Legendary Minneapolis politician Walt Dziedzic dies at 85

The longtime politician is credited for helping shape northeast Minneapolis
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You might not have heard of Walt Dziedzic, but if you live in Minneapolis, there's a good chance he shaped your life in some way.

Born in 1932, Dziedzic just about did it all: he played pro baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers, fought in the Korean War, and served as a Minneapolis cop for 16 years. 

But what he'll be remembered for is serving the city – in particular northeast Minneapolis – as an elected official for decades.

He was first elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 1976, where he stayed for 22 years before becoming a member of the Park Board, a post he held for 12 years until his retirement in 2010, the Star Tribune writes.  

The paper says he died of natural causes Saturday at the age of 85.

Dziedzic started something of a political dynasty; his daughter, Kari Dziedzic, is a DFL state Senator. Meanwhile, his son Joe is a retired NHL hockey player who is best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Social media reaction

Tributes are pouring in on Twitter, with some notable comments from Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, among others;

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