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 — A Moorhead man has pleaded guilty to selling a mixture and substance containing heroin that led to two overdoses in April. Gregory Krutsinger, 38, pleaded guilty Thursday, July 14, in a change of plea hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson, records show. Sentencing is set for Oct. 4. According to the criminal complaint, Krutsinger was accused of selling heroin or fentanyl that led to an overdose April 2 in Fargo, and to another overdose April 19 in West Fargo
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn.—Two people were injured in an ATV rollover crash here Sunday, July 17. The crash happened at the corner of Fifth Street and Andrews Avenue about 6:09 p.m., the Breckenridge Police Department reported.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Four people were injured when a boat ran ashore and hit trees on Detroit Lake early Sunday, July 17, the Becker County Sheriff's Office reported. The sheriff's office received a 911 call on the incident about 12:06 a.m. When officers arrived, they found an 18-foot SeaRay runabout and its occupants at 400 South Shore Drive, Sheriff Todd Glander said in a news release.
FREDERICK, Md.—A graduate student at North Dakota State University is doing research to help combat the Zika virus. Rafaela "Rafa" Medeiros, who is pursuing a master's degree in public health at NDSU, is part of a team from the Southern Research Institute analyzing the Zika virus for clues that could lead to a disease-fighting vaccine. Medeiros is from the Brazilian coastal city of Natal, one of the first places the Zika outbreak was noticed in 2015.
FARGO—At a meeting Friday morning, July 15, School Board members here informally agreed to ask voters in March to approve a higher property tax rate than allowed under state law. The district's general fund mill levy is now frozen by state law and requires voter approval to increase.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead will start offering a child care training program this fall to help alleviate a severe shortage of child care in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The M State campus will offer a child care and education certificate program to prepare students for entry-level jobs in child care centers or to open their own in-home child care, the school announced Thursday, July 14.
FARGO - Two crew members of the USS North Dakota have surfaced in Fargo. Ensign Dennen Miner and Machinist's Mate Auxiliary 2nd Class Robin Anderson are the latest members of the nuclear-powered attack submarine's crew to make a "namesake trip" to the state to foster better relations and meet people. They're diving into a whirlwind tour of the Fargo area. "I'm just excited to be able to see various aspects of the state itself. I've never been to North Dakota," Anderson said Tuesday, July 12. "It's beautiful here."
WEST FARGO — The United Way of Cass Clay kicked off its 18th annual School Supply Drive Monday, July 11, with a news conference at the West Fargo School District's Leidal Education Center. The goal of this year's drive is to equip 5,300 local students with backpacks full of school supplies. The drive helped 5,260 students in 2015 by providing a new backpack and school supplies appropriate for their grade levels. The students attended 65 area schools or community organizations, United Way said.
FARGO - Fargo firefighters responded to a report of a deck fire about 7:20 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at 2561 Villa Dr. S. The fire on a third-floor deck of the apartment building was extinguished by the occupant. Firefighters then used a portable fire extinguisher to make sure the fire was out and cool down hot spots. The fire, which was started by smoking materials igniting combustible materials, did about $2,500 in damage to the decking boards and exterior of the building. There were no injuries reported.
CASSELTON, N.D. - Concrete pavement and shoulder repairs will begin on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 between Casselton and Mapleton starting Monday, July 11. A lane closure will be in place through the construction zone and motorists can expect delays of up to 15 minutes, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Speeds will be reduced to 65 mph for the project length and to 40 mph through the work zone.