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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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.
FARGO -- Bob Alin may not be a household name, but there have been a lot of North Dakota high school graduates over the years who owe him some thanks Alin is the guy who helped turn Dollars for Scholars into a scholarship juggernaut in the state, giving many thousands of graduating seniors a leg up on going to college or technical school. Alin helped start his first successful Dollars for Scholars scholarship program in LaMoure in 1988. Two years later, he retired as a partner and manager at Scheels and really got down to work. In four years, the pied piper of scholarships put 33,000
BISMARCK — Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and her fiancé, Todd Tschosik, are both on the agenda at this month's Education Standards and Practices Board meeting. The board, which regulates licensing of teachers and education administrators in the state, meets Thursday at the Radisson Inn in Bismarck. The ESPB cases for Baesler and Tschosik, a teacher at Simle Middle School in Bismarck, are being introduced for informational purposes, ESPB Executive Director Janet Welk said Monday. Baesler was arrested Feb.
BISMARCK — Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and her fiancé, Todd Tschosik, are both on the agenda at this month's Education Standards and Practices Board meeting. The board, which regulates licensing of teachers and education administrators in the state, meets Thursday at the Radisson Inn in Bismarck. The ESPB cases for Baesler and Tschosik, a teacher at Simle Middle School in Bismarck, are being introduced for informational purposes, ESPB Executive Director Janet Welk said Monday. Baesler was arrested Feb 15 at her Mandan home on suspicion of simple assault, a C
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.