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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BARNESVILLE, Minn. - The venerable T. Gunness building has had a lot of uses since it was built in 1899: hardware, grocery, clothing and appliance stores, a Ben Franklin variety store, bars and restaurants, even a firing range. But after sitting 10 years unused, 118 Front St. S. appeared to be in line for a date with the wrecking ball. That is, until Stoneridge Software came along.
FARGO - Becky Zastrow and Randy Westcott's business dream involves chopping out the middleman. And cutting out fat - so to speak. Some nice fruits and vegetables may also be involved. That's provided the friends can get well-balanced financing for a combination butcher shop and year-round greenhouse they want to open in Hillsboro, N.D.
FARGO—One woman has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in north Fargo Sunday afternoon, July 29, that sent two people to a local hospital. Daionna Lopez, 30, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, according to police. Two women suffered stab wounds and some people were pepper sprayed when a fight erupted about noon Sunday in a north Fargo neighborhood, a police spokesman said. Fargo police were dispatched about 12:01 p.m. to 115 7th Ave. N., after a caller reported a fight involving a stabbing, Sgt. Collin Gnoinsky said.
FARGO—Can't wait two years for another Fargo AirSho? Don't worry, you won't have to. AirSho officials confirmed Sunday, July 29, that the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to appear in Fargo next summer. According to the Thunderbirds' web site, the high-performance demonstration squadron will bring their F-16 Fighting Falcons to Fargo July 20-21, 2019. The last time the Thunderbirds were in Fargo was 1989 - 30 years ago, AirSho Co-chairman Mike Haugen said. "It will be a real switch," Haugen said. "It will be great to have the Thunderbirds."
FARGO—It didn't matter if they were Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines, when the Blue Angels flew by in their big blue F-18s, the veterans at the AirSho practice were all smiles. "Terrific!" said Gordon Monson, who served in the Army from 1966-68. The 76-year-old, who lives in the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, said he couldn't pick out the best part of the practice show Friday, July 27. "They're all good," Monson said. "They can do it!"
FARGO - The Lamoureux twins' ability to score goals netted the U.S. women's hockey team gold at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, five months ago. Now they have a different goal. Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando urged the 2,000-plus people attending TEDxFargo on Thursday, July 26, to help women everywhere achieve equal pay, resources, recognition and support. "Equity should be the norm, and until that happens our work is not done," Jocelyn told the crowd in the downtown Civic Memorial Auditorium.
FARGO — Running for public office is a leap of faith. There's a certain gravity to the decision. But this weekend, three local and state politicians will take a different leap. And it's certain gravity will be heavily involved. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, and Republican U.S. House candidate Kelly Armstrong, are scheduled to make tandem jumps with the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, a precision parachute team, during the Fargo AirSho.
FARGO - Aaron Swinkels and Erica Sponsler are sure they've played their cards right in opening Game Giant in downtown Fargo. The store, which offers a wide variety of board games, learning toys, puzzles, cards and gifts, quietly opened two weeks ago at 626 2nd Ave. N., but the couple and co-owners were bustling about early Wednesday morning, July 18, getting ready for the afternoon's grand opening celebration.
MOORHEAD — Construction on the $72.9 million railroad underpass at Main Avenue and 20th and 21st Streets got its ceremonial start Monday, July 16, with a groundbreaking ceremony for largest transportation project in the city's history. It took nearly two decades to get to this point, but tenacity paid off.
FARGO - Sanford Health's recently opened breast milk collection center is making it much easier for women in the region to donate safe breast milk for the babies of moms unable to produce enough milk to help them thrive. Southpointe Clinic at 2400 32nd Ave. S., working with the Mothers' Milk Bank in Aurora, Colo., began taking donations in May, said Jackee Haak, manager for lactation services. There is plenty of need.