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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MOORHEAD – A recent decision by the Fargo and West Fargo school districts to put the brakes on plans to create an elementary-level special education facility was a good call, North Dakota’s superintendent of schools said Thursday, June 14.
HUNTER, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum wants North Dakota "to be the most envied place" in the world, and that starts with sharing innovations in education, he told about 500 people at Northern Cass High School here for his second-annual Governor's Summit on Innovative Education. "This is the giant rock in the pond. The ripples can go out from here," Burgum said Thursday, June 7.
FARGO — Ila Mae Lou Averson was a baseball fan and a fun-loving person. She built a 40-year career as a secretary for Northern States Power Co., and she was married for more than 50 years. But when kidney disease and other health problems chipped away at her well-being and mobility, her happiness faded in the last few years. "She said it was a sad time in her life. She had problems with her legs and had to use a walker," said her sister, Carol Haak of Vergas, Minn.
FARGO — Local political activist and Fargo City Commission candidate Lenny Tweeden is asking the commission to adopt a law that over time would increase the city's minimum wage to $12 an hour. The Fargo City Commission voted 4-1 on Monday, June 4, to receive and file Tweeden's proposal, which would hike the minimum wage to $10 an hour Sept. 1 and raise it 50 cents per hour annually until Sept. 1, 2022, when it would reach $12. "It went better than I thought it would. I went in anticipating being shot down," Tweeden said.
FARGO — A $13 million to $14 million plan to completely rebuild Main Avenue from the intersection with Second Street west to University Drive in 2019 was approved by the City Commission on Monday, June 4.
FARGO - Miracles are hard to come by, but on Sunday, June 3, a few dozen of them merrily toddled around the lower level atrium of Essentia Health. The hospital held its neonatal intensive care unit's annual reunion, hosting parents and a good-sized gaggle of mostly 18- to 24-month-olds who've survived and thrived, despite getting a shaky start to life. "All these families are familiar," said Jamie Astrup, the nurse manager of the NICU. "We're excited to have them visit," so staff can "see their miracles."
FARGO -- A woman was found dead and a man wounded early Saturday morning, June 2, at an apartment complex in the 300 Block of Prairiewood Circle South, Fargo police reported.
LISBON, N.D. — If you've donated a couple bucks for one of the small red poppies offered by North Dakota veterans' groups in the lead-up to this Memorial Day, chances are it was made by Alfred Steiger.
FARGO - The Fargo School Board voted 9-0 to halt efforts to build three special education projects, including a $4.3 million facility at Agassiz School for elementary-age students with severe disabilities, including those who are emotionally disturbed or violent. The Tuesday, May 22, vote put plans on hold to request bids for a Level 4 or Least Restrictive Environment-Setting D facility at Agassiz. The decision was welcomed by parents and advocates for the disabled at the meeting.
BLAINE, Minn. — The Karner Blue Education Center doesn't look particularly special from the outside. Single-story, brown brick school. A couple of playgrounds. But thanks to thoughtful design and robust staffing, school district officials here say it's making an extraordinary difference for the 115 special education students who attend. It's spacious, ultra-quiet, with plenty of spaces for kindergarten through eighth-graders with autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and cognitive disabilities to take timeouts and reset overloaded senses or amped-up emotions.