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 — Eight students from Fargo North High School are now acting as ambassadors for the United States. The group is in Germany as part of an exchange program with the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Gymnasium, a high school in Chemnitz. "I call it low level, but not less important, diplomacy," German teacher Aaron Gingrich said. "There's a lot of wonderful young Americans. There's a lot of wonderful young Germans. So there's a lot of reason for hope that we'll remain friends and work together."
DILWORTH, Minn. — A deputy state fire marshal "is leaning toward arson" as the cause of a fire Thursday, June 2, in the bedroom of a unit at Tivoli Garden condominiums, Police Chief Ty Sharpe said Friday, June 3. "They're learning toward arson. I have not seen the report yet that it's ruled an arson," Sharpe said. He said a woman was arrested as a person of interest in the investigation of the blaze. Kimberly June Littleghost, 39, Fargo, was arrested by Dilworth police about 10 a.m. Thursday.
FARGO - Fargo aims to have some bike lanes downtown on another stretch of NP Avenue. The question is, will they be on the street level or sidewalk level? City officials have been taking input on the two options: Option 1 is a street level bike lane, and Option 2 is a sidewalk level lane with ramps to go to street level for intersections and driveways. The feedback has been light, but mostly favorable, city officials said, though there are some people who don't like bike lanes, period.
DILWORTH – The state fire marshal’s office is being asked to determine the cause of a fire that started in the bedroom of a unit at the Tivoli Garden condominiums,...
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney says he's optimistic that the city of Fargo can come to an agreement to buy the Mid America Steel property downtown in time for the issue to be taken up by the City Commission on Monday, June 6. City commissioners met in executive session Thursday morning, June 2, to discuss negotiating strategy. "We had a good meeting this morning," Mahoney said. He said City Administrator Bruce Grubb was given permission by commissioners to continue talks on the property.
FARGO — Talks between WDAY, WDAZ and KBMY, and DirecTV over a signal carriage agreement are at an impasse, WDAY-TV general manager Mari Ossenfort said Thursday morning, June 2. It...
FARGO — North Dakota has plenty of energy from coal, oil, gas and wind. Now Cass County Electric Cooperative and the city of Fargo want to add solar to the mix. Cass County Electric hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Prairie Sun Community Solar array on Wednesday, June 1, in a field about the 5400 block of 63rd Street South in the city's far southwest reaches.
FARGO — WDAY-TV has extended its signal carriage talks with DirecTV through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, the station said in a statement on its website. WDAY said the carriage contract for its programming, and that of WDAZ and KBMY with DirecTV was to have expired at midnight Monday, May 30.
HORACE, N.D. — Getting a lot of kids involved in shooting sports was the aim, and the Shanley High School/Sullivan Middle School trap-shooting team hit the target. The first-year team had 56 participants and tremendous support from parents, with 19 volunteering to work as assistant coaches for the young shooters, head coach John Eldredge said. Trap team members from the Fargo Catholic schools sharpened their shotgun skills on Thursday, May 26, at The Shooting Park in Horace, taking turns on the firing line in an effort to turn clay pigeons into orange powder.
FARGO — Workers and visitors to the Cass County Courthouse may have a convenient place to pick up breakfast or lunch starting in September. Anthony and Sara Bachman of Moorhead are proposing to reopen the County Seat Cafe in the lower level of the courthouse to sell breakfast items and offer hot and cold lunch options. Anthony Bachman said his mother-in-law, a county worker, pointed out the availability of the cafe and urged the couple to give it a shot.