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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MOORHEAD — Art and technology are meeting on and around the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. In a blue utility tent at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 14th Street South, the first of seven art-wrap installations on CenturyLink utility boxes was underway Tuesday morning, Oct. 25. Outside the tent, area artists and students shuffled and shivered, big smiles on their faces despite a cool, fall breeze. Hanna Loegering, a senior at MSUM, was the first of the seven winners of the CenturyLink technology-themed competition to see her art placed as a wrap.
MOORHEAD—New elementary school enrollment boundaries for the 2017-18 school year that include Dorothy Dodds Elementary, which is now going up on the city's south side, were unanimously approved Monday, Oct. 24, by the Moorhead School Board.
FARGO – Construction on a proposed $98 million, 18-story Block 9 multiuse tower in downtown Fargo is now expected to start in spring 2017 at the corner of Broadway and Third Avenue North instead of this fall as originally planned. The size and complexity of the project, and the need to maximize the limited staging area available for the project required a shift in the construction timetable, said Scott Neal, president of the PROffutt Limited Partnership.
FARGO — Rebuilding the Bison Turf might not be able to start in earnest until sometime in December, owner Pete Sabo said. Sabo, who recently submitted plans to the city's Inspections Department for repairing and expanding the popular northside watering hole, must get the OK from the city's Planning Commission to proceed after questions arose about the Turf having enough parking to handle more patrons. Sabo wants to add a second-floor bar and a large outdoor patio deck facing west toward the nearby North Dakota State University campus.
MOORHEAD — Learning can be child's play. Just ask Sophia Johnson. The 7-year-old was sporting a big smile after a 40-minute stint in Park Christian School's S.M.A.R.T. room Friday, Oct. 14., with the rest of her first-grade class. "It's really fun. It gets your brain and your eyes ready to learn," Johnson said, taking a break from crawling on a map and alternating between touching numbers and her ears. Her favorite exercise is swinging rung to rung on the overhead ladder, which is similar to monkey bars. "Five times!" in three minutes, she said proudly.
FARGO - Doug Ketcham has had an office in the Black Building since the early 1990s, but with major renovation of the downtown icon on the horizon, he says Doug Ketcham and Associates Court Reporters will move to a new home at the end of the month. "This will probably be the pride of downtown Fargo when it's done," Ketchum said Thursday, Oct. 10, as he stood by the door of his second-floor office.
BISMARCK — Eugene Dahl, who is credited with creating thousands of manufacturing jobs in North Dakota, has been named the 43rd recipient of the state's Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Gov. Jack Dalrymple made the announcement Wednesday, Oct. 12. Dahl, who led the growth of several equipment manufacturing businesses, including Bobcat and Steiger, died in 2008.
MOORHEAD—Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made immigration a hot topic for the Nov. 8 election with his claims that Mexican illegal immigrants were criminals and "rapists" and that they are stealing Americans' jobs. But those claims don't hold up—for the most part—says Oscar Flores, a professor of economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
MOORHEAD - Clay County will get a new jail and law enforcement center near the courthouse here. No ifs, ands or buts. That decision was made a half year ago by the county board of commissioners. Where voters get to step in is determining how a big chunk of the more than $52 million price tag will be financed. To cover the bond payments, about 40 percent of the project will be paid by levying more property taxes or adding a new half-cent sales tax, Commissioner Kevin Campbell said Friday, Oct. 7.
FARGO — At least some of Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn's questions about the costs of refugee resettlement for Fargo are expected to be answered at the Monday, Oct. 10, City Commission meeting. City staff have offered up a memo on refugee resettlement in the area that includes a breakdown on the number of people settled in the region by Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota since 2002, plus a rough outline of the additional tax burden for the city, schools and Cass County to support resettlement efforts.