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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BISMARCK — State and local educational leaders oppose some changes in state funding proposed by a consulting firm, saying they could dismantle the broad-based middle- and high-school education model in North Dakota and force school districts to shell out tens of millions of dollars to build more elementary schools. The North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders says recommendations in a report by Picus Odden and Associates would force big cuts in the number of teachers for elective classes in favor of hiring teachers and aides for core subjects, such as reading, math, language arts, science,
By Helmut Schmidt Forum News Service Happy 125th birthday, North Dakota! With the quasquicentennial celebration of statehood fast approaching, we have collected some factoids about the state —some of them even as amazing as this place we call home. So, you keepers of trivia and assorted minutiae, here are 125 conversation starters for the coffee shop, long car rides, dentist chair, football huddle, awkward silences during dates, or anywhere else you deem appropriate: We’re No.
FARGO — North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota will share in $20 million in National Science Foundation funding, much of which will be used to create research centers at the state’s two biggest schools. The funds will be used to hire staff and buy equipment to create a Center for Sustainable Materials Science at NDSU, and a Center for Regional Climate Studies at UND. The grant was awarded to the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research or ND EPSCoR. The money will be distributed over five years. It will also fund research by undergraduat
BISMARCK — If petitions delivered to state officials Monday check out, North Dakota voters will vote this fall on a politically divisive proposal to set aside some oil-tax money to protect natural areas and wildlife. Members of North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks delivered petitions with more than 41,000 signatures Monday to the Secretary of State’s Office, petitions seeking to put a proposed amendment to the state constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. Backers needed 26,904 signatures. The petitions still need to be validated. The deadline for verification is Sept.
FARGO — North Dakota and Minnesota rank high in a national study of child well-being released today. Minnesota ranked fifth and North Dakota sixth overall in the 25th annual Kids Count study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Statistics from 16 areas tied to economics, education, health, and family and community are used to compile the rankings. North Dakota was No. 1 in the nation in economic well-being.
FARGO — The Bison Dance Team will be back on the sidelines at North Dakota State University home football games this fall. The dance team and NDSU’s athletic department signed a performance agreement this spring that spells out each side’s rights and responsibilities, said Justin Swanson, Bison athletic director of marketing. “Even though the dance team wasn’t on the field last year performing, we worked hard on both ends to maintain that relationship,” Swanson said.
FARGO — For years, Hector International Airport has been protected by firefighting crews from the North Dakota Air National Guard base. That arrangement ends Oct. 1. The end of the flying mission for the 119th Wing spelled the end of the full-time mission for the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron’s fire department. That unit will now focus on training other Guard firefighters, while the Fargo Airport Authority runs its own firefighting force. Ten firefighters have been hired from among the state and Guard employees who make up the 119th’s fire department.
WISHEK, N.D. — George Just will give you a hearty “Guten Tag!” at Stan’s Supervalu in Wishek. Beyond that, the 77-year-old won’t promise you but a handful of other German words. The guy behind the meat counter only guarantees good German sausage. On an average day, Just adds the spice mix to 650 to 1,000 pounds of ground meat.
FARGO — Jon Lindgren, one of Fargo’s most outspoken residents and its second-longest-serving mayor, is packing his bags and heading off to Iowa. Lindgren was mayor for 16 of his 46 years here. Over much of his time in office and out, he has been a lightning rod on divisive issues – abortion, gay rights and whether the city should keep its Ten Commandments monument outside City Hall. Friends — even those who at one time may have bumped heads with him — say that when it comes to matters of principle, Lindgren stands firm. “I’ve had an immense respect for Jon since I landed here,” said John S
MOORHEAD, Minn. – Tylor Kraft has a good bead on his future, and a lot of it will be spent happily poking around under the hood of a car or truck. The automotive tech student at Minnesota State Community and Technical College here loves engines and getting his hands dirty. It doesn’t hurt to know that being a gearhead is a lucrative occupation. The pay can range from $60,000 to more than $100,000 a year, depending on how hard you want to work, said the 19-year-old from West Fargo, N.D. “A lot of the kids (in his class) have taken jobs at local places,” Kraft said.