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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ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Moorhead attorney has been disbarred by the Minnesota Supreme Court, an action that followed her earlier disbarment by the state of North Dakota for abandoning at least eight clients. Terri Lynn Fahrenholtz was disbarred as a Minnesota attorney in a filing made public Wednesday, June 7. According to documents provided by the state Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility:
FARGO - Statues of Confederate heroes and Stars and Bars flags have been taken down in the South because they are reminders of slavery and entrenched racism. Could the name of Woodrow Wilson on a Fargo high school go that route, too? The head of the Fargo Human Relations Commission said Tuesday, June 6, that she wants the rights group to gather more information about Wilson — who as president guided America through World War I — but was also a bigot when it came to immigrants, and a white supremacist who institutionalized segregation.
FARGO — The mediation team for the impasse in contract talks between the Fargo School District and its teachers union, the Fargo Education Association, has been filled out. The school district announced Monday, June 5, that Steve Swiontek, president, CEO and chairman of the board for Gate City Bank, was named the third member and chairman of the mediation team. Swiontek was agreed upon by the Fargo School Board's representative on the panel, Cass County Commissioner Rick Steen, and the FEA's representative, Fargo attorney Krista Andrews.
FARGO — Nearly 25 percent of North Dakota is now in a moderate drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. And with changes in weather patterns, the drought may well deepen in coming weeks, State Climatologist Adnan Akyuz said Friday, June 2. Much of the moderate drought conditions are in the south-central part of the state, with areas reaching into the southeast, including Cass and Richland counties. Other counties listed as being in moderate drought are Bottineau, Renville, Ward, McHenry,
FARGO — Hot enough for ya? Fargo warmed with a vengeance on Friday, June 2, with a record high of 96 degrees, topping the previous record of 94 set in 1948, the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks said. Meteorologist Brad Hopkins said that upper-level high pressure in the atmosphere and warm winds out of the south combined to bring on the heat. Hopkins said he knew of no other record highs for North Dakota on Friday.
DAVENPORT, N.D. - Nearly a million pounds of a World War II "war hero" sat belching smoke on the railroad track for about an hour here Thursday, June 1. And before Milwaukee Road steam locomotive No. 261 chugged away from this small prairie town, heading to Lisbon on a gorgeous, sunny late-spring evening, the aging iron horse had won its share of admirers. "It's cool. I think it's going to be a lot of fun," 12-year-old Ryleigh Skaurud of West Fargo said, leaning out to look out of her train car as the train prepared to leave.
MOORHEAD — A photo shared on Snapchat of a hand holding what turned out to be a plastic gun in a school setting was a harmless joke, but one that required considerable investigation by Moorhead police and school district officials on Thursday, June. 1. Moorhead High School Principal Dave Lawrence said a high school student eventually admitted that the photo in his possession had been taken in January, and that it had been sent to the wrong person. "We did due diligence. ... It all turned out. It was no threat," Lawrence said.
FARGO - Cass County officials like the goals of new laws that aim to stem rising incarceration rates in North Dakota's jails and prisons, but say the system could prove difficult and costly to put into place. Officials from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Human Services ran through the basics of the North Dakota Justice Reinvestment Initiative on Monday, May 30, at Rasmussen College with about 30 Fargo and Cass County officials and lawmakers.
FARGO — For Bob Mandt and Duke Johnson, Memorial Day is more than about having a three-day weekend to kick off summer. It's a day of duty. Standing in camouflage uniforms at the entrance to Riverside Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans of America members prepared to join the color guards from area veterans organizations in ceremonies Monday, May 29, honoring those who served in the nation's military — and all-too-often — sacrificed their lives.
FARGO - At least one person became sick and was taken to the hospital by an ambulance Monday morning, May 29, after an apparent carbon monoxide leak at the La Quinta Inn and Suites at 2355 46th St. S. in Fargo. The Fargo Fire Department said several other people reported being ill, but firefighters did not elaborate on the number of people or if they needed medical attention. Firefighters also walked through the hotel and monitored carbon monoxide levels and determined people staying in the hotel did not need to be evacuated.