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 — The Cass County Jail is hoping to cut the flow of contraband into the facility with the installation of a SecurPASS full-body scanner to screen inmates, the jail administrator said Tuesday, April 17.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - An early-morning fire Sunday, April 8, at the Carpenter's Corner bar here is being called "suspicious in nature," the Pennington County Sheriff said. The fire was at 18048 State Highway 1 Northwest was called in about 1:27 a.m., Sheriff Ray Kuznia said Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from Thief River Falls, Warren and Viking responded to the scene to extinguish the fire, along with sheriff's deputies from Pennington and Marshall counties.
FARGO - Fargo School Board President Rebecca Knutson has filed to seek re-election to the board, she said in a news release Saturday, April 7. Knutson, 50, a north Fargo resident, is seeking a second four-year term on the board. She was elected vice president of the board in July 2017, and assumed the presidency in February. The other seats on the nine-member board up for election on June 12 are held by Jennifer Benson, Linda Boyd, Dinah Goldenberg and David Paulson. Both Paulson and Benson confirmed Saturday that they are seeking second terms on the board.
FARGO - The winter that just doesn't want to end is expected to drop another 1 to 2 inches of snow on the Fargo-Moorhead area and much of Minnesota Lakes Country in a series of snow showers Sunday, April 8, WDAY Meteorologist Andrew Whitmyer said. The snow, which was to develop overnight in western North Dakota and swing eastward, is expected to start falling mid- to late-morning, Whitmyer said. However, don't expect much accumulation in the F-M area, as much of the wet snow is expected to melt as it hits the ground, Whitmyer said Saturday, April 7.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead woman faces a felony charge of first-degree arson after allegedly telling authorities that she started her house on fire last month because her ex-boyfriend would not come home. Constance Gail Thompson, 64, is accused of starting the fire with a large can of motor oil in front of the TV in her living room, according to court documents filed Tuesday, April 3, in Clay County District Court.
MOORHEAD — The Fargo-Moorhead area needs to expand mental health and drug addiction services and work to get career criminals off the streets with longer prison sentences to become a safer community, metro police chiefs told business and community leaders Tuesday, April 3.
FARGO — Most Fargo-Moorhead area law enforcement agencies aren't looking to add body cameras to their officers' required gear, even after four officer-involved shootings in 40 days. The Dilworth police force is still the only metro agency to use body cameras, something they've done for about three years.
COLFAX, N.D. - A Friday, March 30, meeting to decide the fate of Richland 44 School District superintendent Tim Godfrey was cancelled and rescheduled for next week, School Board Board President Lisa Amundson informed The Forum Thursday night, March 29. The hearing for "contemplated non-renewal" of Godfrey will now be held at 1 p.m. April 4, though the location has not yet been determined, Amundson said in an email.
FARGO – A YouCaring fundraising campaign raised more than $49,000 by 9 p.m.
MOORHEAD — The first phase of the new Clay County Jail and a new Law Enforcement Center building in north Moorhead should be complete by the end of July, county officials said last week during a tour for members of the Moorhead Business Association. The jail will be able to accept more than 200 prisoners once construction is finished, County Commissioner Kevin Campbell said. That capacity is expected to solve a chronic and expensive overcrowding problem for Clay County, which now transports 60 to 70 prisoners a day to and from other counties to be housed.