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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MOORHEAD—On the wall of the boardroom for the Moorhead School District hangs portraits of former superintendents. It's a line of all white men—middle-aged or older—until you get to the end. There, Lynne Kovash's smiling face is framed. "I think there has been a long-held notion that it is a male position," Kovash said. A complex dynamic has created a system where most teachers are women, yet most of the top leadership jobs go to men, Kovash said.
FARGO — The superintendent of the Northern Cass School District was sentenced Thursday, Aug. 31, to two days in jail on a misdemeanor DUI charge, but he's allowed to do 20 hours of community service in lieu of jail time. Cory Steiner, 42, of Arthur, pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday in Cass County District Court. Steiner was also ordered to serve 360 days of unsupervised probation and pay a $750 fine and $250 in court fees.
FARGO — A Fargo man accused of taking part in a standoff with police on Aug. 1 has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated assault, preventing arrest, terrorizing and reckless endangerment or extreme indifference. Tate Anthony Smith-Nerlien, 24, entered his pleas Thursday, Aug. 31, in Cass County District Court. He's due back in court Nov. 1 for a felony dispositional conference. According to court documents: Fargo police responded to a report of an assault at 1007 8th Ave. N. about 2 p.m. Aug. 1.
FARGO — An Illinois man must serve 20 years in prison for the attempted murder of a West Fargo woman, Judge Frank Racek ruled Monday, Aug. 28, in Cass County District Court. David White Jr., 26, earlier pleaded guilty in the shooting of his former girlfriend, and a felony charge of reckless endangerment was dismissed. The judge gave White credit for 163 days already served and ordered him to spend five years on supervised probation.
FARGO - Tickets are still available for the 2017 North High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon, which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the North Dakota State University Alumni Center. Tickets are $17 apiece and available from the North High office through Monday, Aug. 28. To purchase tickets, call (701) 446-2405 or stop by the school office at 801 17 th Ave. N. Three North High alumni and one former faculty member make up this year's Hall of Fame class. They include:
FARGO - Several hundred people took part in a prayer walk Saturday, Aug. 26, from Oak Grove Park to the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge to show support for the family of a missing north Fargo woman as well as the dozens of searchers combing parks, rivers and other areas for any sign of her.
FARGO — The growth of the Fargo-Moorhead metro area is showing up in local schools. First-day enrollment for the Fargo School District for the 2017-18 school year was 11,400 students on Thursday, Aug. 24. That is up 175 students, or 1.6 percent from the start of the 2016-17 school year, Fargo School District figures show. Central Cass School in Casselton, N.D., had 916 students on Thursday, an increase of 57 over last fall's opening enrollment of 859, Superintendent Morgan Forness said.
FARGO — Police here are treating the disappearance of a 22-year-old pregnant woman as a criminal investigation. The Fargo Police Department's full investigative team is working on the case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who has been missing since Saturday, Chief David Todd told The Forum on Wednesday, Aug. 23. "This is our No. 1 priority. All of our resources have been focused on this since the beginning," Todd said. In a Wednesday afternoon email, Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said: "We are treating it as a criminal investigation and have since Sunday."
FARGO — Enrollment continues to rise for the St. John Paul II Catholic Schools Network and for Oak Grove Lutheran School, both of which opened their doors for the school year on Tuesday, Aug. 22. JPII schools had 1,258 students enrolled for the first day of classes. That was up 56 students from last year's 1,202, JPII President Mike Hagstrom said. Last year's enrollment was also up 70 students from the 2015-2016 school year, Hagstrom said. "We like that. A pretty substantial increase. We are very pleased. We really are," he said.
FARGO—A proposal to make the Cass County auditor, treasurer and recorder offices into appointed posts, and to possibly combine the auditor and treasurer positions, saw no opposition during a public hearing held by the County Commission on Monday, Aug. 21. Only one citizen spoke, and that person was in favor of the move. "I think the really scary thing for everybody is that I could run for every one of those offices and I'm not qualified for any of them," said Judy Lee, a Republican state senator from West Fargo.