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 — State Bankshares, the parent company of Fargo-based Bell Bank, announced Thursday, Jan. 17, that it has signed an agreement to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary, Discovery Benefits Inc., to WEX, a global provider of payment processing and business solutions. WEX is paying State Bankshares $425 million, and State Bankshares retains about 5 percent equity interest in the combination of Discovery Benefits and WEX’s health division. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.
WEST FARGO — A Buffalo Wings and Rings restaurant will open here in March or April, the company announced in an email Wednesday, Jan. 16. The foundation and parking lot work is already complete and the restaurant’s shell is going up at 695 32nd Ave. E., next to Cash Wise Foods and about a half-mile west of Scheels Arena. The West Fargo restaurant will be owned by Al Hauck and his family, who already operate the restaurant's locations in Bismarck and Minot.
COLFAX, N.D. — Christmas has come early for the Richland 44 School District. Darrel Hendrickson, a f ormer Colfax-area farmer, bequeathed more than $4.5 million to be used for scholarships for Richland 44 students, Superintendent Dean Koppelman said Friday, Dec. 7. Koppelman said the gift was announced at an assembly at the Colfax junior-senior high school, which included children from the elementary school in Abercrombie.
FARGO — Gov. Doug Burgum is proposing that North Dakota spend $30 million to build a statewide tracking network for unmanned aerial systems. Burgum made the announcement Friday, Nov. 30, at the eighth annual State of Technology Conference at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. The beyond visual line-of-sight network would act like an air traffic control system for UAS systems, Burgum said.
FARGO - Opening day is near for 46 North Pints & Provisions, a gastropub that will anchor the corner of Roberts Street and Second Avenue North in Roberts Commons. The restaurant, which opens to the public starting with dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 23, mixes sleek modern furniture and fixtures with the warmth of recycled wood and plenty of natural light from large windows fronting Roberts and Second Avenue. "It's a place you could go to every day, or for a special occasion," general manager Brandon Nilson said Friday, Oct. 19.
FARGO - We're a long way from the science fiction realms of Westworld, Blade Runner or Star Wars, where robots, androids and artificial intelligences do the dirty jobs, cater to our whims, and sometimes pay us back with bloody R-rated rebellion. But change is coming to many, if not most, workplaces. Robotics, AI and machine learning already have a major impact. Just ask the folks in the U.S. auto industry, which employs nearly half of the nation's robots - and a lot fewer assembly line workers.
FARGO - It looks like a former northside pizza shop will once again be putting out cheesy, doughy goodness. Permits taken out with the city indicate that an MVP Pizza store is being planned for the former Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor at 3132 Broadway N. A dumpster is parked outside and demolition appears to be underway to the interior of the building. A permit on file indicates that carpet and counters will be removed, with other minor miscellaneous work, but the structure itself won't be demolished.
MOORHEAD - Ryan Erkenbrack is hoping that his business success is in the cards - and jerseys, sports figures and baseball bats. Erkenbrack recently opened The Zone Sports Cards and Memorabilia at 3324 E. Highway 10, displaying a longtime passion for sports collectibles, with scores of rare cards and full season sets for baseball, football, basketball, hockey and soccer leagues. "I've been collecting since I've been a kid, since I was 7 or 8," Erkenbrack said Wednesday, Oct. 10.
FARGO — More than $28,000 has been raised in an effort to convince Fargoans to approve a measure in the upcoming general election to change the city's elections from traditional plurality voting to approval voting. Plus, another $25,000 is in the pipeline, a backer of Fargo's Measure 1 said Monday, Oct. 8. Reform Fargo, a group pushing for Measure 1, had taken in $28,335 as of Sept. 27, city records show. The bulk of the donations have come from out of state, including $25,000 from The Center for Election Science, which lists a San Francisco address.
FARGO - Pure Barre Fargo is ready to raise the bar on fitness. The downtown workout studio held its soft opening Sept. 29-30 at 615 2nd Ave. N. in the Roberts Commons. "We had 16 classes. It was actually great. All of them were full," co-owner Nichole Allmendinger said Wednesday, Oct. 3 Pure Barre is designed to be low impact, but with lots of repetition to tone and strengthen muscles, Allmendinger said.