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 – A Fargo man is accused of sexually assaulting one woman in May and trying to sexually assault another in July, according to Cass County District Court documents. Kyle Edgar Wilson faces two felony counts of gross sexual imposition in the May incident, and a felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition in the July incident.
WEST FARGO — A West Fargo woman faces a felony charge of reckless endangerment for allegedly firing a shotgun into the ceiling of her apartment, according to Cass County District Court documents filed Wednesday, Feb. 14. Heather Louise Larson, 45, is accused of shooting a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into the ceiling of her unit at 85 Center St. No injuries were reported.
MOORHEAD — A Sabin man faces five felony charges after an incident in which he is accused of firing a Taser at a Clay County sheriff's deputy who then shot him with a gun. Brady Allan Adrian, 19, was charged Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Clay County District Court with two counts of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer (demonstrable bodily harm) and three counts of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer (throws or transfers bodily fluids or feces at or onto an officer), according to court records.
FARGO — Anytime love is blooming, Jill Johnson wants to be there. For years, Johnson has trimmed out time from her other job to play Cupid with a minivan, delivering loads of Country Greenery blooms throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area.
ANAMOOSE, N.D. — The Rev. Robert Wapenski was beaten on the face, head and back, and speaker wire was used by his alleged assailant in an attempt to choke him to death, according to an affidavit released as part of McHenry County District Court documents unsealed in the case Friday, Feb. 9.
FARGO — Convicted killer Brooke Lynn Crews is still being held at the Cass County Jail, segregated from other inmates, awaiting transfer to the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, N.D., according to a jail official. Once she gets to prison, she will be given an orientation that will lay out the rules of prison life, and she will be evaluated, said Barb McGillivray, director of women's services at the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
FARGO — A man who drove an SUV that hit and killed a worker striping a runway last summer at Hector International Airport will not be charged, a prosecutor with the Cass County State's Attorney's Office said.
BISMARCK - Cody Schulz, the disaster recovery chief for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, will be the state's next director of Homeland Security, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, Feb. 9. Schulz will take over leadership of the Division of Homeland Security office March 1, the governor's office said in a news release. He will also serve as the state's Homeland Security Advisor.
FARGO - Three men have been arrested for stealing pistols from a local pawn shop earlier this week and a fourth man is still being sought, the Fargo Police Department reported Friday, Feb. 9. According to police: Four men entered First National Pawn, 2305 Main Ave., about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Two of the men tried to distract an employee while another acted as a lookout. The fourth man opened the locked pistol case and took two pistols.
FARGO — A Cass County inmate, initially jailed on a robbery charge, now faces a felony count of having sex with a 16-year-old girl after a match was made, authorities say, with his DNA and samples from a sexual assault kit from 2015. Oscar Kayee, now 26, was 24 years old at the time of the alleged assault. He's charged with sexual assault by a person at least 22 years old who knowingly had sexual contact with a minor 15 years old or older.