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Keianna Gafkjen, 16, seen Wednesday at the adult learning center in Agassiz School, Fargo, took the last two of five GED tests Wednesday. Gafkjen is one of many people who have taken GED tests this month in Fargo to beat the end-of-year deadline. (Helmut Schmidt / Forum News Service )

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FARGO — Things are happening fast in Keianna Gafkjen’s life.

The 16-year-old, who goes by Anna, got married Nov. 14. In January, the Fargo teen will be having a baby.


While her husband attends Woodrow Wilson High School, Gafkjen has spent the last three weeks on the second floor of the Agassiz building, studying for and taking five GED tests.

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Helmut Schmidt
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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