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 — Convicted killer Brooke Lynn Crews is still being held at the Cass County Jail, segregated from other inmates, awaiting transfer to the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, N.D., according to a jail official. Once she gets to prison, she will be given an orientation that will lay out the rules of prison life, and she will be evaluated, said Barb McGillivray, director of women's services at the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
FARGO — A man who drove an SUV that hit and killed a worker striping a runway last summer at Hector International Airport will not be charged, a prosecutor with the Cass County State's Attorney's Office said.
BISMARCK - Cody Schulz, the disaster recovery chief for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, will be the state's next director of Homeland Security, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, Feb. 9. Schulz will take over leadership of the Division of Homeland Security office March 1, the governor's office said in a news release. He will also serve as the state's Homeland Security Advisor.
FARGO - Three men have been arrested for stealing pistols from a local pawn shop earlier this week and a fourth man is still being sought, the Fargo Police Department reported Friday, Feb. 9. According to police: Four men entered First National Pawn, 2305 Main Ave., about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Two of the men tried to distract an employee while another acted as a lookout. The fourth man opened the locked pistol case and took two pistols.
FARGO — A Cass County inmate, initially jailed on a robbery charge, now faces a felony count of having sex with a 16-year-old girl after a match was made, authorities say, with his DNA and samples from a sexual assault kit from 2015. Oscar Kayee, now 26, was 24 years old at the time of the alleged assault. He's charged with sexual assault by a person at least 22 years old who knowingly had sexual contact with a minor 15 years old or older.
WAHPETON, N.D. — The Oasis Stage Bar and Package Store is back to selling liquor, but it may take special action by city leaders to reissue the bar's cabaret license so it can again offer topless entertainment.
FARGO — A man accused of supplying heroin laced with fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of a 26-year-old Fargo man pleaded guilty in federal court here to distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. Marcel Dajon Washington, 27, entered the plea Tuesday, Feb. 6, before Judge Ralph Erickson as part of an agreement that will see two other drug charges against him dropped.
MANDAN, N.D. — A father and son face felony charges after a search of their vehicle on Interstate 94 found more than 200 pounds of marijuana and other illegal drugs Sunday, Feb. 4.
WAHPETON, N.D. — The Oasis Stage Bar and Package Store, a topless bar where the owner is seeking to have lap dancing approved, is closed until local liquor and cabaret licensing issues can be worked out, Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson said Friday, Feb. 2. That could happen as soon as this Monday, when the City Council meets, Thorsteinson said. In fact, the chief said a sign outside the Oasis said the bar will reopen Tuesday, indicating that owner Matt Pausch is confident that will happen.
AITKIN, Minn. — A Hastings, Minn., man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge in a case involving a 2016 hit-and-run that caused the death of a 10-year-old girl, according to an Aitkin County Attorney's Office spokeswoman. Steven L. Meier, 45, changed his plea on a charge of criminal vehicular homicide for leaving the scene of an accident during a hearing Thursday, Feb. 1, in Aitkin County District Court. His sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. March 23.