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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FARGO - The Fargo-Moorhead area will be getting a quick shot of bitter cold Wednesday, Feb. 8, followed by a warm-up that will seem almost like swimsuit weather by comparison. Temperatures overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday should bottom out about minus 13 degrees in the F-M area, with minus 20s in the northern and the western parts of the region, thanks to a mass of cold air that blew into the area from the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies, WDAY Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler said Tuesday.
FARGO — Officers searched for a male reportedly walking around an apartment complex with a handgun early Monday, Feb. 6, near the Walmart on 13th Avenue South, but were unable to find him, the Fargo Police Department said. Officers were sent to 4930 15th Ave. S. about 12:53 a.m. to investigate a report of a male with a gun, Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said.
FARGO - The Fargodome set an attendance record in 2016, with 593,489 taking in events at the dome that included several high-profile concerts and North Dakota State University playoff games, General Manager Rob Sobolik said Monday, Feb. 6 All those visitors helped the dome's year-end 2016 net income balloon to $528,767, eclipsing the $92,322 that had been budgeted. "Which is very good," Sobolik said. It was the best year-end net income since 2000, when the dome had a net profit of a little over $700,000, Sobolik said..
NEW YORK — Listening to David Brooks, America sounds like a place of enormous contrasts — without nearly enough connections. There are gulfs in education, wealth and worldviews, according to the author, commentator and New York Times op-ed columnist. Distrust and skepticism abound, faith and love get short shrift. A renewed sense of citizenship is badly needed, Brooks said in an interview.
FARGO — A citizens group pushing for passage of a measure to set the Fargo School District's property tax mill levy at 127 mills is actively campaigning by appearing on talk radio shows, and going live with a Facebook page and a website filled with background information and links to volunteer or donate funds to the effort. The measure goes to a vote in a March 7 special election. The Citizens for K-12 Excellence Facebook page has been well-received, campaign manager Lucas Paper said. By Thursday morning, Feb. 2, it had more than 622 followers.
FARGO - Warren "Duke" Albrecht Jr., who served as a judge for North Dakota's South Central Judicial District, and later as an administrative law judge for the Federal Energy Regulatory Administration and the Social Security Administration, died Saturday, Jan. 28, at his home after a long illness. He was 72. Warren Rudolph Henry Albrecht Jr. was born March 20, 1944, to Warren and Eileen Albrecht. Albrecht graduated from Bismarck High School in 1962, where he was captain of the football and track teams.
FARGO — Area colleges and universities are advising students and staff from seven nations affected by President Trump's immigration ban to stay put for now, cautioning them to be careful about what they hear online, and reassuring them that their privacy will be protected.
FARGO - Project Cute is once again showing it cares. The Fargo group is donating $1,000 worth of items to GiGi's Playhouse Fargo on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Nidhi Mahale, a junior at Davies High School and the founder Project Cute, said the nonprofit had a vendor's booth during a walk to support GiGi's Playhouse of Fargo last fall. She and other members of Project Cute liked the work done by GiGi's, which offers programs for people of all ages with Down syndrome. "We really worked so well together and we were really motivated by their cause," Mahale said.
FARGO — A field of 34 applicants for the Cass County administrator post was whittled down to seven Monday, Jan. 23, at a special meeting of the County Commission. The seven applicants move on to taking a test — which they will get 72 hours to complete and return — to perhaps thin the field further before face-to-face and Facebook interviews take place, commission Chairman Chad Peterson said. The results of the tests will be reviewed at a meeting expected to take place Monday, Jan. 30, Peterson said.
MOORHEAD—It may have been a testing day, but some students at Park Christian School here were able to watch history in the making while taking in the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20. Sixth-grade teacher Kris Weinberger used a laptop computer to project the oath of office ceremonies onto a big screen. She said she didn't want to miss the event. "I thought it was important to me and, if so, it was important for them. And, if not, it should be," Weinberger said.