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 - Becky Zastrow and Randy Westcott's business dream involves chopping out the middleman. And cutting out fat - so to speak. Some nice fruits and vegetables may also be involved. That's provided the friends can get well-balanced financing for a combination butcher shop and year-round greenhouse they want to open in Hillsboro, N.D.
ST. PAUL — The Moorhead School District is one of three districts or charter schools that have not yet reached an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights on a plan to reduce differences in suspension and expulsion rates for disabled or minority students. However, MDHR announced Thursday, Aug. 2, that it expects to come to agreements with Moorhead, St. Cloud Public Schools, and the Global Academy Charter in Columbia Heights, before the Sept. 4 start of school.
FARGO — Margaret Seiler is the head of the Clean Plate Club at the Radisson Hotel. Margaret — or Peggy to those who know her — is also in charge of the clean knives, forks, spoons, whisks, bowls and cutting boards clubs.
UPDATE: One woman has been arrested in connection with the stabbing and fight in north Fargo that sent two people to the hospital. Police have arrested 30-year-old Daionna Lopez and charged her with aggravated assault. ORIGINAL STORY: FARGO - Two women suffered stab wounds and some people were pepper sprayed when a fight erupted about noon Sunday, July 29, in a north Fargo neighborhood, a police spokesman said. Fargo police were dispatched about 12:01 p.m. to 115 7th Ave. N., after a caller reported a fight involving a stabbing, Sgt. Collin Gnoinsky said.
FARGO—It didn't matter if they were Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines, when the Blue Angels flew by in their big blue F-18s, the veterans at the AirSho practice were all smiles. "Terrific!" said Gordon Monson, who served in the Army from 1966-68. The 76-year-old, who lives in the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, said he couldn't pick out the best part of the practice show Friday, July 27. "They're all good," Monson said. "They can do it!"
FARGO - The Lamoureux twins' ability to score goals netted the U.S. women's hockey team gold at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, five months ago. Now they have a different goal. Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando urged the 2,000-plus people attending TEDxFargo on Thursday, July 26, to help women everywhere achieve equal pay, resources, recognition and support. "Equity should be the norm, and until that happens our work is not done," Jocelyn told the crowd in the downtown Civic Memorial Auditorium.
FARGO — Running for public office is a leap of faith. There's a certain gravity to the decision. But this weekend, three local and state politicians will take a different leap. And it's certain gravity will be heavily involved. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, and Republican U.S. House candidate Kelly Armstrong, are scheduled to make tandem jumps with the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, a precision parachute team, during the Fargo AirSho.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — William Hillman, the man charged with the murders of a mother and son at their rural Frazee home, was recently found incompetent to stand trial and will be committed to the state mental hospital in St. Peter, according to Otter Tail County District Court documents. Hillman, 22, is to be held in St. Peter until his mental health can be stabilized and he is declared competent to take part in the legal proceedings against him, according to a civil commitment order dated July 5.
FARGO - Aaron Swinkels and Erica Sponsler are sure they've played their cards right in opening Game Giant in downtown Fargo. The store, which offers a wide variety of board games, learning toys, puzzles, cards and gifts, quietly opened two weeks ago at 626 2nd Ave. N., but the couple and co-owners were bustling about early Wednesday morning, July 18, getting ready for the afternoon's grand opening celebration.
MOORHEAD — Construction on the $72.9 million railroad underpass at Main Avenue and 20th and 21st Streets got its ceremonial start Monday, July 16, with a groundbreaking ceremony for largest transportation project in the city's history. It took nearly two decades to get to this point, but tenacity paid off.