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 — Posters advocating white supremacist and white separatist beliefs were tacked to telephone poles in downtown Fargo alleys recently. Fargo resident Christopher A. Smith photographed the posters and posted them on Facebook. "My first thought when I saw the posters was to tear them down. But, then, I thought it would be better to document the posters and their locations and share this to social media to raise awareness of what is happening in the community," Smith said.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead school buses may soon have a new headquarters, as the School Board voted unanimously Monday, April 10, to buy the Muscatell Super Center used car dealership building and land near Interstate 94 for $2.7 million. The deal, once finalized, would replace the current inadequate and deteriorating facility and improve access for busing districtwide, said Assistant Superintendent Brandon Lunak. The Muscatell facility at 1313 30th Ave. S. could also house kitchen facilities, he said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A West Fargo man was shot and killed in an altercation about 8:50 p.m. Thursday, April 6, near a home in south Moorhead, and the suspect in the attack is being held in the Clay County Jail, Moorhead police said Friday morning, April 7. Jacob Cole Glover, 28, died from the injuries he suffered in shooting inside 1813 16th St. S., police spokesman Lt. Tory Jacobson said.
BISMARCK — The March 22 fire that destroyed an unoccupied former church in Nome was intentionally set, Deputy State Fire Marshal Ken Sisk said in a report released Thursday, April 6. "It is my opinion an unknown person or persons intentionally set fire to the area near the southeast walk-in door of this building using an undetermined open flame device; therefore I am labeling the cause of this fire to be incendiary," Sisk said in the report
FARGO — Internet service providers in the area say they won't alter their policies concerning customers' private data now that Federal Communications Commission regulations have been repealed that would have required ISPs to do more to protect that information. President Trump signed the resolution repealing those rules Monday, April 3.
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Mass communications students at Lake Park-Audubon High School won four Crystal Pillar Awards from the Emmy Association this year, doubling the number the school received in the previous four years for their Raider Nation News broadcasts. The awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Chapter are for excellence in high school-level broadcasting. They are for public affairs/community service, music video, fiction and newscast.
FARGO — Developers are planning a $10.5 million high-end apartment complex just north of the new City Hall on the site of the former Howard Johnson hotel and Sidestreet Grille & Pub. The plan by Northland Hospitality LLC will be reviewed by the Renaissance Zone Authority at its meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, according to documents from the Planning and Development department. The City Centre Lofts at 301 3rd Ave. N. will be an improvement in downtown's riverfront area, Planner Derrick LaPoint said Tuesday.
MOORHEAD – A Twin Valley man died shortly after noon Wednesday, March 29, after a crash between his Acura Integra sedan and a truck hauling sugar beets at the intersection of 90th Avenue North and Highway 75. Moorhead firefighters cut the roof off the car to extricate the driver, according to Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist. The driver of the car was identified by the Minnesota State Patrol as Duane Lamarr Johnson, 87, of Twin Valley.
MOORHEAD – One man died shortly after noon Wednesday, March 29, after a crash between a sedan and a beet truck at the intersection of County Road 26 and Highway 75 north of Moorhead. Moorhead firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to extricate the man, according to Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist. The identity of the crash victim has not been released.
HUNTER, N.D. - Four area fourth-graders want their classmates, teachers and neighbors to save wildlife and the environment by saying bye-bye to plastic grocery bags. Ella Heilman, Siena Newland and Brooklyn Anderson of Harwood Elementary School, and Samantha Fliginger of Northern Cass School are champions of sea turtles. As part of research for FIRST Lego League robotics competitions, they learned that the reptiles are dying because they eat plastic bags, which they mistake for jellyfish.