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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LISBON, N.D. — If you've donated a couple bucks for one of the small red poppies offered by North Dakota veterans' groups in the lead-up to this Memorial Day, chances are it was made by Alfred Steiger.
FARGO - The Fargo School Board voted 9-0 to halt efforts to build three special education projects, including a $4.3 million facility at Agassiz School for elementary-age students with severe disabilities, including those who are emotionally disturbed or violent. The Tuesday, May 22, vote put plans on hold to request bids for a Level 4 or Least Restrictive Environment-Setting D facility at Agassiz. The decision was welcomed by parents and advocates for the disabled at the meeting.
FARGO – Drugs, cash and weapons were seized from a south Fargo home and one man was arrested Tuesday morning, May 22, after a search warrant was executed by area law enforcement agencies, the Fargo Police Department announced.
FARGO - The Fargo School Board is being asked to put the brakes on plans to build a Level 4 special education facility at Agassiz School for kindergarten through fifth-grade students with severe behavioral needs. The request from Superintendent Jeff Schatz is part of the agenda for the Tuesday, May 22, meeting. On May 8, the board voted 5-4 to have administrators secure bids for $4.35 million in remodeling at Agassiz School to create a Least Restrictive Environment-Setting D (LRE-D) special education facility, to teach students from Fargo and West Fargo starting this fall.
BLAINE, Minn. — The Karner Blue Education Center doesn't look particularly special from the outside. Single-story, brown brick school. A couple of playgrounds. But thanks to thoughtful design and robust staffing, school district officials here say it's making an extraordinary difference for the 115 special education students who attend. It's spacious, ultra-quiet, with plenty of spaces for kindergarten through eighth-graders with autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and cognitive disabilities to take timeouts and reset overloaded senses or amped-up emotions.
WASHINGTON — Two Fargo high schools are among five North Dakota schools that made U.S. News and World Report's 2018 rankings of the best high schools in the nation.
WASHINGTON — Former Fargo radio host Ed Schultz, an anchor for the Russian government-funded Russia Today television network, is still finding ways to make headlines.
ST. PAUL — Moorhead, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and several other area school districts would get a jolt of emergency funding under an initiative being championed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to make up for persistent shortfalls in state dollars for schools. The Moorhead School District would receive $1,066,022, and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton schools would get $248,512 under the Democratic governor's plan to distribute $137.9 million in one-time funding to school districts around the state. The plan was unveiled May 1.
FARGO — Major construction projects on some of the most-heavily traveled roads in the Fargo-Moorhead area will be in full swing by mid-May, and commuters are urged to plan ahead or risk possibly getting caught in gridlock. "Just be patient with us. Plan your route. Give yourself some extra time," said Kevin Gorder, an assistant district engineer with the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
MOORHEAD — Michael Benson always wanted to be a teacher. He revered them as he was growing up. Now, after years in front of his own classroom, his colleagues have recognized him as being one of the best. Benson, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Horizon East Middle School, is Moorhead's 2018 Teacher of the Year. He will be honored by Education Moorhead at a dinner on Thursday, May 3. "I'm overwhelmed. I'm very humbled by it," Benson said of the award. But on Wednesday, the 58-year-old was more focused on the 32 kids in his classroom.