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 takeoff of a United Express commuter jet flight to Denver from Fargo was safely aborted Monday, Jan. 9, after the plane blew two tires, a Hector International Airport spokesman said. About 6:30 a.m., United Express Flight 4629, a 50-passenger Embraer 145, was rolling down the runway for takeoff when two right rear tires blew on the landing gear, said Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein. The crew then aborted the takeoff and returned to the gate, he said. No one was hurt, he said.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — One man was found dead in a house fire Saturday, Jan. 7, on the east side of Mayville, the Traill County Sheriff’s Department reported. About 6:26 a.m., the sheriff’s department received a 911 call reporting a house fire on 7th Avenue Northeast, near the hospital, the report said.
FARGO — Longtime human rights activist and World War II veteran Lewis “Lew” Lubka, died Friday, Jan. 6, in Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo. He was 90. Private services are being planned for Lubka, a former North Dakota State University professor of urban and regional planning who described himself as an "independent thinking" and "left-leaning person of peace.” “He’s a legend in this town and the world,” his daughter Lorraine Lubka said Saturday, Jan. 7.
FARGO - The Fargo School District's new operations center is just a few weeks from being ready to occupy. Though the move was forced by flood control, district officials say it will lead to long-term cost savings. The $9.24 million building at 3901 40th Ave. S., just north of the Shotwell's Floral greenhouses, will house several departments vital to supporting the district's 23 schools, including the central kitchen, warehouse, shops for construction trades, printing offices and a maintenance and storage facility for groundskeeping equipment and vehicles.
FARGO — The U.S. flag was lowered for the last time at the old American Legion building in downtown Fargo on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Just three members of the Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2 showed up to render the honors in a short, quiet ceremony at 505 3rd Ave. N. that ended more than 60 years of the organization's presence downtown. Their labors were perhaps emblematic of the difficulties the club had keeping the aging building maintained before it was sold to Kilbourne Group in summer 2016.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. — A first-degree attempted murder charge has been filed against a Breckenridge man accused of shooting another man after an argument at a home here on Dec. 29. Matthew Allard, 27, 807 8th St. N., was charged with premeditated attempted murder in a criminal complaint filed in the 8th Judicial District Court in Wilkin County on Dec. 30.
FARGO - The Fargo-Moorhead area picked up about 7.4 inches of snow from late New Year's Day into Monday, Jan. 2, in the first round of winter storms to open the New Year, according to a WDAY-TV meteorologist. But don't put away your snowblowers and shovels yet. A second round of 4 to 6 inches of snow - and perhaps as much as 8 inches - is expected in the F-M area tonight and into Tuesday, Jan. 3, even as the region slides into deep freeze temperatures with dangerous wind chills, StormTRACKER meteorologist Aaron White said.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead School Board members will take up the issue of replacing board member Laurie Johnson when they meet again in the new year. Johnson, who served two years of her second four-year term of office, recently resigned to move to the Washington, D.C., area, Superintendent Lynne Kovash said. "We're losing a good person. She's been a really effective board member," said board Chairman Bill Thomhave. "I really hate to see her go."
MOORHEAD — No matter how crazy the area's ice makes you, put the torch down. Moorhead firefighters say a man living at 307 4th St. S. tried to use a weed burner torch to thaw ice off the steps of his home Thursday, Dec. 29, and instead ignited the buffalo board siding. Firefighters were called to the home about 4:20 p.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Greg Doeden.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Area roads became unexpectedly slick Thursday, Dec. 29, thanks to a unique combination of sunny weather and gusty, light winds that caused patches of "blow ice" to form, sending unwary drivers spinning, sliding and rolling into area ditches, said Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow.