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 -- With a gaggle of 14 antsy 3- and 4-year-olds gathered in front of her, Sarah Nowacki is doing some ninja language teaching with a calendar. February is the word of the moment in Nowacki's Head Start classroom at the Southeast North Dakota Community Action Agency building here. Nowacki works through sounds of the words for the month, day and date. "What's the 'F' sound," she asks the group, having them sound it out. "How many letters are in February?" Nowacki asks. A few minutes later, Nowacki deftly moves on to talk about teeth, grabbing a jumbo model of pink-gummed choppers an
FARGO — Jill Oland and David Stenslie are in love. The signs are easy to see. Jill calls him "honey" and gently takes his hand and folds it into hers as they sit on a couch in her cozy south Fargo apartment. When David looks at her, he stares transfixed. She becomes his world. Neither Jill nor David can say how long they've been in love, just that they are. Friends and family say they met seven or eight years ago.
FARGO — There's little support among local officials for a bill that seeks to give North Dakota's sheriffs the power to close schools if they believe the weather is too unsafe for travel. House Bill 1380, heard Tuesday by the House Education Committee, also takes school districts off the hook for days lost if sheriffs close schools. But sheriffs and superintendents say the current set-up works just fine. "I am definitely not in favor of it.
BISMARCK — A broad-ranging open records request by state Rep. Jim Kasper would have required gathering a half million documents and cost $437,411 if the lawmaker had followed through, according to estimates by the Department of Public Instruction. In addition, the Fargo Republican made an unusual request by email Jan. 24, calling on DPI spokesman Dale Wetzel to carbon-copy Kasper on all emails to and from lawmakers and other officials about North Dakota's version of Common Core education standards.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — It's been eight and a half years since Chuck Cheney retired as superintendent of West Fargo's public schools. When he gave up his full-time job in 2006, he was looking forward to fishing and relaxing at the lake. Maybe, he'd take on an interim job in a couple years, he said. But retirement has been less than retiring for the 71-year-old. A month after he walked away from the West Fargo job, he got a call from the Elbow Lake-Barrett school district near Fergus Falls, Minn.
FARGO — Getting rid of North Dakota’s sales tax on clothing would level the playing field between the state’s brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers, and clothing stores in bordering states,...
BISMARCK -- A bill introduced into the state Senate could spell an end to anonymous and potentially expensive open records requests by lawmakers. Senate Bill 2222, presented to the appropriations committee Wednesday, calls for state agencies to forward all open records requests from lawmakers to the Legislative Council, complete with the names of the requestor and the estimated cost to fulfill the request. Since the Legislative Council is a public body, the requests become open records, the bill points out. SB2222 also sets an open records allowance for lawmakers. If the total cost
FARGO -- A staunch opponent of North Dakota's adoption of Common Core standards for English and math has withdrawn several massive open records requests with the Department of Public Instruction and agreed to work with the state agency more informally to get the information he seeks. North Dakota Rep.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A Wahpeton elementary physical education teacher and coach who was suspended early this month after allegations he improperly disciplined two fifth-grade boys, must get counseling but will...
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The Red Baron is back in the skies. Brothers Paul and Jarrod Lindemann have restored a 1941 Stearman biplane that was part of the Red Baron Squadron, an aerobatic team that barnstormed air shows across the U.S. from 1979 to 2007. The plane started as a U.S. Army Air Corps trainer in World War II, then got a second life as a crop-duster. In its third life, the biplane twisted, turned and pleased fans of flight as it hawked Red Baron pizzas for the Schwan Food Co.