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 K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.
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WILTON, N.D. — A Fargo man is in custody in the McLean County Detention Center after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday, Aug. 31, and hiding in a cornfield for more than seven hours before being arrested after an extensive air and ground search, the McLean County Sheriff's Office reported.
FARGO — The arrest on drug charges of a Florida attorney who was assisting in a wrongful death lawsuit against Richland County, N.D., and a sheriff's deputy in the case of drug informant Andrew Sadek won't prevent the local lawsuit from going forward, a Fargo lawyer said Monday, July 18. Tim O'Keeffe said he and his partner, attorney Tatum O'Brien, were hired in late April to take the lead in the case, brought by Andrew's parents, Tammy and John Sadek of Rogers, N.D. O'Keeffe said Lance Block's personal legal issues won't derail the case.
WASHINGTON — Cass County will be home to the first Department of Veterans Affairs national cemetery in North Dakota, members of the state's congressional delegation announced Friday, July 1. The VA has purchased 4.82 acres of land for $90,000, just east of Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church on 40th Avenue Northwest (County Road 20), said a spokesman for Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The cemetery will serve about 24,388 veterans, their spouses and eligible family members in a 75-mile radius of Fargo. The church is at 8711 40th Ave. N, Harwood.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Allegations that a Valley City police officer illegally drew wages from multiple agencies while on duty are unfounded, Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson said Wednesday, June 29. Thompson said an investigation into the pay and work schedules of Lt. David Swenson found no indication that he was drawing hourly wages from three separate revenue streams for the same hours, as claimed by Valley City resident Bob Drake.
FARGO—State Sen. Tim Flakoll is proposing legislation to help address teacher shortages in North Dakota. The Fargo Republican proposes to triple the scholarship dollars available to eligible students who enroll in a teaching program. The plan would increase college scholarship dollars from $1,500 per student per year, to $4,500 per year. That would provide eligible students with another $12,000 over the course of a four-year program, bringing the grand total for state aid toward those considering a teaching career to $18,000, Flakoll said in a news release.
FARGO—Talks between WDAY, WDAZ and KBMY, and DirecTV over a signal carriage agreement are at an impasse, WDAY-TV general manager Mari Ossenfort said Thursday morning, May 2. It means DirecTV is not carrying signals for the three television stations. "We came to an impasse last night," Ossenfort said. "We negotiated last night and we have already traded emails this morning. We are very hopeful that we will be able to resolve this impasse soon."
EDGELEY, N.D. — Gene Hanson is an artist with a plow and his fields are his canvas. In the wake of Prince’s death, he thought: Let’s go crazy. The 75-year-old retiree from Edgeley recently plowed a football field-sized version of the unpronounceable symbol the late pop star Prince used to represent himself. “I thought to myself, maybe I should try something like that,” Hanson said Monday. “I didn’t tell anyone I was going do it, I didn’t even tell my wife I was going to do it. But it’s been fun.”
LISBON, N.D.—A chance meeting at Lisbon's First and Last Chance Bar has Shiela Weisgerber smiling. Weisgerber, who is raising triplet grandsons Dalton, Bentley and Ashton Peterson, received a $300 tip from a couple who overheard her talking about the boys with some regular customers, and then chatted with her about them. It was nearly midnight Saturday, April 30, when the couple paid their bill and left it upside down on the bar. Weisgerber said. When she cleared their glasses and took the slip to the till, she was floored.
FARGO — The civics test now required to graduate from North Dakota high schools appears to be not much more than a speed bump for most Fargo and West Fargo public school students who have taken the exams so far.
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.