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 — The Fargo School Board picked a former member to be its representative in contract mediation with the Fargo Education Association. Rick Steen, now a Cass County commissioner, was chosen with a 9-0 vote by the board on Tuesday, May 23.. The FEA has contacted someone about being its representative and is waiting to hear back from that individual, teachers' union President Dave Marquardt and Vice President Laura Christensen say.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead School District has purchased the Muscatell Super Center car dealership in south Moorhead to house its bus transportation and warehouse operations. The School Board voted 7-0 to approve the $2.7 million deal for the 7.2-acre property and a 30,000 square foot building on Monday, May 22. Assistant Superintendent Brandon Lunak told the school board that the district's operations will "co-habit the site" with Muscatell until that firm builds a new dealership. "I'm excited, truly excited, to get over there," Lunak said.
FARGO—The piglets hogged the spotlight, and Matthew Holtz and his family got a big gift and lots of love from the students and staff at Discovery Middle School on Monday, May 22. Discovery Principal Linda Davis made a show of donning some lipstick before she laid an interspecies smooch on a piglet, her contribution to closing out the school's Battle of the Piggy Banks. "It was delightful. You'll never meet a sweeter pig than that one," Davis joked. The grade-versus-grade fundraiser raised about $3,100 for Discovery student Holtz and his family.
FARGO - Kolvyn Hopkins is a determined young man. The 17-year-old senior at Fargo's North High School is laser-focused on becoming the second person in his family to get a high school diploma. Born in New Town, N.D., on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Hopkins has lived 15 of his 17 years in Fargo and West Fargo with his mother, who is a single parent. His mother has a high school diploma, but didn't go to college. "We grew up really poor. She always told me that when I grow up, not to live like her," Hopkins said. "She always motivated me to do well in school."
FARGO—The Fargo teachers' union declared an impasse in contract talks with the School Board Wednesday night, May 17, citing classroom safety and salaries among leading issues teachers said were not being addressed. The impasse declaration came after a break during which Fargo Education Association negotiators met with 65-70 teachers who had packed the downtown School Board boardroom to listen to the talks.
MOORHEAD - The superintendent of the Moorhead School District announced Tuesday, May 16, that she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Lynne Kovash made the announcement to staff Tuesday afternoon, May 16, district spokeswoman Pam Gibb said in an email. “She will be seeking treatment through either (Fargo’s) Roger Maris Cancer Center or the Mayo Clinic,” Gibb wrote.
FARGO - The committee looking to recall Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn said it will not file its petition in the effort. In a statement issued in the early morning hours of Friday, May 12, the deadline to submit the petitions, the group said the decision comes after "Piepkorn's recent promise to personally obtain the list of all signatories."
BISMARCK - The Cass County Commission violated North Dakota open meetings laws in multiple ways in the process of hiring its new top administrator, according to an opinion issued Friday, May 12, by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
FARGO - The Red River Zoo can again claim a purr-fect result in breeding Pallas cats, a near-threatened species. The zoo on Thursday, May 11, announced the birth of five Pallas cat kittens. The rare kittens, born April 20, are the third litter born at the Red River Zoo, according to zoo Executive Director Sally Jacobson.
MOORHEAD - Despite falling behind schedule at first, both of the Moorhead School District schools under construction will be ready for students this fall, officials say. Dorothy Dodds Elementary School will be fully finished in time for classes to start, while the fifth- and sixth-grade addition to Horizon Middle School will have enough completed to accommodate classes, construction manager Steve Gehrtz of Gehrtz Construction Services said.