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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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency order against TapJets Inc. of Fargo and Spring, Texas, to prevent the company from conducting charter flights.
FARGO — The defense team of Darren Patterson, the man accused of manslaughter and assault in a fatal brawl outside the HoDo last summer, is objecting to two pieces of evidence the prosecution wants to present at trial, according to Cass County District Court documents.
MOORHEAD — A West Fargo motorcyclist accused of reaching 155 mph in trying to outrun police has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail and pay $1,085 in fines and fees, according to Clay County District Court documents. Dustyn Lee Galbreath, 21, was sentenced Monday, Jan. 29, by Judge Galen Vaa. Galbreath pleaded guilty in November to a felony charge of fleeing a police officer. Galbreath was arrested July 16 after a high-speed chase that lasted about 20 minutes.
HORACE, N.D.—Retinitis pigmentosa robbed Allan Peterson of his sight and some of his independence Now, cutting-edge technology promises to give him back a little bit of both. Today, the 73-year-old Horace man will have surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview to have an electronic implant attached to the retina of his eye that—paired with a camera on a special set of glasses—could give him the ability to once again recognize shapes and forms: edges of doorways, people in front of him, patterns of light.
FARGO — A strong lineup of concerts, North Dakota State University football's national championship playoff run and a solid core of annual events pushed Fargodome attendance to nearly 540,000 people last year, boosting net income more than $90,000 above original projections, General Manager Rob Sobolik said Friday, Jan. 26.
FARGO — With the West Coast now the new center for marijuana production in the U.S., and stepped-up drug interdiction on the nation's east-west interstates in the South and Midwest, drug traffickers seem intent on turning Interstate 94 into a northern "high" way. More than half a ton of marijuana alone has been confiscated in the last six months on I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo a roughly 100-mile stretch in North Dakota. A $1.75 million seizure was also made in March 2017 in Minnesota's Otter Tail County, law enforcement officials report.
HAWLEY, Minn. — One person died in a crash between an SUV and a semi truck south of Hawley about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, a Clay County Sheriff's Department official said. The crash occurred at County Highway 31 and 120th Avenue South, Lt. Mark Empting said. The driver of the SUV died in the collision, the lieutenant said. Empting said the names of the drivers involved were not being released yet. There were no passengers in the vehicles, he said.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead's police chief is urging area residents to ask questions of local law enforcement officials so they can better understand police actions. Chief David Ebinger, speaking at a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day event Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Probstfield Center for Education, said communication is key to building trust. "We want you to understand that we're accessible and we're accountable," Ebinger said. "If you ask the right questions, we can give you the right answers."
FARGO—Fargo-based-business Weather Modification, Inc. is hoping a sale to the South Korean government will give it a solid foothold in Asia and its specially developed plane may be used during the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. Weather Modification last fall delivered a King Air 350 aircraft to the Korea Meteorological Administration.
FARGO — For North Dakota's Education Fact-Finding Commission, 2017 was a busy year. Nine school districts in the state failed to break impasses in teacher contract talks on their own and called in the trio, hoping an outside perspective would find a compromise teachers unions and school boards could shake hands on. The process worked in Rolla, Dunseith, Grand Forks, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Mapleton, Jamestown and Bismarck.