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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GLYNDON, Minn.—A 40 percent property tax credit for owners of agricultural land could be key to getting Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District voters to approve a school bond issue, Superintendent Bryan Thygeson said Tuesday, Sept. 26., to open a tax forum at the high school. More than 60 percent of the district's land is agricultural, Thygeson said. "This was a piece of legislation that was absolutely critical for us," Thygeson said.
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.
FARGO—Just call her Lady Sunna. Sunna Pam Olafson Furstenau, a descendant of immigrants from Iceland, was recently presented the Knight's Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon. The knighthood, and the "really cool Knight's Cross" medal, were bestowed on her by Iceland's President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson in late August. The award doesn't come with cash or vast swathes of land, but for Furstenau, a champion of helping people connect with their Icelandic heritage, it is cherished.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Several small towns in northern Cass County 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 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.
FARGO — President Donald Trump has offered up consistently tough talk about building a more effective wall on America's southern border and has sought tighter limits on immigration. But if you ask some current and former Fargo South High School students, he and like-minded people might change their thinking if they had to live the life of a refugee or immigrant — if only for a little while.
KINDRED, N.D. — A Kindred City Council member who is the target of a recall election says that if she doesn't win, she will challenge the result on the grounds that the ballots weren't ready in the time mandated by state law. Julie Johnson, who says she's been unfairly targeted in the recall because she sought to fix problems in how the city was running, says the recall election ballots weren't ready for the public 40 days before the Tuesday, Sept. 19, election, as required by North Dakota's Century Code.
FARGO — Alec Penney has a lot of friends at South High School and if you ask, they'll tell you they think he's a prince of a guy. So much so, they decided he should also be king. Penney was crowned this year's homecoming King Bruin the 37th on Monday, Sept. 11, while Eve Hanson was crowned Queen Bruin the 48th in ceremonies in the school theater. "I was excited," Penney said. "My friends totally voted for me. I was very happy with them." Penney is the son of Tim and Marilyn Penney, and Hanson is the daughter of David and Kathryn Hanson.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead School Board moved to clarify the day-to-day decision-making in the school district, voting 7-0 to name Assistant Superintendent Brandon Lunak as the acting superintendent on Monday, Sept. 11. The decision allows Superintendent Lynne Kovash to perform some duties for the school district as she continues treatment for pancreatic cancer.
FARGO—Cass County property owners who recently got property tax estimates in the mail may have been shocked, as the loss of a North Dakota property tax buydown and factors such as area rising property valuations have boosted tax bills. County Auditor Mike Montplaisir said the state Legislature ended a 12 percent property tax buydown this year, and replaced it with a two-year program in which the state takes over funding of social services. Social services made up 3.5 percent of the county's budget, he said.
FARGO — South High School will induct five graduates — including one who is a longtime guidance counselor at South — and a former faculty member into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 15. The 2017 class of inductees includes: David Brynteson (class of 1990), Paul Lundstrom (1986), Laurie Schlenker (1979), Lance Josal (1973), Richard Rohla (1971) and former teacher Susan Gigstad.