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—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.
ANAMOOSE, N.D. – Investigators here are running down leads in the assault of a Catholic priest in Anamoose that took place Tuesday morning, Jan. 30. The Rev. Robert Wapenski, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Anamoose, was assaulted somewhere on the church property before 8 a.m. Tuesday, Catholic Diocese of Fargo spokesman Paul Braun said Wednesday, Jan. 31.
FARGO — The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency order against TapJets Inc. of Fargo and Spring, Texas, to prevent the company from conducting charter flights. The emergency order of revocation, which was issued and went into effect Friday, Jan. 26, alleges TapJets conducted passenger-carrying flights using unqualified pilots and operating unauthorized aircraft, the FAA said in a news release.
HORACE, N.D.—Retinitis pigmentosa robbed Allan Peterson of his sight and some of his independence Now, cutting-edge technology promises to give him back a little bit of both. Today, the 73-year-old Horace man will have surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview to have an electronic implant attached to the retina of his eye that—paired with a camera on a special set of glasses—could give him the ability to once again recognize shapes and forms: edges of doorways, people in front of him, patterns of light.
FARGO – Most of the 534 travelers stranded at Hector International Airport here Monday, Jan. 22, after their flights were diverted due to a Twin Cities snowstorm were on their way to their destinations by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. That’s according to Shawn Dobberstein, the airport authority’s executive director.
FARGO—For North Dakota's Education Fact-Finding Commission, 2017 was a busy year. Nine school districts in the state failed to break impasses in teacher contract talks on their own and called in the trio, hoping an outside perspective would find a compromise teachers unions and school boards could shake hands on. The process worked in Rolla, Dunseith, Grand Forks, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Mapleton, Jamestown and Bismarck.
FARGO - The Fargo School Board gave a unanimous thumbs-up to school district Superintendent Jeff Schatz, voting 9-0 Tuesday, Nov. 14, to approve a mostly positive evaluation of the district's top administrator. The fall summative evaluation is one of two superintendent evaluations school board members are required to perform annually by state law. It must be finished and approved by Nov. 15.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Dairy crop insurance, funding for agricultural research, and continued support for ethanol and biodiesel fuels are areas Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says she'll focus on as negotiations continue in the Senate on the 2018 Farm Bill. Meanwhile, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., says it's possible the House could have its version of the bill ready by the end of this year. Klobuchar and Peterson spoke Friday, Oct. 20, at a panel discussion at the Hjemkomst Center, with more than a dozen Red River Valley agricultural leaders.
FARGO—It's becoming America's latest spectator sport: Watching who stands or kneels during the national anthem at sporting events. The latest chapter in the ongoing debate over patriotism was brought about by President Donald Trump when he criticized the NFL for refusing to punish players who knelt or sat during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games.
GRAND FORKS — Several small towns in northern Cass County, N.D., and Norman County, Minn., were soaked by heavy rains Tuesday night into early Wednesday as a series of thunderstorms followed the same track, a National Weather Service spokesman said Wednesday morning, Sept. 20. The heaviest rainfall totals in North Dakota were in the Grandin area, with 7.57 inches recorded by weather service observers there, meteorologist Al Voelker said. Argusville had 6.43 inches recorded and the Gardner area got 6.1 inches. In Minnesota, Halstad had 5.54 inches and Ada 6.5 inches.