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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PERHAM, Minn.—Perham School District voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to approve a $58.3 million school bond referendum.
WEST FARGO — If you ask Deb Boyer and Lana Perry, laughter is the best medicine. It's also a fun sideshow.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—If you're ready to "Find Your Inner Otter," a consortium of Otter Tail County cities and businesses is hoping you'll dive into their lakes, resorts, shops and restaurants. The "Find Your Inner Otter" tourism campaign launched Thursday. The change from a focus on attracting fishermen to appealing to wider audiences is going swimmingly, said Dan Hurder, a board member for Otter Tail Country Tourism. "We need to focus on the rising tide will raise all boats," said Hurder, who owns the Otter Supper Club in Ottertail, and The Boiler Room and Monte's Downtown in Fargo.
WEST FARGO—The Liberty Middle School drama department here will hold its inaugural "Liberty's Got Talent" show starting at 7 p.m. Monday in the school theater. Liberty is at 801 36th Ave. E. Tickets are $3 at the door. Sixteen acts will vie for prizes of $100 (first place), $75 (second) and $50 (third). Acts include vocal and instrumental music, tap and hip-hop dance, gymnastics and magic.
FARGO—A Fargo School District negotiator and the president of the Fargo Education Association said Friday that both sides will give contracts another shot before working through the impasse process. The FEA declared an impasse May 2 after the two parties failed to reach agreement on two issues: pay raises, and the number of teachers who can use personal leave on any given day at the elementary and secondary levels. School Board member Jim Johnson said district negotiators wanted to sit down again to see if those issues could be ironed out. "Maybe we can avoid impasse," Johnson said.
BISMARCK—Scott Strenge, the principal of Wyndmere Public School, has been named the North Dakota Middle School Principal of the Year. The announcement was made Friday by the North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals. Strenge started the student-led Sources of Strength outreach program to help support students through difficult times in their lives. He also started a mentor/mentee program for seniors and seventh-graders. Strenge is principal for grades seven through 12 and the activities director at Wyndmere Public School.
WEST FARGO—Two students from Dickinson High School will represent North Dakota in this year's Ford//AAA Student Auto Skills National Finals, which will be June 7-9 in Detroit, AAA announced Friday. Evan Wilkie and Shelby Kilwein won the state competition held Friday at the Red River Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Their instructor is Brian Woehl. Trevor White and Dalton Flory of Williston High School took second in the competition. Their instructor is Arne Lunzman. Christopher Welch and Michael Behles of the Minot Public Schools came in third.
FARGO—Fargo School Board member John Strand says it’s time for the school district to design its schools to accommodate transgender students. Strand asked at a recent school board meeting if...
MOORHEAD—Representatives from the city of Moorhead, Clay County and the Moorhead School District met Monday as a Community Facilities Task Force to coordinate major construction projects between the three governments...
WEST FARGO—There are no policies in place in the Fargo and West Fargo public school districts to address when it is appropriate for teachers to communicate with students outside of the classroom, though Moorhead School District has some policies on electronic communication and social media meant to deal with such situations. Teacher handbooks and policies in the metro may end up being rewritten, as administrators and school board members look to guide employees away from legal trouble. The most recent local cautionary example is Aaron Knodel. The West Fargo English teacher went on tri