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 — Ask Heather Arntson and she’ll tell you: Video games are threatening to turn today’s kids into Generation Fluffy. Arntson, who heads Moorhead (Minn.) High School’s physical education department, says lots of kids have speedy fingers and thumbs of steel from video games but can’t do 10 decent pushups or pullups. They’re not in the same shape as kids 10 years or 20 years ago, Arntson said. “Most females can’t do a pullup,” said Arntson, who’s taught in Moorhead for 19 years. “To ask a kid to do pushups and do it the right way, I probably would say 60 percent could do it.
North Dakota is ranked first in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and to help smokers quit, according to a report released Monday by a coalition of public health organizations. The state will spend $9.5 million in fiscal year 2014 on tobacco prevention and cessation programs. That’s 102.3 percent of the amount recommended by the U.S.
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FARGO — Monica Kersting is out to set a Guinness world record and she needs at least 4,136 people to help her do it. The West Fargo woman leads the “Give to Live” challenge drive to sign up more than 4,135 people as organ donors in North Dakota in eight hours. To do that, Monica, her husband, Loren, and about 200 volunteers will have to process every new organ donor’s paperwork in less than 7 seconds – at least eight a minute. The Kerstings, who also founded Alexa’s Hope, an organization dedicated to ending the need for waiting lists for organ transplants, say the mass sign-up in Fargo on N
FARGO — North Dakota is far from the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. But some of its sons and daughters have long felt the tug of the sea, joining the U.S. Navy to serve their country. Today, the first warship to carry the state’s name in 90 years, the nuclear fast attack submarine USS North Dakota, will be christened in a ceremony in Groton, Conn. The $2.6 billion submarine will be the most modern warship of its kind.