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—The Moorhead Public Service Commission is looking at the Buffalo Aquifer as the city's go-to water source in case of a prolonged 1930s-type drought. Commissioner Dave Anderson and MPS staff told the City Council on Monday, Sept. 26, that continuing to work with Fargo and West Fargo to access Missouri River water through the Red River Valley Water Supply Project for a long-term water source would be far more costly and a more dicey proposition in terms of getting approval.
FARGO — The completion of a $10 million, 22,000-square-foot addition to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch residential treatment facility on the city's far south side was celebrated with an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday, Sept. 22. While scores of people sat down for lunch in a new dining facility, dozens of others toured the addition, which includes a full-size gymnasium, chapel, kitchen, wellness center, sensory therapy room, conference room and offices.
GWINNER, N.D. — Kendall Putnam is a fan of the movie "Frozen," and she loves the character Olaf, the magical talking snowman. But if you ask Kendall and her family, it's time for an Olaf that's taken over her life to go away. Two weeks ago, an MRI found a tumor in the right temporal lobe of Kendall's brain. Kendall, a shy third-grader with an infectious smile and deep dimples, named it Olaf, and it is scheduled to be removed Friday, Sept. 23.
FARGO — For Jasmine Watkins, the three-story yellow brick building on Fargo's South University Drive and the cozy two-bedroom apartment she and her children share on the top floor represent a fresh start. In the first-floor common room of Butler House, the 25-year-old Minneapolis native watches her 1-year-old son, Jay'Cion, toddle about, all smiles as he plays with toys and her cellphone. Her 4-year-old daughter, Tae'yonnah plays with Monopoly game pieces and draws pictures.
FARGO - The Cass County Commission approved a 2017 preliminary budget that cuts the overall property tax levy by nearly 5 mills. Commissioners passed the $93.4 million budget Monday, Sept. 19, on a 3-2 vote. That's an increase of $785,684 from 2016 budget of $92.626,417. "This has been a year where we really tried to hold the budget line," County Auditor Mike Montplaisir told the commission. The projected fund balance for 2017 for all county funds is a little more than $37.4 million.
FARGO - The next couple weeks should see several major road projects wrap up in the Fargo-Moorhead area, though some that are slated to be completed at the end of October into mid-November will flirt with finishing as the snow flies, construction officials said Thursday, Sept. 15. 13th Avenue South "Overall, our projects are going pretty well," said Tom Knakmuhs, a division engineer for the city of Fargo.
SISSETON, S.D. – The Sisseton School Board voted Monday night, Sept. 12, to eliminate all references to Native American names and images from the high school’s homecoming ceremony, Superintendent Neil...
MOORHEAD—The city is now on a course that could double the amount of material collected in its residential recycling program. The City Council voted 8-0 Monday, Sept. 12, to go ahead with a plan to start single-stream curbside recycling by July 1, 2017. The city now uses a system in which recyclables—metals, plastic, cardboard and glass—are separated by residents into bags or other containers to be collected.
FARGO — Nearly 200 people, most of them military veterans, firefighters, law enforcement personnel and their families, honored victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in a ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11, on the center plaza of the Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Red River. "It's been 15 years since life as we knew it was ended by one cowardly act," Larry Reed of West Fargo told the crowd in opening remarks.
FARGO — Fifteen years ago today, we gaped at our television screens, stunned and horrified by the images of two jetliners smashing one at a time into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. We gasped as those iconic 110-story towers collapsed, becoming tombs for thousands. Reports came in of another airliner smashing into the Pentagon. A fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.