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 - Giving Hearts Day set a new record for donations, bringing in $10,614,115 in the 24-hour fundraising blitz, Dakota Medical Foundation announced Friday, Feb. 10. The Thursday, Feb. 9, give-a-thon brought in 50,908 donations from about 21,800 individual donors, DMF reported. The number of individual donors was 7,262 more than those who gave in 2016, DMF reported. "We've had a big day," said Pat Traynor, executive director of DMF, which co-sponsors the event with the Alex Stern Family Foundation and the Impact Foundation.
FARGO — As far as fundraising stunts, there can be a lot worse gigs than sitting in a hot tub. Unless, of course, it's 12 degrees. With a stiff breeze. And the hot tub is sitting outside on a raised trailer bed. Staying well-submerged, heads warmed by the steam rising from the tub and covered with bomber caps, Rick Hill, Marcia Stubstad and Brad Lindblad waved to motorists zipping by Tubs of Fun on Main Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 9.
FARGO — No matter how you slice it, the owner of a north Fargo pizza shop and his customers are filling a need - —and many empty stomachs — in the Fargo-Moorhead area. For the last year, Little Caesars at 1020 19th Ave. N. has donated pizzas that overstayed their 30-minute hold time in the shop's "hotbox." They are given to three homeless shelters — the New Life Center and Salvation Army in Fargo and the Dorothy Day House in Moorhead, owner Mike Stevens said.
FARGO — Donors during this year's Giving Hearts Day may be able to turn a $10 donation into another $10,000 for their favorite charity. Up to $50,000 in #GoMatchyMatchy donor awards will be given away Thursday, Feb. 9, in the first-ever Giving Hearts donor incentive program, said Pat Traynor, executive director of Dakota Medical Foundation. "We're super excited about it," Traynor said at a DMF news conference Tuesday, Feb. 7.
FARGO - The Fargo-Moorhead area will be getting a quick shot of bitter cold Wednesday, Feb. 8, followed by a warm-up that will seem almost like swimsuit weather by comparison. Temperatures overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday should bottom out about minus 13 degrees in the F-M area, with minus 20s in the northern and the western parts of the region, thanks to a mass of cold air that blew into the area from the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies, WDAY Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler said Tuesday.
FARGO — Officers searched for a male reportedly walking around an apartment complex with a handgun early Monday, Feb. 6, near the Walmart on 13th Avenue South, but were unable to find him, the Fargo Police Department said. Officers were sent to 4930 15th Ave. S. about 12:53 a.m. to investigate a report of a male with a gun, Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said.
FARGO - The Fargodome set an attendance record in 2016, with 593,489 taking in events at the dome that included several high-profile concerts and North Dakota State University playoff games, General Manager Rob Sobolik said Monday, Feb. 6 All those visitors helped the dome's year-end 2016 net income balloon to $528,767, eclipsing the $92,322 that had been budgeted. "Which is very good," Sobolik said. It was the best year-end net income since 2000, when the dome had a net profit of a little over $700,000, Sobolik said..
NEW YORK — Listening to David Brooks, America sounds like a place of enormous contrasts — without nearly enough connections. There are gulfs in education, wealth and worldviews, according to the author, commentator and New York Times op-ed columnist. Distrust and skepticism abound, faith and love get short shrift. A renewed sense of citizenship is badly needed, Brooks said in an interview.
FARGO — A citizens group pushing for passage of a measure to set the Fargo School District's property tax mill levy at 127 mills is actively campaigning by appearing on talk radio shows, and going live with a Facebook page and a website filled with background information and links to volunteer or donate funds to the effort. The measure goes to a vote in a March 7 special election. The Citizens for K-12 Excellence Facebook page has been well-received, campaign manager Lucas Paper said. By Thursday morning, Feb. 2, it had more than 622 followers.
FARGO - Warren "Duke" Albrecht Jr., who served as a judge for North Dakota's South Central Judicial District, and later as an administrative law judge for the Federal Energy Regulatory Administration and the Social Security Administration, died Saturday, Jan. 28, at his home after a long illness. He was 72. Warren Rudolph Henry Albrecht Jr. was born March 20, 1944, to Warren and Eileen Albrecht. Albrecht graduated from Bismarck High School in 1962, where he was captain of the football and track teams.