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—As often as you hear Garth Brooks' voice on Fargo-Moorhead area radio or television, or see commercials promoting his concerts May 6-7 at the Fargodome, you'd swear he was a young artist still on the rise. Artists who can fill an arena on back-to-back nights—or back-to-back-to-back-to-back nights, for that matter—wouldn't seem to need full-press promotion. But people in the know say it's both Garth just being Garth and Garth being a savvy businessman.
ANTWERP, Belgium—North Dakota State University professor Newell Wright took a taxi to the Brussels airport early Tuesday. After helping to squire about 30 NDSU students through a spring-break trip to France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, he had finished up his paperwork and was getting set to go home.
FARGO--Scot Kelsh spent more than six years as a Fargo firefighter. Now, he wonders what he's going to do with the rest of his life. Kelsh and his doctors say he has post-traumatic stress disorder and can't work as a firefighter. After six weeks of looking for another city job, Kelsh was terminated Feb. 2. On Tuesday, Kelsh's appeal to the Fargo Civil Service Commission was denied on a 5-0 vote.
FARGO—Patriotism, service and sacrifice for others are pretty abstract ideas for fifth-graders. But to Sen.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — A rural Eddy County man is in custody in the shooting death of one person and the wounding of another at a wedding reception here early...
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D.--A rural Eddy County man is in custody in the shooting death of one person and the wounding of another at a wedding reception here early Sunday, Sheriff...
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- ;Under the current requirements, a student starting kindergarten in West Fargo School District this year would take 95 standardized tests by the day he or she graduates, according to a district tally. If Chuck Schwan had his way, those tests would go away. Schwan, president of the Aurora Elementary School parent-teacher organization in West Fargo, is also an unabashed member of Stop Common Core North Dakota, which sought to defund Common Core school standards and testing during the past legislative session. Schwan's son, a fourth-grader this fall, won't "participate
LANGDON, N.D.—A high school student convinced the school board here to add a non-voting student representative to the board this school year, a move that local school board members say they would consider. Dawson Schefter made his pitch in June, and the board in this Cavalier County town about 15 miles south of the Canadian border approved the idea by consensus at its July meeting, Schefter and school administrators said. "I think a student voice is extremely important in improving education," Schefter said. Schefter, who will be a junior this fall, is president-elect for his scho
FARGO--Sunday night's concrete blowout on Interstate 29 at the 17th Avenue South overpass will add a couple more weeks to roadwork on that busy stretch of road and cost $100,000 to fix, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said Monday. Assistant Fargo District Engineer Kevin Gorder said the fact that there is already a major road repair project going on in the area should make it easier for motorists. Gorder said the I-29 repairs between the Wild Rice River exit and Main Avenue were expected to take up to six weeks to complete, but could now require up to eight weeks, putting t
FARGO -- Samuel Traut and Clarence Flowers were at different stages in life, men who didn't know each other; one a recent college graduate and the other about to be a grandfather. But friends and family grieving the deaths of Flowers and Traut, who were killed at their separate north Fargo residences within 12 hours of each other on Monday and Tuesday, cast them in much the same light.