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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MOORHEAD—The Moorhead School District is spending nearly $250,000 to buy more than 1,000 computers for individual students to use in a pilot one-to-one computing program that will weigh the costs and impact for learning. The School Board voted 4-0 Monday to buy 857 Lenovo N21 Chromebooks (a type of laptop computer) and 207 LG ChromeBases, a desktop computer, from Tierney Brothers of Minneapolis.
MOORHEAD—You don't want to be late to the party when it comes to construction season. As Moorhead officials learned last week, it can mean not having a dance partner to get the big jobs done. With many area road and building projects on the table, local officials say contractors can pick and choose jobs. "Contractors, their plates are full," said Moorhead City Engineer Bob Zimmerman. "Our project was fairly complex and a big project.
FARGO—Tim, Todd and Logan Vangerud will wet some lines today at a favorite fishing spot in North Dakota; father, son and grandson sharing quality time. The patriarch of the Vangerud clan, great-grandfather Tom, will spend this Father's Day at the family's summer home on Minnesota's Lake Cormorant, watching his kids and grandkids play. The men—Tom, 85, Tim, 63, and Todd, 37—represent three generations of fatherhood: starting with the era when fathers brought home the bacon and relied on mom to change the diapers, to today, when everything is shared, from juggling careers to
CARSONVILLE TOWNSHIP, Minn. - A deer ran into a motorcycle Thursday while it was being driven on Highway 34, leaving the driver seriously injured, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Keitha M. Sixberry, 58, of Side Lake, Minn., was eastbound about 8:31 a.m. when the deer collided with the 2008 Honda near mile marker 63, west of 525th Avenue, the patrol reported. Sixberry was separated from the motorcycle before it came to rest, the report said. The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Becker County Sheriff's Office, Carsonville Fire and Rescue and North Memorial Ambulance.
FARGO - Kentucky is no longer on the run. The llasa apso/cocker spaniel mix was live-trapped about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and is back at Homeward Animal Shelter in north Fargo, 29 days after escaping from his foster home in the Riverwood neighborhood in May.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A fire heavily damaged a home at 740 Central Ave. N., early Saturday, Valley City Fire Department Chief Gary Retterath said.
GLYNDON, Minn.—One person was injured in a broadside crash Saturday evening of two vehicles at the intersection of Highway 10 and 100th Street, the State Patrol reported. The crash was reported at 7:35 p.m. Connor T. Cook, 22, of Baker, Minn., was driving a 2007 GMC Yukon that was in a broadside collision with a 2003 Ford Taurus driving by Megan M. Buer, 25, of Fergus Falls, Minn., the Patrol reported. The Patrol said Buer has suffered non-life-threatening injuries and Cook did not appear injured at the scene of the crash.
WEST FARGO — A man suffered head injuries when he fell off the back of a passenger car Saturday after getting into a dispute with his girlfriend, a West Fargo Police Department officer reported. The 23-year-old male suffered injuries to his head and right side in the accident, which occurred about 4:20 p.m. in the 100 block of 13th Avenue East, Sgt. Patrick Hanson said. The man had gotten into a dispute with a 31-year-old woman before the accident.
MOORHEAD - Moorhead and Dilworth firefighters extinguished a grass fire Saturday along Highway 75, between 15th Avenue and 28th Avenue North, Moorhead firefighter Mike Miller said. The department got the call about 3:12 p.m., Red River Regional Dispatch Center logs said. The Moorhead fire crew elected to cut off the advance of the fire, spurred by winds out of the south and east, at 28th Avenue North and allow it to die out.
WADENA, Minn.—Two people were injured Saturday when the driver of a motorcycle lost control and crashed after swerving to avoid a stopped vehicle on Highway 10 near milepost 91, the State Patrol reported. Thomas Shea, 39, of Clear Lake, Minn., was driving his 2003 Honda motorcycle eastbound on Highway 10 about 8:18 a.m.