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 — Rebuilding the Bison Turf might not be able to start in earnest until sometime in December, owner Pete Sabo said. Sabo, who recently submitted plans to the city's Inspections Department for repairing and expanding the popular northside watering hole, must get the OK from the city's Planning Commission to proceed after questions arose about the Turf having enough parking to handle more patrons. Sabo wants to add a second-floor bar and a large outdoor patio deck facing west toward the nearby North Dakota State University campus.
BISMARCK — Eugene Dahl, who is credited with creating thousands of manufacturing jobs in North Dakota, has been named the 43rd recipient of the state's Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Gov. Jack Dalrymple made the announcement Wednesday, Oct. 12. Dahl, who led the growth of several equipment manufacturing businesses, including Bobcat and Steiger, died in 2008.
HAWLEY, Minn. - A Hawley family is without a home after a fire Thursday afternoon, Oct. 6, that appeared to have started in the bathroom and spread into the attic of the single-story house before firefighters arrived to knock it down, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said. At least four people, who were not identified, lived in the rural home at 1513 190th St. S. and one of them was disabled and in a wheelchair, Bergquist said. All of the occupants appeared to be unharmed, he said.
WHEATLAND, N.D. — Batman has his Batmobile, and Wonder Woman has her invisible jet. Meanwhile, the folks from Farm Rescue have a big, green John Deere combine. Not speedy. But at this time of year, they're real-life harvest heroes. Volunteers with the Horace-based group were harvesting soybeans on the Tom McLean farm Tuesday, Sept. 27. It's the group's 400th assistance operation and for the McLeans, like other farm families the group has helped, it was sorely needed.
The next couple weeks should see several major road projects wrap up in the Fargo-Moorhead area, though some that are slated to be completed at the end of October into mid-November will flirt with finishing as the snow flies, construction officials said Thursday, Sept. 15. Main in West Fargo The last of the work to rebuild Main Avenue in West Fargo is expected to be done by early October, said Kevin Gorder, the North Dakota Department of Transportation's assistant district engineer for the Fargo District.
FARGO — It's been 15 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were seared into the consciousness of everyone who witnessed them or followed the non-stop news coverage. But for today's middle school and high school students — who were toddlers at the time or not yet born — there is a disconnect. It's a gap area teachers are trying to bridge. And one that is becoming more difficult to surmount.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton still holds "a glimmer" of hope for a special session to pass tax and bonding bills this year. Dayton, who opened the first day of classes with a tour of Moorhead's Probstfield Elementary School on Tuesday, Sept. 6, said in a news conference that he'd still like to see a special session to address tax and bonding issues before lawmakers get too involved in the election cycle leading leading up to the Nov. 8 vote. "We'll see if it's possible," Dayton said. "Both bills I'd like to sign."
PORTLAND, N.D. — For Larry McGillis, this is a summer to remember at his job — for all the wrong reasons. The owner of MayPort Insurance and Realty has been in the business for 40 years. But this year's string of hailstorms and heavy rains has made this "one of the most problematic that I've seen since I've been in business." He's got 17 employees, and they're constantly on the run. "It's taken all our teams a full-court press to keep servicing all of our customers," he said. Many people didn't take out hail insurance, he said.
WILTON, N.D. — A Fargo man is in custody in the McLean County Detention Center after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday, Aug. 31, and hiding in a cornfield for more than seven hours before being arrested after an extensive air and ground search, the McLean County Sheriff's Office reported.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Vandals have spray-painted graffiti on a new floodwall in Valley City. Police Chief Fred Thompson said Monday, Aug. 29, that the vandals wrote phrases including "smoke crack," "smoke weed everyday" and "inject meth" on the floodwall for the east bridge at Fourth Street. Thompson said the vandalism occurred sometime Friday night, Aug. 26, or early Saturday morning, Aug. 27. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the police department at (701) 845-3110.