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 - By this time next year, Fargo residents might not have to separate their curbside recycling into separate collections of glass, plastic, paper and metal At its meeting Monday, May 23, the City Commission will consider approving a contract with Minnkota Recycling that includes rates for taking commingled recyclables from single-family residences. If commissioners OK the contract, Solid Waste Utility Manager Terry Ludlum said staff will next determine the costs and a timetable for a single-sort curbside recycling system.
FARGO - Hank Deyle didn't get much thanks for serving in the Army when he got back to the U.S. after serving in the Korean War. He had been overseas for about a year, manning a machine gun post that guarded his artillery outfit near Seoul, South Korea. Back then, he didn't dwell on the lack of pomp for returning vets. He was focused on resuming his life. But Sunday and Monday, May 22-23, Deyle and other area veterans will take a WDAY Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. That, the 86-year-old Fargoan said, is a grand and welcome gesture.
FARGO – North Dakota is beginning the process of rewriting its version of the Common Core state standards, but it won't be a start-from-scratch revision, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday, May 18.
FARGO — The issue of whether transgender students should be allowed to use the bathrooms of their choice should be decided at the local level, not by the federal government, the state's Superintendent of Public Instruction said Wednesday, May 18.
FARGO — For a worry-free voting experience, Cass County voters — particularly students and those who have recently moved — should plan ahead, county election officials said Wednesday, May 18. The county will spend $20,000 on an informational campaign for the June primary and fall general election, using television, radio and print ads and billboards. The goal is to make people aware of new voter identification rules, Auditor Mike Montplaisir and Election Coordinator DeAnn Buckhouse said in a news conference at the Cass County Courthouse.
CASSELTON, N.D. - Ian Saum, a senior at Central Cass High School, has been named one of North Dakota's two 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Saum and Sedalia D. Mahlum of Century High School in Bismarck were among 160 high school seniors from across the nation and those studying abroad that were named as Presidential Scholars on Wednesday, May 4. Students are selected to be Presidential Scholars based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, school transcripts and evidence of leadership in their communities.
MOORHEAD – Horizon sixth-grade science teacher Christy Leier used a computer linked to a projection screen on Wednesday, May 11, to display a review lesson on rocketry for her students...
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Former Forum reporter Dave Forster recently finished one marathon, only to learn that he has a lifetime run ahead of him. In a video recently posted on Facebook, Forster crossed the finish line during a March 20 marathon in Virginia Beach, Va., where his wife, Samarah, was waiting with a sign proclaiming that she and Dave were going to have a baby. The exhausted Forster said he initially thought it was just a sign of support from his wife and two stepchildren and slowed to a jog, then walked a few steps after the finish line.
MOORHEAD – Xcel Energy plans to increase its pace of replacing underground power lines and is inspecting aboveground lines with infrared cameras in an effort to cut down on the spate of power outages that have hit the Fargo-Moorhead area in the past three weeks.
WEST FARGO — Students here got a virtual look at the dangerous realities of distracted driving on Monday, May 9, thanks to AT&T and the North Dakota Safety Council. "No text, no email, no glance is worth a life," said Brian Jenkins, an AT&T representative who ran the event as part of the "It Can Wait" campaign. "It can wait five or 10 minutes to get to a safe location. Pull over to the side of the road, whatever it takes. Your lives are important to us and we want to see (students) live a long, happy life."