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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ANAMOOSE, N.D. – Investigators here are running down leads in the assault of a Catholic priest in Anamoose that took place Tuesday morning, Jan. 30. The Rev. Robert Wapenski, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Anamoose, was assaulted somewhere on the church property before 8 a.m. Tuesday, Catholic Diocese of Fargo spokesman Paul Braun said Wednesday, Jan. 31.
FARGO — The defense team of Darren Patterson, the man accused of manslaughter and assault in a fatal brawl outside the HoDo last summer, is objecting to two pieces of evidence the prosecution wants to present at trial, according to Cass County District Court documents. The defense, in documents filed Jan. 11, objects to the introduction of a photo of Patterson posted in 2012 to his wife's Facebook page that shows the man wearing a shirt they say would be unfairly prejudicial to the case.
FARGO — The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency order against TapJets Inc. of Fargo and Spring, Texas, to prevent the company from conducting charter flights. The emergency order of revocation, which was issued and went into effect Friday, Jan. 26, alleges TapJets conducted passenger-carrying flights using unqualified pilots and operating unauthorized aircraft, the FAA said in a news release.
FARGO — More than two-dozen walk-through metal detectors have been installed at the Fargodome and staff are now undergoing training as part of a security upgrade, the dome's executive director, Rob Sobolik, said Monday, Jan. 29. Sobolik said the detectors won't be used for the Monster Jam monster truck show Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3. But they could be ready for the Avenged Sevenfold and Breaking Benjamin rock concert Feb. 11, though the effective date has not been settled yet. "We're still in the preliminary process," he said.
HORACE, N.D.—Retinitis pigmentosa robbed Allan Peterson of his sight and some of his independence Now, cutting-edge technology promises to give him back a little bit of both. Today, the 73-year-old Horace man will have surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview to have an electronic implant attached to the retina of his eye that—paired with a camera on a special set of glasses—could give him the ability to once again recognize shapes and forms: edges of doorways, people in front of him, patterns of light.
FARGO — A strong lineup of concerts, North Dakota State University football's national championship playoff run and a solid core of annual events pushed Fargodome attendance to nearly 540,000 people last year, boosting net income more than $90,000 above original projections, General Manager Rob Sobolik said Friday, Jan. 26. "It's definitely one of the higher years" for attendance and net income, he said. The attendance of 539,428 was more than 35,000 higher than the 504,200 people in 2017's initial budget projections, Sobolik said.
FARGO — With the West Coast now the new center for marijuana production in the U.S., and stepped-up drug interdiction on the nation's east-west interstates in the South and Midwest, drug traffickers seem intent on turning Interstate 94 into a northern "high" way. More than half a ton of marijuana alone has been confiscated in the last six months on I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo, a roughly 100-mile stretch in North Dakota. A $1.75 million seizure was also made in March 2017 in Minnesota's Otter Tail County, law enforcement officials report.
FARGO—For North Dakota's Education Fact-Finding Commission, 2017 was a busy year. Nine school districts in the state failed to break impasses in teacher contract talks on their own and called in the trio, hoping an outside perspective would find a compromise teachers unions and school boards could shake hands on. The process worked in Rolla, Dunseith, Grand Forks, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Mapleton, Jamestown and Bismarck.
FARGO—Fargo-based-business Weather Modification Inc. is hoping a sale to the South Korean government will give it a solid foothold in Asia and its specially developed plane may be used during the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. Weather Modification last fall delivered a King Air 350 aircraft to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
FARGO — The Essentia and Sanford health systems in Fargo have not been affected by a national shortage of IV saline fluid bags that's been ongoing since last fall, spokespeople said Thursday, Jan. 4. North Dakota's emergency medical equipment stockpile in Bismarck has been tapped to help some facilities running low on IV fluid bags, including Trinity Hospital in Minot, but so far, no one has run out.