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 K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.
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FARGO—When it comes to fraud and embezzlement, no company or organization is guaranteed to be immune. Not even the church. Bishop Larry Wohlrabe, head of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Church in America can say amen to that.
FARGO—The family of Gustave August Bartholomay was a big brood in the Sheldon, N.D., area in the first half of the 20th century. Between two wives, Gustave had 14 children who survived to adulthood, with nine of them pitching in to serve in the U.S. military—eight of them during World War II and the Korean War. John Bartholomay is one of those nine. The 89-year-old Fargo man, and his twin brother, Leo, were 22 years old when they were drafted and inducted into the Army on March 12, 1951, to serve Korea.
FARGO—Can't wait two years for another Fargo AirSho? Don't worry, you won't have to. AirSho officials confirmed Sunday, July 29, that the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to appear in Fargo next summer. According to the Thunderbirds' web site, the high-performance demonstration squadron will bring their F-16 Fighting Falcons to Fargo July 20-21, 2019. The last time the Thunderbirds were in Fargo was 1989 - 30 years ago, AirSho Co-chairman Mike Haugen said. "It will be a real switch," Haugen said. "It will be great to have the Thunderbirds."
FARGO - Partly sunny skies and a light breeze made Saturday, July 28, a beautiful day to take in the Fargo AirSho, and thousands did just that, pouring in the main gate to stake out their spots along the flight line. A number of aerobatic acts drew oohs and ahs throughout the day, but it was the finale put on by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels that everyone was waiting for. Navy vet Dave Rasmussen gave his camera a workout as the Blue Angels went through their show. The 71-year-old Fargoan had once sought to be a Naval aviator, but ended up as an intelligence officer.
FARGO - The Lamoureux twins' ability to score goals netted the U.S. women's hockey team gold at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, five months ago. Now they have a different goal. Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando urged the 2,000-plus people attending TEDxFargo on Thursday, July 26, to help women everywhere achieve equal pay, resources, recognition and support. "Equity should be the norm, and until that happens our work is not done," Jocelyn told the crowd in the downtown Civic Memorial Auditorium.
FARGO — Running for public office is a leap of faith. There's a certain gravity to the decision. But this weekend, three local and state politicians will take a different leap. And it's certain gravity will be heavily involved. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, and Republican U.S. House candidate Kelly Armstrong, are scheduled to make tandem jumps with the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, a precision parachute team, during the Fargo AirSho.
FARGO—Sanford Health's recently opened breast milk collection center is making it much easier for women in the region to donate safe breast milk for the babies of moms unable to produce enough milk to help them thrive. Southpointe Clinic, working with the Mothers' Milk Bank in Aurora, Colo., began taking donations in May, said Jackee Haak, manager for lactation services. There is plenty of need. Sanford has 40 neonatal intensive care unit beds, and "we could have as many as half of those babies needing milk" at any given time, Haak said Friday, July 13.
FARGO — More than $104,000 was spent to provide security and control crowds and traffic during President Donald Trump's June 27 campaign visit to Fargo, all of which will come out of the pockets of local taxpayers, officials said. The estimated total of $104,528.22 is similar to the Trump rally held June 20 in Duluth, Minn., where about $90,000 was reportedly spent by the city and St. Louis County for that event. The Fargo Police Department and North Dakota Highway Patrol had the biggest bills for security at Scheels Arena and along the presidential motorcade route.
FARGO—North Dakota's wheat, barley and soybean growers don't anticipate railroad grain car shortages as the harvest kicks in starting in July and August and runs into fall. "There aren't any car shortages and we've not not heard of any hiccups in the system," said Dan Wogsland, executive director of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association, which represents wheat and barley producers.
FARGO – Ed Schultz, the longtime broadcaster who churned up the Fargo-Moorhead area airwaves before moving into the national spotlight as a progressive firebrand, died of natural causes Thursday, July 5, at his home in Washington, D.C. Schultz, the host of “The News With Ed Schultz” on RT America, was 64.