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—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.
FARGO — North Dakota students are using less tobacco and buckling their seat belts more often when they get into a car, but the percentages of youth who feel sad or lonely or attempt suicide are rising, according to the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction released the 2017 statewide survey data on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The survey is taken every two years. Compared with the 2013 results, the latest survey shows several positives among high school students:
FARGO — A blizzard that blew through the Fargo-Moorhead area Monday, Dec. 4, didn't dump as much snow here as expected, but fierce winds and worries about white-out conditions on rural roads closed many schools early, canceled or delayed flights at Hector International Airport, and greased up roads and highways for the evening rush hour. "It was a blizzard," WDAY-TV Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler said Monday evening. He said the F-M area had received 1.4 inches of snow by 10 p.m., short of the 3 to 6 inches many forecasters had expected.
MOORHEAD — The trial of a man accused of beating a Moorhead woman to death and then setting ablaze the home she was housesitting starts Monday, Dec. 4., in Clay County District Court. Justin Marshall Critt, 40, is accused of killing Melissa Willcoxon, 49, with a hammer on June 28, 2016, at 1019 11th Ave. S. He faces charges of second-degree murder and first-degree arson. Critt has prior criminal convictions in Minnesota and North Dakota, including arson, assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.
FARGO — Minnesota and North Dakota are both reporting unemployment rates that are among the lowest seen in over a decade. Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percent in October to 3.3 percent, its lowest point in 17 years, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by state officials this month.
FARGO — A man faces a felony terrorizing charge in a case that court papers say involved drinking, a death threat, a tussle over a gun and a round fired inside a home. Justin Lee Dietrich, 32, is accused of threatening to kill his father at his father's south Fargo home. According to documents filed in Cass County District Court on Friday, Nov. 24: Dietrich's father told police that his son and a woman showed up at his home on Oct. 23.
MINNEAPOLIS—Garrett Grommesh, a Moorhead youth born with spina bifida whose family in 2010 received a new home from the TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," was facing serious health issues Monday, Nov. 20, in Minneapolis Children's Hospital after complications of intestinal surgery last week put him into septic shock.
FARGO — The spare young man has a direct gaze and a strong, firm handshake. Seated in a science lab at Fargo South High School, he talks about his family. Money is tight. There have been days he didn't eat at home, "because we didn't have any food to cook or things like that." Fortunately, that's gotten better, thanks to the Bruin Food Pantry. The connection was made earlier this fall, when he asked ninth-grade science teacher Brittany Olson for a granola bar. Then he asked for a few more.