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 — Enjoying your Labor Day holiday? Good! You worked for it. At the same time, as you're firing up the grill or heading to the lakes instead of to the office or some other worksite, don't forget to spare some thanks for labor unions.
MOORHEAD — The Fargo Herberger's department store closed its doors for good Sunday, Aug. 26, and the Moorhead Herberger's will not be far behind.
FARGO - When it comes to tradition, Jed Felix aims to be a cut above average. Felix, the new owner of 8th Street Barbershop, was trimming the beard of Jared Winmill on Tuesday, Aug. 21, as Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" played on a speaker in the back of the shop. Winmill, a regular customer for Felix when he cut hair at Everett's Barbershop in downtown Fargo, was relaxing for the first time in Felix's new house of hair.
MOORHEAD — Leaving the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact, along with the growing trade war with China and other nations, is hurting the region's farmers, ranchers and other industries, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Friday, Aug. 24. Heitkamp, who sat down with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce's agribusiness committee, said not having the markets of the TPP and retaliation by China for U.S. tariffs has dried up sales for North Dakota's soybean farmers, painting a gloomy picture for selling this year's bumper crop.
FARGO — Top Trump administration officials urged representatives of North Dakota's farmers and ranchers to hang tough in coming months, saying battles over trade with the European Union, China, Canada, Mexico and other countries can be won with patience and resolve. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said America's trade partners are targeting agriculture when they retaliate on tariffs placed by the administration, because that's where they feel America is weakest.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. - The venerable T. Gunness building has had a lot of uses since it was built in 1899: hardware, grocery, clothing and appliance stores, a Ben Franklin variety store, bars and restaurants, even a firing range. But after sitting 10 years unused, 118 Front St. S. appeared to be in line for a date with the wrecking ball. That is, until Stoneridge Software came along.
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.