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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What started as a Distributive Education Clubs of America competition project has now become a passion for three Fargo South students. The trio - Kathryn Olson is a junior, Lindsey Trader is a senior and Tyler Sorenson is a sophomore - is working to raise awareness of abuse in relationships among students in their school and the community as a DECA club project. "(Abuse in relationships is) just super common among our peers and the community in general," Olson said.
Minnesota earned a B grade, and North Dakota a D for the legal protections available to young victims of dating violence, according to the advocacy group Break the Cycle. The group's first state-by-state report card, released as part of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week, focuses on the differences between the protections offered to adult victims of violence compared to minors. Only three states - California, Oklahoma and New Hampshire - earned A grades. Fifteen states had F's. "What we were looking at specifically were the laws in place.
Support for Barack Obama appeared strong over his rival Hillary Clinton, officials estimated at Moorhead's Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucuses at Minnesota State University Moorhead's Memorial Union. At least 1,300 people descended upon the city's DFL caucuses Tuesday, causing a traffic jam of bodies on the steps leading up to the ballroom and other caucus locations. "The numbers are huge," said Clay County DFL Chairwoman Terry Kroke.
While the Giants and Patriots slugged it out Sunday in the Super Bowl, local law enforcement officers tried to run up the score for arrests on outstanding warrants. From 2:20 p.m. to about 9:45 p.m., 14 two-person crews of Fargo police, Cass County deputies, U.S. marshals, and parole and probation officers fanned out around Fargo in Operation Touchdown, hoping that Super Bowl Sunday would be Super Lock-up Day. By the end of the night, 45 people were in custody, Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said. "We're going to make some small changes, but this is a good start," Vettel said.
Ann Romney made a pair of stops in Fargo on Saturday night, campaigning for her husband, Mitt Romney, as he fights to stay competitive in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. For the GOP, 21 states and more than 1,000 party delegates are in play. North Dakota and Minnesota are among those holding caucuses Tuesday. Ann Romney said every ballot will count in catching Republican front-runner Arizona Sen.
A Fargo Shanley High School graduate killed while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq was honored with a plaque Thursday as part of an annual celebratory Mass for the Fargo Catholic Schools Network. The plaque, featuring an engraved photo of Staff Sgt. Andrew Nelson, will be placed in the school where students can see it daily, Superintendent Kyle Edgerton said. "I think it's very important to our student body," he said after the Mass in the Shanley and Sullivan Middle School gymnasium.
Construction on the Urban Plains Center will continue, even as the Metro Sports Foundation works to clear up several financing issues before bonds can be issued to complete the $25 million Fargo hockey and multipurpose arena. Todd Berning, president of the foundation, said Thursday those questions will be cleared up in the next 30 to 45 days. "Absolutely, construction is still going and contractors have been paid," he said.
If you can dodge a ball, you can help someone dodge poverty. That's what the folks at Fargo Shanley High School think.
Work is expected to begin this summer on a new home for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch programs in south Fargo, officials of the North Dakota program for at-risk students said Tuesday. A new treatment center will be the first building to go up as part of a $7.5 million Phase I project designed to consolidate the agency's operations in Fargo, and to make it possible to increase the number of children reached through outpatient services, said Chief Development Officer Al Evon. The agency, which owns 80 acres southeast of 76th Avenue South and 20th Street, also plans to build a chapel, gymnasium,
Wahpeton, N.D. At age 9, Alec Gjerdevig is a pretty good fisherman. He's got a couple of first-place trophies from fishing contests when he was a small fry, and a fourth-place trophy in the open division of a 2007 ice fishing tourney. "He's a pretty good fisherman. He can outfish me," says his father, Steve Gjerdevig. But now the idea of flying has its hooks in Alec, and like a walleye eyeing some bait, he's got a decision to make. Can he make and sell enough of his homemade "spinner" lures at $1 to $1.50 a shot to finance flying lessons?