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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The West Fargo School Board was urged Monday to sign on to a city of Fargo plan to build a wind turbine near Tower City, N.D., to generate and sell electricity. Bruce Grubb, Fargo's enterprise director, said the 1.5-megawatt wind turbine would cost about $2.4 million all of which would be financed with interest-free Clean Renewable Energy Bonds backed by the federal government. Other potential partners would be the Fargo Park District and the Fargo School District, he said.
Somewhere along the line, Fargo School District Superintendent David Flowers learned the art of the deal - Fargo style - and it's served him well. In his eight years at the helm of the school district, Flowers helped the School Board create strategic and long-term facilities plans, guided the board in using a new management system, and laid the groundwork for a Healthy Community Initiative for Fargo and West Fargo. The ride hasn't always been smooth, though. Flowers' early attempts to close elementary schools with low enrollments was met with anger.
Advertisers take note: Ads get noticed in The Forum, especially when they come with 1957-era prices. Fargo's Finest Coin Laundry found that out Wednesday when more than 50 people called the southside business by midmorning to see if they could get their blankets "washed, moth-proofed, carded and cellophane wrapped" for a buck. After all, they'd seen it in an ad on the front page of The Forum. Unfortunately for the bargain hunters, the Fargo Laundry ad was part of a reproduction of the June 21, 1957, edition of the paper wrapped around the regular edition Wednesday in remembrance of the dead
The tornado of June 20, 1957, ripped through Fargo in minutes. Like the scythe of a malevolent god, it flattened or badly damaged a tenth of the city's housing. It killed 12, sent about 150 to the hospital and left more than 2,000 people homeless, the Red Cross reported. Jim Fay of Fargo's Amerland Co. Real Estate was 29 years old when the storm hit. The company's office was at 220 8th St. N. Many of his listings were damaged or gone. "Our front yard was full of people wondering where they could go," Fay said.
Call it the power of dirt. You can cajole, plead, argue and vote, but when it comes to turning dreams into reality, nothing quite hits home like turning some soil. For Trollwood Performing Arts School supporters, that time comes with a groundbreaking ceremony, American Indian ground blessing and party from 5 to 7 tonight at the school's future site on the Red River just north of 50th Avenue South in Moorhead. "We're moving to a new home, and that would be the main word, home," said John Marks, development director and co-founder of the school. "Of course I'm excited," said Trollwood Execut
Fargo-Moorhead gets a fourth Montessori school this fall with the opening of Children's Montessori Center in south Fargo. The school, at 1612 Tom Williams Drive, will include multiculturalism as one focus for the child care and learning offered in the Montessori method, teacher and co-owner Camille Brandt said. Maps, art and objects from around the world, and visits from international students, will be integrated into the curriculum, she said. "Fargo-Moorhead is becoming more and more diverse. I think that's so exciting," Brandt said.
A trail of purple ribbons about 40 blocks long meanders through a jagged slice of north Fargo, a quiet tribute to those who died and those who survived and rebuilt after a massive tornado tore through the city June 20, 1957. The ribbon trail, put up by a city crew on trees and light poles, acts as a memorial and is one of several ways the city will mark the 50th anniversary of the storm, Mayor Dennis Walaker said Wednesday. "Not so much a celebration, but a remembrance," said Walaker, who was part of a local committee planning the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the storm. The twis
Fargo School Board members made it clear Tuesday that they want officials at Trollwood Performing Arts School and FutureBuilders to keep a close eye on the bottom line. The board approved the final two bids for Phase 1 of building a new home for Trollwood in south Moorhead. A $105,500 bid for steel driving pilings was easily approved, with President Laura Carley recusing herself because her employer Industrial Builders was the low bidder. But a $630,156 bid for laminated wood trusses and decking for the main stage - far more than the $379,700 estimate - squeaked by on a 5-4 vote.
The West Fargo School Board is looking to turn average learners into avid learners. On a 7-0 vote, the board voted Monday to pay for training and materials to implement AVID, a middle school and high school program designed to boost academic skills of average students. The program will cost $21,000 to start this fall at the sixth-grade level, Superintendent Dana Diesel-Wallace said. It will cost $150,000 over the next seven years to implement a grade per year through Grade 12. When the program is running in grades 6-12, Diesel-Wallace said it will include 175 to 200 students.
West Fargo School Board negotiators presented an improved contract offer Monday, but one district representative castigated the teachers' negotiating team for failing to present an offer that included costs beyond salaries and for not bringing a two-year plan to the table. That outburst could end up delaying talks another week, as West Fargo Education Association representatives would not commit to continuing regular weekly sessions, saying two weeks would be appropriate for a cooling-off period. Tom Gentzkow said he was angered by WFEA negotiators who last week said they didn't have enough