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 - West Acres mall is stationing a dedicated security guard at the Roger Maris Museum after a burglar wearing what appears to be a security guard uniform stole two valuable items of memorabilia in a middle-of-the-night heist earlier this week. The thief made off with the 1961 S. Rae Hickok Belt and the 1960 Most Valuable Player plaque earned by the Fargo native during his storied professional baseball career. "The likelihood of it happening again is pretty small, but we're not taking any chances," Property Manager Chris Heaton said Thursday, July 28.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Authorities suspect alcohol was involved in a one-vehicle rollover crash that hospitalized the 39-year-old driver Wednesday, July 27, on County Highway 39, Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said. The rollover on Highway 39 at the Shell Lake River on the east side of Shell Lake was reported to the Becker County Sheriff's Office about 9:46 p.m., Glander said in a news release Thursday, July 29.
MOORHEAD - Longtime Moorhead City Council member Nancy Otto announced Wednesday, July 27, that she will not seek another term. Her announcement means newcomers will fill at least three of the eight seats on Moorhead's council soon after the November election even as a fellow council member, Steve Gehrtz, said Wednesday he is running for another term. Otto, 65, is now in her 17th year of service on the council, the board's longest-serving member. She said she's ready to spend more time with her family and grandchildren.
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.