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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DILWORTH - The principal of the Glyndon-Felton Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District Superintendent Bryan Thygeson said Monday, Aug. 8. Shannon Jean Dahlberg, 45, of Moorhead, was charged Monday with felony theft and felony theft by swindle, Clay County court records show. Her first court appearance has been set for Sept. 13.
FARGO - Delta Airlines flights are back to normal operation this morning at Hector International Airport after a few flights were delayed here as part of large-scale flight cancellations caused by a power outage that crippled the firm's global computer systems. "They're moving again," Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Municipal Airport Authority said about 10:40 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8. "The morning launches took off here some time ago," he said.
BISMARCK — Extra patrols for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign by law enforcement resulted in 118 arrests and/or citations tied to alleged alcohol or drug use while driving, the North Dakota Department of Transportation reported Tuesday, Aug. 2. The driving under the influence patrols resulted in 933 traffic stops, according to the 36 law enforcement agencies that participated, including the state Highway Patrol.
RUCH, Ore. — A former North Dakota State University student was killed in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 27, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported. The body of Alexis Lynn Stormo, 23 was found in her home in the 400 block of Tumbleweed Trail here. She had suffered serious injuries, the Sheriff's Department reported. Todd Levi Wilcox, 35, of Ruch, was taken into custody at the scene.
MOORHEAD—A Fargo developer is ready to start a three-phase redevelopment on the east edge of downtown Moorhead now that pollution issues have been resolved at the worksite, officials said last week. Removal of chlorinated solvents and other chemicals from the former site of Aggregate Industries and Hedgemasters on First Avenue North between 15th and 18th streets is nearly finished, Pete Doll, real estate and redevelopment services manager for the city of Moorhead said Wednesday, July 27. "The project is very much on track," Doll said
FARGO - Starting Monday, Aug. 1, drivers on the west side of Fargo will once again be able to use 12th Avenue North between 45th and 47th streets. An early start to the construction season and good weather has pushed that part of the project to completion early, city officials announced Friday, July 29. West of there, 12th Avenue North will continue to be closed down until September from 47th Street to 57th Street, which is 9th Street East in West Fargo.
FARGO - Pete Moe is gradually getting ready to call the open road his home. Moe and his wife have been living a couple months of the year in their motor home for about six years. Now that he's just a couple years from retiring as a teacher, football coach and athletic director in Washburn, N.D., they're shopping to upgrade to their dream machine to coast across America's backways and byways in a recreational vehicle. "I just think it's a neat way to travel," Moe said last week outside of his RV, parked in Fargo's Lindenwood campground. "You get a good view of the road."
FARGO - West Acres mall is stationing a dedicated security guard at the Roger Maris Museum after a burglar wearing what appears to be a security guard uniform stole two valuable items of memorabilia in a middle-of-the-night heist earlier this week. The thief made off with the 1961 S. Rae Hickok Belt and the 1960 Most Valuable Player plaque earned by the Fargo native during his storied professional baseball career. "The likelihood of it happening again is pretty small, but we're not taking any chances," Property Manager Chris Heaton said Thursday, July 28.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Authorities suspect alcohol was involved in a one-vehicle rollover crash that hospitalized the 39-year-old driver Wednesday, July 27, on County Highway 39, Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said. The rollover on Highway 39 at the Shell Lake River on the east side of Shell Lake was reported to the Becker County Sheriff's Office about 9:46 p.m., Glander said in a news release Thursday, July 29.
MOORHEAD - Longtime Moorhead City Council member Nancy Otto announced Wednesday, July 27, that she will not seek another term. Her announcement means newcomers will fill at least three of the eight seats on Moorhead's council soon after the November election even as a fellow council member, Steve Gehrtz, said Wednesday he is running for another term. Otto, 65, is now in her 17th year of service on the council, the board's longest-serving member. She said she's ready to spend more time with her family and grandchildren.