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 — Stanford University has won the heart of one of the best young minds in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Martin Altenburg, an 18-year-old senior at Fargo North High School, was accepted to all eight of the elite Ivy League schools, University of Chicago, California Institute of Technology, and several other top-flight institutions. Acceptance at each of the Ivy League schools, which have some of America's choosiest admissions standards, is a rare academic feat that's drawn some national attention.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead's hopes for state money to help pay for budget-busting projects aren't all about the $42 million the city wants for an underpass near the high school. It would also love some help with a less visible need, an upgrade to its wastewater plant — a fix that could cost $10 million. Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, wants to see a 25 percent improvement in the state's water quality by 2025. To get to that goal, Dayon has proposed $167 million in his version of this year's bonding bill for initiatives to provide clean drinking water and treat wastewater.
FARGO — Main Avenue will be ripped up in downtown Fargo next summer, but what it'll look like come fall is still up in the air. A proposal to turn Main Avenue into a three-lane road between Second Street and University Drive will be fully vetted by consultants before a final decision is made on what the busy east-west arterial will like look after its complete reconstruction in 2018. Narrowing Main down to three lanes downtown is one of two options to rebuild one of the oldest roads in Fargo, Transportation Engineer Jeremy Gorden said.
DILWORTH, Minn.—The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District has chosen three candidates to fill the position of principal at Glyndon-Felton Elementary, Superintendent Bryan Thygeson announced last week. Candidate interviews will start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in the D-G-F High School media center, 513 Parke Ave. S., Glyndon. The finalists were selected from a pool of 31 applicants. They include: -- Margaux Hylla, literacy director, STRIDE Academy, St. Cloud, Minn.
FARGO — Posters advocating white supremacist and white separatist beliefs were tacked to telephone poles in downtown Fargo alleys recently. Fargo resident Christopher A. Smith photographed the posters and posted them on Facebook. "My first thought when I saw the posters was to tear them down. But, then, I thought it would be better to document the posters and their locations and share this to social media to raise awareness of what is happening in the community," Smith said.
TOWER CITY, N.D.—Maple Valley School District voters will go to the polls Tuesday, April 25, to decide if the district should bond for $14.3 million to expand and renovate the high school here and turn it into the sole building for all students in grades K-12. Superintendent Brian Wolf said a similar measure fell just a few votes shy of the 60 percent supermajority needed to pass in a September 2016 vote.
FARGO - For Mirjana Rakasovic, the announcement Friday, April 21, that Fargo’s two Nokomis Child Care Centers will be closing this summer was devastating. Picking up her 2-year-old daughter Milla at the center at 618 23rd St. S., the West Fargo woman trembled as she fought back tears. “It’s really hard when you’re a single parent. I have (9-month-old) twins and a 2-year-old,” Rakasovic said. “I was trying to move ahead. I was going to go to school. Now, I’m scared.
MENAHGA, Minn. - Signs advocating for and against a $34.7 million school construction plan have been getting trashed or stolen here, police say. Police Chief Scott Koennicke said the vandalism leading up to the May 9 school bond election has him scratching his head. "It just kind of seems a little silly. For the love of Pete, I don't think because somebody drives by a 'No' or 'Yes" sign, they're going to change their vote," Koennicke said.
ADA, Minn. — Fresh off a post-lunch nap, the 4- and 5-year-olds in Dawn Tinjum's pre-kindergarten class at Ada-Borup Elementary School were busy playing — and learning, too, even if they didn't realize it. Sprawled on a mat, Vincent Bender-Bieber was glued to a My Little Pony book. Close by, Calli Azure-Erbentraut was sharpening her dexterity by using a scissors to cut shapes in colored paper. Four of their classmates colored sheets with Easter eggs, while on a bench by Tinjum's desk, two children listened raptly as a volunteer read to them.
FARGO — Most of the homes purchased in recent years for Fargo's flood protection projects have ended up in the city's landfill, and other homes that will soon be replaced by apartments near North Dakota State University are expected to follow. Several factors come into play with disposing of the homes, experts say, but time constraints due to the area's short construction season play a big role. Homes can be tough to move on city streets — particularly larger ones. And even the expenses tied to auctioning properties can push the decision toward total teardowns.