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 - Learning is once again thriving by the former Woodrow Wilson school. Children's Montessori Center Downtown recently opened at 301 N. University Drive, just a few yards south of what are now the Woodrow Apartments. About 20 children ages 3 through 5 play and learn in two bright, airy classrooms filled with books, plants, music - and a rabbit named Floppy. The center's STEAM curriculum blends the arts with an introduction to science, technology, engineering and math skills. Children flex their time between a STEAM classroom and a traditional Montessori classroom
MOORHEAD - The Block E building, with a distinctive curved glass, cement- and aluminum-panel front that grabs your eyes at the intersection of Eighth Street and Main Avenue, is rapidly nearing completion. All of the commercial spaces in downtown's newest building are spoken for and tenants start moving into their third- and fourth-floor apartments in the next two weeks. The $6 million project makes a statement: Downtown is coming back. "This project has become the signature of downtown Moorhead," said Steve Gehrtz, principal for Gehrtz Construction Services.
FARGO - Bo Boerner stands over six feet tall, but he doesn't dismiss safety when it comes to his job as a real estate agent. Boerner said he's considered getting a handgun concealed carry permit, given the nature of the job, which regularly has lone agents showing clients properties, sometimes in remote locations. "You can never be too careful," Boerner said Tuesday, Sept. 18, after a safety training session at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties' headquarters in south Fargo. "There's North Dakota nice, but ..."
FARGO - For Richard Early, success isn't just measured in comics, cards and games sold. It's being part of the community of "brilliant nerds" who've entered Paradox Comics-N-Cards - and by extension, into his life - that have made running the downtown mainstay worth it. Early, the owner of Paradox, is preparing to host the store's 25th anniversary celebration Oct. 3-7. He's planning a food drive, gaming, and what he hopes will be a massive group photo of 25 years worth of customers, friends and current and former staff outside the store on Sunday the 7th.
MOORHEAD — The city of Moorhead will contract with Downtown Moorhead Inc. to provide citywide economic development services, City Manager Chris Volkers told Economic Development Authority board members in a nearly hour-long special meeting Thursday, Sept. 13 Volkers said the city will be working primarily with Derrick LaPoint, president and CEO of DMI. She said LaPoint will be acting as the city's economic development director, assisting her and Assistant City Manager Dan Mahli to help current businesses grow and in attracting new businesses and industry.
FARGO - The long-awaited Block 9 tower project in downtown Fargo kicked-off with a groundbreaking ceremony and party on what is now known as U.S. Bank plaza on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
MOORHEAD—There's a bigger junkyard to prowl at Junkyard Brewing Co. The popular Moorhead microbrewery quietly opened its 1,500-square-foot indoor addition Monday, Sept. 10, co-owner Aaron Juhnke said. That more than doubles the indoor space that beer lovers will have to enjoy a cold one in the midst of frosty Fargo-Moorhead winters. Juhnke was working on the sound system for the new addition on Tuesday as Junkyard opened for customers. "We are really pleased to get it opened up on the tail end of summer," Juhnke said.
FARGO - You may have to believe in Odin and die in battle to go to Valhalla, but you only have to be thirsty and believe in beer to go to Brewhalla. The opening of Drekker Brewing Company's second brewery and taphouse from noon to midnight Saturday, Sept. 6., should make that an easy choice. Drekker's "Brewhalla" at 1666 1st Ave. N. will have patrons drinking in the beauty of weathered brick and salvaged beams in its 1880s vintage former Northern Pacific Railroad shop.
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney said the city is looking into how it can recoup some of the expected costs for this Friday's visit by President Donald Trump to Fargo for a fundraiser for Kevin Cramer's Senate campaign. Mahoney said the total bill should not be nearly as high as the price tag for the late June campaign rally at Scheels Arena where Trump spoke. "It's not going to have as many people in attendance," Mahoney said. "The assumption is it's going to be cheaper than last time."
FARGO - World class Indy car and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will be the keynote speaker for this year's "Voices of Vision" event, put on by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. She will appear noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Delta by Marriott in south Fargo, the Chamber announced Tuesday, Sept. 4. Patrick, who retired from professional racing in 2017, will share accounts of her career and advice on pushing yourself to your limits and following your dreams.