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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HORACE, N.D.—Retinitis pigmentosa robbed Allan Peterson of his sight and some of his independence Now, cutting-edge technology promises to give him back a little bit of both. Today, the 73-year-old Horace man will have surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview to have an electronic implant attached to the retina of his eye that—paired with a camera on a special set of glasses—could give him the ability to once again recognize shapes and forms: edges of doorways, people in front of him, patterns of light.
FARGO — A strong lineup of concerts, North Dakota State University football's national championship playoff run and a solid core of annual events pushed Fargodome attendance to nearly 540,000 people last year, boosting net income more than $90,000 above original projections, General Manager Rob Sobolik said Friday, Jan. 26. "It's definitely one of the higher years" for attendance and net income, he said. The attendance of 539,428 was more than 35,000 higher than the 504,200 people in 2017's initial budget projections, Sobolik said.
FARGO — With the West Coast now the new center for marijuana production in the U.S., and stepped-up drug interdiction on the nation's east-west interstates in the South and Midwest, drug traffickers seem intent on turning Interstate 94 into a northern "high" way. More than half a ton of marijuana alone has been confiscated in the last six months on I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo a roughly 100-mile stretch in North Dakota. A $1.75 million seizure was also made in March 2017 in Minnesota's Otter Tail County, law enforcement officials report.
FARGO – Most of the 534 travelers stranded at Hector International Airport here Monday, Jan. 22, after their flights were diverted due to a Twin Cities snowstorm were on their way to their destinations by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. That’s according to Shawn Dobberstein, the airport authority’s executive director.
FARGO—Fargo-based-business Weather Modification, Inc. is hoping a sale to the South Korean government will give it a solid foothold in Asia and its specially developed plane may be used during the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. Weather Modification last fall delivered a King Air 350 aircraft to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
FARGO — For North Dakota's Education Fact-Finding Commission, 2017 was a busy year. Nine school districts in the state failed to break impasses in teacher contract talks on their own and called in the trio, hoping an outside perspective would find a compromise teachers unions and school boards could shake hands on. The process worked in Rolla, Dunseith, Grand Forks, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Mapleton, Jamestown and Bismarck.
FARGO — The Essentia and Sanford health systems in Fargo have not been affected by a national shortage of IV saline fluid bags that's been ongoing since last fall, spokespeople said Thursday, Jan. 4. North Dakota's emergency medical equipment stockpile in Bismarck has been tapped to help some facilities running low on IV fluid bags, including Trinity Hospital in Minot, but so far, no one has run out.
FARGO—Federal funds for the region's community health centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, got a temporary boost with the stopgap spending bill approved by Congress on Thursday, keeping those programs running through March. Pat Gulbranson views the funding as a much-needed gift. "Well take it. It's a nice Christmas gift at this point," said Gulbranson, CEO of Family HealthCare here.
FARGO — Federal funds for the region's community health centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, got a temporary boost with the stopgap spending bill approved by Congress on Thursday, Dec. 21, keeping those programs running through March. Pat Gulbranson views the funding as a much-needed gift. "Well take it. It's a nice Christmas gift at this point," said Gulbranson, CEO of Family HealthCare here.
FARGO — City Commissioner John Strand called upon the city's Human Relations Commission to push for more protections in Fargo for transgender people after two women testified Thursday, Dec. 21, about discrimination and the need for training and increased awareness of the issue.