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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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.
FARGO — The Cass County Jail is hoping to cut the flow of contraband into the facility with the installation of a SecurPASS full-body scanner to screen inmates, the jail administrator said Tuesday, April 17.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead man pleaded guilty to two charges in an incident in which he threatened his neighbor with a knife, threatened a woman and forced the woman back to his residence, Chief Assistant Clay County Attorney Pamela Harris said Monday, April 16.
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.
FARGO - Fargo School Board President Rebecca Knutson has filed to seek re-election to the board, she said in a news release Saturday, April 7. Knutson, 50, a north Fargo resident, is seeking a second four-year term on the board. She was elected vice president of the board in July 2017, and assumed the presidency in February. The other seats on the nine-member board up for election on June 12 are held by Jennifer Benson, Linda Boyd, Dinah Goldenberg and David Paulson. Both Paulson and Benson confirmed Saturday that they are seeking second terms on the board.
MOORHEAD – One person has been charged and charges are being considered against two other suspects in a Moorhead assault and armed home invasion.
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.
MOORHEAD — The Fargo-Moorhead area needs to expand mental health and drug addiction services and work to get career criminals off the streets with longer prison sentences to become a safer community, metro police chiefs told business and community leaders Tuesday, April 3.
FARGO — Most Fargo-Moorhead area law enforcement agencies aren't looking to add body cameras to their officers' required gear, even after four officer-involved shootings in 40 days. The Dilworth police force is still the only metro agency to use body cameras, something they've done for about three years.
COLFAX, N.D. - A Friday, March 30, meeting to decide the fate of Richland 44 School District superintendent Tim Godfrey was cancelled and rescheduled for next week, School Board Board President Lisa Amundson informed The Forum Thursday night, March 29. The hearing for "contemplated non-renewal" of Godfrey will now be held at 1 p.m. April 4, though the location has not yet been determined, Amundson said in an email.