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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VALLEY CITY, N.D.—For the past few years, local politics here has been unusually rough-and-tumble for a small North Dakota city. Accusations, investigations and resignations have been routine. So it seems appropriate that Valley City voters, in a city election in mid-September, elected a new mayor who's used to settling disputes: Dave Carlsrud, a former wrestling, basketball and football referee.
FARGO — North Dakota students are making something that will be out of this world when finished. Graduate and undergraduate students at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota are building the OpenOrbiter 1, a tiny satellite designed to upload apps for science and engineering experiments and to test how a miniature 3-D printer will work when exposed to conditions in Earth orbit, said NDSU assistant professor Jeremy Straub.
FARGO – The family of Eugene Dahl, a man credited with creating thousands of manufacturing jobs in North Dakota, was presented with his North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award in a ceremony at the Sanctuary Events Center here on Friday, Oct. 28. Gov. Jack Dalrymple presented the award and helped unveil the portrait of the 43rd recipient of the state’s highest honor. The portrait will hang in the state Capitol.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made immigration a hot topic for the Nov. 8 election with his claims that Mexican illegal immigrants were criminals and "rapists" and that they are stealing Americans' jobs. But those claims don't hold up—for the most part—says Oscar Flores, a professor of economics at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
SISSETON, S.D. — The Sisseton School Board has voted to eliminate all references to Native American names and images from the high school's homecoming ceremony, Superintendent Neil Terhune said Wednesday, Sept. 14. The board voted 6-3 on Monday night to change the coronation ceremony "to refrain from utilizing Native American culture and religious ceremonies, such as vision quest, chief, braves, warpaint, buckskin-clad maiden," Terhune said.
WILTON, N.D. — A Fargo man is in custody in the McLean County Detention Center after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday, Aug. 31, and hiding in a cornfield for more than seven hours before being arrested after an extensive air and ground search, the McLean County Sheriff's Office reported.
FARGO — The arrest on drug charges of a Florida attorney who was assisting in a wrongful death lawsuit against Richland County, N.D., and a sheriff's deputy in the case of drug informant Andrew Sadek won't prevent the local lawsuit from going forward, a Fargo lawyer said Monday, July 18. Tim O'Keeffe said he and his partner, attorney Tatum O'Brien, were hired in late April to take the lead in the case, brought by Andrew's parents, Tammy and John Sadek of Rogers, N.D. O'Keeffe said Lance Block's personal legal issues won't derail the case.
WASHINGTON — Cass County will be home to the first Department of Veterans Affairs national cemetery in North Dakota, members of the state's congressional delegation announced Friday, July 1. The VA has purchased 4.82 acres of land for $90,000, just east of Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church on 40th Avenue Northwest (County Road 20), said a spokesman for Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The cemetery will serve about 24,388 veterans, their spouses and eligible family members in a 75-mile radius of Fargo. The church is at 8711 40th Ave. N, Harwood.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Allegations that a Valley City police officer illegally drew wages from multiple agencies while on duty are unfounded, Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson said Wednesday, June 29. Thompson said an investigation into the pay and work schedules of Lt. David Swenson found no indication that he was drawing hourly wages from three separate revenue streams for the same hours, as claimed by Valley City resident Bob Drake.
FARGO—State Sen. Tim Flakoll is proposing legislation to help address teacher shortages in North Dakota. The Fargo Republican proposes to triple the scholarship dollars available to eligible students who enroll in a teaching program. The plan would increase college scholarship dollars from $1,500 per student per year, to $4,500 per year. That would provide eligible students with another $12,000 over the course of a four-year program, bringing the grand total for state aid toward those considering a teaching career to $18,000, Flakoll said in a news release.