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 — Overheating electrical equipment coming into contact with combustible material caused a house fire that injured four people Sunday, Dec. 17, one of them seriously, according to Fargo's fire marshal. The fire at 721 29th St. N. originated between a mattress and the east wall of the basement, Fire Marshal Ryan Erickson said Thursday, Dec. 21, ruling it accidental.
MOORHEAD — Call it the longest night or the shortest day, but welcome to the winter solstice. Daylight today will last just eight hours, 32 minutes and 32 seconds. That's seven hours and 21 minutes less light than you'll enjoy come June 21 with the summer solstice. But some folks have come to embrace the dark — because that's where they make their living. Juan Cabanela is one of them.
Ashley Held and her son, Carter, live in one of the many apartment complexes on 39th Street South, just south of West Acres mall. The neighborhood is in the West Fargo School District, and on a recent chilly Wednesday afternoon, Held picked up Carter from his school bus stop. Held, who's studying to become a surgical technologist, said apartment living is convenient and works for their life as she goes through school. Eventually she'd like to be a homeowner, but right now it's not in the budget.
FARGO — Ashley Held and her son, Carter, live in one of the many apartment complexes on 39th Street South, just south of West Acres mall. The neighborhood is in the West Fargo School District, and on a recent chilly Wednesday afternoon, Held picked up Carter from his school bus stop. Held, who's studying to become a surgical technologist, said apartment living is convenient and works for their life as she goes through school. Eventually she'd like to be a homeowner, but right now it's not in the budget.
FARGO — The mother of a girl who was among four children the Fargo School District found was bullied by a teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School urged the School Board Tuesday, Dec. 12, to not follow through with a plan to allow the teacher to continue to teach, but stopped short of asking for her to be fired.
FARGO — The Fargo School Board voted 9-0 Tuesday, Dec. 12, to give architects the go-ahead to finish work on plans to expand and remodel Discovery Middle School and to solicit construction bids on the project, expected to cost roughly $16.3 million. The planned work, once the new construction, renovation and remodeling phases are completed, would enable the school to accommodate 1,100 students, while making the 23-year-old building more efficient. Discovery now has 985 students.
FARGO - Fargo police have finished the first phase of moving their department from downtown to the former Border States Industries warehouse, about two miles west at 1st Avenue North and 25th Street, Chief David Todd said. The patrol division's 130 officers began using the 57,000-square-foot building full-time on Sunday, parking their 50 vehicles in the large, heated garage, Todd said Tuesday, Dec. 12. About $1.2 million was spent fitting-up the building, and creating locker rooms and briefing, report writing and meeting rooms, and a gymnasium and office area, Todd said.
FARGO—Fargo School Board members will be asked Tuesday to approve $16.3 million to expand and remodel Discovery Middle School. The planned work, once completed, would enable the school to accommodate 1,100 students, while making the 23-year-old building more efficient. Discovery now has 985 students. "The board has been looking at this project and it has been on our radar for over a year" as south Fargo enrollment has grown, said school board President Jim Johnson.
FARGO — Four more gold coins have been found locally in Salvation Army kettles, bringing this year's total to five, the group announced Thursday, Dec. 7. Two one-ounce Australian gold coins were discovered Wednesday, Dec. 6: one at North Dakota State University and another at the Family Fare grocery story, 724 University Drive N., the Salvation Army said. Over the weekend of Dec. 2-3, two one-tenth-ounce gold coins were donated. The location of those donations was not disclosed, but the Salvation Army estimated their value at $240.
FARGO — A fifth-grade teacher may be able to return to a classroom later this school year or at the start of the next school year after being removed from Lewis and Clark Elementary School for allegations of bullying four children, a Fargo School District memo says. Meanwhile, Alexandra, the mother of a 10-year-old girl the district's investigation said was bullied, intends to go to the next School Board meeting to call for changes that would make the complaint system more responsive to the concerns of parents.