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 – Police arrested a man late Wednesday, June 28, on a charge of terrorizing for allegedly pulling a knife on people in downtown Fargo.
FARGO -- The rock music was loud at Scheels Arena, and when President Donald Trump finally hit the stage Wednesday night, June 27, he got rock-star treatment. Trump was met by a screaming sea of bright red Make America Great Again caps worn by Republican faithful in this deeply red state.
FARGO — President Donald Trump will be here Wednesday, June 27, to rally at 7 p.m. in support of Rep. Kevin Cramer's bid for the U.S. Senate. Here are some tips for those planning to see Trump at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., where doors will open at 4 p.m.
FARGO — When a presidential campaign descends on a city, local police often help with security. Many cities will bill campaigns for those services, but that largely has not been the case in Fargo, where the taxpayer-funded city government has absorbed security costs. In fact, the Fargo Police Department doesn't know how much presidential campaign visits have cost the city over the past several election cycles.
FARGO — If a trade war breaks out between the U.S. and China, North Dakota soybean farmers could take big losses. President Donald Trump announced Friday, June 15, that he's imposing 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in goods from China. In response, Chinese officials vowed to impose similar trade barriers on U.S. goods, the Washington Post reported. Seventy-one percent of North Dakota's soybeans are exported to Asia, most of them going to China, which brought $1.5 billion in revenue back to the state.
MOORHEAD – A recent decision by the Fargo and West Fargo school districts to put the brakes on plans to create an elementary-level special education facility was a good call, North Dakota’s superintendent of schools said Thursday, June 14.
HUNTER, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum wants North Dakota "to be the most envied place" in the world, and that starts with sharing innovations in education, he told about 500 people at Northern Cass High School here for his second-annual Governor's Summit on Innovative Education. "This is the giant rock in the pond. The ripples can go out from here," Burgum said Thursday, June 7.
FARGO — Ila Mae Lou Averson was a baseball fan and a fun-loving person. She built a 40-year career as a secretary for Northern States Power Co., and she was married for more than 50 years. But when kidney disease and other health problems chipped away at her well-being and mobility, her happiness faded in the last few years. "She said it was a sad time in her life. She had problems with her legs and had to use a walker," said her sister, Carol Haak of Vergas, Minn.
FARGO — Local political activist and Fargo City Commission candidate Lenny Tweeden is asking the commission to adopt a law that over time would increase the city's minimum wage to $12 an hour. The Fargo City Commission voted 4-1 on Monday, June 4, to receive and file Tweeden's proposal, which would hike the minimum wage to $10 an hour Sept. 1 and raise it 50 cents per hour annually until Sept. 1, 2022, when it would reach $12. "It went better than I thought it would. I went in anticipating being shot down," Tweeden said.
FARGO — A $13 million to $14 million plan to completely rebuild Main Avenue from the intersection with Second Street west to University Drive in 2019 was approved by the City Commission on Monday, June 4.