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 -- Construction on a medical marijuana dispensary in a Fargo shopping district should be completed by mid-February, according to the corporation licensed to open the facility. All of the medicinal products sold at the Acreage North Dakota dispensary will come from manufacturing facilities licensed in Bismarck and Fargo “as we do not have a cultivation license here,” Acreage Holdings said in an email to The Forum on Thursday, Dec. 20.
FARGO - At the Osgood Hornbacher’s grocery store you can buy Lactaid eggnog, Southern Comfort eggnog, almond milk eggnog, and of course, no-frills, give-it-to-me-straight, don’t-pay-attention-to-the-calories eggnog. Despite being in a hurry, Alisa McGinnity of Casselton had tucked a carton of eggnog into her cart during a recent shopping trip. “I love eggnog. It’s just something you get once a year. You have to enjoy it while you can,” McGinnity said.
COLFAX, N.D. — Christmas has come early for the Richland 44 School District. Darrel Hendrickson, a f ormer Colfax-area farmer, bequeathed more than $4.5 million to be used for scholarships for Richland 44 students, Superintendent Dean Koppelman said Friday, Dec. 7. Koppelman said the gift was announced at an assembly at the Colfax junior-senior high school, which included children from the elementary school in Abercrombie.
FARGO — Profile by Sanford, a weight-loss subsidiary created by Sanford Health, is in the midst of an aggressive push to open franchises around the nation and — eventually — worldwide. Profile, which opened its first store in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 2012, now has 79 locations around the U.S., with 369 planned to open in the next few years.
FARGO — Gov. Doug Burgum is proposing that North Dakota spend $30 million to build a statewide tracking network for unmanned aerial systems. Burgum made the announcement Friday, Nov. 30, at the eighth annual State of Technology Conference at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. The beyond visual line-of-sight network would act like an air traffic control system for UAS systems, Burgum said.
FARGO — The Fargo AirSho has distributed nearly $200,000 to the community from the 2018 show, event Co-chairman Dick Walstad said last week. Walstad said this year’s show, held July 28-29, was probably the biggest yet in terms of attendance, with about 26,500 paid attendees recorded by the electronic ticketing system. Total revenues topped $775,000, Walstad said, giving the show a profit of more than $150,000.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota collected $750,000 more in new online sales taxes since late June, when the Supreme Court ruled states could require online retailers to collect and remit their sales taxes, to the end of September, according to state tax commissioner’s office. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said 1,600 new online companies have registered since the end of June as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota’s lawsuit versus online retailer Wayfair.
FARGO - David Elliott is counting on a more dynamic, modern marketing strategy to help Haggard Hockey’s carbon fiber sticks score big with the region’s hockey players. Elliott is working to get the sticks into more retail outlets, recently set up a website , and is focusing on youth players as the firm’s chief target audience - an aggressive shift from selling sticks to adult league players out of the back of cars.
FARGO - Cars are hitting the market with a dizzying array of high-tech options. Adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, blind spot and lane departure warning, backup and 360-degree viewing systems, all thanks to sophisticated cameras, and ultrasonic and radar sensors. Newer vehicles have a futuristic “gee-whiz” feeling of comfort and safety, but when it comes to repairs, owners and insurance companies are learning they have a holy-cow cost.
FARGO — West Acres unveiled Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, its plans for a multi-million dollar development project that will fill the space previously occupied by the Sears store. "The District at West Acres" will take over the vacated space, and will feature a 30,000-square-foot cluster of restaurants and "experiences," Brad Schlossman, chief executive of West Acres Development, announced during a press conference Tuesday.