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 — Workers and visitors to the Cass County Courthouse may have a convenient place to pick up breakfast or lunch starting in September. Anthony and Sara Bachman of Moorhead are proposing to reopen the County Seat Cafe in the lower level of the courthouse to sell breakfast items and offer hot and cold lunch options. Anthony Bachman said his mother-in-law, a county worker, pointed out the availability of the cafe and urged the couple to give it a shot.
FARGO — Two makeshift knives, or shanks, were discovered in a safety and security sweep of the Cass County Jail Tuesday night, May 24. Law enforcement officers and personnel from 12 agencies took part in the sweep, Sgt. Tim Briggeman said Wednesday, May 25. The sweep was prompted by an increase in contraband found in the jail and a growing concern over possible drug use by inmates, Briggeman said. "We were looking for everything" in what was called Operation Inn Sweep, he said.
FARGO – The abuse of prescription drugs by Fargo School District students reported in the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey "is concerning," Superintendent Jeff Schatz told the School Board Tuesday.
FARGO — The Fargo School Board voted 8-0 Tuesday, May 24, to go back to the voters to get the district's full mill levy taxing authority restored. But no date was set to take the issue to the polls. ""Thumbs up! Yes, we're going to do it. Everything else: To be determined," board President Linda Boyd said.
MOORHEAD – The Moorhead School Board voted 6-0 Monday, May 23, to approve a lease purchase plan that will allow the school district to eventually own the Globe University building at 2777 34th St. S.
DILWORTH — The Moorhead and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton school districts got a double-dose of good news from the Minnesota Legislature. Measures that will allow the districts to swap land, and allow a 40 percent tax break for farmland in school bond issues are in bills expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton. "It was very good news. Both bills will be very beneficial to our communities," said Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth.
WEST FARGO - Cheney Middle School was evacuated for about 45 minutes Monday, May 23, after a bomb threat that came by an automated telephone call, a West Fargo School District official said. "When we answered the phone, it was very apparent it was an automated voice. It wasn't a true individual on the other end of the phone," district spokeswoman Heather Konschak said. Law enforcement officials said the call could have been part of a raft of hoax calls around the nation, she said.
MOORHEAD — The Red River Valley Academy is closing its doors for good. Friday is the last day of classes for the Moorhead Montessori school, owner and principal Terrijann Mullerdahlberg said Monday, May 23. Mullerdahlberg said she decided to close the pre-kindergarten through high school Montessori so she could spend more time with her own family. "We have some changes in our family and I was the one available to make a change," she said.
FARGO - By this time next year, Fargo residents might not have to separate their curbside recycling into separate collections of glass, plastic, paper and metal At its meeting Monday, May 23, the City Commission will consider approving a contract with Minnkota Recycling that includes rates for taking commingled recyclables from single-family residences. If commissioners OK the contract, Solid Waste Utility Manager Terry Ludlum said staff will next determine the costs and a timetable for a single-sort curbside recycling system.
FARGO - Hank Deyle didn't get much thanks for serving in the Army when he got back to the U.S. after serving in the Korean War. He had been overseas for about a year, manning a machine gun post that guarded his artillery outfit near Seoul, South Korea. Back then, he didn't dwell on the lack of pomp for returning vets. He was focused on resuming his life. But Sunday and Monday, May 22-23, Deyle and other area veterans will take a WDAY Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. That, the 86-year-old Fargoan said, is a grand and welcome gesture.