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 K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.
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FARGO — We're a long way from the science fiction realms of Westworld, Blade Runner or Star Wars, where robots, androids and artificial intelligences do the dirty jobs, cater to our whims, and sometimes pay us back with bloody R-rated rebellion. But change is coming to many, if not most, workplaces. Robotics, AI and machine learning already have a major impact. Just ask the folks in the U.S. auto industry, which employs nearly half of the nation's robots — and a lot fewer assembly line workers.
FARGO — More than $28,000 has been raised in an effort to convince Fargoans to approve a measure in the upcoming general election to change the city's elections from traditional plurality voting to approval voting. Plus, another $25,000 is in the pipeline, a backer of Fargo's Measure 1 said Monday, Oct. 8. Reform Fargo, a group pushing for Measure 1, had taken in $28,335 as of Sept. 27, city records show. The bulk of the donations have come from out of state, including $25,000 from The Center for Election Science, which lists a San Francisco address.
FARGO - Grassroots Cannabis, a firm with ties to Chicago, has submitted plans to build a medical marijuana manufacturing facility in an industrial park south of Fargo, according to information filed with the city's inspections department. The facility, listed as Grass Roots Vending (the legal name for Grassroots Cannabis in North Dakota), would sit on what is now a weed-filled lot at 4050 98th Ave. S., about a quarter mile west of the Wild Rice/Horace exit from Interstate 29. It is in Fargo's extraterritorial area.
FARGO — Enjoying your Labor Day holiday? Good! You worked for it. At the same time, as you're firing up the grill or heading to the lakes instead of to the office or some other worksite, don't forget to spare some thanks for labor unions. Without the determination and sacrifices of union members in the 19th and 20th centuries, many workplace laws and standards we take for granted wouldn't be around. That includes the holiday itself.
MOORHEAD — Leaving the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, along with the growing trade war with China and other nations, is hurting the region's farmers, ranchers and other industries, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Friday, Aug. 24. Heitkamp, who sat down with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce's agribusiness committee, said not having the markets of the TPP and retaliation by China for U.S. tariffs has dried up sales for North Dakota's soybean farmers, painting a gloomy picture for selling this year's bumper crop.
FARGO — Top Trump administration officials urged representatives of North Dakota's farmers and ranchers to hang tough in coming months, saying battles over trade with the European Union, China, Canada, Mexico and other countries can be won with patience and resolve. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said America's trade partners are targeting agriculture when they retaliate on tariffs placed by the administration, because that's where they feel America is weakest.
FARGO—When it comes to fraud and embezzlement, no company or organization is guaranteed to be immune. Not even the church. Bishop Larry Wohlrabe, head of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Church in America can say amen to that.
FARGO—The family of Gustave August Bartholomay was a big brood in the Sheldon, N.D., area in the first half of the 20th century. Between two wives, Gustave had 14 children who survived to adulthood, with nine of them pitching in to serve in the U.S. military—eight of them during World War II and the Korean War. John Bartholomay is one of those nine. The 89-year-old Fargo man, and his twin brother, Leo, were 22 years old when they were drafted and inducted into the Army on March 12, 1951, to serve Korea.
FARGO—Can't wait two years for another Fargo AirSho? Don't worry, you won't have to. AirSho officials confirmed Sunday, July 29, that the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to appear in Fargo next summer. According to the Thunderbirds' web site, the high-performance demonstration squadron will bring their F-16 Fighting Falcons to Fargo July 20-21, 2019. The last time the Thunderbirds were in Fargo was 1989 - 30 years ago, AirSho Co-chairman Mike Haugen said. "It will be a real switch," Haugen said. "It will be great to have the Thunderbirds."
FARGO - Partly sunny skies and a light breeze made Saturday, July 28, a beautiful day to take in the Fargo AirSho, and thousands did just that, pouring in the main gate to stake out their spots along the flight line. A number of aerobatic acts drew oohs and ahs throughout the day, but it was the finale put on by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels that everyone was waiting for. Navy vet Dave Rasmussen gave his camera a workout as the Blue Angels went through their show. The 71-year-old Fargoan had once sought to be a Naval aviator, but ended up as an intelligence officer.