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 — Biak Sung sits in front of a white screen, the focal point of an arc of five studio lights, video and still cameras, a cameraman, a soundman and an interviewer. With the help of a few notes on a laptop, the tiny but confident 19-year-old works in only slightly halting English, grasping for the words to relate how life took her from her native Burma to Fargo. Sung, a member of Burma's Christian minority, is in her third year in America and is now a senior at South High School.
FARGO — The walls and ceilings on the first floor of the Bison Turf are stripped down to the studs. Powdery, dark brown insulation covers much of the floor, drifting inches thick in some spots. One of the main roof beams near the west entrance is terminally cracked and sagging, shored up by two steel supports. Here and there are holes in the walls and extensive charring on the roof of the green and gold icon
WHEATLAND, N.D. — Batman has his Batmobile, and Wonder Woman has her invisible jet. Meanwhile, the folks from Farm Rescue have a big, green John Deere combine. Not speedy. But at this time of year, they're real-life harvest heroes. Volunteers with the Horace-based group were harvesting soybeans on the Tom McLean farm Tuesday, Sept. 27. It's the group's 400th assistance operation and for the McLeans, like other farm families the group has helped, it was sorely needed.
Fargo — A North High School student faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon after being found carrying an unloaded BB gun in school Monday afternoon, Sept. 26, a school district spokeswoman said. Another student notified administrators that the unidentified male was carrying a gun, AnnMarie Campbell said Tuesday, Sept. 27. The student was searched by a school resource officer and the BB gun, which he was carrying, was confiscated. Campbell said.
MOORHEAD—The Moorhead Public Service Commission is looking at the Buffalo Aquifer as the city's go-to water source in case of a prolonged 1930s-type drought. Commissioner Dave Anderson and MPS staff told the City Council on Monday, Sept. 26, that continuing to work with Fargo and West Fargo to access Missouri River water through the Red River Valley Water Supply Project for a long-term water source would be far more costly and a more dicey proposition in terms of getting approval.
FARGO — The completion of a $10 million, 22,000-square-foot addition to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch residential treatment facility on the city's far south side was celebrated with an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday, Sept. 22. While scores of people sat down for lunch in a new dining facility, dozens of others toured the addition, which includes a full-size gymnasium, chapel, kitchen, wellness center, sensory therapy room, conference room and offices.
GWINNER, N.D. — Kendall Putnam is a fan of the movie "Frozen," and she loves the character Olaf, the magical talking snowman. But if you ask Kendall and her family, it's time for an Olaf that's taken over her life to go away. Two weeks ago, an MRI found a tumor in the right temporal lobe of Kendall's brain. Kendall, a shy third-grader with an infectious smile and deep dimples, named it Olaf, and it is scheduled to be removed Friday, Sept. 23.
FARGO — For Jasmine Watkins, the three-story yellow brick building on Fargo's South University Drive and the cozy two-bedroom apartment she and her children share on the top floor represent a fresh start. In the first-floor common room of Butler House, the 25-year-old Minneapolis native watches her 1-year-old son, Jay'Cion, toddle about, all smiles as he plays with toys and her cellphone. Her 4-year-old daughter, Tae'yonnah plays with Monopoly game pieces and draws pictures.
FARGO - The Cass County Commission approved a 2017 preliminary budget that cuts the overall property tax levy by nearly 5 mills. Commissioners passed the $93.4 million budget Monday, Sept. 19, on a 3-2 vote. That's an increase of $785,684 from 2016 budget of $92.626,417. "This has been a year where we really tried to hold the budget line," County Auditor Mike Montplaisir told the commission. The projected fund balance for 2017 for all county funds is a little more than $37.4 million.
FARGO - The next couple weeks should see several major road projects wrap up in the Fargo-Moorhead area, though some that are slated to be completed at the end of October into mid-November will flirt with finishing as the snow flies, construction officials said Thursday, Sept. 15. 13th Avenue South "Overall, our projects are going pretty well," said Tom Knakmuhs, a division engineer for the city of Fargo.