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 education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.
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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.
FARGO — An argument early Saturday about the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club may have prompted a man to allegedly cut the neck of another man who had agreed to give him a ride from The Northern Gentlemen's Club in north Fargo. Aaron James Knutson, 36, faces felony charges of aggravated assault and terrorizing, according to documents filed Monday, July 17, in Cass County District Court. According to a report by Officer Michael Haderlie that was among court documents:
FARGO — A Fargo man faces several felony charges of possession of child pornography after an investigation sparked by a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Robert Oelschlager, 30, was arrested Wednesday, July 12, after a search warrant was executed at his apartment. Found in the search were a cellphone with multiple images of child pornography, meth pipes, baggies of meth, used marijuana paraphernalia and small amounts of marijuana, according to Cass County District Court documents.
FARGO — Pairing the small northside Madison and McKinley elementary schools could save money, balance class sizes and improve teacher collaboration, district staff told the Fargo School Board on Thursday, July 13, during a retreat session at Davies High School. The staff analysis doesn't mean a plan is ready to pair Madison, at 1040 29th St. N., and McKinley, at 2930 Eighth St. N., Superintendent Jeff Schatz and board President Jim Johnson caution. But the discussion has started.
HORACE, N.D. — On Wednesday morning, 13-year-old Azalea Jorgensen walked up to the charred shell of her home at 1623 Round Hill Drive, east of Horace. The front brick of the once-beautiful home was warped or broken in places. The roof and second floor had collapsed into the basement. In spots, smoke sprang into fitful gouts of flame. "Hey, my bedroom," Azalea said, a mix of awe and sadness in her voice, as she, a couple of friends, and adult neighbors walked around the ruin.
FARGO—After years of planning, months of fit-up and weeks of stocking, Prairie Roots Food Cooperative opens its doors to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 5. General Manager Kurt Kopperud says the store at 1213 NP Ave. N. will be a big asset for the revitalized downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, with its mix of natural and organic foods, much of it locally produced. "We're filling a need downtown," Kopperud said Sunday, July 2, as he and staff stocked and prepped the store.
FARGO — Sam Floberg will hunker down at a quiet place in Minnesota's Lakes Country this Fourth of July. That's because the whoosh of fireworks brings the war in Afghanistan rushing back for the combat vet. On Thanksgiving Day 2006, Floberg was near the end of a routine patrol with his squad from the Grand Forks-based 1/188th Air Defense Artillery when "all of a sudden, rockets started flying past my head." As the gunner in the unit's trailing Humvee, "I was like a target," the Fargo man said.
FARGO — The Fargo School Board voted 8-0 Tuesday, June 27, to take contract talks with the district's teachers' union — now at impasse — to the state Education Fact-finding Commission for resolution.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead School District officials expect the district's general fund revenues to be $77.36 million for the 2017-18 school year, up about $3 million from 2016-17, according to budget figures approved as part of the overall operating plan in a 6-0 vote by the School Board on Monday, June 26, That increase comes from a 2 percent increase in state aid and an anticipated increase in enrollment of 253 students, according to Brandon Lunak, assistant superintendent for finance and operations.