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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MOORHEAD — Construction of the fifth- and sixth-grade addition to Horizon Middle School is several weeks behind schedule, while work on the new Dorothy Dodds Elementary appears to be on time, Superintendent Lynne Kovash said. Despite the lag on the Horizon construction timetable, Kovash said students will be able to attend the schools they are assigned to next fall, even if quarters might be a little cramped. "One thing we can assure our parents is that all of the students will be at the sites they should be attending," she said.
FARGO - Fundraisers are nearly halfway to a $21.5 million goal to build a new St. Paul's Newman Center, a two-story chapel and a "faith-based" student apartment complex on the east side of the 1100 block of University Drive North, where the current Newman Center stands. That project, which takes up the north side of the block, would be complemented by a five-story apartment complex on the south half of that block, which would provide market housing for nearly 280 students at nearby North Dakota State University, according to project diagrams and the developer.
FARGO - Proffutt Limited Partnership beat out two other firms to develop a new student housing and retail complex on the 1600-block of North University Drive, just east of the North Dakota State University campus Executive governing board members of the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association voted 7-3 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, to pick the Proffutt plan over two competing bids by Enclave Development and Roers.
FARGO — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven praised the efforts of the Fargo-area Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction as a potential template for the rest of the nation on how to tackle the growing problem of addiction to opioids and other substances. The commission "is a model for across the state and across the country," Hoeven, R-N.D., told attendees at a roundtable meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Dakota Medical Foundation.
FARGO - Fargo-Moorhead's public transit agency plans to begin offering a discounted bus pass to attract commuters who work in downtown Fargo. Starting in early January 2017, downtown-area employees will be able to purchase a bus pass at a discount rate of $22.50 per month, compared with the normal $40 per month, Fargo Transit Director Julie Bommelman said. Bommelman said MATBUS is working with the Downtown Community Partnership to reach out to downtown workers.
FARGO – Judge Myron Bright, a champion of equal rights for minorities and women and the longest-serving working judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. Bright, 97, died early Monday, Dec. 12, at Eventide Fargo on the city’s south side.
FARGO — A Larimore man faces several felony charges tied to a series of incidents in late October that involved a car crash, a foot chase and a lockdown of Fargo's northside schools, according to documents filed Friday, Dec. 9, in East Central Judicial District Court. Bryan Michael Satterwhite, 20, has been charged with reckless endangerment, unlawful entry into a vehicle, theft of a property, and fleeting or attempting to elude a peace officer on Oct. 28. According to a report by Fargo police Officer Charles Sullivan:
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The former chief of the Valley City Police Department apparently took his gun from his holster and pointed it in the direction of an Army National Guard soldier on Thanksgiving Day, City Administrator David Schelkoph said Friday, Dec. 9. But Schelkoph insists that incident, and other past actions by the former chief or the general performance of his duties, didn't play a factor in the City Commission's decision to cut ties with Fred Thompson. Schelkoph also confirmed the city will pay Thompson $110,000 in severance pay on Jan. 3.
WEST FARGO - A Fargo man was arrested and jailed after making a bomb threat in the West Fargo Police Department's parking lot early Friday morning, Dec. 9, police said. Shane Duval, 37, approached officers and told them that his vehicle, which was parked in the "police vehicle only" part of the lot, had a bomb in it, West Fargo police officer Eric Sorenson said in a news release. The Red River Valley Regional Bomb Squad then responded and cleared the vehicle, but no explosives were found, Sorenson said.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The City Commission here voted 5-0 Thursday, Dec. 8, to accept the immediate resignation of Police Chief Fred Thompson. Thompson, who was chief for about 4½...