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 — It was a Friday night, Aug. 5, 1977. Harry "Tim" Henry said he started his day drinking "with the usual crew" at the Empire Tavern. He followed that with a nap in his apartment at the Hotel Donaldson, before ambling over to the Chatterbox Lounge on NP Avenue for an afternoon round of drinks. He then went to the bank for more cash, but the bank had closed. He headed back to the Chatterbox for more drinking.
FARGO—Fargo area social services and health care providers were briefed Friday, Aug. 4, on an initiative that aims to transform the state's behavioral and health services support systems to more effectively help people awaiting trial, or on parole or probation. The $7.5 million Community Behavioral Health Program, approved by state lawmakers for this biennium, is being tested in Fargo, Bismarck, Dickinson and Devils Lake.
MOORHEAD — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says water quality in the Red River watershed is "generally poor," and recommends changes along the Red and its tributaries to trim levels of fecal coliform bacteria and sediments, reduce erosion, and improve habitat for fish and for recreational uses. Monitoring of the Red between Georgetown and Breckenridge — including Moorhead — found excessive levels of E. coli bacteria and suspended solids from field runoff and erosion, the MPCA said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 2.
FARGO — It may require an initiated measure to make possessing and using fireworks legal in Fargo, City Commissioner Tony Gehrig said Tuesday, Aug. 1, after a meeting at City Hall that included police and fire officials, commission members and fireworks industry representatives.
FARGO—A longtime Fargo, state and national Parent-Teacher Association leader has been elected to the board of directors for the National PTA. Amy Arness, a PTA volunteer since 1998, says she's once again "a rookie." She was among eight PTA leaders elected to two-year terms on the national board in June. "It's not something I aspired to from the beginning," Arness said. "It just kept evolving along the way. It was just taking the next leadership position that the schools needed filled."
FARGO—Whether Amber Hensley is re-hired by her former Fargo employer may not be known for some time, if at all. Sarah Hassan, one of three Somali-American woman who was threatened earlier this week in an anti-Muslim tirade by Hensley caught on video that went viral, said Thursday she would try to help Hensley get her job back after Hensley apologized to her and two other women involved in the incident at a Fargo Walmart parking lot.
FARGO — The state Education Fact Finding Commission has recommended a one-year contract for Fargo teachers that includes a modestly higher pay increase than what was offered by School Board negotiators, and contract language to preserve the seniority and benefits of teachers recalled after layoffs. At the same time, the commission appears to side with the School Board in other areas, such as not requiring classroom safety protocols to be written into the contract and not giving teachers priority in transferring their children between schools.
MOORHEAD—A World War II veteran and the oldest member of Ogema's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9880 got a visit from two post members Thursday, July 20, at Eventide Senior Living Community near Concordia College. Jim Jirava and Doug Fabre brought 94-year-old Wally Pfeiffer a gift—a cap from the Commemorative Air Force, a group dedicated to keeping vintage military aircraft flying. They also brought Pfeiffer a gift that won't gather dust. The Vietnam-era vets let Pfeiffer know he isn't forgotten.
FARGO — By Tuesday, July 25, the Fargo School Board and the Fargo Education Association will receive recommendations from a busy state Education Fact Finding Commission on how the two sides can end the impasse in teacher contract negotiations. The three-person fact-finding group, led by Dean Rummel of Dickinson, took testimony from School Board and FEA representatives and from members of an audience of at least 250 people — most of them teachers — during a three-hour meeting in the South High School theater on Wednesday, July 19.
MOORHEAD — Construction is moving at a frenetic pace on Moorhead's two newest schools, as workers drive to complete Dorothy Dodds Elementary and Horizon West, the fifth- and sixth-grade school on the Horizon Middle School campus. Dorothy Dodds, at 4400 24th Ave. S., will be ready for teachers to move in by mid-August, Steve Gehrtz, a principal partner for Gehrtz Construction Services, told School Board members Monday, July 17, during a school construction tour.