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FNS Photo by David Samson Members of the 148th Fighter Wing based out of Duluth, Minn., train under the supervision of David Belcher, left, Tuesday at the North Dakota Air National Guard facility in north Fargo.

Fargo airport creates own fire force: Air Guard loss means loss of firefighters

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FARGO — For years, Hector International Airport has been protected by firefighting crews from the North Dakota Air National Guard base.

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That arrangement ends Oct. 1.

The end of the flying mission for the 119th Wing spelled the end of the full-time mission for the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron’s fire department.

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Helmut Schmidt
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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