Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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FARGO — A group of Fargo-area legislative candidates and small businessmen have called on North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to sign an executive order requiring the principles of net neutrality to be upheld by internet contractors for all future state contracts. The request in the form of a news conference came Monday, April 23, the day the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality went into effect.
PERHAM, Minn. — William Hillman, the 21-year-old jailed in the deaths of a rural Perham mother and son this week, was declared mentally ill in 2016 in Cass County, Minn., and hospitalized in the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center for over a year after attacking and threatening to kill his own mother, court documents show.
FARGO - A YouCaring fundraising campaign has raised more than $37,500 by 3:50 p.m. Monday, March 26, to help cover funeral and medical expenses for a Fargo woman and her children who were involved in a fatal crash between their SUV and a semi-truck. The campaign identifies Trista Curry of Fargo and her children, Camden, Maxwell and Avalon, as those involved in the Sunday, March 25, crash.
FARGO – A man was shot late Wednesday night, March 21, after he allegedly brandished a large knife at officers who responded to a domestic abuse disturbance call at a southside apartment complex, Fargo Police said in a news release. Orlando Estrada, 28, Fargo, was transported to a local hospital for his injuries, police said Thursday, March 22.
FARGO — A Fargo man accused of killing another man in a fight this month has been ordered to undergo a psychological and criminal responsibility evaluation at the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown, according to Cass County District Court records. Daniel Habiger, 29, who's charged with murder, must be evaluated in the next 30 days, according to the order of commitment posted Monday, March 19.
WEST FARGO — More than a week after the fact, there's still no answer as to what constituted the "imminent deadly threat" to SWAT team members that led them to fatally shoot Justin Lee Dietrich during a standoff March 12 in West Fargo. And that answer may not be made available for weeks. Local police officials have declined in recent days to comment on the investigation into the death of the 32-year-old Fargo man. All said it is in the hands of North Dakota's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—The woman accused of trying to shoot a Minnesota State Patrol trooper in the head after he stopped to help her and a companion at the scene of a crash just east of Moorhead, Minn., made her first appearance in Clay County District Court on Friday, March 9. Melody Gray, who was wounded by a round from the trooper's weapon, appeared before Judge Peter Irvine with her right forearm heavily bandaged and supported by a black sling.
BISMARCK—17 school districts have been given the go-ahead to use the ACT exam in place of a required state math and English achievement test for high school students, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announced Wednesday, March 7. North Dakota is the first state in the nation to obtain permission to use the ACT, instead of a separate state test, as a locally selected measurement of student math and English proficiency, Baesler said.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—A Sabin, Minnesota, man, who authorities say was driving despite having his Minnesota driver's license cancelled, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old boy in a Jan. 6 crash, according to Clay County District Court documents. Jeremy James Sagvold, 42, was charged Friday, March 2. The two felony charges each carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, court documents said.
FARGO—Convicted killer Brooke Lynn Crews is still being held at the Cass County Jail, segregated from other inmates, awaiting transfer to the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, N.D., according to a jail official. Once she gets to prison, she will be given an orientation that will lay out the rules of prison life, and she will be evaluated, said Barb McGillivray, director of women's services at the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.