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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HUNTER, N.D. — Northern Cass School District recently named Susan McPherson as its 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.
FARGO — A West Fargo man has pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition for having sex with a girl starting when she was 13 years old, and the girl's mother has submitted an Alford plea to contributing to the deprivation of a minor for allowing the relationship, according to Cass County District Court documents. Chad Francis Gourneau, 19, entered his plea to the felony charge on Monday, April 23, and his sentencing date has not yet been set. Gourneau is being held at the Cass County Jail.
FARGO – A West Fargo man faces felony charges of manslaughter and child neglect in the apparent bathtub drowning of one of his children last month, according to Cass County District Court documents.
WEST FARGO — One of this summer's biggest road projects in the Fargo-Moorhead area will soon be underway as the second year of reconstruction kicks off at the intersection of 13th Avenue South and Ninth Street East here.
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.
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.
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.