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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WASHINGTON — Senators and congressmen representing North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota voted along party lines Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12 and 13, as Republicans began setting the stage to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the health care initiative touted as one of the high points of the Obama Administration. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., voted for the repeal resolutions in their respective chambers.
FARGO — Fundraisers are nearly halfway to a $21.5 million goal to build a new St. Paul's Newman Center, a two-story chapel and a "faith-based" student apartment complex on the east side of the 1100 block of University Drive North, where the current Newman Center stands. That project, which takes up the north side of the block, would be complemented by a five-story apartment complex on the south half of that block, which would provide market housing for nearly 280 students at nearby North Dakota State University, according to project diagrams and the developer.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed its first North Dakota lawsuit charging that an employer in the state subjected an employee to sexual harassment because of his sexual orientation. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, Dec. 22, in North Dakota's U.S. District Court.
FARGO - Proffutt Limited Partnership beat out two other firms to develop a new student housing and retail complex on the 1600 block of North University Drive, just east of the North Dakota State University campus Executive governing board members of the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association voted 7-3 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, to pick the Proffutt plan over two competing bids by Enclave Development and Roers.
FARGO — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven praised the efforts of the Fargo-area Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction as a potential template for the rest of the nation on how to tackle the growing problem of addiction to opioids and other substances. The commission "is a model for across the state and across the country," Hoeven, R-N.D., told attendees at a roundtable meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Dakota Medical Foundation.
FARGO — Judge Myron Bright, a champion of equal rights for minorities and women and the longest-serving working judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. Bright, 97, died early Monday, Dec. 12, at Eventide Fargo. "He died peacefully with his entire family with him this morning, about 12:15 a.m." said Christian Golding, his son-in-law. "He was living history," Golding said. "He was more than just quite a man. He was a legend."
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The former chief of the Valley City Police Department apparently took his gun from his holster and pointed it in the direction of an Army National Guard soldier on Thanksgiving Day, City Administrator David Schelkoph said Friday, Dec. 9. But Schelkoph insists that incident, and other past actions by the former chief or the general performance of his duties, didn't play a factor in the City Commission's decision to cut ties with Fred Thompson. Schelkoph also confirmed the city will pay Thompson $110,000 in severance pay on Jan. 3.
BISMARCK — Representatives of the North Dakota University System and North Dakota State University are analyzing Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget proposal presented Wednesday, Dec. 7, that calls for a 15 percent cut in the higher education budget. Tammy Dolan, chief financial officer for the university system, said officials have been analyzing the budgets of every institution since the idea of a 10 percent cut in higher education spending for the 2017-19 biennium was floated earlier this year.
FARGO — Santa makes his list and checks it twice. That's also a good financial strategy to avoid spending too much on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. Budgeting is where it starts, said Alicia Kellebrew, a financial counselor with The Village Family Service Center in Fargo. "You have to take everything into account," she said, including house and car payments, groceries, utilities and medical care. "People have a tendency to slack on that stuff to afford Christmas, but they're doing it backwards," Kellebrew said.
FARGO — It was a mild October, and the first half of November has seen record warmth in the region, but it looks like reality will set in by the end of the workweek for the Fargo-Moorhead area. Record temperatures were set in Fargo and Grand Forks on Sunday, Nov. 13. Fargo's high temperature was 67 degrees, topping the previous record of 65 set in 1999, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. Meanwhile, Grand Forks' high hit 64 degrees at the NWS office near Interstate 29. The previous record was 59, set in 2007.