farewell to Coolican in Friday morning's email.

"Patrick and I joined this newspaper within a few months of each other back in 2014, and he's been a terrific colleague and friend. I know I'll miss his, um, naturally sunny outlook," he wrote. "So long, Coolio."

Coolican didn't put a timeline on his new venture, other than to say it will be "sizzling soon," with members of the Twin Cities media and state politics paying their tributes.

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