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 - For Richard Early, success isn't just measured in comics, cards and games sold. It's being part of the community of "brilliant nerds" who've entered Paradox Comics-N-Cards - and by extension, into his life - that have made running the downtown mainstay worth it. Early, the owner of Paradox, is preparing to host the store's 25th anniversary celebration Oct. 3-7. He's planning a food drive, gaming, and what he hopes will be a massive group photo of 25 years worth of customers, friends and current and former staff outside the store on Sunday the 7th.
MOORHEAD — The city of Moorhead will contract with Downtown Moorhead Inc. to provide citywide economic development services, City Manager Chris Volkers told Economic Development Authority board members in a nearly hour-long special meeting Thursday, Sept. 13 Volkers said the city will be working primarily with Derrick LaPoint, president and CEO of DMI. She said LaPoint will be acting as the city's economic development director, assisting her and Assistant City Manager Dan Mahli to help current businesses grow and in attracting new businesses and industry.
FARGO - The long-awaited Block 9 tower project in downtown Fargo kicked-off with a groundbreaking ceremony and party on what is now known as U.S. Bank plaza on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
MOORHEAD—There's a bigger junkyard to prowl at Junkyard Brewing Co. The popular Moorhead microbrewery quietly opened its 1,500-square-foot indoor addition Monday, Sept. 10, co-owner Aaron Juhnke said. That more than doubles the indoor space that beer lovers will have to enjoy a cold one in the midst of frosty Fargo-Moorhead winters. Juhnke was working on the sound system for the new addition on Tuesday as Junkyard opened for customers. "We are really pleased to get it opened up on the tail end of summer," Juhnke said.
FARGO - You may have to believe in Odin and die in battle to go to Valhalla, but you only have to be thirsty and believe in beer to go to Brewhalla. The opening of Drekker Brewing Company's second brewery and taphouse from noon to midnight Saturday, Sept. 6., should make that an easy choice. Drekker's "Brewhalla" at 1666 1st Ave. N. will have patrons drinking in the beauty of weathered brick and salvaged beams in its 1880s vintage former Northern Pacific Railroad shop.
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney said the city is looking into how it can recoup some of the expected costs for this Friday's visit by President Donald Trump to Fargo for a fundraiser for Kevin Cramer's Senate campaign. Mahoney said the total bill should not be nearly as high as the price tag for the late June campaign rally at Scheels Arena where Trump spoke. "It's not going to have as many people in attendance," Mahoney said. "The assumption is it's going to be cheaper than last time."
FARGO - World class Indy car and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will be the keynote speaker for this year's "Voices of Vision" event, put on by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. She will appear noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Delta by Marriott in south Fargo, the Chamber announced Tuesday, Sept. 4. Patrick, who retired from professional racing in 2017, will share accounts of her career and advice on pushing yourself to your limits and following your dreams.
FARGO — Enjoying your Labor Day holiday? Good! You worked for it. At the same time, as you're firing up the grill or heading to the lakes instead of to the office or some other worksite, don't forget to spare some thanks for labor unions.
FARGO - When it comes to tradition, Jed Felix aims to be a cut above average. Felix, the new owner of 8th Street Barbershop, was trimming the beard of Jared Winmill on Tuesday, Aug. 21, as Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" played on a speaker in the back of the shop. Winmill, a regular customer for Felix when he cut hair at Everett's Barbershop in downtown Fargo, was relaxing for the first time in Felix's new house of hair.
MOORHEAD — Leaving the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, along with the growing trade war with China and other nations, is hurting the region's farmers, ranchers and other industries, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Friday, Aug. 24. Heitkamp, who sat down with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce's agribusiness committee, said not having the markets of the TPP and retaliation by China for U.S. tariffs has dried up sales for North Dakota's soybean farmers, painting a gloomy picture for selling this year's bumper crop.