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 — Santa makes his list and checks it twice. That's also a good financial strategy to avoid spending too much on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. Budgeting is where it starts, said Alicia Kellebrew, a financial counselor with The Village Family Service Center in Fargo. "You have to take everything into account," she said, including house and car payments, groceries, utilities and medical care. "People have a tendency to slack on that stuff to afford Christmas, but they're doing it backwards," Kellebrew said.
MOORHEAD — A bus driver working for a Moorhead School District subcontractor became upset with students he was driving home Tuesday, Nov. 22, and told them to get off the bus before driving away, school district officials confirmed. The incident took place about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 2500 block of 12th Avenue South, Superintendent Lynne Kovash said Wednesday, Nov. 23.
MOORHEAD - The latest enrollment projections for Moorhead's public schools estimate the school district will add more than 200 students in each of the next five years. Projections call for an average increase in enrollment of 3.22 percent, or 223 students, per year, Assistant Superintendent Brandon Lunak told the School Board last week. "I feel really good about these projections," Superintendent Lynne Kovash said. "Not the explosive growth, but a good growth for the school district."
FARGO — Homelessness is declining in North Dakota and Minnesota, mirroring a nationwide trend, the Department of Housing and Urban Development reports. Local advocates said Friday, Nov. 18, that they see some encouragement in the numbers, but demand for shelter beds in the Fargo-Moorhead area remains high.
FARGO — This year's Fill The Dome project is nearing the finish line. The organizers of the project, the Metro Area Student Ambassadors, hope to raise at least $35,000 and collect enough food to cover a good share of the floor of the Fargodome, spokeswoman Sophie Hollister said Thursday, Nov. 17. "We're almost done with it, but we still have a lot to do," said the senior from Northern Cass High School in Hunter. The theme of the project's 10th year is "The Road to End Hunger."
MOORHEAD - Insulation around the heating and cooling pipes in the utility tunnels for Ellen Hopkins Elementary School is now being replaced and the tunnels cleaned over worries about potential mold issues, Moorhead School District officials say. The work started over the Education Minnesota convention break in late-October, district spokeswoman Pam Gibb said.
FARGO — "The Wizard of Oz" is a fantastical theater chestnut, spinning a child's dreams of adventure with a dollop of love, acceptance and triumph over adversity. It's the latter three pieces where the HOPE Inc. version excelled. Children in wheelchairs and motorized scooters, with leg braces and computerized communication boards, took to the stage Saturday night, Nov. 12, at Bethel Church to enjoy the limelight before at least 200 friends, family and other supporters.
FARGO — It was a mild October, and the first half of November has seen record warmth in the region, but it looks like reality will set in by the end of the workweek for the Fargo-Moorhead area. Record temperatures were set in Fargo and Grand Forks on Sunday, Nov. 13.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A woman says a man violently attacked her as she walked alone through City Park here and tried to sexually assault her Friday, Nov. 11, Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson said in a news release Sunday, Nov. 13.
FARGO — It was a mild October, and the first half of November has seen record warmth in the region, but it looks like reality will set in by the end of the workweek for the Fargo-Moorhead area. Record temperatures were set in Fargo and Grand Forks on Sunday, Nov. 13. Fargo's high temperature was 67 degrees, topping the previous record of 65 set in 1999, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. Meanwhile, Grand Forks' high hit 64 degrees at the NWS office near Interstate 29. The previous record was 59, set in 2007.