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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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.
BISMARCK — Representatives of the North Dakota University System and North Dakota State University are analyzing Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget proposal presented Wednesday, Dec. 7, that calls for a 15 percent cut in the higher education budget. Tammy Dolan, chief financial officer for the university system, said officials have been analyzing the budgets of every institution since the idea of a 10 percent cut in higher education spending for the 2017-19 biennium was floated earlier this year.
FARGO — Santa makes his list and checks it twice. That's also a good financial strategy to avoid spending too much on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. Budgeting is where it starts, said Alicia Kellebrew, a financial counselor with The Village Family Service Center in Fargo. "You have to take everything into account," she said, including house and car payments, groceries, utilities and medical care. "People have a tendency to slack on that stuff to afford Christmas, but they're doing it backwards," Kellebrew said.
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.