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 – Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams has been hospitalized in intensive care due to kidney stones, according to a post on her Facebook page on Friday, Jan. 20. “I (am) still in Intensive Care but hope to move into a regular room today. I really need a shower,” Williams posted on her page, adding “#KidneysWhoKnew.”
FARGO – Thirty-four people have applied to be the next Cass County administrator, including several well-known in the Fargo area. Among the applicants are former Cass County Commissioner Scott Wagner, Cass County Engineer Jason Benson, Cass County Planner Hali Durand and Fargo City Auditor Steve Sprague. The County Commission will begin winnowing the candidates on Monday, Jan. 23, interim County Administrator Darrell Vanyo said.
FARGO – An official for television stations KVLY and KXJB confirmed Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, that their parent company reached a deal with Dish Network to continue retransmission of their programming.
BISMARCK – A Republican state senator from Edinburg reposted, then later withdrew, a conservative blog post on her Facebook page that included a graphic featuring a Nazi swastika centered on a gay pride rainbow flag. First-year Sen. Janne Myrdal shared the post by Thomas Schmitz, an editor for Conservatives4Palin.com on her Facebook page. A screen shot of the post was reshared by the liberal blog meanread.com on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
WASHINGTON — Senators and congressmen representing North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota voted along party lines Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12 and 13, as Republicans began setting the stage to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the health care initiative touted as one of the high points of the Obama Administration. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., voted for the repeal resolutions in their respective chambers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators and congressmen representing North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota voted along party lines Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12 and 13, as Republicans began setting the stage to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the health care initiative touted as one of the high points of the Obama Administration. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., voted for the repeal resolutions in their respective chambers.
FARGO — Fargo School District leaders have started an informational campaign leading up to a March 7 referendum asking voters to cap the district's general fund property tax levy at its current 127 mills. The district's general fund property tax dollars are now frozen by state law at $44.1 million - despite the city's growth. The vote would allow the district to continue to collect current revenues, plus tax monies available from increases in property values.
MOORHEAD—The Moorhead School Board voted Monday, Jan. 9, to bring former board member Cindy Fagerlie back to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Laurie Johnson. Fagerlie's name was put forward by Chairman Bill Tomhave. "We need someone who knows what's going on," and doesn't need a lot of training, Tomhave said. Her appointment was approved with a 5-0 vote. The appointment won't be official for 30 days, allowing time for district residents who wish to protest to gather petition signatures to have the appointment set aside.
FARGO — The takeoff of a United Express commuter jet flight to Denver from Fargo was safely aborted Monday, Jan. 9, after the plane blew two tires, a Hector International Airport spokesman said. About 6:30 a.m., United Express Flight 4629, a 50-passenger Embraer 145, was rolling down the runway for takeoff when two right rear tires blew on the landing gear, said Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein. The crew then aborted the takeoff and returned to the gate, he said. No one was hurt, he said.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — One man was found dead in a house fire Saturday, Jan. 7, on the east side of Mayville, the Traill County Sheriff’s Department reported. About 6:26 a.m., the sheriff’s department received a 911 call reporting a house fire on 7th Avenue Northeast, near the hospital, the report said.