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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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.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—For the past few years, local politics here has been unusually rough-and-tumble for a small North Dakota city. Accusations, investigations and resignations have been routine. So it seems appropriate that Valley City voters, in a city election in mid-September, elected a new mayor who's used to settling disputes: Dave Carlsrud, a former wrestling, basketball and football referee.
SISSETON, S.D. – The Sisseton School Board has voted to eliminate all references to Native American names and images from the high school’s homecoming ceremony, Superintendent Neil Terhune said Wednesday,...
FARGO — It's been 15 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were seared into the consciousness of everyone who witnessed them or followed the non-stop news coverage. But for today's middle school and high school students — who were toddlers at the time or not yet born — there is a disconnect. It's a gap area teachers are trying to bridge. And one that is becoming more difficult to surmount.
WILTON, N.D. — A Fargo man is in custody in the McLean County Detention Center after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday, Aug. 31, and hiding in a cornfield for more than seven hours before being arrested after an extensive air and ground search, the McLean County Sheriff's Office reported.
FARGO — Thousands of people lined downtown's north Broadway for the community's annual Pride Parade on Sunday. The celebration by the LGBTQ community and family, friends and supporters.featured lots of smiles and laughter under bright, sunny skies. "Happy Pride!" yelled a man in a purple body stocking, as he wove through the crowd sprinkling glitter over bystanders. Brandon Elverud of Fargo was taking in his first Pride Parade. "Being a gay man, I can celebrate who I am without any worries, just to be proud of who I am," Eleverud said.
FARGO — Tobacco firms have cracked open their checkbooks to prepare to snuff out an attempt to pass an initiated measure that would bring a major hike in North Dakota's taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. If approved, Measure No. 4, supported by the Raise It For Health North Dakota coalition, would raise the tax on cigarettes from 44 cents a pack to $2.20 per pack. On all other tobacco products, the tax would rise from 28 percent of the wholesale price to 56 percent.
FARGO - A July 22 fire that heavily damaged the Bison Turf bar and restaurant was likely caused by repair work done earlier that day, Fargo fire officials determined. In...