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 – Thanks to a lack of snow cover and this year's El Nino weather pattern, this March in Fargo-Moorhead appears on track to post the second-hottest average high temperature on record.
FARGO – The Fargo School District has again been honored as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the nonprofit National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.
The number of students who took a civics exam at West Fargo High School and their success rate were incorrect in a story on Page A1 of the March 27 Forum titled "Most Fargo, WF students pass required civics tests on first try."
BISMARCK – North Dakota teachers who have student loan debts are being urged to take advantage of a state program to help them pay their obligations.
MOORHEAD—The Rev. Sue Koesterman of Fargo's Elim Lutheran Church has been named the new executive director for Churches United for the Homeless. Koesterman takes over in her new role May 16. "I'm so excited to be entering this new chapter," Koesterman said Wednesday, March 30, at a news conference at Churches United. "Stable housing solutions are a real passion of mine." Koesterman takes over from Liz Kuoppala, who has served as interim executive director since last fall.
Voters on Tuesday, March 29, approved measures that will allow the district to build a $7.3 million school to replace the 92-year-old building now in use, Business Manager Kenneth Steiner said.
FARGO – The former chairman of Fargo's District 46 Republicans is seeking the Democratic-NPL endorsement for the state House in the same district.
MOORHEAD – The Moorhead School Board gave the OK on Monday, March 28, to hire the full-time equivalent of nearly 13 staff members, and to award more than $2.2 million in bids for creating secure entrances at the district's elementary buildings.
MAPLETON, N.D. – Mapleton School District voters go to the polls Tuesday, March 29, to decide whether a $7.3 million school should be built to replace the current 92-year-old elementary building.
FARGO – Do you know as much as a North Dakota eighth-grader about U.S. government and history? Put your knowledge to the test with these questions compiled by The Forum from materials supplied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service: