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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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that a Moorhead man can withdraw his guilty plea in a case involving the repeated rape of a pregnant woman. Jesse Paskey pleaded guilty in February 2013 in Clay County District Court to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for tying up an exotic dancer who was seven months pregnant and raping her repeatedly and holding a knife to her throat.
FARGO — Democratic lawmakers laid out a plan Thursday, July 21, to erase the state's projected $309.5 million budget shortfall in a way they said would preserve a 12 percent property tax credit, leverage federal matching dollars for nursing homes, hospitals and other providers, and avert some cuts to mental health care and addiction treatment. At the same time, the plan would leave about 87 percent of expected 2.5 percent across-the-board cuts, said Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider of Grand Forks.
FARGO — A trial date of Sept. 2 has been set for Fargo teen accused of committing a 2013 sexual assault in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn. In a disposition hearing Wednesday, July 20, Cass County District Court Judge Steven Marquart set the September trial date for Abdirahman Sahel, 17, so that it can follow an Aug. 30 trial for a case in which Sahel is accused of attacking a woman in the West Acres parking lot in September 2014.
MOORHEAD - City Council member Mike Hulett has announced that he won't seek another term in the Nov. 8 general election. Hulett is one of two representatives for the city's 3rd Ward and had won election twice to the post. His term ends Dec. 31. Hulett also works with the Clay County Planning Commission, Clay County Collaborative, Joint Powers Committee, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and League of Minnesota Cities. Hulett has a long history of service to the city of Moorhead.
FARGO — A Moorhead man has pleaded guilty to selling a mixture and substance containing heroin that led to two overdoses in April. Gregory Krutsinger, 38, pleaded guilty Thursday, July 14, in a change of plea hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson, records show. Sentencing is set for Oct. 4. According to the criminal complaint, Krutsinger was accused of selling heroin or fentanyl that led to an overdose April 2 in Fargo, and to another overdose April 19 in West Fargo
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn.—Two people were injured in an ATV rollover crash here Sunday, July 17. The crash happened at the corner of Fifth Street and Andrews Avenue about 6:09 p.m., the Breckenridge Police Department reported.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Four people were injured when a boat ran ashore and hit trees on Detroit Lake early Sunday, July 17, the Becker County Sheriff's Office reported. The sheriff's office received a 911 call on the incident about 12:06 a.m. When officers arrived, they found an 18-foot SeaRay runabout and its occupants at 400 South Shore Drive, Sheriff Todd Glander said in a news release.
FREDERICK, Md.—A graduate student at North Dakota State University is doing research to help combat the Zika virus. Rafaela "Rafa" Medeiros, who is pursuing a master's degree in public health at NDSU, is part of a team from the Southern Research Institute analyzing the Zika virus for clues that could lead to a disease-fighting vaccine. Medeiros is from the Brazilian coastal city of Natal, one of the first places the Zika outbreak was noticed in 2015.
FARGO—At a meeting Friday morning, July 15, School Board members here informally agreed to ask voters in March to approve a higher property tax rate than allowed under state law. The district's general fund mill levy is now frozen by state law and requires voter approval to increase.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead will start offering a child care training program this fall to help alleviate a severe shortage of child care in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The M State campus will offer a child care and education certificate program to prepare students for entry-level jobs in child care centers or to open their own in-home child care, the school announced Thursday, July 14.