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 - 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.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — The New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board has voted against a recommendation to fire Superintendent Jill Louters for having stayed in the same hotel room with her son and unrelated fifth-grade boys during an archery tournament in Minot in March. The vote to dismiss Louters for chaperoning the boys without the permission of all of their families failed by a 2-4 margin Tuesday, May 29, said School Board President John McKnight.
LISBON, N.D. — If you've donated a couple bucks for one of the small red poppies offered by North Dakota veterans' groups in the lead-up to this Memorial Day, chances are it was made by Alfred Steiger. Steiger has made made tens of thousands of red crepe paper poppies every year for the past 15 years, and the spry, upbeat 90-year-old Korean War-era vet is not about to stop. "I enjoy it. I always say our veterans need help. That's how I look at it," Steiger said Thursday, May 24.
FARGO — Drugs, cash and weapons were seized from a south Fargo home and one man was arrested Tuesday morning, May 22, after a search warrant was executed by area law enforcement agencies, the Fargo Police Department announced. A search of 1019 Fourth Ave. S. turned up 10 pounds of marijuana packed for sale, possible heroin and methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, $6,000 in cash, a 5.56-caliber rifle, a .40-caliber handgun and a 9 mm handgun, Fargo police said.
BLAINE, Minn. — The Karner Blue Education Center doesn't look particularly special from the outside. Single-story, brown brick school. A couple of playgrounds. But thanks to thoughtful design and robust staffing, school district officials here say it's making an extraordinary difference for the 115 special education students who attend. It's spacious, ultra-quiet, with plenty of spaces for kindergarten through eighth-graders with autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and cognitive disabilities to take timeouts and reset overloaded senses or amped-up emotions.
WASHINGTON — Two Fargo high schools are among five North Dakota schools that made U.S. News and World Report's 2018 rankings of the best high schools in the nation. Davies High School tops the list of North Dakota schools and North High came in fifth place, earning silver and bronze ratings, respectively. Bismarck's Century and Grand Forks' Red River and Central high schools placed second, third and fourth in North Dakota, respectively, all earning silver ratings in the new rankings reported by U.S. News on Wednesday, May 9.
WASHINGTON — Former Fargo radio host Ed Schultz, an anchor for the Russian government-funded Russia Today television network, is still finding ways to make headlines. In a sometimes heated April 13 interview on the National Review's "The Jamie Weinstein Show," Schultz declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as a "progressive Democrat" by his countrymen, that the U.S. has "a nasty human rights record," and that the positioning of U.S. weapons to deter potential Russian aggression would be like Russia stationing missiles in Mexico.
FARGO — A group of Fargo-area legislative candidates and small businessmen have called on North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to sign an executive order requiring the principles of net neutrality to be upheld by internet contractors for all future state contracts. The request in the form of a news conference came Monday, April 23, the day the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality went into effect.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead woman faces a felony charge of first-degree arson after allegedly telling authorities that she started her house on fire last month because her ex-boyfriend would not come home. Constance Gail Thompson, 64, is accused of starting the fire with a large can of motor oil in front of the TV in her living room, according to court documents filed Tuesday, April 3, in Clay County District Court.
BISMARCK—Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a cease and desist order against a Pennsylvania man for violating the state's charitable solicitations and consumer fraud laws, his office announced Thursday, March 29. Thomas Burke organized "Officers Down 5K" races in North Dakota, supposedly to raise funds in support of law enforcement efforts.