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 — Tobacco firms have cracked open their checkbooks to prepare to snuff out an attempt to pass an initiated measure that would bring a major hike in North Dakota's taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. If approved, Measure No. 4, supported by the Raise It For Health North Dakota coalition, would raise the tax on cigarettes from 44 cents a pack to $2.20 per pack. On all other tobacco products, the tax would rise from 28 percent of the wholesale price to 56 percent.
FARGO - Bail was set at $1 million in cash for a Ponsford, Minn., man charged with sexual assault and murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in her south Fargo home on May 15. Landon Mitchell Lauwagie, 23, made his first appearance in Cass County District Court jon Wednesday, July 20. He's charged with Class AA felony charges of murder and gross sexual imposition in the death of 40-year-old Cory Terlecky. Lauwagie is now being held in the Cass County Jail.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead will start offering a child care training program this fall to help alleviate a severe shortage of child care in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The M State campus will offer a child care and education certificate program to prepare students for entry-level jobs in child care centers or to open their own in-home child care, the school announced Thursday, July 14.
MAPLETON – Mapleton School District residents met Monday at the town’s community center to get information on the $7.2 million school construction vote set for March 29. About 45 district...
Add to North Dakota’s tobacco tax or leave it alone? That’s a question Sheyenne High School teachers agree would have been better left up to students to decide. Earlier this...
FARGO – Every child wishes Santa would leave them lots of presents. But it takes a special child to want to be that Santa for others. Keaton Nelson is that...
WEST FARGO—Kayla Delzer has decided the Starbucks model is the future of learning. No, you can't get a grande latte with a shot of espresso in the second-grade teacher's room at Legacy Elementary School. But in Delzer's class, and a few others in the West Fargo School District's newest school, students can sit where they want. Or stand. Or bounce. Or lie on their bellies.
The mother of an Aurora Elementary School student here says a school district policy requiring parents to seek permission 24 hours in advance if they want to sit in on their child's classroom is wrong and can be used to cover up poor teaching practices. Cashondra Fenroy-Eaden said she wanted to pop in to the school Sept.
WEST FARGO – If you’ve got business in West Fargo’s schools, prepare to be carded. The West Fargo School District is the first in the state to install LobbyGuard, an...
When it comes to barrel racing, Kayli Sturlaugson doesn’t horse around. The West Fargo 17-year-old is racing in the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championships in Perry, Ga. In...