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 - The Fargo School Board voted 9-0 to halt efforts to build three special education projects, including a $4.3 million facility at Agassiz School for elementary-age students with severe disabilities, including those who are emotionally disturbed or violent. The Tuesday, May 22, vote put plans on hold to request bids for a Level 4 or Least Restrictive Environment-Setting D facility at Agassiz. The decision was welcomed by parents and advocates for the disabled at the meeting.
BLAINE, Minn. — The Karner Blue Education Center doesn't look particularly special from the outside. Single-story, brown brick school. A couple of playgrounds. But thanks to thoughtful design and robust staffing, school district officials here say it's making an extraordinary difference for the 115 special education students who attend. It's spacious, ultra-quiet, with plenty of spaces for kindergarten through eighth-graders with autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and cognitive disabilities to take timeouts and reset overloaded senses or amped-up emotions.
Commuters using the Sheyenne Street and Interstate 94 interchange will soon be faced with finding an alternative route or dealing with what may be slow traffic when construction on the interchange begins on May 14. Melissa Reichert spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Transportation said crews planned to begin the two-year project on Monday, May 14. NDDOT is spearheading the interchange project that will be constructed in conjunction with the city of West Fargo's expansion of Sheyenne Street from 13th Avenue south to 32nd Avenue.
WASHINGTON — Former Fargo radio host Ed Schultz, an anchor for the Russian government-funded Russia Today television network, is still finding ways to make headlines.
ST. PAUL — Moorhead, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and several other area school districts would get a jolt of emergency funding under an initiative being championed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to make up for persistent shortfalls in state dollars for schools. The Moorhead School District would receive $1,066,022, and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton schools would get $248,512 under the Democratic governor's plan to distribute $137.9 million in one-time funding to school districts around the state. The plan was unveiled May 1.
FARGO — Major construction projects on some of the most-heavily traveled roads in the Fargo-Moorhead area will be in full swing by mid-May, and commuters are urged to plan ahead or risk possibly getting caught in gridlock. "Just be patient with us. Plan your route. Give yourself some extra time," said Kevin Gorder, an assistant district engineer with the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
FARGO - A group has recently begun gathering signatures to get a measure on this fall's general election ballot to allow "approval voting" for future elections. "I think that it's going lead to a more responsive government and better outcomes for voters," Jed Limke, a member of Reform Fargo, said Tuesday, May 1. Limke said approval voting - which lets voters choose as many candidates as they like in a crowded field - will benefit candidates with consensus support, rather than continuing to elect candidates who win with small percentages of the vote due to vote splitting.
FARGO — A man is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl while the two were at a Fargo hotel in 2016, according to Cass County District Court documents. Mitchell Ludwig, of Valley City, N.D., faces a felony count of gross sexual imposition for an alleged sexual assault that included climbing into bed with the girl and putting his fingers in her vagina one night in November 2016, court documents stated. According to court documents: The girl told a social services worker that she had been staying at the hotel with Ludwig.
FARGO — Cleanup Week, the Fargo-Moorhead area's annual orgy of tossing unwanted items on the curb for strangers to claim and garbage collectors to haul, is nigh upon us — running May 7-11. The 2017 toss-a-thon accounted for 1,800 tons of waste in Fargo's landfill, according to Terry Ludlum, Fargo's solid waste utility director.
HUNTER, N.D. — Northern Cass School District recently named Susan McPherson as its 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.