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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HUNTER, N.D. - The president of the Northern Cass School Board said the board is waiting to find out how Superintendent Cory Steiner's drunken driving case is resolved before it decides what sanctions he will face. "We really are taking this seriously," Susie Carlson said Thursday, Aug. 17. Carlson said the board has consulted with the district's lawyer and they are now waiting to see what direction Steiner's case takes. "Whatever action is deemed appropriate, we will do that," Carlson said.
FARGO — Repair costs could reach $100,000 at Nativity Catholic Church and the co-located Nativity Elementary School after vandals gained access to the roof last week and used rocks to smash 37 large, custom-fit windows, police and school officials said. The broken windows have been boarded up, but the vandalism could put a crimp into how classes are run when school starts on Aug. 22.
MOORHEAD — Park Christian School is preparing for an ambitious redesign and expansion of its north Moorhead campus that's set to start next spring. The school has $5.1 million in cash and commitments toward an $11 million plan to increase the private school's capacity from 450 students to about 675, PCS President Chris Nellermoe said Thursday, Aug. 10. "We had a tremendous response last December with fundraising. We've just had a phenomenal buy-in," Nellermoe said. "That's been the hidden blessing of this. The excitement this brings. Our families are excited."
HUNTER, N.D. — Northern Cass High School will have a principal by committee for the coming school year. Former high school Assistant Principal Ryan Lyson failed to obtain his principal credentials in time to be offered a contract for the position, Superintendent Cory Steiner said Thursday, Aug. 10. Steiner said the school board then opened applications for the principal job and interviewed several candidates - including Lyson, who obtained his credentials in July.
FARGO — A state-mandated contract negotiating session broke down Wednesday, Aug. 9, leaving no agreement between Fargo School Board members and teachers union representatives, even as the start of the school year is rapidly approaching. The School Board plans to meet for a special session Tuesday, Aug. 15, to draft a new contract to be issued to teachers. Teachers will then have about two weeks to sign their contracts. Classes start Aug. 24. "It wasn't a happy ending," said School Board negotiations spokesman David Paulson.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead School District was among several school districts in this part of the Red River Valley that did not get funding to pay for district-wide pre-kindergarten, according to Gov. Mark Dayton's office. Moorhead Superintendent Lynne Kovash said the district applied for the funding before the last legislative session, hoping Dayton's request from lawmakers for another $175 million to fund free pre-kindergarten would be approved.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Scammers have been phoning residents from Moorhead to the Fergus Falls, Minn., area, claiming they are from the U.S. Marshals Service and threatening to arrest them on a warrant unless they pay their fine with a pre-paid credit card or gift card.
WAHPETON, N.D.—Gary Rogers loves Wahpeton. And Wahpeton loves the man people call G.R. Rogers, a longtime Red River Valley radio broadcaster and Wahpeton volunteer firefighter, was the center of attention Monday, Aug. 7, as hundreds of people lined Main Avenue at 2 p.m. to watch a parade in his honor. Rogers, 72, sat in the front seat of a bright yellow, modern pumper truck as a precession of fire trucks from Wahpeton, Breckenridge, Minn., and other area towns tooled down Main.
FARGO — It was a Friday night, Aug. 5, 1977. Harry "Tim" Henry said he started his day drinking "with the usual crew" at the Empire Tavern. He followed that with a nap in his apartment at the Hotel Donaldson, before ambling over to the Chatterbox Lounge on NP Avenue for an afternoon round of drinks. He then went to the bank for more cash, but the bank had closed. He headed back to the Chatterbox for more drinking.
FARGO—Fargo area social services and health care providers were briefed Friday, Aug. 4, on an initiative that aims to transform the state's behavioral and health services support systems to more effectively help people awaiting trial, or on parole or probation. The $7.5 million Community Behavioral Health Program, approved by state lawmakers for this biennium, is being tested in Fargo, Bismarck, Dickinson and Devils Lake.