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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FARGO—The rock music was loud at Scheels Arena, and when President Donald Trump finally hit the stage Wednesday night, June 27, he got rock-star treatment. Trump was met by a screaming sea of bright red Make America Great Again caps worn by Republican faithful in this deeply red state. At 7:07 p.m., when Trump appeared beside the mammoth garrison-sized American flag, the crowd roared as he waved and clapped, making his way to the podium with "I'm Proud to Be An American" blaring over the speakers. With a final roar, the crowd started chanting U-S-A! U-S-A!
FARGO — The Metro Sports Foundation, which runs Scheels Arena, has received cash infusions of at least $8.5 million over several years from the charitable foundation created by the family of multi-millionaire Ralph Engelstad. MSF received $5.5 million from the Engelstad Family Foundation in 2015, and $1 million in calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014, according to documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
FARGO — President Donald Trump's rally at Scheels Arena will be an all-hands-on-deck event for Fargo police and other law enforcement agencies, and security along the motorcade route will likely mean blocking off traffic to and from the airport when the president is on the move, Police Chief David Todd said Monday, June 18. Todd has received a call from the Secret Service, but hasn't met with their representatives to finalize security details for Hector International Airport, Scheels Arena, and the motorcade route.
FARGO — If a trade war breaks out between the U.S. and China, North Dakota soybean farmers could take big losses. President Donald Trump announced Friday, June 15, that he's imposing 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in goods from China. In response, Chinese officials vowed to impose similar trade barriers on U.S. goods, the Washington Post reported. Seventy-one percent of North Dakota's soybeans are exported to Asia, most of them going to China, which brought $1.5 billion in revenue back to the state.
FARGO—A Fargo Public Schools teacher who was removed from her classroom last November after being accused of bullying four children will teach at the elementary level at a north Fargo school in the coming school year. Andrea Deschamp, who is in a special training and mentorship program, will teach second-graders at Madison Elementary School on the city's north side, school district spokeswoman AnnMarie Campbell confirmed Wednesday, June 13.
HUNTER, N.D.—Gov. Doug Burgum wants North Dakota "to be the most envied place" in the world, and that starts with sharing innovations in education, he told about 500 people at Northern Cass High School here for his second-annual Governor's Summit on Innovative Education. "This is the giant rock in the pond. The ripples can go out from here," Burgum said Thursday, June 7. "We're here to support you, empower you and get out of the way," Burgum said, adding that society is moving toward a customized model of learning.
FARGO—Ila Mae Lou Averson was a baseball fan and a fun-loving person. She built a 40-year career as a secretary for Northern States Power Co., and she was married for more than 50 years. But when kidney disease and other health problems chipped away at her well-being and mobility, her happiness faded in the last few years. "She said it was a sad time in her life. She had problems with her legs and had to use a walker," said her sister, Carol Haak of Vergas, Minn.
FARGO—Local political activist and Fargo City Commission candidate Lenny Tweeden is asking the commission to adopt a law that over time would increase the city's minimum wage to $12 an hour. The Fargo City Commission voted 4-1 on Monday, June 4, to receive and file Tweeden's proposal, which would hike the minimum wage to $10 an hour Sept. 1 and raise it 50 cents per hour annually until Sept. 1, 2022, when it would reach $12. "It went better than I thought it would. I went in anticipating being shot down," Tweeden said.
FARGO - Miracles are hard to come by, but on Sunday, June 3, a few dozen of them merrily toddled around the lower level atrium of Essentia Health. The hospital held its neonatal intensive care unit's annual reunion, hosting parents and a good-sized gaggle of mostly 18- to 24-month-olds who've survived and thrived, despite getting a shaky start to life. "All these families are familiar," said Jamie Astrup, the nurse manager of the NICU. "We're excited to have them visit," so staff can "see their miracles."
FARGO - A woman was found dead and a man wounded early Saturday morning, June 2, at an apartment complex in the 300 Block of Prairiewood Circle South, Fargo police reported. Police had been dispatched to the scene on a report of a man with a gunshot wound who had been found yelling for help in his garage by another person, police said in a Facebook post. Police, fire department and F-M Ambulance Service personnel provided the man treatment for his injuries at the scene, then took him to a local hospital, police said.