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 — A Fargo businessman says he will start a petition to get a measure on the next general election ballot to overturn a North Dakota law restricting many businesses from being open on Sunday mornings. With the state Senate's rejection of House Bill 1163, which would have ended restrictions on Sunday opening before noon, Brandon Medenwald said the Legislature hasn't caught up with how society and shopping habits have changed.
FARGO - The owner of a North Dakota off-track horse race wagering company is in line to receive from $16 million to $25 million from the state to make up for taxes the state improperly collected. According to a court order filed in federal bankruptcy court last month, Susan Bala, owner of Racing Services Inc., is owed $13.5 million in taxes on racing bets that RSI paid to the state, plus interest that could range from $3 million to $12 million. Bala said Tuesday, March 14, that it's in the state's interest to pay the debt as soon as possible.
FARGO — The population in and around the Fargo-Moorhead area is expected to grow nearly 50 percent by 2045, according to "best case scenario" projections approved Thursday by a Metropolitan Council of Governments committee. The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Statistical Area — which includes Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Dilworth, and the rest of Cass and Clay counties — had a population of 232,900 in 2015, according to estimates.
FARGO — The Fargo School District was praised this week for successfully broadening the reach of its Advanced Placement classes. Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said in a visit with The Forum's Editorial Board that she hopes the rest of the state's schools can follow suit. The district, which was honored nationally for expanding its AP test offerings, and for increasing or maintaining the percentage of students receiving AP exam scores of 3 or higher, is a good example to follow, Baesler said.
FARGO—A town hall event hosted by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., drew a raucous overflow crowd Thursday, Feb. 23, in south Fargo. The gathering — called Coffee with Cramer Town Hall Event—began about 1 p.m. at Beans Coffee Bar, 5675 26th Ave. S. At least 150 people crowded into the coffee shop with perhaps another 50 lingering outside the door as the event started.
FARGO - The Red River Zoo hopes that its two pairs of Pallas cats can develop a frisky furriendship that will litter-ally help bolster the species' long-term survival. The zoo recently introduced Eva, a 1-year-old female from California, to Sural, a 3-year-old from Japan — just in time for Valentine's Day. "We have had really outstanding success here, not only breeding them," but with having kittens survive," said Red River Zoo Executive Director Sally Jacobson.
FARGO - Proffutt Limited Partnership beat out two other firms to develop a new student housing and retail complex on the 1600-block of North University Drive, just east of the North Dakota State University campus Executive governing board members of the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association voted 7-3 on Wednesday, Dec. 21, to pick the Proffutt plan over two competing bids by Enclave Development and Roers.
FARGO — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven praised the efforts of the Fargo-area Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Addiction as a potential template for the rest of the nation on how to tackle the growing problem of addiction to opioids and other substances. The commission "is a model for across the state and across the country," Hoeven, R-N.D., told attendees at a roundtable meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Dakota Medical Foundation.
FARGO — Judge Myron Bright, a champion of equal rights for minorities and women and the longest-serving working judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. Bright, 97, died early Monday, Dec. 12, at Eventide Fargo. "He died peacefully with his entire family with him this morning, about 12:15 a.m." said Christian Golding, his son-in-law. "He was living history," Golding said. "He was more than just quite a man. He was a legend."
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The former chief of the Valley City Police Department apparently took his gun from his holster and pointed it in the direction of an Army National Guard soldier on Thanksgiving Day, City Administrator David Schelkoph said Friday, Dec. 9. But Schelkoph insists that incident, and other past actions by the former chief or the general performance of his duties, didn't play a factor in the City Commission's decision to cut ties with Fred Thompson. Schelkoph also confirmed the city will pay Thompson $110,000 in severance pay on Jan. 3.