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 director of North Dakota's Tourism Department said Monday cooperative marketing, rather than dedicated advertising dollars, will pump up tourism in the eastern part of the state. But Red River Valley tourism officials say small-budget museums and zoos can't do it alone. What's needed is more state money and a statewide ad focus. "Certainly the funding is something we need to look at," agreed tourism director Allan Stenehjem.
Steve Stark wants the North Dakota tourism department to look east. The executive director of Bonanzaville in West Fargo hopes his words are heard in Bismarck. Visitors are down at all of Fargo-Moorhead's tourist sites, including the pioneer village, Stark says. Part of that is fallout from the weak economy brought on by the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. What's hard to stomach is having eastern North Dakota's tourism industry ignored when advertising is most needed, Stark says. "Have you taken a look at the state's tourism guide?" he asks.
Most North Dakotans polled on child neglect, and physical and sexual abuse say there are significant problems in the state. The conclusions come from "The North Dakota Statewide Child Abuse Survey: 2002," released Friday at a press conference in Fargo. At the same time, a statewide information campaign to reduce child sexual abuse was announced. The campaign, aimed at adults, will be coordinated by the state Department of Human Services and paid for with $100,000 from the state's Children's Trust Fund. "We should not have 4,000 reports of child abuse in North Dakota,
A great big pillow to lie on. "Animal Planet" on the tube. Some soft nature music in the background.
Costumes, decorations and candy have become just the trick to turn Halloween into a treat for local and national retailers. "It's definitely a growth area the last three-to-five years," said Moorhead Target manager Jeff Fisher, watching a young girl flit from makeup to styrofoam pumpkins in the store's Halloween shop. The 2002 Halloween season is expected to scare up $6.9 billion in sales, according to the National Retail Federation. A retail federation Halloween survey shows that consumers plan to spend about $44 per household on candy, costumes and decorations this year.
North Dakota's first lady has welcomed a lot of businesses to the state, but who would have thought she'd be dancing for doughnuts. Mikey Hoeven shuffled and hopped with 16 Trollwood Performing Arts School students Tuesday at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop opening at the corner of 45th Street and 13th Avenue South in Fargo. The group did the "Glaze Craze." The dance, described as a doughnut Macarena, was more a cross between the Electric Fly and Bunny Hop. Like all good leaders, Hoeven went back to the Capitol laden with doughnuts.
Fargo-Moorhead public and private schools are in the midst of a wave of construction. The latest bricks and mortar project to be unveiled is the new Shanley High School/Sullivan Middle School in south Fargo. The $13.9 million school, at 25th Street and 56th Avenue South, positions the Fargo Catholic Schools Network to compete for students on Fargo's expanding southside. Meanwhile, the Fargo School District will finish a $10 million renovation and expansion of Ben Franklin Junior High School on the north side in fall 2002. Fargo also began a $10.4 million upgrade to North High School.
North Dakota-born Bobcat Co. has won a $7.24 million Department of Defense contract for skid-steer loaders that could grow to $25 million over the next five years. The initial U.S. Army order is for 283 loaders, said Doug Freitag, Bobcat's vice president of sales and marketing. The five-year contract could result in the sale of 1,000 units, Freitag said.
Krispy Kreme doughnuts has cranked up its "buzz" in Fargo-Moorhead, thanks to one of the most finely tuned marketing machines in the nation. If recent history is a yardstick, all of the radio, TV and newspaper stories announcing the doughnut maker's local arrival will translate into long lines and traffic jams when the company's newest store opens Tuesday at 45th Street and 13th Avenue South in Fargo. "Krispy Kreme is a brand with buzz," says Sheri Bridges, an associate professor of marketing at Wake Forest University. "Their 'Hot Now' sign that applies
If Fargo-Moorhead bakers are right, no one will go belly up when Krispy Kreme opens Tuesday. But our bellies and bottoms will bump up in size. As sure as Krispy Kreme is proud of its ranks of yeasty raised glaze toruses, the locals say they'll rise to the occasion in any doughnut war. "All the talk about doughnuts. All the hype. It just makes people want to buy doughnuts more.