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 — For North Dakota's Education Fact-Finding Commission, 2017 was a busy year. Nine school districts in the state failed to break impasses in teacher contract talks on their own and called in the trio, hoping an outside perspective would find a compromise teachers unions and school boards could shake hands on. The process worked in Rolla, Dunseith, Grand Forks, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Mapleton, Jamestown and Bismarck.
FARGO — The Essentia and Sanford health systems in Fargo have not been affected by a national shortage of IV saline fluid bags that's been ongoing since last fall, spokespeople said Thursday, Jan. 4. North Dakota's emergency medical equipment stockpile in Bismarck has been tapped to help some facilities running low on IV fluid bags, including Trinity Hospital in Minot, but so far, no one has run out.
FARGO—Federal funds for the region's community health centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, got a temporary boost with the stopgap spending bill approved by Congress on Thursday, keeping those programs running through March. Pat Gulbranson views the funding as a much-needed gift. "Well take it. It's a nice Christmas gift at this point," said Gulbranson, CEO of Family HealthCare here.
FARGO — City Commissioner John Strand called upon the city's Human Relations Commission to push for more protections in Fargo for transgender people after two women testified Thursday, Dec. 21, about discrimination and the need for training and increased awareness of the issue.
FARGO — Overheating electrical equipment coming into contact with combustible material caused a house fire that injured four people Sunday, Dec. 17, one of them seriously, according to Fargo's fire marshal. The fire at 721 29th St. N. originated between a mattress and the east wall of the basement, Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson said Thursday, Dec. 21, ruling it accidental.
MOORHEAD — Call it the longest night or the shortest day, but welcome to the winter solstice. Daylight today will last just eight hours, 32 minutes and 32 seconds. That's seven hours and 21 minutes less light than you'll enjoy come June 21 with the summer solstice. But some folks have come to embrace the dark — because that's where they make their living. Juan Cabanela is one of them.
FARGO — Ashley Held and her son, Carter, live in one of the many apartment complexes on 39th Street South, just south of West Acres mall. The neighborhood is in the West Fargo School District, and on a recent chilly Wednesday afternoon, Held picked up Carter from his school bus stop. Held, who's studying to become a surgical technologist, said apartment living is convenient and works for their life as she goes through school. Eventually she'd like to be a homeowner, but right now it's not in the budget.
FARGO - The Fargo School Board voted 8-1 to hire Ray and Associates, an Iowa-based firm that found the school district's last three superintendents, to conduct a search for a replacement for Superintendent Jeff Schatz, who recently gave notice that he will retire at the end of June. The base price quoted for the search by Ray and Associates is $18,000, but board President Jim Johnson said that could be adjusted lower if the school district takes care of some of the search functions.
FARGO — The mother of a girl who was among four children the Fargo School District found was bullied by a teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School urged the School Board Tuesday, Dec. 12, to not follow through with a plan to allow the teacher to continue to teach, but stopped short of asking for her to be fired.
FARGO — The Fargo School Board voted 9-0 Tuesday, Dec. 12, to give architects the go-ahead to finish work on plans to expand and remodel Discovery Middle School and to solicit construction bids on the project, expected to cost roughly $16.3 million. The planned work, once the new construction, renovation and remodeling phases are completed, would enable the school to accommodate 1,100 students, while making the 23-year-old building more efficient. Discovery now has 985 students.