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 — An East Central District judge has ruled that the Cass County Joint Water Resource District, which is trying to get a permanent right-of-way easement for 80 acres of farmland for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion, has not followed the proper procedures for eminent domain proceedings, court documents show. At the same time, Judge John Irby denied a motion by Donald Cossette and the Angela R. Cossette Revocable Living Trust to dismiss the water district's attempt to use eminent domain for the Horace-area land, documents show. According to court records:
FARGO — The city of Fargo's overall budget is expected to rise 2.9 percent to nearly $269 million for 2017, despite a loss in state revenue expected to top $7.5 million, according to preliminary figures presented Friday, Aug. 19, by Mayor Tim Mahoney. The general fund budget is expected to rise 2.3 percent to $96,284,000. That includes the full-time equivalent of 13 new hires spread across the various city departments. The largest group of new positions, five, are planned for the Police Department.
MOORHEAD — DFL lawmakers say it's crunch time for coming up with a deal to call a special legislative session this year to pass tax and bonding bills. "We have this meeting tomorrow with the four leaders and Gov. (Mark) Dayton, and I really do think it's crunch time," House Minority Leader Paul Thissen said at a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Davy Park here. "I think once we get to the State Fair, and into the school year and all that, it becomes much harder to get a special session done."
MOORHEAD — Comic books and martial arts helped Fargo-Moorhead area students learn Chinese as part of a Fargo Public Schools summer program at the Bluestem Center for the Arts. The three-week-long STARTALK program, which wrapped up Tuesday, Aug. 16, immersed nearly four-dozen children in grades three to eight in the language, culture and history of China. That included a healthy dose of wushu — a martial art that has also been called China's national sport. For Ben Bjerke, wushu has been a big bonus in his drive to learn Chinese for a trip to China some day.
DILWORTH — At least nine people have filed to run for the four Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School Board seats up for election on Nov. 8. Board Chairman Jeremy Bladow said Tuesday, Aug. 16, that he is cheered by the amount of interest in serving on the board. "I'm actually excited about it," said Bladow, who added that there have been years there haven't been four candidates to fill four spots. All four incumbents filed to run for re-election. The candidates for the Nov. 8 school board election are: • Bladow, 10 2nd St. N.W., Dilworth.
MOORHEAD — There are now 11 candidates in the race for the four Moorhead School Board seats that have their terms expire at the end of the year. Filing Tuesday, Aug. 16, were David Marquardt, 3835 21st Ave. S., and Melissa Burgard, 618 31st St., N. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. today. Other candidates who have filed are: • Incumbent Scott Steffes, 5804 3rd St. N. Steffes, who is currently serving as vice chairman, was first elected to the board in November 2012 for a term that began January 2013. • Cassidy Bjorklund, 4405 10th St. S.
RURAL HARWOOD, N.D. — A National Veterans Cemetery to be built here is being hailed as a tremendous benefit for military veterans and their families in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. The cemetery will be on nearly 5 acres of land just east of Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church at 4711 40th Ave. N. The area, surrounded by farmland, is north of West Fargo and west of the Sheyenne River. It is part of a Department of Veterans Affairs effort to make it easier for veterans in rural areas to access a national cemetery.
FARGO—Old meets new at Eagles Elementary School, and if you ask Principal Tanya Lingle and her teachers, it's a good combination. The $9.6 million kindergarten through fifth-grade building at 3502 S. University Drive features large windows to draw in natural light and flexible seating in all of the classrooms—allowing children to sit, stand or wiggle in whatever way they learn best, Lingle said Friday, Aug. 12.
MOORHEAD - Moorhead City Councilman Jim Haney says despite what critics have said, he's not planning to double-dip by serving on the City Council and the Clay County Commission at the same time. And he's been stung by assertions that he acted selfishly when he decided to hold onto his council seat until after the November election. Waiting to resign his council seat means the rest of the council will choose his successor, rather than having the public vote on who will serve the last two years of his term.
MOORHEAD—Despite some close calls and work still to be done after school starts, Fargo-Moorhead students shouldn't be affected by the ongoing construction and renovation at several area schools, district officials say. The work follows voters in Moorhead and West Fargo approving major bond issues last year, giving the green light to a rush of new facilities and upgrades.