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FARGO – The Fargo School Board has rescinded a vote that provided for an automatic pay increase tied to employee pay increases and approved a contract with its superintendent that—at his direction—includes no salary hike for the next two years.
FARGO — The upcoming June city election will be one of change for Fargo's City Commission, School Board and Park Board. Several incumbents have declined to run or reached their allowed term limits, leaving openings for new faces and new ideas. That guarantees that two-fifths of the City Commission and at least a third of the School Board will be new members after the June 14 election. In both of those races, large fields of candidates are vying for open seats. None of Fargo's legislative primaries are contested. Fargo City Commission
FARGO – A third incumbent has bowed out of the Fargo School Board race, guaranteeing another shot of new blood on the eight-member board. Paul Meyers, a 16-year veteran of the board, joins John Strand and Robin Nelson in not seeking re-election. Nelson and Strand are both running for City Commission instead. "I think it's probably time to let other people have their time on the board," Meyers told The Forum in a voice-mail message.
WASHINGTON – North Dakota, which for years has produced Selective Service sign-up rates of 90 to 99 percent, saw a precipitous drop-off in 2014, leaving it second-worst among the states and territories at 57 percent.
FARGO—The 461st Engineer Company, an Army Reserve unit based in Fargo, will be heading to Texas sometime this weekend for training before being deployed to Kuwait for Operation Spartan Shield, a military spokesman said Thursday, April 7. The vertical construction engineer unit will hold a departure ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, April 8, at the Reineke Fine Arts Center on the campus of North Dakota State University, said Maj. Oluwole Osibodu, public information officer for the 416th Theater Engineer Command, which is based in Darien, Ill.
MOORHEAD – When Spuds speak, people listen. This year's Moorhead High School speech team dominated in the Northern Lights region of Minnesota, and will send a school record 19 students to the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City in June, coach Rebecca Meyer-Larson said.
FARGO – A pilot project at the Fargo VA Medical Center aims to cut down bureaucratic delays and confusion in scheduling appointments and care, according to Sen. John Hoeven.
FARGO – About 450 juniors and seniors at South High School got ringside seats in a debate over whether the right to vote unhindered trumps the right to free speech, thanks to the North Dakota Supreme Court.
MOORHEAD - Developers are gearing up for a rush of housing construction in the next few years as the Moorhead School District begins its own building push to keep up with rapidly expanding enrollment. Horizon Middle School, 3601 12th Ave. S., will double in size with the addition of a fifth- and sixth-grade wing, and a new 750-student kindergarten through fourth grade elementary school will go up southeast of Horizon.
FARGO – Thanks to a lack of snow cover and this year's El Nino weather pattern, this March in Fargo-Moorhead appears on track to post the second-hottest average high temperature on record.