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 West Fargo man is suing the Oxbow Golf and Country Club and several individuals, claiming they damaged his reputation and real estate dealings by spreading false allegations that he engaged in "rampant use of cocaine" at the club. Attorneys for Aaron Greterman filed the complaint late last month in Cass County District Court.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's tab for his trip to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis was about $2,500 higher than first reported, thanks to payments for tickets to watch the Minnesota Wild, an Xcel Energy brunch, a VIP tailgate party, and the Taste of the NFL fundraiser, according to emails made public after an open records request.
FARGO – A Fargo man is accused of sexually assaulting one woman in May and trying to sexually assault another in July, according to Cass County District Court documents. Kyle Edgar Wilson faces two felony counts of gross sexual imposition in the May incident, and a felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition in the July incident.
FARGO — A former Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children while he worked at churches in Fargo and West Fargo has pleaded not guilty to two Class B felony counts of gross sexual imposition. Fernando Laude Sayasaya, 53, appearing in orange Cass County Jail garb, said little during the hearing Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Cass County District Court before Judge Steven McCullough.
WEST FARGO — A West Fargo woman faces a felony charge of reckless endangerment for allegedly firing a shotgun into the ceiling of her apartment, according to Cass County District Court documents filed Wednesday, Feb. 14. Heather Louise Larson, 45, is accused of shooting a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into the ceiling of her unit at 85 Center St. No injuries were reported.
ANAMOOSE, N.D. — The Rev. Robert Wapenski was beaten on the face, head and back, and speaker wire was used by his alleged assailant in an attempt to choke him to death, according to an affidavit released as part of McHenry County District Court documents unsealed in the case Friday, Feb. 9.
FARGO — Convicted killer Brooke Lynn Crews is still being held at the Cass County Jail, segregated from other inmates, awaiting transfer to the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, N.D., according to a jail official. Once she gets to prison, she will be given an orientation that will lay out the rules of prison life, and she will be evaluated, said Barb McGillivray, director of women's services at the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
FARGO — A man who drove an SUV that hit and killed a worker striping a runway last summer at Hector International Airport will not be charged, a prosecutor with the Cass County State's Attorney's Office said.
FARGO — It hasn't been determined whether Brooke Lynn Crews, the admitted killer of a pregnant Fargo woman and abductor of her newborn, will testify at the trial of accused accomplice William Hoehn. But she at least will be sitting for a deposition to answer investigators' questions, a prosecutor said Friday, Feb. 9. A date has not been set for Crews' deposition in the case of her boyfriend, Hoehn, said Assistant State's Attorney Ryan Younggren, who noted that the deposition won't be public.
FARGO - Three men have been arrested for stealing pistols from a local pawn shop earlier this week and a fourth man is still being sought, the Fargo Police Department reported Friday, Feb. 9. According to police: Four men entered First National Pawn, 2305 Main Ave., about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Two of the men tried to distract an employee while another acted as a lookout. The fourth man opened the locked pistol case and took two pistols.