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 — The Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons was named this week as one of seven winners of the 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation. Executive Director Cody Schuler said the $68,762 grant that comes with the prize will help the organization get more creative in how it brings groups together on the Minnesota and North Dakota sides of the Red River to provide more seamless services for the Fargo-Moorhead metro area's homeless population.
FARGO - The Fargo School Board gave a unanimous thumbs-up to school district Superintendent Jeff Schatz, voting 9-0 Tuesday, Nov. 14, to approve a mostly positive evaluation of the district's top administrator. The fall summative evaluation is one of two superintendent evaluations school board members are required to perform annually by state law. It must be finished and approved by Nov. 15.
MOORHEAD - Moorhead residents will see increases in a wide range of fees in the coming year, including for parks and recreation; building permits, wastewater treatment, and wireless telecommunication facilities. The fee hikes, unanimously approved by the City Council Monday, Nov. 13, are designed to meet rising costs, prepare for equipment upgrades, and to conform with those charged by other metro area cities, said Finance Director Wanda Wagner. Most of the fee increases are modest and go into effect Jan. 1.
FARGO — When Beckham John Welk was born two weeks ago, he was the center of attention with his urgent and unplanned entrance. But in a conference room at F-M Ambulance on Friday, Nov. 3, the boy-who-couldn't-wait mostly snoozed, ceding the spotlight to his mom, dad and the police and paramedics who were just in time. It was the first meeting of the group since Beckham's birth on the bathroom floor of the family's West Fargo home on Oct. 20.
FARGO - More than 200 people turned out for a status update on Fargo's public schools at the annual State of the Schools address Thursday, Nov. 2, at Discovery Middle School. Attendees got a quick rundown on the school district's enrollment, budget and programs, but many of them were there for another reason: a chance to weigh in on what they believe works and doesn't work with several district initiatives.
FARGO—A Fargo police officer arrested in June following a domestic fight with his girlfriend resigned from the force Friday, Oct. 27. Jeremiah Ferris, a Fargo officer for eight years, faced the possibility of being fired by Police Chief David Todd. The two met Friday morning in a "predetermination hearing," meant to allow Ferris an opportunity to present arguments to counter the recommendation of a lieutenant and the deputy chief of field services that Ferris be fired. Ferris was earlier convicted of disorderly conduct in Clay County District Court.
FARGO—All of this summer's major metro road projects are finished or within two to three weeks of completion, area transportation officials said late this week. Perhaps the biggest construction zone project to have wrapped up this fall is the widening of a stretch of Fargo's 32nd Avenue South to six lanes and revamping and widening that arterial road's overpass of Interstate 29.
FARGO — Carson Wentz, North Dakota's favorite football son and rising-star quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, has gotten a nod to his growing fame with a bobblehead. The limited edition figure was unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 24, by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. It features a smiling, helmet-less Wentz in North Dakota State University colors, football in hands, looking ready to drop back into the pocket with his head on a swivel — and with a tip of your finger — a little wobble.
FORMAN, N.D. — A man is in the North Dakota State Hospital after being arrested on four felony and five misdemeanor charges tied to threatening people at a church and bar, vandalism, and a high-speed chase, Sargent County Sheriff Travis Paeper said Tuesday, Oct. 24. Michael Skroch, 39, of Lidgerwood, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 19, after a high-speed chase by law enforcement ended with him crashing a motorcycle in the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, and a standoff that included Skroch being tased several times to no effect, Paeper said.
FARGO - A pedestrian - who witnesses said may have been trying to get hit by a car on South University Drive - was sent to a local hospital after a car-pedestrian accident just before 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, a Fargo police spokesman said. Witnesses told police that the victim, described as a white male in his 20s, was arguing with some people on the side of the busy arterial road, perhaps 25 to 30 yards north of the intersection of South University and 8th Avenue South, Sgt. Travis Moser said.