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 approved bids Tuesday for a new $9.24 million operations center to be ready by the start of school in fall 2017, a project that came in more than $1 million under budget.
MOORHEAD – A plan to swap land between the Moorhead and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton school districts got a favorable hearing Monday with the Moorhead School Board.
FARGO – It was 3 p.m. Wednesday and nearly the end of the academic day at Davies High School. But that wasn't stopping Ullrich Reichenbach's students from turning big rocks into little rocks.
FARGO – A recent North High School graduate fighting a return of cancer and a North senior's mother, who faces stage 4 breast cancer, will be this year's focus for the music department's "Taste of the Season" fundraiser on Monday.
MOORHEAD – Lt. Gov. Tina Smith encouraged Moorhead-area residents Wednesday to call on state lawmakers to support a $42 million underpass project near Moorhead High School. City officials have wanted...
MOORHEAD – A Buffalo woman was acquitted Monday of three felonies linked to an August 2014 crash between her car and two motorcycles that killed a Moorhead woman and injured the woman's husband.
FARGO—The F-M area's inaugural North of Normal Frostival is starting small, but given time, organizers hope it becomes a destination event that not only warms winter attitudes, but creates an economic avalanche much like the St. Paul Winter Carnival or Winnipeg's Festival du Voyageur. "One thing at a time. We'll see how it goes," said Charley Johnson, president and CEO of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau. The first aim for Frostival, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday, is making cold cool, he said.
FARGO – There won't be student representatives on the Fargo School Board soon.
FARGO — Lunch ladies in the Fargo and West Fargo school districts are raising their ladles in salute to proposed changes in federal law that would give schools across the country more leeway on whole grains and sodium limits. The proposals are built into a five-year child nutrition bill that passed out of the Senate Agricultural Committee on Wednesday, said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The bill delays further cuts of allowable sodium in school meals to 2019, two years later than the current plan.
FARGO - It's unlikely the Fargo School Board will go to voters this November to ask them to return the school district's full taxing authority for its general fund mill levy. Board members discussing the issue Friday at a retreat session said more study was needed to determine: • what the community wants to pay for education • the amount of funding the district needs to meet that expectation • whether state funding will continue to grow even as state revenues dip • whether state lawmakers will change a law limiting general fund mill levies.