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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Using a form of pass/fail grading, the Fargo School Board gave Superintendent Rick Buresh a unanimous "satisfactory" on his formative assessment Tuesday, just over five months after he took the job. While it would be hard to determine what grade the new superintendent would have earned from board members on a report card, they all had good things to say about his work - several of them calling it excellent or outstanding - since he took over July 1. "I think he has brought a great deal of warmth and compassion to the position by seeking to build bridges to the various constituencies of the o
The Fargo School District is taking the lead in being green. The School Board voted 9-0 Tuesday to have the district become the lead agency in applying for interest-free Clean Renewable Energy Bonds to put up a wind turbine near Oriska, N.D., to generate and sell electricity. The district will have a 50 percent stake in the project. It will be joined by the West Fargo School District and Fargo Park District, which will each be 25 percent partners, said Dan Huffman, assistant superintendent for business services.
A policy to control the access of sex offenders to West Fargo School District school properties and vehicles got its first reading with the School Board Monday. The policy addresses parents and nonparents who are sex offenders, and students considered sex offenders, including those with disabilities.
Fargo South High School debaters took first place Dec. 1 in the Lincoln-Douglas and public forum categories at the North Dakota State University Invitational Debate Tournament. "We have been pretty strong over the last several years, but that was pretty amazing," said South's public forum coach Gayle Hyde. The Fargo South Invitational debate tournament starts today and finishes Saturday afternoon, Hyde said.
The Metro Sports Foundation's deadlines to get bonding and nonprofit status for the Urban Plains Center hockey arena in south Fargo may be getting a little tighter. The group must still obtain about $4 million in backing from local banks to flesh out $15 million in financing for the arena, MSF Vice President Al Hintz said last week. Also, the MSF may have to wait as late as Dec.
Determining what is an adequate education for North Dakota students, and how much the state will have to pay to make it happen, is under way in earnest. State education leaders met on Wednesday in Bismarck with Allan Odden, a national education expert, to gather the information needed to continue reforming the state's K-12 education system. Odden met on Thursday in Bismarck with the state's Commission on Education Improvement. "Just about everything to do with K-12 education will be on the table," Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Thursday.
Looking to own a piece of the West Fargo area, albeit a fictional piece? Try Packeropoly. Marketing students at West Fargo High School have put a new spin on the iconic real estate trading game Monopoly by creating their own version in which the game board, game cards and money feature the names of businesses in the School District. The plastic homes and hotels are cast in Packers green and white. The game, which includes the traditional buying and selling of real estate - in this case, places like Sandy's Donuts and Payroll Express Inc.
Naming Fargo's next high school after integration champion Judge Ronald N. Davies has the extended Davies clan fired up, a son and a daughter said Wednesday. "To put it mildly, I think it's great. The whole family is in awe that it was done," said Tom Davies, his son and a Fargo municipal judge himself. "I thought that the timing just couldn't have been better." Davies was referring to the 50th anniversary of his father's landmark 1957 rulings in Little Rock, Ark., forcing an end to racial segregation in that city's public schools. "It was just kind of the perfect fit at the perfect time.
Fargo's next high school will be named after late Fargo federal Judge Ronald N. Davies, whose rulings during the 1957 Little Rock, Ark., school integration crisis are hailed as key in promoting civil rights and desegregation. The Fargo School Board voted 9-0 Tuesday to name the school after Davies. The board also reviewed options for transitioning south-side students from one high school into two, including one plan that has South Campus II filled with three grades by 2010. Several board members spoke in favor of naming the next high school after Davies, as did state Sen.
The potential reward of the Urban Plains Center outweighed the risks for the Fargo Park Board on Monday, when it voted 5-0 in a special session to approve a resolution accepting the $25 million facility as a gift if it is fully completed next fall as planned. The board said if all conditions are met, the southwest Fargo arena will be exempted from property taxes, something Metro Sports Foundation officials said is vital for the arena to succeed. "The risks are minimal," board President Joel Vettel said. He said if the board is uncomfortable at any time, "we're gonna back away.