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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FARGO—Talks between WDAY, WDAZ and KBMY, and DirecTV over a signal carriage agreement are at an impasse, WDAY-TV general manager Mari Ossenfort said Thursday morning, May 2. It means DirecTV is not carrying signals for the three television stations. "We came to an impasse last night," Ossenfort said. "We negotiated last night and we have already traded emails this morning. We are very hopeful that we will be able to resolve this impasse soon."
EDGELEY, N.D. — Gene Hanson is an artist with a plow and his fields are his canvas. In the wake of Prince’s death, he thought: Let’s go crazy. The 75-year-old retiree from Edgeley recently plowed a football field-sized version of the unpronounceable symbol the late pop star Prince used to represent himself. “I thought to myself, maybe I should try something like that,” Hanson said Monday. “I didn’t tell anyone I was going do it, I didn’t even tell my wife I was going to do it. But it’s been fun.”
LISBON, N.D.—A chance meeting at Lisbon's First and Last Chance Bar has Shiela Weisgerber smiling. Weisgerber, who is raising triplet grandsons Dalton, Bentley and Ashton Peterson, received a $300 tip from a couple who overheard her talking about the boys with some regular customers, and then chatted with her about them. It was nearly midnight Saturday, April 30, when the couple paid their bill and left it upside down on the bar. Weisgerber said. When she cleared their glasses and took the slip to the till, she was floored.
FARGO — The civics test now required to graduate from North Dakota high schools appears to be not much more than a speed bump for most Fargo and West Fargo public school students who have taken the exams so far.
FARGO—As often as you hear Garth Brooks' voice on Fargo-Moorhead area radio or television, or see commercials promoting his concerts May 6-7 at the Fargodome, you'd swear he was a young artist still on the rise. Artists who can fill an arena on back-to-back nights—or back-to-back-to-back-to-back nights, for that matter—wouldn't seem to need full-press promotion. But people in the know say it's both Garth just being Garth and Garth being a savvy businessman.
ANTWERP, Belgium—North Dakota State University professor Newell Wright took a taxi to the Brussels airport early Tuesday. After helping to squire about 30 NDSU students through a spring-break trip to France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, he had finished up his paperwork and was getting set to go home.
FARGO--Scot Kelsh spent more than six years as a Fargo firefighter. Now, he wonders what he's going to do with the rest of his life. Kelsh and his doctors say he has post-traumatic stress disorder and can't work as a firefighter. After six weeks of looking for another city job, Kelsh was terminated Feb. 2. On Tuesday, Kelsh's appeal to the Fargo Civil Service Commission was denied on a 5-0 vote.
FARGO—Patriotism, service and sacrifice for others are pretty abstract ideas for fifth-graders. But to Sen.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — A rural Eddy County man is in custody in the shooting death of one person and the wounding of another at a wedding reception here early Sunday, Sheriff Paul Lies said Sunday afternoon. Lies said that around 1:05 a.m., a shooting occurred at the New Rockford Eagles Club, 7 8th St. S. Two Eddy County deputies were present at the reception and immediately apprehended the suspect, 51-year-old David Troske. Troske did not resist arrest, Lies said, and a small-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D.--A rural Eddy County man is in custody in the shooting death of one person and the wounding of another at a wedding reception here early Sunday, Sheriff Paul Lies said Sunday afternoon. Lies said that around 1:05 a.m., a shooting occurred at the New Rockford Eagles Club, 7 8th St. S. Two Eddy County deputies were present at the reception and immediately apprehended the suspect, 51-year-old David Troske.