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 — Enrollment continues to rise for the St. John Paul II Catholic Schools Network and for Oak Grove Lutheran School, both of which opened their doors for the school year on Tuesday, Aug. 22. JPII schools had 1,258 students enrolled for the first day of classes. That was up 56 students from last year's 1,202, JPII President Mike Hagstrom said. Last year's enrollment was also up 70 students from the 2015-2016 school year, Hagstrom said. "We like that. A pretty substantial increase. We are very pleased. We really are," he said.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead School Board voted 5-0 to set a special election for Nov. 7 for voters to choose one of 13 candidates to serve a year on the board to fill out an unexpired term. "I think it's amazing that it's taking 13 people to replace Cindy (Fagerlie)," board Chairman Bill Tomhave joked Tuesday, Aug. 22, just before the vote. "If it's really, really close, it will only take about 8 percent (of the vote) to win," Tomhave said. "It's going to be a really interesting fall."
FARGO—A proposal to make the Cass County auditor, treasurer and recorder offices into appointed posts, and to possibly combine the auditor and treasurer positions, saw no opposition during a public hearing held by the County Commission on Monday, Aug. 21. Only one citizen spoke, and that person was in favor of the move. "I think the really scary thing for everybody is that I could run for every one of those offices and I'm not qualified for any of them," said Judy Lee, a Republican state senator from West Fargo.
FARGO - The world was an uncertain place in April 1966. President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated two and a half years before. The civil rights movement was growing; marchers were being beaten or jailed. Racial tensions sparked massive riots in Los Angeles. Combat troops by the tens of thousands—many not long out of high school—were being sent into the Vietnam War. For students at Fargo's Central High, the headlines must have read like the world was burning.
HUNTER, N.D. - The president of the Northern Cass School Board said the board is waiting to find out how Superintendent Cory Steiner's drunken driving case is resolved before it decides what sanctions he will face. "We really are taking this seriously," Susie Carlson said Thursday, Aug. 17. Carlson said the board has consulted with the district's lawyer and they are now waiting to see what direction Steiner's case takes. "Whatever action is deemed appropriate, we will do that," Carlson said.
FARGO — Repair costs could reach $100,000 at Nativity Catholic Church and the co-located Nativity Elementary School after vandals gained access to the roof last week and used rocks to smash 37 large, custom-fit windows, police and school officials said. The broken windows have been boarded up, but the vandalism could put a crimp into how classes are run when school starts on Aug. 22.
MOORHEAD — Park Christian School is preparing for an ambitious redesign and expansion of its north Moorhead campus that's set to start next spring. The school has $5.1 million in cash and commitments toward an $11 million plan to increase the private school's capacity from 450 students to about 675, PCS President Chris Nellermoe said Thursday, Aug. 10. "We had a tremendous response last December with fundraising. We've just had a phenomenal buy-in," Nellermoe said. "That's been the hidden blessing of this. The excitement this brings. Our families are excited."
HUNTER, N.D. — Northern Cass High School will have a principal by committee for the coming school year. Former high school Assistant Principal Ryan Lyson failed to obtain his principal credentials in time to be offered a contract for the position, Superintendent Cory Steiner said Thursday, Aug. 10. Steiner said the school board then opened applications for the principal job and interviewed several candidates - including Lyson, who obtained his credentials in July.
FARGO — A state-mandated contract negotiating session broke down Wednesday, Aug. 9, leaving no agreement between Fargo School Board members and teachers union representatives, even as the start of the school year is rapidly approaching. The School Board plans to meet for a special session Tuesday, Aug. 15, to draft a new contract to be issued to teachers. Teachers will then have about two weeks to sign their contracts. Classes start Aug. 24. "It wasn't a happy ending," said School Board negotiations spokesman David Paulson.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead School District was among several school districts in this part of the Red River Valley that did not get funding to pay for district-wide pre-kindergarten, according to Gov. Mark Dayton's office. Moorhead Superintendent Lynne Kovash said the district applied for the funding before the last legislative session, hoping Dayton's request from lawmakers for another $175 million to fund free pre-kindergarten would be approved.