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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TOWER CITY, N.D.—Maple Valley School District voters will go to the polls Tuesday, April 25, to decide if the district should bond for $14.3 million to expand and renovate the high school here and turn it into the sole building for all students in grades K-12. Superintendent Brian Wolf said a similar measure fell just a few votes shy of the 60 percent supermajority needed to pass in a September 2016 vote.
FARGO - For Mirjana Rakasovic, the announcement Friday, April 21, that Fargo’s two Nokomis Child Care Centers will be closing this summer was devastating. Picking up her 2-year-old daughter Milla at the center at 618 23rd St. S., the West Fargo woman trembled as she fought back tears. “It’s really hard when you’re a single parent. I have (9-month-old) twins and a 2-year-old,” Rakasovic said. “I was trying to move ahead. I was going to go to school. Now, I’m scared.
MENAHGA, Minn. - Signs advocating for and against a $34.7 million school construction plan have been getting trashed or stolen here, police say. Police Chief Scott Koennicke said the vandalism leading up to the May 9 school bond election has him scratching his head. "It just kind of seems a little silly. For the love of Pete, I don't think because somebody drives by a 'No' or 'Yes" sign, they're going to change their vote," Koennicke said.
ADA, Minn. — Fresh off a post-lunch nap, the 4- and 5-year-olds in Dawn Tinjum's pre-kindergarten class at Ada-Borup Elementary School were busy playing — and learning, too, even if they didn't realize it. Sprawled on a mat, Vincent Bender-Bieber was glued to a My Little Pony book. Close by, Calli Azure-Erbentraut was sharpening her dexterity by using a scissors to cut shapes in colored paper. Four of their classmates colored sheets with Easter eggs, while on a bench by Tinjum's desk, two children listened raptly as a volunteer read to them.
FARGO — Most of the homes purchased in recent years for Fargo's flood protection projects have ended up in the city's landfill, and other homes that will soon be replaced by apartments near North Dakota State University are expected to follow. Several factors come into play with disposing of the homes, experts say, but time constraints due to the area's short construction season play a big role. Homes can be tough to move on city streets — particularly larger ones. And even the expenses tied to auctioning properties can push the decision toward total teardowns.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead school buses may soon have a new headquarters, as the School Board voted unanimously Monday, April 10, to buy the Muscatell Super Center used car dealership building and land near Interstate 94 for $2.7 million. The deal, once finalized, would replace the current inadequate and deteriorating facility and improve access for busing districtwide, said Assistant Superintendent Brandon Lunak. The Muscatell facility at 1313 30th Ave. S. could also house kitchen facilities, he said.
MOORHEAD - Angela Doll, a Moorhead High School assistant principal, has been named the state's top assistant principal, in part for her work to improve at-risk student attendance. The award from the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals recognizes outstanding middle school and high school assistant principals. "I think it's quite an honor," Doll said. "It's really humbling. ... I just come to school and I do my job." Doll said the award is the result of the teamwork between administrators and staff at the high school.
BISMARCK — The March 22 fire that destroyed an unoccupied former church in Nome was intentionally set, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ken Sisk said in a report released Thursday, April 6. "It is my opinion an unknown person or persons intentionally set fire to the area near the southeast walk-in door of this building using an undetermined open flame device; therefore I am labeling the cause of this fire to be incendiary," Sisk said in the report
FARGO — Internet service providers in the area say they won't alter their policies concerning customers' private data now that Federal Communications Commission regulations have been repealed that would have required ISPs to do more to protect that information. President Trump signed the resolution repealing those rules Monday, April 3.
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Mass communications students at Lake Park-Audubon High School won four Crystal Pillar Awards from the Emmy Association this year, doubling the number the school received in the previous four years for their Raider Nation News broadcasts. The awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter are for excellence in high school-level broadcasting. They are for public affairs/community service, music video, fiction and newscast.