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 — A longtime champion of affordable housing in Fargo and the region, Lynn Fundingsland, is retiring as head of the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the agency announced Friday, Nov. 17. "I'm going to be 70 next year. I can still hike, and I can still dance, and I can still swim, and I want to see some of the world," Fundingsland said. Fundingsland said his last day on the job will be Friday, April 27, "and I'm going to the lake on Saturday." However, he will continue to work as a consultant for the FHRA.
FARGO - The nasal spray form of Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, will not only be on hand soon in all of Cass County's middle and high schools, but is also expected to be made available throughout the broader community. Elementary schools in Fargo and other public and private school systems are also likely to get Narcan kits and training in their use and rescue breathing in a later round of distribution.
FARGO—All public and private high schools and middle schools in Cass County will soon have on their campuses Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. The effort will be formally announced at a news conference Thursday morning at Fargo Cass Public Health in south Fargo. Training on use of the kits and rescue breathing is underway and should be completed for all schools by Jan. 1, said FCPH community health educator Melissa Markegard.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons was named this week as one of seven winners of the 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation. Executive Director Cody Schuler said the $68,762 grant that comes with the prize will help the organization get more creative in how it brings groups together on the Minnesota and North Dakota sides of the Red River to provide more seamless services for the Fargo-Moorhead metro area's homeless population.
FARGO - The Fargo School Board gave a unanimous thumbs-up to school district Superintendent Jeff Schatz, voting 9-0 Tuesday, Nov. 14, to approve a mostly positive evaluation of the district's top administrator. The fall summative evaluation is one of two superintendent evaluations school board members are required to perform annually by state law. It must be finished and approved by Nov. 15.
MOORHEAD - Moorhead residents will see increases in a wide range of fees in the coming year, including for parks and recreation; building permits, wastewater treatment, and wireless telecommunication facilities. The fee hikes, unanimously approved by the City Council Monday, Nov. 13, are designed to meet rising costs, prepare for equipment upgrades, and to conform with those charged by other metro area cities, said Finance Director Wanda Wagner. Most of the fee increases are modest and go into effect Jan. 1.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead School District Superintendent Lynne Kovash is moving her retirement date up from the end of the school year to Nov. 30. The request was included in the consent agenda for the Monday, Nov. 13, school board meeting. The consent agenda — which includes items generally considered routine business — was approved on a 7-0 vote. Kovash, who has received chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer since June of this year, said she's decided to spend more time with family.
FARGO - Chengyao Tang has proven that she can more than just hack it in the male-dominated world of cybersecurity. The North Dakota State University graduate student was not only the school's top contestant in the National Cyber League competition, held Nov 3-5, but her skills place her and two other NDSU students in the top 15 percent in the nation. Jeremy Straub, an assistant professor in NDSU's computer science department, said Tang's achievement should encourage other women to enter the "extraordinarily" male-dominated fields of computer science and cybersecurity.
FARGO — When Beckham John Welk was born two weeks ago, he was the center of attention with his urgent and unplanned entrance. But in a conference room at F-M Ambulance on Friday, Nov. 3, the boy-who-couldn't-wait mostly snoozed, ceding the spotlight to his mom, dad and the police and paramedics who were just in time. It was the first meeting of the group since Beckham's birth on the bathroom floor of the family's West Fargo home on Oct. 20.
FARGO - More than 200 people turned out for a status update on Fargo's public schools at the annual State of the Schools address Thursday, Nov. 2, at Discovery Middle School. Attendees got a quick rundown on the school district's enrollment, budget and programs, but many of them were there for another reason: a chance to weigh in on what they believe works and doesn't work with several district initiatives.