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 - Doug Ketcham has had an office in the Black Building since the early 1990s, but with major renovation of the downtown icon on the horizon, he says Doug Ketcham and Associates Court Reporters will move to a new home at the end of the month. "This will probably be the pride of downtown Fargo when it's done," Ketchum said Thursday, Oct. 10, as he stood by the door of his second-floor office.
BISMARCK — Eugene Dahl, who is credited with creating thousands of manufacturing jobs in North Dakota, has been named the 43rd recipient of the state's Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Gov. Jack Dalrymple made the announcement Wednesday, Oct. 12. Dahl, who led the growth of several equipment manufacturing businesses, including Bobcat and Steiger, died in 2008.
MOORHEAD—Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made immigration a hot topic for the Nov. 8 election with his claims that Mexican illegal immigrants were criminals and "rapists" and that they are stealing Americans' jobs. But those claims don't hold up—for the most part—says Oscar Flores, a professor of economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
MOORHEAD - Clay County will get a new jail and law enforcement center near the courthouse here. No ifs, ands or buts. That decision was made a half year ago by the county board of commissioners. Where voters get to step in is determining how a big chunk of the more than $52 million price tag will be financed. To cover the bond payments, about 40 percent of the project will be paid by levying more property taxes or adding a new half-cent sales tax, Commissioner Kevin Campbell said Friday, Oct. 7.
FARGO — At least some of Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn's questions about the costs of refugee resettlement for Fargo are expected to be answered at the Monday, Oct. 10, City Commission meeting. City staff have offered up a memo on refugee resettlement in the area that includes a breakdown on the number of people settled in the region by Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota since 2002, plus a rough outline of the additional tax burden for the city, schools and Cass County to support resettlement efforts.
FARGO — South High School will induct three alumni and a former faculty member into its Hall of Fame with a dinner and ceremony in the school commons on Friday, Oct. 14. Inductees are graduates Mark Kristensen (1972), David Miller (1992), Mac Schneider (1997) and former communications and theater teacher and director Gwen Stark. The dinner and ceremony start at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (701) 446-2011. Those attending the Hall of Fame ceremonies are asked to use the 17th Avenue South entrance to the building.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Peter Dae Lewis,76, of Bakersfield died Thursday, Sept. 29. Lewis was born Nov. 9, 1939, to Leland and Sally Lewis in Vinton, Iowa. His family moved to Bakersfield in 1943. He graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1958 and attended what was then called Menlo Junior College in Atherton, Calif., for a year before attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in foreign language with a minor in natural science.
HAWLEY, Minn. - A Hawley family is without a home after a fire Thursday afternoon, Oct. 6, that appeared to have started in the bathroom and spread into the attic...
FARGO — Biak Sung sits in front of a white screen, the focal point of an arc of five studio lights, video and still cameras, a cameraman, a soundman and an interviewer. With the help of a few notes on a laptop, the tiny but confident 19-year-old works in only slightly halting English, grasping for the words to relate how life took her from her native Burma to Fargo. Sung, a member of Burma's Christian minority, is in her third year in America and is now a senior at South High School.
FARGO — The walls and ceilings on the first floor of the Bison Turf are stripped down to the studs. Powdery, dark brown insulation covers much of the floor, drifting inches thick in some spots. One of the main roof beams near the west entrance is terminally cracked and sagging, shored up by two steel supports. Here and there are holes in the walls and extensive charring on the roof of the green and gold icon