Walt Dziedzic

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Walt Dziedzic
Member of the Minneapolis City Council from the 1st Ward
In office
1976–1998
Personal details
Born(1932-11-29)November 29, 1932
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedNovember 24, 2018(2018-11-24) (aged 85)
Robbinsdale, Minnesota, U.S.
ChildrenKari Dziedzic, Joe Dziedzic
Alma materCollege of St. Thomas
OccupationPolitician, Police Officer, Teacher
Military service
Battles/warsKorean War

Walt Dziedzic (November 29, 1932 – November 24, 2018) was an American politician who served on the Minneapolis city council from 1976 until his retirement in 2010. Prior to entering politics, Dziedzic spent 50 years as a police officer and inspector. He was also a Commissioner of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.[1]

Biography[edit]

Dziedzic grew up in the community of Northeast, Minneapolis and attended Edison High School, where he was an all-city athlete and earned nine letters in football, baseball, and hockey. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was present at Panmunjom when the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed.

He played professional baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers for three seasons before attending the College of St. Thomas. After graduation, he taught at DeLaSalle High School during the 1960-61 school year. He married Patricia McCarthy before joining the Minneapolis Police Department. During his 16 years as an officer, he worked his way up from Inspector of Police, then lieutenant investigator, and later burglary detective.

In 1976, Dziedzic ran for an open First Ward council seat. He served on the Minneapolis city council representing Northeast, Minneapolis for 22 years. He then served on the Park Board for another 12 years where he convinced Jim Lupient to develop a waterpark in Northeast Minneapolis later named Jim Lupient Waterpark. He was co-founder of Art A Whirl and founder of "Seniors Day at the Dome." Dziedzic worked to create the Quarry Shopping Center, the largest retail development in Minneapolis outside of downtown at the time of its construction in the late 1990s.[2]

Dziedzic had six children, three boys and three girls. His daughter, Kari Dziedzic, was elected to the Minnesota Senate in a January 2012 special election.[1] His son, Joe Dziedzic, played two years in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On November 24, 2018, Dziedzic died of natural causes at the North Memorial Medical Center. He was 85.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Walt Dziedzic on 50 years in public life in Minneapolis By Gail Olson, Northeaster
  2. ^ Hart, Joseph (Aug 13, 1997). "Notes of a Native Son". City Pages.
  3. ^ "Northeast Minneapolis giant Walt Dziedzic dies at 85". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2018-11-25.