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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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.
FARGO - Sanford Health's recently opened breast milk collection center is making it much easier for women in the region to donate safe breast milk for the babies of moms unable to produce enough milk to help them thrive. Southpointe Clinic at 2400 32nd Ave. S., working with the Mothers' Milk Bank in Aurora, Colo., began taking donations in May, said Jackee Haak, manager for lactation services. There is plenty of need.
FARGO - The Fargo AirSho is trying to make it easier for fans of flight to see some of the hottest technology in the air. All you have to do is buddy up with the hot tech in your hand: your smartphone. After years of selling tickets at Fargo-Moorhead area stores, AirSho planners have turned to e-ticket sales to make it easier to land a spot at the event. "There's a learning curve" for show organizers, said AirSho co-chairman Dick Walstad.
MOORHEAD—Shawn Michael Foltz, a Moorhead man accused of injuring his 2-month-old daughter, including rubbing hot sauce and cayenne pepper in her mouth, nose and eyes, snapping a towel at her eyes, head and shoulders hard enough to cause bruises, and blocking her airway until she turned blue, pleaded guilty Thursday, June 28, in Clay County District Court to one of four felony counts he faced in the case.
FARGO – Police arrested a man late Wednesday, June 28, on a charge of terrorizing for allegedly pulling a knife on people in downtown Fargo.
FARGO -- The rock music was loud at Scheels Arena, and when President Donald Trump finally hit the stage Wednesday night, June 27, he got rock-star treatment. Trump was met by a screaming sea of bright red Make America Great Again caps worn by Republican faithful in this deeply red state.
FARGO — President Donald Trump will be here Wednesday, June 27, to rally at 7 p.m. in support of Rep. Kevin Cramer's bid for the U.S. Senate. Here are some tips for those planning to see Trump at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., where doors will open at 4 p.m.
FARGO — When a presidential campaign descends on a city, local police often help with security. Many cities will bill campaigns for those services, but that largely has not been the case in Fargo, where the taxpayer-funded city government has absorbed security costs. In fact, the Fargo Police Department doesn't know how much presidential campaign visits have cost the city over the past several election cycles.