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 costs of breakfasts and lunches at Fargo's public schools will take a bigger bite out of family budgets this fall. The Fargo School board voted 7-1 Tuesday for a 10-cent per meal increase to help offset the rising costs of food and gasoline. Elementary students will pay $1.25 for a breakfast and $1.75 for lunch.
A tight economy with rising gas and food prices has led to big increases in demand over the past year at Fargo-Moorhead area food banks, officials said. The Great Plains Food Bank, a clearinghouse for major food distribution in the area, has seen requests rise 38 percent over the past three years, said Marcia Paulson, director of marketing and development. But the uptick in demand has been pronounced recently, she said. As of May 20, the 371,000 pounds of food sent to area food banks and soup kitchens during May was up 32 percent, compared with the 280,000 pounds distributed in all of May 2
Fargo's panda-razzi can put down their cameras - at least for a week or two. The extra pounds one of the Red River Zoo's Chinese red pandas was packing on may not have been a baby bump, but rather part of a phenomenon called pseudo-pregnancy. With the chunky little raccoonlike critters, it can be hard to tell, a zoo expert said Friday. Still, followers of the local celebri-pandas can keep their panda-naming books handy.
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West Fargo officials say they need new schools, a water treatment plant, and a new swimming pool in the next few years. Thursday, the City Commission, Park Board and School Board shared their plans to deal with the city's rapid growth - and the potential price tag quickly ballooned into the tens of millions of dollars. The projects expected to be brought to a vote soonest were presented by the School District.
WAHPETON, N.D. - The Circle of Nations School celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of events today through Friday including open house tours, a powwow and a ceremony for graduating eighth-graders. Parts of that celebration will focus on the past and present of the former Wahpeton Indian School. But officials emphasize the school's importance to the future of Indian education with the completion of $20 million in building projects. The capstone of the building boom is Keeble Hall, a state-of-the-art dormitory named after Medal of Honor winner Master Sgt.
Not everyone has the constitution to prove they're smarter than a fifth-grader. Particularly when it comes to questions about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. That's what students in Bennett Elementary School's gifted and talented program recently discovered when they went to Fargo's West Acres mall for the annual Liberty Day Kids program. The nine Fargo students approached shoppers and quizzed them about the bedrock documents of our government. "I think a lot of people didn't really know what we were talking about," Alyssa Flom said.
Sue Holm lost some of the joy of this past year to treatment to conquer her breast cancer. This year, the battle won, the Fargo woman intends to celebrate life. She kicked off that party Sunday, joining more than 250 other walkers for the inaugural Fargo-Moorhead Breast Cancer Walk. "I'm a survivor!" Holm said. "I missed the whole (summer) season last year," she said, preparing for the start of the walk at the downtown Fargo-Moorhead Family YMCA. "I'm back. I'm ready for the summer. This is fun!" The parking lot of the Y was a sea of pink T-shirts as the 2 p.m.
A dispute between two families appears to be the reason behind six shots being fired at a north Moorhead home early Sunday, police said. One shot broke a garden- level window on the east side of a home at 401 Sunset Circle, police said. The two-story house is part of a mix of large, older apartment complexes and single-family homes in a neighborhood two blocks east of Highway 75 North. Moorhead police said they received a report of shots fired about 2:19 a.m. The first officer on the scene did not find anyone in the area, the police reported. Police Lt.
A dispute between two families appears to be the reason behind six shots being fired at a north Moorhead home early Sunday, police said. One shot broke a garden-level window on the east side of a home at 401 Sunset Circle, police said. The large two-story house is part of a mix of older apartment complexes and single-family homes in a neighborhood two blocks east of Highway 75 North. Moorhead police said they received a report of shots fired about 2:19 a.m. The first officer on the scene did not find anyone in the area, the police reported. Police Lt.