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 — South High School will induct three alumni and a former faculty member into its Hall of Fame with a dinner and ceremony in the school commons on Friday, Oct. 14. Inductees are graduates Mark Kristensen (1972), David Miller (1992), Mac Schneider (1997) and former communications and theater teacher and director Gwen Stark. The dinner and ceremony start at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (701) 446-2011. Those attending the Hall of Fame ceremonies are asked to use the 17th Avenue South entrance to the building.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Peter Dae Lewis,76, of Bakersfield died Thursday, Sept. 29. Lewis was born Nov. 9, 1939, to Leland and Sally Lewis in Vinton, Iowa. His family moved to Bakersfield in 1943. He graduated from East Bakersfield High School in 1958 and attended what was then called Menlo Junior College in Atherton, Calif., for a year before attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in foreign language with a minor in natural science.
HAWLEY, Minn. - A Hawley family is without a home after a fire Thursday afternoon, Oct. 6, that appeared to have started in the bathroom and spread into the attic of the single-story house before firefighters arrived to knock it down, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said. At least four people, who were not identified, lived in the rural home at 1513 190th St. S. and one of them was disabled and in a wheelchair, Bergquist said. All of the occupants appeared to be unharmed, he said.
FARGO — Biak Sung sits in front of a white screen, the focal point of an arc of five studio lights, video and still cameras, a cameraman, a soundman and an interviewer. With the help of a few notes on a laptop, the tiny but confident 19-year-old works in only slightly halting English, grasping for the words to relate how life took her from her native Burma to Fargo. Sung, a member of Burma's Christian minority, is in her third year in America and is now a senior at South High School.
FARGO — The walls and ceilings on the first floor of the Bison Turf are stripped down to the studs. Powdery, dark brown insulation covers much of the floor, drifting inches thick in some spots. One of the main roof beams near the west entrance is terminally cracked and sagging, shored up by two steel supports. Here and there are holes in the walls and extensive charring on the roof of the green and gold icon
WHEATLAND, N.D. — Batman has his Batmobile, and Wonder Woman has her invisible jet. Meanwhile, the folks from Farm Rescue have a big, green John Deere combine. Not speedy. But at this time of year, they're real-life harvest heroes. Volunteers with the Horace-based group were harvesting soybeans on the Tom McLean farm Tuesday, Sept. 27. It's the group's 400th assistance operation and for the McLeans, like other farm families the group has helped, it was sorely needed.
Fargo — A North High School student faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon after being found carrying an unloaded BB gun in school Monday afternoon, Sept. 26, a school district spokeswoman said. Another student notified administrators that the unidentified male was carrying a gun, AnnMarie Campbell said Tuesday, Sept. 27. The student was searched by a school resource officer and the BB gun, which he was carrying, was confiscated. Campbell said.
MOORHEAD—The Moorhead Public Service Commission is looking at the Buffalo Aquifer as the city's go-to water source in case of a prolonged 1930s-type drought. Commissioner Dave Anderson and MPS staff told the City Council on Monday, Sept. 26, that continuing to work with Fargo and West Fargo to access Missouri River water through the Red River Valley Water Supply Project for a long-term water source would be far more costly and a more dicey proposition in terms of getting approval.
FARGO — The completion of a $10 million, 22,000-square-foot addition to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch residential treatment facility on the city's far south side was celebrated with an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday, Sept. 22. While scores of people sat down for lunch in a new dining facility, dozens of others toured the addition, which includes a full-size gymnasium, chapel, kitchen, wellness center, sensory therapy room, conference room and offices.
GWINNER, N.D. — Kendall Putnam is a fan of the movie "Frozen," and she loves the character Olaf, the magical talking snowman. But if you ask Kendall and her family, it's time for an Olaf that's taken over her life to go away. Two weeks ago, an MRI found a tumor in the right temporal lobe of Kendall's brain. Kendall, a shy third-grader with an infectious smile and deep dimples, named it Olaf, and it is scheduled to be removed Friday, Sept. 23.