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 — The spare young man has a direct gaze and a strong, firm handshake. Seated in a science lab at Fargo South High School, he talks about his family. Money is tight. There have been days he didn't eat at home, "because we didn't have any food to cook or things like that." Fortunately, that's gotten better, thanks to the Bruin Food Pantry. The connection was made earlier this fall, when he asked ninth-grade science teacher Brittany Olson for a granola bar. Then he asked for a few more.
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.
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.
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.
FARGO—A Fargo police officer arrested in June following a domestic fight with his girlfriend resigned from the force Friday, Oct. 27. Jeremiah Ferris, a Fargo officer for eight years, faced the possibility of being fired by Police Chief David Todd. The two met Friday morning in a "predetermination hearing," meant to allow Ferris an opportunity to present arguments to counter the recommendation of a lieutenant and the deputy chief of field services that Ferris be fired. Ferris was earlier convicted of disorderly conduct in Clay County District Court.
FARGO—All of this summer's major metro road projects are finished or within two to three weeks of completion, area transportation officials said late this week. Perhaps the biggest construction zone project to have wrapped up this fall is the widening of a stretch of Fargo's 32nd Avenue South to six lanes and revamping and widening that arterial road's overpass of Interstate 29.