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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WEST FARGO, N.D. — About 250 people crowded into the bus barn of Holy Cross Church on Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new Holy Cross site and Trinity Elementary School. What was a dreary, drizzly, spring noon hour for most of the Fargo-Moorhead area was a lot brighter in the oversized-garage as the crowd sang hymns. “It’s an amazing occasion, and we’re so happy we’ve come to this point,” said Bishop John Folda, the leader of the Fargo Catholic Diocese. “There’s a lot of work yet to be done, but we’re moving.
FARGO — North Dakota is keeping its low-income residents better fed than other states, according to a national hunger relief charity. In 2012, North Dakota had the lowest rate of food insecurity in the nation at 7.7 percent, followed by Minnesota at 10.7 percent, according to a report by Feeding America, which used data from the U.S.
FARGO — Sheena Ramirez is a big fan of Jefferson Elementary School. She says her son, third-grader Braeden, is getting an excellent education at the public school in Fargo. “They do a lot of one-on-one when they (students) need it.
FARGO — When Cole Wills sits down at a piano or keyboard, he’s all business. After all, the 14-year-old has some college-level ka-ching to come up with. The Carl Ben Eielson eighth-grader wants to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study engineering. At today’s prices, that’s about $59,000 a year for tuition, room, board and books. MIT appeals to Wills because of its high reputation in the world of engineering.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The principal of Detroit Lakes High School resigned last July after admitting he had viewed pornography on a school-issued device. Steve Morben resigned after being confronted with evidence that he had used a school-issued computer or iPad to view pornography, according to a school district investigation obtained by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead in an open records request. The request yielded several pages of Morben’s Web searches. District officials also took the search records to the Detroit Lakes police to determine whether charges should be filed against Morben.
FARGO — Fargo School District voters spoke Tuesday, and many of them weren’t happy. On Wednesday, school board members said they will re-examine the district’s options after 57 percent of voters rejected the district’s request to levy up to 150 mills in property taxes for the general fund. “We definitely had a communication by the public that got our attention,” board member John Strand said. “I kind of consider it a pent-up reaction that maybe to a degree was coming for several years.
FARGO — The chairman of the last attempt to get marijuana legalized for medical use in North Dakota says he can’t get fired up about leading another effort anytime soon, even as the debate promises to light up the Minnesota Legislature in February. Steve Zaiser, a Democratic state representative for Fargo’s District 21, said the 2012 attempt, which was ended by a petition-signature fraud scandal, left him burned out. “I have no intent on doing that,” Zaiser said.
FARGO — Emergency 911 calls indicate at least one member of the crew involved in the Dec.
FARGO — Two Fargo schoolchildren were left unattended in a Valley Bus school bus in the firm’s parking lot Thursday morning when the driver failed to check the vehicle before leaving it. Fortunately, the bus was left running. The temperature at Fargo’s Hector International Airport was 23 degrees below zero at 6:53 a.m., and had only risen to about 13 below zero by 10:53 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Both children were found safe — though apparently at two different times — and each was taken to Hawthorne Elementary School, officials from the Fargo School District and Vall
CASSELTON, N.D. — Investigators of Monday’s train collision and fire have determined the point of the derailment and say a broken axle will be studied to determine if it played a role. About 2:10 p.m.