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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WAHPETON, N.D. — As a school district superintendent you wear a lot of hats: finance expert, manager, leader, teacher, coach. In Wahpeton, don't forget to add bus driver to the list. Superintendent Rick Jacobson has been driving morning and afternoon bus routes since October, when the district's transportation director quit and they lost a driver, too. "It just seemed to be a perfect storm lined up. We were in a terrible spot," Jacobson said. "I had to learn all the routes real quick." Jacobson figured it would be just a substitute gig. Not so.
FARGO – Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of a rifle used in an attempted robbery at a Fargo Tesoro gas station, according to Cass County District Court documents.
WEST FARGO — Recent training on fighting oil fires and pre-planning for an emergency operations center, plus an eye in the sky with a drone, were big advantages for local firefighters battling a blaze fed by 1,200 barrels of leaked diesel fuel at the Magellan Midstream Partners tank farm Sunday, Feb. 18, West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller said. "We've never dealt with something this big before," Fuller said. It's "5:15 a.m. on a random Sunday morning. And all of a sudden you have a huge incident on your doorstep. It's hard to be ready for that."
FARGO — A West Fargo man is suing the Oxbow Golf and Country Club and several individuals, claiming they damaged his reputation and real estate dealings by spreading false allegations that he engaged in "rampant use of cocaine" at the club. Attorneys for Aaron Greterman filed the complaint late last month in Cass County District Court.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's tab for his trip to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis was about $2,500 higher than first reported, thanks to payments for tickets to watch the Minnesota Wild, an Xcel Energy brunch, a VIP tailgate party, and the Taste of the NFL fundraiser, according to emails made public after an open records request.
FARGO – A Fargo man is accused of sexually assaulting one woman in May and trying to sexually assault another in July, according to Cass County District Court documents. Kyle Edgar Wilson faces two felony counts of gross sexual imposition in the May incident, and a felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition in the July incident.
FARGO — A former Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children while he worked at churches in Fargo and West Fargo has pleaded not guilty to two Class B felony counts of gross sexual imposition. Fernando Laude Sayasaya, 53, appearing in orange Cass County Jail garb, said little during the hearing Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Cass County District Court before Judge Steven McCullough.
WEST FARGO — A West Fargo woman faces a felony charge of reckless endangerment for allegedly firing a shotgun into the ceiling of her apartment, according to Cass County District Court documents filed Wednesday, Feb. 14. Heather Louise Larson, 45, is accused of shooting a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into the ceiling of her unit at 85 Center St. No injuries were reported.
ANAMOOSE, N.D. — The Rev. Robert Wapenski was beaten on the face, head and back, and speaker wire was used by his alleged assailant in an attempt to choke him to death, according to an affidavit released as part of McHenry County District Court documents unsealed in the case Friday, Feb. 9.
FARGO — Convicted killer Brooke Lynn Crews is still being held at the Cass County Jail, segregated from other inmates, awaiting transfer to the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, N.D., according to a jail official. Once she gets to prison, she will be given an orientation that will lay out the rules of prison life, and she will be evaluated, said Barb McGillivray, director of women's services at the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.