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 — Drugs, cash and weapons were seized from a south Fargo home and one man was arrested Tuesday morning, May 22, after a search warrant was executed by area law enforcement agencies, the Fargo Police Department announced. A search of 1019 Fourth Ave. S. turned up 10 pounds of marijuana packed for sale, possible heroin and methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, $6,000 in cash, a 5.56-caliber rifle, a .40-caliber handgun and a 9 mm handgun, Fargo police said.
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.
WASHINGTON — Former Fargo radio host Ed Schultz, an anchor for the Russian government-funded Russia Today television network, is still finding ways to make headlines. In a sometimes heated April 13 interview on the National Review's "The Jamie Weinstein Show," Schultz declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as a "progressive Democrat" by his countrymen, that the U.S. has "a nasty human rights record," and that the positioning of U.S. weapons to deter potential Russian aggression would be like Russia stationing missiles in Mexico.
FARGO — A group of Fargo-area legislative candidates and small businessmen have called on North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to sign an executive order requiring the principles of net neutrality to be upheld by internet contractors for all future state contracts. The request in the form of a news conference came Monday, April 23, the day the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality went into effect.
FARGO — When is a high school top flight, and when is it something less? Do rankings based on metrics give a true picture of how good a school is? Or do they focus on one area of importance to the exclusion of others? For the Fargo School District, the issue came to the fore earlier this year, as parents in the Woodhaven and Pointe West neighborhoods complained they didn't get input on early drafts of school board options to redraw the attendance boundaries for South and Davies high schools.
PERHAM, Minn. — William Hillman, the 21-year-old jailed in the deaths of a rural Perham mother and son this week, was declared mentally ill in 2016 in Cass County, Minn., and hospitalized in the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center for over a year after attacking and threatening to kill his own mother, court documents show.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - An early-morning fire Sunday, April 8, at the Carpenter's Corner bar here is being called "suspicious in nature," the Pennington County Sheriff said. The fire was at 18048 State Highway 1 Northwest was called in about 1:27 a.m., Sheriff Ray Kuznia said Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from Thief River Falls, Warren and Viking responded to the scene to extinguish the fire, along with sheriff's deputies from Pennington and Marshall counties.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead woman faces a felony charge of first-degree arson after allegedly telling authorities that she started her house on fire last month because her ex-boyfriend would not come home. Constance Gail Thompson, 64, is accused of starting the fire with a large can of motor oil in front of the TV in her living room, according to court documents filed Tuesday, April 3, in Clay County District Court.
BISMARCK—Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a cease and desist order against a Pennsylvania man for violating the state's charitable solicitations and consumer fraud laws, his office announced Thursday, March 29. Thomas Burke organized "Officers Down 5K" races in North Dakota, supposedly to raise funds in support of law enforcement efforts.
FARGO – A YouCaring fundraising campaign raised more than $49,000 by 9 p.m.