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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LAKE PARK, Minn. — Mass communications students at Lake Park-Audubon High School won four Crystal Pillar Awards from the Emmy Association this year, doubling the number the school received in the previous four years for their Raider Nation News broadcasts. The awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter are for excellence in high school-level broadcasting. They are for public affairs/community service, music video, fiction and newscast.
FARGO — A high-end apartment and condominium complex planned along the Red River in downtown Fargo received unanimous approval Wednesday, April 5, for Renaissance Zone tax breaks. The Renaissance Zone Authority voted 8-0 to support property tax and income tax breaks to help Northland Hospitality build City Centre Lofts at 301 3rd Ave. N. The $10.5 million complex will have 36 one-, two- and three-bedroom living units, with 175 indoor and 107 outdoor parking spaces.
FARGO — Developers are planning a $10.5 million high-end apartment complex just north of the new City Hall on the site of the former Howard Johnson hotel and Sidestreet Grille & Pub. The plan by Northland Hospitality LLC will be reviewed by the Renaissance Zone Authority at its meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, according to documents from the Planning and Development department. The City Centre Lofts at 301 3rd Ave. N. will be an improvement in downtown's riverfront area, Planner Derrick LaPoint said Tuesday.
FARGO — When The Doggie Taxi fetches Janet Olson's dog, takes him to get groomed and brings the Maltese/poodle cross back to her doorstep, it's a treat for Teddy. "I don't drive very far and I don't like driving with him," Olson said. "It was much easier for them to come and get him and bring him back. I can get him groomed and pick him up and bring him back for $60. I think that's very reasonable."
MOORHEAD – A Twin Valley man died shortly after noon Wednesday, March 29, after a crash between his Acura Integra sedan and a truck hauling sugar beets at the intersection of 90th Avenue North and Highway 75. Moorhead firefighters cut the roof off the car to extricate the driver, according to Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist. The driver of the car was identified by the Minnesota State Patrol as Duane Lamarr Johnson, 87, of Twin Valley.
HUNTER, N.D. - Four area fourth-graders want their classmates, teachers and neighbors to save wildlife and the environment by saying bye-bye to plastic grocery bags. Ella Heilman, Siena Newland and Brooklyn Anderson of Harwood Elementary School, and Samantha Fliginger of Northern Cass School are champions of sea turtles. As part of research for FIRST Lego League robotics competitions, they learned that the reptiles are dying because they eat plastic bags, which they mistake for jellyfish.
BISMARCK - A $13.5 million-plus settlement payment to the owner of an off-track horse racing wagering company can't be made by the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund, state Senator Tim Mathern said Tuesday, March 21. Mathern, a Fargo Democrat who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the panel learned Monday, March 20, that the state's liability for improperly collecting taxes from Susan Bala's firm Racing Services Inc. is an ineligible expense.
FARGO - Leah Juelke, a language arts instructor for English learners at South High School, has been named the Fargo School District's 2017 Teacher of the Year. Juelke, a 2001 graduate of Fargo Public Schools who attended North Dakota State University, received the honor Monday, March 20, in an assembly held in the school's gymnasium. She began teaching in the Fargo School District in 2013. This award is presented annually to a teacher who is serving district students and families with excellence.
HUNTER, N.D. - Northern Cass School District voters will decide whether to approve a 10-mill building levy for maintaining the school and select two school board members in a June 13 election. Superintendent Cory Steiner said the current building will be paid off this year, and at 20 years, is old enough to start seeing maintenance and repair issues. He said the general fund has covered maintenance needs, but that can't continue, he said.
FARGO — A Fargo businessman says he will start a petition to get a measure on the next general election ballot to overturn a North Dakota law restricting many businesses from being open on Sunday mornings. With the state Senate's rejection of House Bill 1163, which would have ended restrictions on Sunday opening before noon, Brandon Medenwald said the Legislature hasn't caught up with how society and shopping habits have changed.