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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HUNTER, N.D. - A "miscommunication" on licensing means that Ryan Lyson, who has been the principal of Northern Cass High School for several years, will be its assistant principal this year. Lyson, who is working on a doctorate in educational leadership, didn't receive a provisional license this year from the state Department of Public Instruction because he still needs to take a few required master's degree-level classes, Superintendent Cory Steiner and Lyson said.
FARGO — With 25 minutes to go before the first bell, families descended on Eagles Elementary Thursday, Aug. 25, entering the school in a steady stream and filtering through the halls to their children's classrooms for final first-day-of-school goodbyes. Yes, the parking lot was jammed, but there was no crazy line of cars. But there were plenty of walkers and bikers to Eagles, Fargo's newest neighborhood school. Brittany Pauliver and Michael Boardman said their son, Calvin, was excited for his first day of kindergarten.
WYNDMERE, N.D.—Wyndmere Elementary School will host an open house for parents and guardians on Wednesday, Aug. 31., the principal announced. The event, which is only for parents and guardians, begins at 6:30 p.m. with a meeting with elementary Principal David Hanson in the high school gymnasium. Classroom presentations follow and will be repeated three times, running from 7 to 8 p.m.
FARGO - Fargo's private Catholic and Lutheran school systems opened Tuesday, Aug. 23, to higher enrollments. Initial enrollment figures show the Blessed John Paul II Catholic Schools Network had 1,202 students, with more expected to enroll in coming days. Last fall, JPII opened with 1,132 students, increasing to 1,146 by the end of the school year, Communications Director Sherri Simon said. "We are off to a great start this year," Simon said.
MOORHEAD — Concordia College must embrace a drive for diversity in its student body and staff, offer more pre- and post-college learning opportunities to broaden its income streams, and continue its fundraising success to remain a vibrant institution, President William Craft told teachers and staff at his State of the College address Tuesday, Aug. 23. Concordia is turning around what had been a trend in declining enrollment, Craft said in his speech at the Knutson Campus Center
MOORHEAD - The Moorhead High School Hall of Honor will have four new members this year. The honorees were announced during the Monday, Aug. 22, School Board meeting. They are: • Rod McLarnan. He was a 1944 graduate of Moorhead High who practiced law in Moorhead from 1958 to 2013. He also served on the Moorhead Park Board for 12 years and has been an active volunteer with several organizations.
MOORHEAD—The Moorhead School District will honor a Moorhead High School graduate and educator, and stick with the themes of new horizons and vistas for its students in naming its newest schools. In addition, voters will be asked in November to re-approve the district's $223.66 per pupil levy for another 10 years, the School Board decided in 6-0 votes Monday night, Aug. 22. The district's newest kindergarten through fourth-grade school will be Dorothy Dodds Elementary, in keeping with recommendations of a naming task force.
FARGO — Ground was broken Monday morning, Aug. 22, for a new Fargo City Hall, which city leaders said will be a tremendous addition to the downtown skyline. The city used to be called "The Gateway to the West," City Commissioner Tony Grindberg said. "Today, I'm proud to say we're a gateway to the future."
FARGO — Thousands of people lined downtown's north Broadway for the community's annual Pride Parade on Sunday, Aug. 21. The celebration by the LGBTQ community and family, friends and supporters.featured lots of smiles and laughter under bright, sunny skies. "Happy Pride!" yelled a man in a purple body stocking, as he wove through the crowd sprinkling glitter over bystanders. Brandon Elverud of Fargo was taking in his first Pride Parade. "Being a gay man, I can celebrate who I am without any worries, just to be proud of who I am," Eleverud said.
FARGO — Tobacco firms have cracked open their checkbooks to prepare to snuff out an attempt to pass an initiated measure that would bring a major hike in North Dakota's taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. If approved, Measure No. 4, supported by the Raise It For Health North Dakota coalition, would raise the tax on cigarettes from 44 cents a pack to $2.20 per pack. On all other tobacco products, the tax would rise from 28 percent of the wholesale price to 56 percent.