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 -- The Blue Angels, the Navy's precision aerobatics team, will be the headline performers at the 2015 Fargo AirSho. The Fargo AirSho Committee made the announcement in a news conference Thursday at the Fargo Air Museum. In addition to the Blue Angels' F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets, other acts in the AirSho, scheduled for July 25-26, include: -Kyle Franklin's Flying Circus, with its 1930s racing-inspired biplane "Dracula." -"Speed for Hire," featuring Paul Stender's jet-powered vehicles, including a school bus that can hit 367 mph, a 70-mph outhouse, and a jet-powered dog house.
FARGO — If North Dakota State University wins Friday night's FCS football semifinal against Sam Houston State, you can count on a stampede for tickets to Frisco, Texas. But don't count on seeing superfans like Patrick Thiel in line. Those staunch Bison faithful bought their playoff tickets long ago. Some have even booked hotels and plane tickets, counting on the Herd getting a shot at a title four-peat on Jan. 10. "We got tickets in August. I got a buddy in the (Twin) Cities who said, 'Anybody interested in investing in some tickets?' And I said, 'Yeah.
By the numbers - The average national price of gasoline at $2.62 a gallon is about 61 cents a gallon lower than last year. It's lowest in Missouri at $2.34. The highest was $3.76 in Hawaii. - The average price of gas in Minnesota was $2.49 a gallon Thursday. In North Dakota it was $2.72, with prices generally higher in the west. - The average per gallon price of gas in Fargo was $2.54 Thursday. In the Twin Cities, it was $2.48. In Sioux Falls, it was $2.30, fifth-best in the nation.
BREAKOUT By the numbers - The average national price of gasoline at $2.62 a gallon is about 61 cents a gallon lower than last year. It's lowest in Missouri at $2.34. The highest was $3.76 in Hawaii. - The average price of gas in Minnesota was $2.49 a gallon Thursday. In North Dakota it was $2.72, with prices generally higher in the west. - The average per gallon price of gas in Fargo was $2.54 Thursday. In the Twin Cities, it was $2.48. In Sioux Falls, it was $2.30, fifth-best in the nation.
FARGO — The death of a Minot 15-year-old in a deer gun hunting accident 10 days ago is the first since 2011 in North Dakota, where hunting deaths are relatively rare thanks to mandatory hunter education courses. Meanwhile, the three hunter deaths reported in Minnesota's Mahnomen, Norman and Carlton counties this year are still in the range of normal as the firearms deer season wraps up, officials said. John Mazur, hunter education coordinator for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said a law in effect since 1979 requires all hunters born after 1961 to take a firearms safety c
FARGO — When Uncle Sam called, the Bettenhausen boys saluted and signed up. Of the 17 children Wesley and Emma Bettenhausen raised in Wishek, eight of them were boys. Six of those boys joined the military. And five of them decided to earn their paychecks in the U.S. Army as paratroopers, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. Three served in wartime. Two of them, Howard and Warren, fought with the 101st Airborne Division during the Battle of the Bulge.
FARGO — The city and Police Chief Keith Ternes are in negotiations for his resignation, which could be announced as soon as Monday night, Mayor Dennis Walaker confirmed Saturday. Ternes has been under scrutiny after allegations of mismanagement and morale problems in the department arose in the wake of the suicide of Lt. Jeff Skuza in March. Walaker said the City Commission will hold an executive session on the issue starting at 4:30 p.m. Monday. "If everything happens, if everybody agrees with what's going on ...
FARGO — Opposition to Measure 8, an initiative on the November ballot that would require North Dakota’s public K-12 schools to start after Labor Day, is growing. Backers say the measure would give families more time to enjoy summers and keep kids out of hot schools in August. But opponents say the forced rejiggering of school schedules across the state will raise havoc with hiring and retaining summer child care workers, affect school sports participation and tournament scheduling and push the end of the school year well into June. “It seems so innocent on the surface … but you have to thin
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Minnesota is the No. 3 state in the nation in the WalletHub website’s recent rankings of the best and worst states for teachers. North Dakota, however, is 38th in the rankings, which aim to identify states that offer teachers the best opportunities in the U.S. Topping the WalletHub list was Wyoming, with Pennsylvania at No. 2.
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