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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CASSELTON, N.D. - A man was injured when the truck he was driving collided with a semi Thursday, Dec. 1, on Interstate 94 about three miles west of Casselton, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. Edward Anderson, 60, of Alice, was driving west about 5:30 p.m. in the right lane of I-94 in his 2000 Ford Ranger. Road conditions were icy and there was snow and freezing rain, and Anderson failed to maintain control of the pickup, the patrol reported Friday.
FARGO - Police have identified a man who was found dead Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the scene of an apartment fire in north Fargo. The body of Nickolas A. Pulicicchio, 38, was found in an apartment at 802 14th St. N., as firefighters were extinguishing a fire in the residence, Deputy Chief of Police Joe Anderson said in a news release Friday, Dec. 2. The cause of death has not been confirmed and the incident is still under investigation, Anderson said.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead Sports Center is buying a second electric-powered Zamboni, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. The Parks and Recreation Department was awarded $68,000 for the ice-resurfacing machine, which will replace the current propane-powered machine, the city announced Thursday, Dec. 1. When the new machine arrives, it will eliminate "the threat of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide" poisoning from fumes, said Barry Warren, recreation facility coordinator for the Moorhead Sports Center. "It's just going to be peace of mind."
**NOTE: YOU CAN LISTEN TO A FULL AUDIO CLIP OF A HELICOPTER FIRST RESPONDER TO THE CRASH IN THE VIDEO ABOVE** FARGO – The 55-year-old pilot of a Weather Modification plane died in a crash south of Fargo on Thursday, Dec. 1, North Dakota Highway Patrol Cpt. Bryan Niewind said.
DILWORTH — A community task force has recommended that the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School Board ask voters to approve a $23 million plan to expand and renovate schools in Dilworth and Glyndon. The final recommendation by the D-G-F Facilities Task Force was delivered to the school district Monday, Nov. 28. The task force was authorized by the School Board in February, and was made up of parents, school staff, senior citizens and other stakeholders in the business and agriculture communities.
FARGO — Prairie Roots Food Co-op is pushing to collect $47,000 by Friday, Dec. 9, to make its community capital fund-raising goal of $1.1 million. When that mark is reached, banks are expected to release another $1.4 million in loans to fully fund the grocery store, deli and cafe building, which is planned to open sometime in spring 2017 at 1213 NP Ave., co-op officials said in a news release. "We are confident we will get there," General Manager Kurt Kopperud said.
OTTERTAIL, Minn. — Lakes Country got a dose of freezing rain and snow on Tuesday, Nov. 22, closing local schools. But it was bright, warm and inviting inside Thumper Pond Resort's rebuilt water park. A pair of children were playing in the zero-depth entry pool, wading in the warm water and clambering up the ladder of a colorful slide in the shape of fish, while dolphin and seahorse fountains spouted gentle streams of water into the air. General Manager Brad Stevens smiled at the scene.
FARGO — Just a few years ago, Mitchel Pierce's life was in jeopardy. At age 19, Pierce had two strokes and underwent 31 surgeries over six months. "I don't remember any of it," he said. Since then, the 22-year-old former high school football player has gone through physical therapy to get where he now walks with just a cane.
FARGO — Santa makes his list and checks it twice. That's also a good financial strategy to avoid spending too much on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. Budgeting is where it starts, said Alicia Kellebrew, a financial counselor with The Village Family Service Center in Fargo. "You have to take everything into account," she said, including house and car payments, groceries, utilities and medical care. "People have a tendency to slack on that stuff to afford Christmas, but they're doing it backwards," Kellebrew said.
MOORHEAD — A bus driver working for a Moorhead School District subcontractor became upset with students he was driving home Tuesday, Nov. 22, and told them to get off the bus before driving away, school district officials confirmed. The incident took place about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 2500 block of 12th Avenue South, Superintendent Lynne Kovash said Wednesday, Nov. 23.