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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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."
WASHINGTON — Cass County will be home to the first Department of Veterans Affairs national cemetery in North Dakota, members of the state's congressional delegation announced Friday, July 1. The VA has purchased 4.82 acres of land for $90,000, just east of Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church on 40th Avenue Northwest (County Road 20), said a spokesman for Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The cemetery will serve about 24,388 veterans, their spouses and eligible family members in a 75-mile radius of Fargo. The church is at 8711 40th Ave. N, Harwood.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Allegations that a Valley City police officer illegally drew wages from multiple agencies while on duty are unfounded, Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson said Wednesday, June 29. Thompson said an investigation into the pay and work schedules of Lt. David Swenson found no indication that he was drawing hourly wages from three separate revenue streams for the same hours, as claimed by Valley City resident Bob Drake.
FARGO – Financial advisers say investors should stay the course with their investments, and if they can, consider buying stock bargains following market losses tied to the United Kingdom’s vote...
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Bryan Sprenger is practicing a reverse form of farming. Instead of breaking up the prairie, the Grey Eagle man is bringing it back to life. Sprenger, who...
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota is ranked No. 1 nationally in child well-being, while North Dakota is ranked No. 8, in the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book released this week. It's the second year in a row that Minnesota has earned the top ranking, thanks to being ranked first in measures of child health (up from second last year), third in economic well-being (up from fifth last year), fourth in family and community and sixth in education. It is also the seventh year Minnesota has taken the top spot in the rankings since they were first issued in 1990, KIDS COUNT reports.
LISBON, N.D. -- A chance meeting at Lisbon's First and Last Chance Bar has Shiela Weisgerber smiling. Weisgerber, who is raising triplet grandsons Dalton, Bentley and Ashton Peterson, received a...
EDGELEY, N.D. -- Gene Hanson is an artist with a plow and his fields are his canvas. In the wake of Prince's death, he thought: Let's go crazy. The 75-year-old...
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The Happy Hooligans of the 119th Wing of the North Dakota Air National Guard not only protect the nation, they have a $97.1 million per year economic...