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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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Jeff Vaughter dreams the dream of all entrepreneurs -- that by building a better post hole digger, the world will beat a path to his barn. With a little networking Thursday at Marketplace of Ideas, he may have gotten his wish. When state Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson saw "The Hole Deal," he introduced the Stevens Point, Wis., inventor to a potential statewide distributor. Not a bad day for a guy who showed up at the Alerus Center just hoping to dig up a few sales. The 14th annual Marketplace of Ideas, organized and sponsored by Sen.
The Land O' Lakes whey processing plant in Perham, Minn., will close by the end of the month. The 46 workers at the plant and city officials were notified Wednesday. The plant is being closed to increase efficiency in Land O' Lakes' system, said Lydia Botham, a spokeswoman at the company's Arden Hills, Minn., corporate office. The Perham plant's whey processing volume will be transferred to Land O' Lakes facilities in Pine Island, Minn., and Spencer and Kiel, Wis., a company news release said. Milk procurement and hauling will not be affected because the Perham plan
Hear ye, oh men of Fargo-Moorhead. Now you can get a Busch Basic, some paint detailing, a hand buff and a major tune-up in a little over an hour. Then you can take your car in for some work. American Male Salon, a car garage-themed hair salon and spa complete with tool kits, bucket seats and the front clip of a '57 Pontiac, is open for business in Fargo. Owner Connie Bernabucci has aimed for an atmosphere where a man can be a man -- and still get a pedicure and some highlights. "We are entering the race," said Bernabucci, who describes herself and manager Vonda Kuhl as the hea
Family Dollar, a national discount chain store, is now open in West Fargo. The store, called "a mini-Wal-Mart" by manager Teresa Erickson, opened quietly Tuesday. Erickson said the store at 144 Main Avenue East is projected to serve 142,000 customers every three months. A grand opening ceremony will be held 9 a.m. Thursday. Family Dollar is a Matthews, N.C.-based chain.
Fargo doesn't have the Puget Sound or Wenatchee Mountains, but it now has a tiny slice of Seattle at Babb's Coffee House. The café at 315 Broadway has Internet connections, freshly ground coffee from the West Coast, and an artsy/ upscale/homey atmosphere topped off with a Space Needle mural. With a variety of bands and walls covered with local art, owners Barbara "Babbs" and Joel Onsurez hope to bring the vitality and diversity of the city on the Sound to their new home. "We want them to forget about the fact that they're in Fargo," said Joel, who grew up in Seat
The holidays are over. Let the bill-paying migraines begin. For the next three months, Duane Emmel expects to see a growing parade of people coming into The Village Family Service Center in Fargo looking for help. But, it's not just because Santa Claus ran amok with the Visa card, the financial counselor said. Christmas, Emmel said, is usually just the last straw for budgets strained by people living larger than their paychecks. "It's a culmination of what's already happened in past years. Christmas just brings it to a head," Emmel said.
The "eBay of Fargo" is now up and running. Kevin Pifer, president of Pifer's Auction Co., announced Thursday that his company's Internet site now sells items using the same model as online auction giant eBay and famed auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's. Pifer said his online auction is a first for the region and will benefit sellers. "It's going to give them an opportunity to not only tap into a national, but an international base," he said. The auction site, www.pifers.com , was designed by Fargo's Sundog Interactive. The system can list up to
Exhale Fitness Center opened its doors Tuesday in north Fargo for the first time, just as its owner announced he was expanding his stake in the local health club business. David Pecoraro, supervising the finishing touches to his health club at 3820 12th Ave. N., said he has purchased Creative Health and its spa in the 45th Street Colonnade in southwest Fargo. The sale became final at midnight Tuesday. "We will be honoring all their memberships," Pecoraro said.
The owners of Fargo's Valley Ford and Moorhead's Selland Motors have agreed to sell their dealerships to a Minneapolis-based auto sales and repair consortium. Dave Selland said Tuesday he and partner Ronald Offutt will sell the dealerships, along with their Fargo ABRA Auto Body & Glass franchise, to Luther Automotive Group. Further details of the sale, including the selling price, were not released. The sale is pending a several-month approval process from automakers Ford and General Motors Corp., Selland said. The three metro-area businesses have a combined work force of 250 emplo
The artists of Gallery 4 Ltd. have hopscotched between several locations in Fargo and Moorhead over the last 27-plus years, seeing their fortunes ebb and flow. But now, the seven-person cooperative anticipates a renaissance with a move to the Black Building in Fargo's Downtown Renaissance Zone. "The enthusiasm has been great. So many positive comments," said artist Kathy Luther. "People just stop in their tracks. We're very excited.