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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ADA, Minn. — Fresh off a post-lunch nap, the 4- and 5-year-olds in Dawn Tinjum's pre-kindergarten class at Ada-Borup Elementary School were busy playing — and learning, too, even if they didn't realize it. Sprawled on a mat, Vincent Bender-Bieber was glued to a My Little Pony book. Close by, Calli Azure-Erbentraut was sharpening her dexterity by using a scissors to cut shapes in colored paper. Four of their classmates colored sheets with Easter eggs, while on a bench by Tinjum's desk, two children listened raptly as a volunteer read to them.
FARGO — Most of the homes purchased in recent years for Fargo's flood protection projects have ended up in the city's landfill, and other homes that will soon be replaced by apartments near North Dakota State University are expected to follow. Several factors come into play with disposing of the homes, experts say, but time constraints due to the area's short construction season play a big role. Homes can be tough to move on city streets — particularly larger ones. And even the expenses tied to auctioning properties can push the decision toward total teardowns.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead school buses may soon have a new headquarters, as the School Board voted unanimously Monday, April 10, to buy the Muscatell Super Center used car dealership building and land near Interstate 94 for $2.7 million. The deal, once finalized, would replace the current inadequate and deteriorating facility and improve access for busing districtwide, said Assistant Superintendent Brandon Lunak. The Muscatell facility at 1313 30th Ave. S. could also house kitchen facilities, he said.
MOORHEAD - Angela Doll, a Moorhead High School assistant principal, has been named the state's top assistant principal, in part for her work to improve at-risk student attendance. The award from the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals recognizes outstanding middle school and high school assistant principals. "I think it's quite an honor," Doll said. "It's really humbling. ... I just come to school and I do my job." Doll said the award is the result of the teamwork between administrators and staff at the high school.
BISMARCK — The March 22 fire that destroyed an unoccupied former church in Nome was intentionally set, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ken Sisk said in a report released Thursday, April 6. "It is my opinion an unknown person or persons intentionally set fire to the area near the southeast walk-in door of this building using an undetermined open flame device; therefore I am labeling the cause of this fire to be incendiary," Sisk said in the report
FARGO — Internet service providers in the area say they won't alter their policies concerning customers' private data now that Federal Communications Commission regulations have been repealed that would have required ISPs to do more to protect that information. President Trump signed the resolution repealing those rules Monday, April 3.
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Mass communications students at Lake Park-Audubon High School won four Crystal Pillar Awards from the Emmy Association this year, doubling the number the school received in the previous four years for their Raider Nation News broadcasts. The awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter are for excellence in high school-level broadcasting. They are for public affairs/community service, music video, fiction and newscast.
FARGO — A high-end apartment and condominium complex planned along the Red River in downtown Fargo received unanimous approval Wednesday, April 5, for Renaissance Zone tax breaks. The Renaissance Zone Authority voted 8-0 to support property tax and income tax breaks to help Northland Hospitality build City Centre Lofts at 301 3rd Ave. N. The $10.5 million complex will have 36 one-, two- and three-bedroom living units, with 175 indoor and 107 outdoor parking spaces.
FARGO — Developers are planning a $10.5 million high-end apartment complex just north of the new City Hall on the site of the former Howard Johnson hotel and Sidestreet Grille & Pub. The plan by Northland Hospitality LLC will be reviewed by the Renaissance Zone Authority at its meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, according to documents from the Planning and Development department. The City Centre Lofts at 301 3rd Ave. N. will be an improvement in downtown's riverfront area, Planner Derrick LaPoint said Tuesday.
FARGO — When The Doggie Taxi fetches Janet Olson's dog, takes him to get groomed and brings the Maltese/poodle cross back to her doorstep, it's a treat for Teddy. "I don't drive very far and I don't like driving with him," Olson said. "It was much easier for them to come and get him and bring him back. I can get him groomed and pick him up and bring him back for $60. I think that's very reasonable."