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 — The Fargo School Board voted 8-0 Tuesday, June 27, to take contract talks with the district's teachers' union — now at impasse — to the state Education Fact-finding Commission for resolution.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead School District officials expect the district's general fund revenues to be $77.36 million for the 2017-18 school year, up about $3 million from 2016-17, according to budget figures approved as part of the overall operating plan in a 6-0 vote by the School Board on Monday, June 26, That increase comes from a 2 percent increase in state aid and an anticipated increase in enrollment of 253 students, according to Brandon Lunak, assistant superintendent for finance and operations.
FARGO - A mediation team tasked with offering solutions to an impasse in Fargo teacher contract talks gave both sides its take on the issues late Friday, June 23. As of Monday, June 26, the president of the Fargo School Board said she was keeping her thoughts on the report to herself, for now.
This story originally published March 29, 2009. It is included in the June 24, 2017, edition of the Forum for the first installment of a series documenting the FM Diversion project. FARGO — Fargo-Moorhead got a slight reprieve Saturday, as it appears that, for now, the Red River has crested at a slightly lower level than expected.
FARGO — For Linda Walker, the last four days have provided some of the toughest testimony that she and her family have heard related to the 2003 kidnapping and murder of her daughter, Dru Sjodin. The evidentiary hearing in the death penalty appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., the man convicted and sentenced to death in 2006 in the case, has been filled with graphic descriptions from autopsy reports that have added to the family's anguish, Walker said Friday, Jan. 23.
FARGO — A lawyer who represented Alfonso Rodriguez in his trial for the murder of Dru Sjodin said late disclosures by prosecutors of important test results, and of the planned testimony by the doctor who autopsied Sjodin's body, made defending his client from rape allegations difficult. Robert Hoy, an attorney with Ohnstad Twichell law firm in West Fargo, opened testimony Thursday, June 22, on the third day of a U.S. District Court hearing in Rodriguez's death penalty appeal.
FARGO — The defense presented two more witnesses Wednesday, June 21, in an evidentiary hearing in the death penalty appeal of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Testimony from Dr. Jonathan Arden, a forensic pathologist and owner of Arden Forensics, and Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic, the chief medical examiner for Oakland County, Mich., filled the second day of the hearing in U.S. District Court, and mirrored that of the two experts who testified Tuesday. Rodriguez was convicted of the November 2003 kidnapping and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin.
FARGO — An evidentiary hearing got underway Tuesday, June 20, in U.S. District Court in the death penalty appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Rodriguez was convicted of the 2003 kidnapping and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. The hearing is supposed to focus on proving whether Sjodin was sexually assaulted or died from wounds to her throat.
FARGO — Under a bright blue sky and cottonball clouds, Ed Johnson was puttering around his yard in Countryside Trailer Court in south Fargo on Thursday, June 15. It was an island of peace, compared with the angry gray skies, howling 60 mph winds and driving rain that ruled the region two days before. Johnson said Tuesday's storm was a reminder of how tenuous safety can be in a mobile home. After all, a few years before a massive elm snapped just a few feet from his home during a similar storm.
FARGO — It's time to break out the bikinis and Speedos. Temperatures in the Fargo-Moorhead area will be in the high 80s to high 90s Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the possibility that Saturday's high could match or beat the record of 97 degrees for that date, according to WDAY and National Weather Service forecasters. The heat is bringing with it a chance for severe thunderstorms.