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 — Santa makes his list and checks it twice. That's also a good financial strategy to avoid spending too much on Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. Budgeting is where it starts, said Alicia Kellebrew, a financial counselor with The Village Family Service Center in Fargo. "You have to take everything into account," she said, including house and car payments, groceries, utilities and medical care. "People have a tendency to slack on that stuff to afford Christmas, but they're doing it backwards," Kellebrew said.
MOORHEAD — A bus driver working for a Moorhead School District subcontractor became upset with students he was driving home Tuesday, Nov. 22, and told them to get off the bus before driving away, school district officials confirmed. The incident took place about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 2500 block of 12th Avenue South, Superintendent Lynne Kovash said Wednesday, Nov. 23.
FARGO — It was a mild October, and the first half of November has seen record warmth in the region, but it looks like reality will set in by the end of the workweek for the Fargo-Moorhead area. Record temperatures were set in Fargo and Grand Forks on Sunday, Nov. 13. Fargo's high temperature was 67 degrees, topping the previous record of 65 set in 1999, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. Meanwhile, Grand Forks' high hit 64 degrees at the NWS office near Interstate 29. The previous record was 59, set in 2007.
FARGO — North Dakota students are making something that will be out of this world when finished. Graduate and undergraduate students at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota are building the OpenOrbiter 1, a tiny satellite designed to upload apps for science and engineering experiments and to test how a miniature 3-D printer will work when exposed to conditions in Earth orbit, said NDSU assistant professor Jeremy Straub.
FARGO — Rebuilding the Bison Turf might not be able to start in earnest until sometime in December, owner Pete Sabo said. Sabo, who recently submitted plans to the city's Inspections Department for repairing and expanding the popular northside watering hole, must get the OK from the city's Planning Commission to proceed after questions arose about the Turf having enough parking to handle more patrons. Sabo wants to add a second-floor bar and a large outdoor patio deck facing west toward the nearby North Dakota State University campus.
BISMARCK — Eugene Dahl, who is credited with creating thousands of manufacturing jobs in North Dakota, has been named the 43rd recipient of the state's Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award. Gov. Jack Dalrymple made the announcement Wednesday, Oct. 12. Dahl, who led the growth of several equipment manufacturing businesses, including Bobcat and Steiger, died in 2008.
HAWLEY, Minn. - A Hawley family is without a home after a fire Thursday afternoon, Oct. 6, that appeared to have started in the bathroom and spread into the attic of the single-story house before firefighters arrived to knock it down, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said. At least four people, who were not identified, lived in the rural home at 1513 190th St. S. and one of them was disabled and in a wheelchair, Bergquist said. All of the occupants appeared to be unharmed, he said.
WHEATLAND, N.D. — Batman has his Batmobile, and Wonder Woman has her invisible jet. Meanwhile, the folks from Farm Rescue have a big, green John Deere combine. Not speedy. But at this time of year, they're real-life harvest heroes. Volunteers with the Horace-based group were harvesting soybeans on the Tom McLean farm Tuesday, Sept. 27. It's the group's 400th assistance operation and for the McLeans, like other farm families the group has helped, it was sorely needed.
The next couple weeks should see several major road projects wrap up in the Fargo-Moorhead area, though some that are slated to be completed at the end of October into mid-November will flirt with finishing as the snow flies, construction officials said Thursday, Sept. 15. Main in West Fargo The last of the work to rebuild Main Avenue in West Fargo is expected to be done by early October, said Kevin Gorder, the North Dakota Department of Transportation's assistant district engineer for the Fargo District.
FARGO — It's been 15 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were seared into the consciousness of everyone who witnessed them or followed the non-stop news coverage. But for today's middle school and high school students — who were toddlers at the time or not yet born — there is a disconnect. It's a gap area teachers are trying to bridge. And one that is becoming more difficult to surmount.