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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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...
FARGO - West Acres mall is stationing a dedicated security guard at the Roger Maris Museum after a burglar wearing what appears to be a security guard uniform stole two valuable items of memorabilia in a middle-of-the-night heist earlier this week. The thief made off with the 1961 S. Rae Hickok Belt and the 1960 Most Valuable Player plaque earned by the Fargo native during his storied professional baseball career. "The likelihood of it happening again is pretty small, but we're not taking any chances," Property Manager Chris Heaton said Thursday, July 28.
FARGO — The arrest on drug charges of a Florida attorney who was assisting in a wrongful death lawsuit against Richland County, N.D., and a sheriff's deputy in the case of drug informant Andrew Sadek won't prevent the local lawsuit from going forward, a Fargo lawyer said Monday, July 18. Tim O'Keeffe said he and his partner, attorney Tatum O'Brien, were hired in late April to take the lead in the case, brought by Andrew's parents, Tammy and John Sadek of Rogers, N.D. O'Keeffe said Lance Block's personal legal issues won't derail the case.
FARGO - Two crew members of the USS North Dakota have surfaced in Fargo. Ensign Dennen Miner and Machinists Mate Auxiliary 2nd Class Robin Anderson are the latest members of the nuclear-powered attack submarine's crew to make a "namesake trip" to the state to foster better relations and meet people. They're diving into a whirlwind tour of the Fargo area. "I'm just excited to be able to see various aspects of the state itself. I've never been to North Dakota," Anderson said Tuesday, July 12. "It's beautiful here."