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 — This year's Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade will include a tribute to our men and women in uniform, according to the Downtown Community Partnership. The annual kickoff to the Fargo-Moorhead area's holiday season starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, the DCP website said. The parade starts in Moorhead and heads west into downtown Fargo on NP Avenue, before turning north on Broadway and ending at Sixth Avenue North, the website said.
FARGO — A male was taken to a local hospital early Saturday morning, Nov. 12, after a report of a possible stabbing, Fargo Police Sgt. Kevin Pallas said Saturday. He said police responded to a call of a possible stabbing about 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the area of the Family Fare grocery store at 724 N. University Drive.
FARGO — North Dakota State University will host a panel discussion called "Fargo Tornado Revisited" on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The event, part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, will start at 4 p.m. in the Weber Reading Room of the main library. The discussion will focus on the deadly tornado that struck the north side of Fargo on June 20, 1957. The storm claimed 12 lives and destroyed more than 300 homes and 15 businesses.
FARGO - At 87, Walt Seeba looks more like a genial grandfather than a strapping young soldier. But at one time, the Fargo man led 200 other men in the Korean War as commander of E Company, the 8th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On Thursday, Nov. 10, he was welcomed by fourth-graders at Washington Elementary School who are taught by his youngest son, Mark. "Hi!," the kids said in unison. "At ease," Walt Seeba rumbled back.
FARGO — Latest demographic estimates show the Fargo School District can expect to add 150 to 215 more students each year for the next five years, bringing enrollment to about 12,000 students by the 2021-22 school year. Most of the enrollment growth will likely follow housing development on Fargo's far south side, Superintendent Jeff Schatz told the School Board this week during his presentation of material provided by RSP and Associates.
DILWORTH — Three of four incumbents running for the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School Board lost in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election, thanks to a well-funded campaign by a group called DGF Citizens for Change, board members said. Unseated were board Chairman Jeremy Bladow, board Clerk Cheryl Stetz and 21-year incumbent Jerry Anderson, all of Dilworth.
MOORHEAD — Incumbents Matt Valan and Scott Steffes were re-elected to the Moorhead School Board Tuesday, Nov. 8. They were joined by newcomers, Cassidy Bjorklund and Melissa Burgard With all...
MOORHEAD — Moorhead School District voters approved a school district operating levy by a nearly 2-to-1 margin Tuesday night, Nov 8. With all 30 precincts reporting, 64 percent of voters favored the levy and 36 percent were against it. The $223.66 per-pupil levy will last 10 years, starting with the 2018-19 school year. "I'm very happy. I think it's good for our district and for our students," said Superintendent Lynne Kovash. "I'm very happy to see it pass so we can continue our programs, (maintain) class sizes, and the work that we're doing."
FARGO — Cass County commissioners voted 4-1 Monday, Nov. 7, after an executive session to begin the process of firing County Administrator Keith Berndt. As part of the process, he was immediately suspended from his duties with full pay. Berndt, who was at the board meeting, said little through the parts of the discussion open to the public and quickly left the meeting after it ended. Attempts to reach Berndt by telephone were unsuccessful and a voicemail left on his office telephone wasn't returned.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—For the past few years, local politics here has been unusually rough-and-tumble for a small North Dakota city. Accusations, investigations and resignations have been routine. So it seems appropriate that Valley City voters, in a city election in mid-September, elected a new mayor who's used to settling disputes: Dave Carlsrud, a former wrestling, basketball and football referee.