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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DAVENPORT, N.D. - Nearly a million pounds of a World War II "war hero" sat belching smoke on the railroad track for about an hour here Thursday, June 1. And before Milwaukee Road steam locomotive No. 261 chugged away from this small prairie town, heading to Lisbon on a gorgeous, sunny late-spring evening, the aging iron horse had won its share of admirers. "It's cool. I think it's going to be a lot of fun," 12-year-old Ryleigh Skaurud of West Fargo said, leaning out to look out of her train car as the train prepared to leave.
MOORHEAD — A photo shared on Snapchat of a hand holding what turned out to be a plastic gun in a school setting was a harmless joke, but one that required considerable investigation by Moorhead police and school district officials on Thursday, June. 1. Moorhead High School Principal Dave Lawrence said a high school student eventually admitted that the photo in his possession had been taken in January, and that it had been sent to the wrong person. "We did due diligence. ... It all turned out. It was no threat," Lawrence said.
FARGO - Cass County officials like the goals of new laws that aim to stem rising incarceration rates in North Dakota's jails and prisons, but say the system could prove difficult and costly to put into place. Officials from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Human Services ran through the basics of the North Dakota Justice Reinvestment Initiative on Monday, May 30, at Rasmussen College with about 30 Fargo and Cass County officials and lawmakers.
FARGO — For Bob Mandt and Duke Johnson, Memorial Day is more than about having a three-day weekend to kick off summer. It's a day of duty. Standing in camouflage uniforms at the entrance to Riverside Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans of America members prepared to join the color guards from area veterans organizations in ceremonies Monday, May 29, honoring those who served in the nation's military — and all-too-often — sacrificed their lives.
FARGO - At least one person became sick and was taken to the hospital by an ambulance Monday morning, May 29, after an apparent carbon monoxide leak at the La Quinta Inn and Suites at 2355 46th St. S. in Fargo. The Fargo Fire Department said several other people reported being ill, but firefighters did not elaborate on the number of people or if they needed medical attention. Firefighters also walked through the hotel and monitored carbon monoxide levels and determined people staying in the hotel did not need to be evacuated.
MOORHEAD - Chelsea Keller and Amanda Mangel say one plus one has added up to better math instruction for the sixth-graders they work with at Horizon Middle School Keller, a math teacher, and Mangel, a special education teacher, are co-teaching — sharing instructional duties as part of an effort to get more Moorhead School District special education students integrated into math, English, science and social studies classrooms.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead is just one step from finally getting an underpass near its high school, a project city officials have had in their sights for more than a decade. Barring a veto from Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Moorhead will receive nearly $42.3 million to build the railroad underpass at Main Avenue and 20th and 21st streets. The funding is part of $988 million in infrastructure spending state lawmakers approved in the wee morning hours of Friday, May 26.
FARGO — The Fargo School Board picked a former member to be its representative in contract mediation with the Fargo Education Association. Rick Steen, now a Cass County commissioner, was chosen with a 9-0 vote by the board on Tuesday, May 23.. The FEA has contacted someone about being its representative and is waiting to hear back from that individual, teachers' union President Dave Marquardt and Vice President Laura Christensen say.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead School District has purchased the Muscatell Super Center car dealership in south Moorhead to house its bus transportation and warehouse operations. The School Board voted 7-0 to approve the $2.7 million deal for the 7.2-acre property and a 30,000 square foot building on Monday, May 22. Assistant Superintendent Brandon Lunak told the school board that the district's operations will "co-habit the site" with Muscatell until that firm builds a new dealership. "I'm excited, truly excited, to get over there," Lunak said.
FARGO—The piglets hogged the spotlight, and Matthew Holtz and his family got a big gift and lots of love from the students and staff at Discovery Middle School on Monday, May 22. Discovery Principal Linda Davis made a show of donning some lipstick before she laid an interspecies smooch on a piglet, her contribution to closing out the school's Battle of the Piggy Banks. "It was delightful. You'll never meet a sweeter pig than that one," Davis joked. The grade-versus-grade fundraiser raised about $3,100 for Discovery student Holtz and his family.