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 — Fifteen years ago today, we gaped at our television screens, stunned and horrified by the images of two jetliners smashing one at a time into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. We gasped as those iconic 110-story towers collapsed, becoming tombs for thousands. Reports came in of another airliner smashing into the Pentagon. A fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
FARGO — It's been 15 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were seared into the consciousness of everyone who witnessed them or followed the non-stop news coverage. But for today's middle school and high school students — who were toddlers at the time or not yet born — there is a disconnect. It's a gap area teachers are trying to bridge. And one that is becoming more difficult to surmount.
MOORHEAD — A group of young Republicans on the Concordia College campus is spearheading efforts to set up a display of flags to remind students of the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S., and the importance of maintaining vigilance as we mark the 15th anniversary of those events. Brayden Drevlow, president of the Young Americans for Freedom, said he and about a dozen others plan to set up a display of 2,977 flags in the center of the campus, particularly around the Knutson Campus Center and the Paul J. Dovre Campanile.
FARGO - The City Commission unanimously approved Mayor Tim Mahoney's preliminary 2017 budget Tuesday, Sept. 6, in a special meeting, but not without a debate over whether to provide taxpayers with a slightly bigger property tax break. The overall budget will rise 1.65 percent to nearly $265.5 million in 2017, while the general fund budget is expected to rise 1.69 percent to $95.7 million, documents indicated.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton schools are packed this fall, thanks to rising enrollments, the superintendents of both districts report. Moorhead's public schools opened their doors to 6,538 students Tuesday, Sept. 6, up 279 from last fall's 6,259, and 409 more than were enrolled in the spring, district records show. DGF schools opened with 1,666 students, up 56 from when classes ended for the 2015-16 school year, Superintendent Bryan Thygeson said.
MOORHEAD — Gov. Mark Dayton still holds "a glimmer" of hope for a special session to pass tax and bonding bills this year. Dayton, who opened the first day of classes with a tour of Moorhead's Probstfield Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 6, said in a news conference that he'd still like to see a special session to address tax and bonding issues before lawmakers get too involved in the election cycle leading leading up to the Nov. 8 vote. "We'll see if it's possible," Dayton said. "Both bills I'd like to sign."
PORTLAND, N.D. — For Larry McGillis, this is a summer to remember at his job — for all the wrong reasons. The owner of MayPort Insurance and Realty has been in the business for 40 years. But this year's string of hailstorms and heavy rains has made this "one of the most problematic that I've seen since I've been in business." He's got 17 employees, and they're constantly on the run. "It's taken all our teams a full-court press to keep servicing all of our customers," he said. Many people didn't take out hail insurance, he said.
FARGO - Sometimes the job you're not looking for finds you anyway. Case in point: Mike Hagstrom. The president of the St. John Paul II Catholic Schools network didn't initially consider taking a shot at the post when it was announced that former Superintendent Mike Smith was leaving. But friends and supporters encouraged him to apply — and he ended up winning the job.
WILTON, N.D. — A Fargo man is in custody in the McLean County Detention Center after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday, Aug. 31, and hiding in a cornfield for more than seven hours before being arrested after an extensive air and ground search, the McLean County Sheriff's Office reported.
FARGO — With a couple of easy pulls on a set of aluminum rails, Joel Vettel launched himself and a red kayak into the Red River Thursday, Sept. 1, and in doing so, officially launched a new venture the Fargo Park District and the River Keepers advocacy group hope will increase use and appreciation of the Red as a place to play. "Fantastic!" Vettel said, as he finished his demonstration paddle at Lindenwood Park, easily sliding his kayak out of the water on the rails of the launch. "Everyone should come out and enjoy it."