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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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.
FARGO — A man who drove an SUV that hit and killed a worker striping a runway last summer at Hector International Airport will not be charged, a prosecutor with the Cass County State's Attorney's Office said.
FARGO — It hasn't been determined whether Brooke Lynn Crews, the admitted killer of a pregnant Fargo woman and abductor of her newborn, will testify at the trial of accused accomplice William Hoehn. But she at least will be sitting for a deposition to answer investigators' questions, a prosecutor said Friday, Feb. 9. A date has not been set for Crews' deposition in the case of her boyfriend, Hoehn, said Assistant State's Attorney Ryan Younggren, who noted that the deposition won't be public.
FARGO - Three men have been arrested for stealing pistols from a local pawn shop earlier this week and a fourth man is still being sought, the Fargo Police Department reported Friday, Feb. 9. According to police: Four men entered First National Pawn, 2305 Main Ave., about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6. Two of the men tried to distract an employee while another acted as a lookout. The fourth man opened the locked pistol case and took two pistols.
FARGO — A Cass County inmate, initially jailed on a robbery charge, now faces a felony count of having sex with a 16-year-old girl after a match was made, authorities say, with his DNA and samples from a sexual assault kit from 2015. Oscar Kayee, now 26, was 24 years old at the time of the alleged assault. He's charged with sexual assault by a person at least 22 years old who knowingly had sexual contact with a minor 15 years old or older.
WAHPETON, N.D. — The Oasis Stage Bar and Package Store is back to selling liquor, but it may take special action by city leaders to reissue the bar's cabaret license so it can again offer topless entertainment.
FARGO — A man accused of supplying heroin laced with fentanyl that led to the fatal overdose of a 26-year-old Fargo man pleaded guilty in federal court here to distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. Marcel Dajon Washington, 27, entered the plea Tuesday, Feb. 6, before Judge Ralph Erickson as part of an agreement that will see two other drug charges against him dropped.
MANDAN, N.D. — A father and son face felony charges after a search of their vehicle on Interstate 94 found more than 200 pounds of marijuana and other illegal drugs Sunday, Feb. 4. Robert Earl Smith, 53, of Vancouver, Wash., and Christopher Conkey, 24, of Grants Pass, Ore., were arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver after illegal drugs valued at $1.1 million were found during the search following a routine traffic stop.