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 — If retail workers were elves, Santa would be offering a bounty on them in Fargo-Moorhead. Many retailers here have been scrambling to hire and train workers in the lead-up to Black Friday and the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season. Carol Widman, owner of Carol Widman's Candy Co., was still interviewing and hiring people last week. Normally, she employs 20 to 25 people, but over the holidays, she needs 50 or more to hand-dip and sell the store's chocolate delights. She's developed a pool of people she can call on to handle the candy crush.
ROSWELL, N.M. – John Delmar Anderson, who at age 98 was the oldest known survivor of the sinking of the battleship USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died Saturday at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, one of his sons confirmed Tuesday.
FARGO – Santa has arrived at the gas pump. The price of regular unleaded gasoline has dipped below $2 a gallon at several stations in the Fargo-Moorhead area and experts from AAA in North Dakota and Minnesota say they could go lower still, perhaps through February.
MOORHEAD – School board officials say the Moorhead School District needs better demographic information and would consider partnering with the city to get a better estimate of what enrollments will look like in the next five to 10 years.
FARGO – Officials at the Blessed John Paul II Catholic Schools Network have agreed to abide by the North Dakota State High School Activities Association's decision that prayers broadcast by loudspeakers won't be done at NDHSAA-sponsored events, such as playoff games.
MOORHEAD – Should the Moorhead School District stick with one big high school? Or does the district need a second high school?
MOORHEAD – Moorhead School District administrators will create a construction timeline and work with architects in the next couple of weeks as part of the process to get ground broken by next spring for needed schools, Superintendent Lynne Kovash said Wednesday.
DILWORTH – It's back to the drawing board for the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District. In the wake of voters' sound rejection of a $31.5 million school bond issue Tuesday, officials agree it will be important to get representatives from all three communities together to create a plan residents will accept.
MOORHEAD – The $78.28 million Moorhead School District bond referendum passed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin Tuesday, with 64 percent of voters approving and 36 percent against.
FARGO – The Anne Carlsen Center's drive to build a new assisted-living center in Fargo is this year's beneficiary of the RDO Caters Taters for Charity fundraiser, set for Thursday at Baymont Inn & Suites here.