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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BISMARCK — A broad-ranging open records request by state Rep. Jim Kasper would have required gathering a half million documents and cost $437,411 if the lawmaker had followed through, according to estimates by the Department of Public Instruction. In addition, the Fargo Republican made an unusual request by email Jan. 24, calling on DPI spokesman Dale Wetzel to carbon-copy Kasper on all emails to and from lawmakers and other officials about North Dakota's version of Common Core education standards.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — It's been eight and a half years since Chuck Cheney retired as superintendent of West Fargo's public schools. When he gave up his full-time job in 2006, he was looking forward to fishing and relaxing at the lake. Maybe, he'd take on an interim job in a couple years, he said. But retirement has been less than retiring for the 71-year-old. A month after he walked away from the West Fargo job, he got a call from the Elbow Lake-Barrett school district near Fergus Falls, Minn.
FARGO — Getting rid of North Dakota’s sales tax on clothing would level the playing field between the state’s brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers, and clothing stores in bordering states, local retailers say. Chris Heaton, senior vice president for property management at West Acres mall, said the mall and its merchants back a bill introduced in the Legislature by Sen. George B. Sinner, D-Fargo. “It would only be of benefit to our tenants. We fight this battle on two fronts.
BISMARCK -- A bill introduced into the state Senate could spell an end to anonymous and potentially expensive open records requests by lawmakers. Senate Bill 2222, presented to the appropriations committee Wednesday, calls for state agencies to forward all open records requests from lawmakers to the Legislative Council, complete with the names of the requestor and the estimated cost to fulfill the request. Since the Legislative Council is a public body, the requests become open records, the bill points out. SB2222 also sets an open records allowance for lawmakers. If the total cost
FARGO -- A staunch opponent of North Dakota's adoption of Common Core standards for English and math has withdrawn several massive open records requests with the Department of Public Instruction and agreed to work with the state agency more informally to get the information he seeks. North Dakota Rep.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A Wahpeton elementary physical education teacher and coach who was suspended early this month after allegations he improperly disciplined two fifth-grade boys, must get counseling but will return to teaching when school reopens in January, the school district announced Tuesday. Kelly McNary will return to his post without a loss of pay, school district attorney Fred Strege said in a news release. Strege declined to comment further on the report. McNary was put on paid administrative leave after the Dec.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The Red Baron is back in the skies. Brothers Paul and Jarrod Lindemann have restored a 1941 Stearman biplane that was part of the Red Baron Squadron, an aerobatic team that barnstormed air shows across the U.S. from 1979 to 2007. The plane started as a U.S. Army Air Corps trainer in World War II, then got a second life as a crop-duster. In its third life, the biplane twisted, turned and pleased fans of flight as it hawked Red Baron pizzas for the Schwan Food Co.
FARGO — The state of North Dakota is making a versatile Microsoft software package, Office 365, available to all students and staff. Rob Kaspari, director of EduTech, the state's education technology agency, said Office 365 will give students programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, unlimited online data storage, email, calendar, instant messaging and video conferencing that will prepare them for college or work. Users can use the programs from computers, tablets and smartphones. Microsoft is providing Office 365 free and most districts already use it, Kaspari said. "Id
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.