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 — With the West Coast now the new center for marijuana production in the U.S., and stepped-up drug interdiction on the nation's east-west interstates in the South and Midwest, drug traffickers seem intent on turning Interstate 94 into a northern "high" way. More than half a ton of marijuana alone has been confiscated in the last six months on I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo, a roughly 100-mile stretch in North Dakota. A $1.75 million seizure was also made in March 2017 in Minnesota's Otter Tail County, law enforcement officials report.
FARGO—For North Dakota's Education Fact-Finding Commission, 2017 was a busy year. Nine school districts in the state failed to break impasses in teacher contract talks on their own and called in the trio, hoping an outside perspective would find a compromise teachers unions and school boards could shake hands on. The process worked in Rolla, Dunseith, Grand Forks, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Mapleton, Jamestown and Bismarck.
FARGO—Fargo-based-business Weather Modification Inc. is hoping a sale to the South Korean government will give it a solid foothold in Asia and its specially developed plane may be used during the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. Weather Modification last fall delivered a King Air 350 aircraft to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
FARGO — The Essentia and Sanford health systems in Fargo have not been affected by a national shortage of IV saline fluid bags that's been ongoing since last fall, spokespeople said Thursday, Jan. 4. North Dakota's emergency medical equipment stockpile in Bismarck has been tapped to help some facilities running low on IV fluid bags, including Trinity Hospital in Minot, but so far, no one has run out.
FARGO — Federal funds for the region's community health centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, got a temporary boost with the stopgap spending bill approved by Congress on Thursday, Dec. 21, keeping those programs running through March. Pat Gulbranson views the funding as a much-needed gift. "Well take it. It's a nice Christmas gift at this point," said Gulbranson, CEO of Family HealthCare here.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Call it the longest night or the shortest day, but welcome to the winter solstice. Daylight Thursday, Dec. 21, will last just 8 hours, 32 minutes and 32 seconds. That's 7 hours and 21 minutes less light than you'll enjoy come June 21 with the summer solstice. But some folks have come to embrace the dark — because that's where they make their living. Juan Cabanela is one of them.
Minnesota and North Dakota are both reporting unemployment rates that are among the lowest seen in over a decade. Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percent in October to 3.3 percent, its lowest point in 17 years, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by state officials this month.
FARGO—It's becoming America's latest spectator sport: Watching who stands or kneels during the national anthem at sporting events. The latest chapter in the ongoing debate over patriotism was brought about by President Donald Trump when he criticized the NFL for refusing to punish players who knelt or sat during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games.
GRAND FORKS — Several small towns in northern Cass County, N.D., and Norman County, Minn., were soaked by heavy rains Tuesday night into early Wednesday as a series of thunderstorms followed the same track, a National Weather Service spokesman said Wednesday morning, Sept. 20. The heaviest rainfall totals in North Dakota were in the Grandin area, with 7.57 inches recorded by weather service observers there, meteorologist Al Voelker said. Argusville had 6.43 inches recorded and the Gardner area got 6.1 inches. In Minnesota, Halstad had 5.54 inches and Ada 6.5 inches.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — On the wall of the boardroom for the Moorhead School District hangs portraits of former superintendents. It's a line of all white men — middle-aged or older — until you get to the end. There, Lynne Kovash's smiling face is framed. "I think there has been a long-held notion that it is a male position," Kovash said. A complex dynamic has created a system where most teachers are women, yet most of the top leadership jobs go to men, Kovash said.