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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VALLEY CITY, N.D.—For the past few years, local politics here has been unusually rough-and-tumble for a small North Dakota city. Accusations, investigations and resignations have been routine. So it seems appropriate that Valley City voters, in a city election in mid-September, elected a new mayor who's used to settling disputes: Dave Carlsrud, a former wrestling, basketball and football referee.
FARGO — Fargo public school patrons not only learned where the district was at, but got a chance to help shape its future Monday, Nov. 3, at a first-ever event that combined a State of the Schools Address and public focus group sessions. "We're in really good shape," Superintendent Jeff Schatz told about 300 attendees at Discovery Middle School. "In a district this size, a whole lot goes well."
FARGO — North Dakota students are making something that will be out of this world when finished. Graduate and undergraduate students at North Dakota State University and the University North Dakota are building the OpenOrbiter 1, a tiny satellite designed to upload apps for science and engineering experiments and to test how a miniature 3-D printer will work when exposed to conditions in Earth orbit, said NDSU assistant professor Jeremy Straub.
FARGO — A strong jobs climate in Fargo-Moorhead has for years attracted people of all backgrounds from across the United States to chase the American dream. Many immigrants and refugees from Asia, Africa and the Middle East have also settled here and found safety, new jobs, and new, productive lives.
FARGO — The family of Eugene Dahl, a man credited with creating thousands of manufacturing jobs in North Dakota, was presented with his North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in a ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center here on Friday, Oct. 28. Gov. Jack Dalrymple presented the award and helped unveil the portrait of the 43rd recipient of the state's highest honor. The portrait will hang in the state Capitol.
GILBERT, Minn. - A Fargo man was arrested as a suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Makinen woman Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Jeffrey L. Airhart, 57, was arrested Thursday morning, Oct. 27, by Gilbert police after they found the vehicle suspected in the crash, a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, the Patrol reported. According to the Patrol report:
MOORHEAD—Moorhead may soon need a second high school or a new one. It's a big decision that'll be driven in large part by public input. Moorhead School District is inviting community members to join a task force that will take the next two years to study how to handle growing high school enrollment, including whether to build a new high school, build a second high school or renovate and upgrade the current high school.
MOORHEAD — Donald Trump is yuuuuuuuge at Park Christian School. The Republican presidential candidate was far and away the winner of a mock election at the school Wednesday, Oct. 26, as part of the "Minnesota Students Vote 2016" initiative. Ryan Kerr was first in line for the 104 students who cast their ballots. "It's important for us to think critically" about the issues in the election, sophomore Kerr said. "This is going to be us in a couple of years."
MOORHEAD — Art and technology are meeting on and around the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. In a blue utility tent at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 14th Street South, the first of seven art-wrap installations on CenturyLink utility boxes was underway Tuesday morning, Oct. 25. Outside the tent, area artists and students shuffled and shivered, big smiles on their faces despite a cool, fall breeze. Hanna Loegering, a senior at MSUM, was the first of the seven winners of the CenturyLink technology-themed competition to see her art placed as a wrap.
MOORHEAD—New elementary school enrollment boundaries for the 2017-18 school year that include Dorothy Dodds Elementary, which is now going up on the city's south side, were unanimously approved Monday, Oct. 24, by the Moorhead School Board.