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—After years of planning, months of fit-up and weeks of stocking, Prairie Roots Food Cooperative opens its doors to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 5. General Manager Kurt Kopperud says the store at 1213 NP Ave. N. will be a big asset for the revitalized downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, with its mix of natural and organic foods, much of it locally produced. "We're filling a need downtown," Kopperud said Sunday, July 2, as he and staff stocked and prepped the store.
FARGO — Sam Floberg will hunker down at a quiet place in Minnesota's Lakes Country this Fourth of July. That's because the whoosh of fireworks brings the war in Afghanistan rushing back for the combat vet. On Thanksgiving Day 2006, Floberg was near the end of a routine patrol with his squad from the Grand Forks-based 1/188th Air Defense Artillery when "all of a sudden, rockets started flying past my head." As the gunner in the unit's trailing Humvee, "I was like a target," the Fargo man said.
FARGO — The Fargo School Board voted 8-0 Tuesday, June 27, to take contract talks with the district's teachers' union — now at impasse — to the state Education Fact-finding Commission for resolution.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead School District officials expect the district's general fund revenues to be $77.36 million for the 2017-18 school year, up about $3 million from 2016-17, according to budget figures approved as part of the overall operating plan in a 6-0 vote by the School Board on Monday, June 26, That increase comes from a 2 percent increase in state aid and an anticipated increase in enrollment of 253 students, according to Brandon Lunak, assistant superintendent for finance and operations.
FARGO - A mediation team tasked with offering solutions to an impasse in Fargo teacher contract talks gave both sides its take on the issues late Friday, June 23. As of Monday, June 26, the president of the Fargo School Board said she was keeping her thoughts on the report to herself, for now.
This story originally published March 29, 2009. It is included in the June 24, 2017, edition of the Forum for the first installment of a series documenting the FM Diversion project. FARGO — Fargo-Moorhead got a slight reprieve Saturday, as it appears that, for now, the Red River has crested at a slightly lower level than expected.
FARGO — For Linda Walker, the last four days have provided some of the toughest testimony that she and her family have heard related to the 2003 kidnapping and murder of her daughter, Dru Sjodin. The evidentiary hearing in the death penalty appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., the man convicted and sentenced to death in 2006 in the case, has been filled with graphic descriptions from autopsy reports that have added to the family's anguish, Walker said Friday, Jan. 23.
FARGO — A lawyer who represented Alfonso Rodriguez in his trial for the murder of Dru Sjodin said late disclosures by prosecutors of important test results, and of the planned testimony by the doctor who autopsied Sjodin's body, made defending his client from rape allegations difficult. Robert Hoy, an attorney with Ohnstad Twichell law firm in West Fargo, opened testimony Thursday, June 22, on the third day of a U.S. District Court hearing in Rodriguez's death penalty appeal.
FARGO — The defense presented two more witnesses Wednesday, June 21, in an evidentiary hearing in the death penalty appeal of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Testimony from Dr. Jonathan Arden, a forensic pathologist and owner of Arden Forensics, and Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic, the chief medical examiner for Oakland County, Mich., filled the second day of the hearing in U.S. District Court, and mirrored that of the two experts who testified Tuesday. Rodriguez was convicted of the November 2003 kidnapping and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin.
FARGO — An evidentiary hearing got underway Tuesday, June 20, in U.S. District Court in the death penalty appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Rodriguez was convicted of the 2003 kidnapping and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. The hearing is supposed to focus on proving whether Sjodin was sexually assaulted or died from wounds to her throat.