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 -- City officials here want a wrecking crew to take down the Bison Turf, a north Fargo bar heavily damaged by an intense and stubborn fire last week ,...
FARGO - The American Legion building at 505 3rd St. N. has been sold to Kilbourne Group, adding yet another downtown property to the ever-growing holdings of the Fargo development firm. Kilbourne Group is leasing the building back to the Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2 at no charge until the veterans organization can move to its new home in the old Hector Airport Terminal at 1801 23rd Ave. N., the post announced in a news release Tuesday, July 26.
FARGO - The owner of the Bison Turf says he can repair much of the fire damage at the bar and restaurant and reopen the northside landmark in 30 days, provided he gets quick action from city inspectors and his insurance adjuster. Fargo's fire chief, however, thinks that timeline is unrealistic. Turf owner Pete Sabo said he's walked through the building and it appears much of the damage from the intense blaze that broke out Friday, July 22, was restricted to the roof of the western half of the building.
MOORHEAD — For Richard Campbell, the 100-chair dental clinic that sprang up in Concordia College's Memorial Auditorium couldn't have happened at a better time. The Concordia senior has had an aching tooth so long he's gotten used to the pain, he said. On Friday, July 22, he was waiting to find out if a dentist from the Minnesota Mission of Mercy would decide if he needed a filling, or if the tooth would have to be yanked.
MOORHEAD — Medical personnel revived a man suffering an opioid overdose Thursday, July 21, Moorhead police spokesman Lt. Tory Jacobson said. First responders, including police and F-M Ambulance, were dispatched to 124 12th St. S. about 9:50 p.m., Jacobson said. There, F-M Ambulance personnel used the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan to revive the 23-year-old man, Jacobson said. "The person did survive," he said. Jacobson did not know what drug had been used by the man.
FARGO - Bail was set at $1 million in cash for a Ponsford, Minn., man charged with sexual assault and murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in her south Fargo home on May 15. Landon Mitchell Lauwagie, 23, made his first appearance in Cass County District Court jon Wednesday, July 20. He's charged with Class AA felony charges of murder and gross sexual imposition in the death of 40-year-old Cory Terlecky. Lauwagie is now being held in the Cass County Jail.
FARGO - A West Fargo man was sentenced Thursday, July 21, in Cass County District Court on a Class B felony charge of child abuse for causing a skull fracture in his 7-week-old baby last August. Chance Allan Severson was sentenced to one-year in jail, with all but 90 days suspended by Judge Frank Racek. The 90 days will be served in the Cass County Jail. Severson will also serve 18 months of supervised probation and be required to pay a total of $500 in fees.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that a Moorhead man can withdraw his guilty plea in a case involving the repeated rape of a pregnant woman. Jesse Paskey pleaded guilty in February 2013 in Clay County District Court to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for tying up an exotic dancer who was seven months pregnant and raping her repeatedly and holding a knife to her throat.
FARGO — Democratic lawmakers laid out a plan Thursday, July 21, to erase the state's projected $309.5 million budget shortfall in a way they said would preserve a 12 percent property tax credit, leverage federal matching dollars for nursing homes, hospitals and other providers, and avert some cuts to mental health care and addiction treatment. At the same time, the plan would leave about 87 percent of expected 2.5 percent across-the-board cuts, said Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider of Grand Forks.
FARGO — A trial date of Sept. 2 has been set for Fargo teen accused of committing a 2013 sexual assault in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn. In a disposition hearing Wednesday, July 20, Cass County District Court Judge Steven Marquart set the September trial date for Abdirahman Sahel, 17, so that it can follow an Aug. 30 trial for a case in which Sahel is accused of attacking a woman in the West Acres parking lot in September 2014.