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 — Area financial advisers say investors should stay the course with their investments, and if they can, consider buying stock bargains following market losses tied to the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union. Bargain hunters might have already been working on that Tuesday, June 28, as the Dow Jones Industrials bounced back after two days of heavy losses followed the Thursday, June 23, "Brexit" vote.
MOORHEAD—In separate votes, the Moorhead and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton school boards approved a plan Monday, June 27, to swap parcels of land and readjust their mutual boundaries. With little fanfare, the Moorhead board voted 6-0 for the plan. "I think it's a great thing for both districts that we were able to find something that worked," board member Mark Altenburg said after the meeting.
FARGO—Longtime Fargo School Board member Paul Meyers says serving on a school board is like playing a part in a good play—everyone knows their role. And he's relished his role since being named to the board in 2000.
MOORHEAD—Bryan Sprenger is practicing a reverse form of farming. Instead of breaking up the prairie, the Grey Eagle man is bringing it back to life. Sprenger, who works for Prairie Restorations Inc., spent a sunny Thursday, June 24, steering a John Deere tractor and pulling a seeder around six acres of Red River bottom land north of the Moorhead Country Club. If all goes well, in a few years the area on the north end of North River Drive will be a flower-packed grassland, much like it was before farming and urban sprawl ripped it up.
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota is ranked No. 1 nationally in child well-being, while North Dakota is ranked No. 8, in the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book released this week. It's the second year in a row that Minnesota has earned the top ranking, thanks to being ranked first in measures of child health (up from second last year), third in economic well-being (up from fifth last year), fourth in family and community and sixth in education. It is also the seventh year Minnesota has taken the top spot in the rankings since they were first issued in 1990, KIDS COUNT reports.
CASSELTON, N.D.—With enrollment at Central Cass expected to grow sharply in the next few years, school district leaders are working on a construction project to take to voters. Demographic projections call for the school district's K-12 enrollment rise more than 20 percent by 2020, from 806 students today to just under 1,000, Superintendent Morgan Forness said Monday, June 20. The projections are "a little bit daunting," Forness said.
Twenty-four panhandling complaints have been filed so far this year in the city, compared with about 31 at this time last year, Helmick said.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead City Council by consensus settled on an interim city manager Friday, June 17, after interviews with three candidates at City Hall. The group agreed on David Schmidt, a retired city manager who runs an organic farming operation near Wabasha. A representative of the search agency that helped the city find its interim city manager candidates contacted Schmidt after the meeting to let him know the decision, council members said. No specific salary or other compensation was discussed at the meeting.
FARGO — The Fargo Liquor Control Committee voted 4-0 Friday, June 17, to approve an 18-month "look-back" period for liquor license violations, along with a simplified matrix that clearly lays out the penalties tied to breaking laws tied to selling booze. The matrix also drops the number of steps in some cases for potential penalties from seven to five, said panel member Police Chief David Todd.
FARGO - The Fargo Moorhead Community Bicycle Workshop is closing its physical location this month. The workshop at 209 NP Ave. held its last open shop Thursday night, June 16, according to Sara Watson Curry, a local bike proponent and director of operations for Great Rides Fargo. "It's a volunteer-run organization, and sometimes they can be difficult to sustain," financially, Watson Curry said. "There's certainly not a lack of bikes that are needing a home, or needing a little TLC or need recycling."