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 – Funding for a $7.3 million building at the Fargo Air National Guard base is being sought to support the 119th Air Wing’s intelligence targeting mission. Speaking Wednesday at the Fargo Air Museum , Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said he’s working to get the cost of the new facility included in the federal budget for fiscal year 2016.
BISMARCK – Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and her fiancé, Todd Tschosik, are both on the agenda at this month’s Education Standards and Practices Board meeting.
FARGO – There’s little support among local officials for a bill that seeks to give North Dakota’s sheriffs the power to close schools if they believe the weather is too unsafe for travel. House Bill 1380, heard Tuesday by the House Education Committee, also takes school districts off the hook for days lost if sheriffs close schools. But sheriffs and superintendents say the current set-up works just fine.
FARGO – Getting rid of North Dakota’s sales tax on clothing would level the playing field between the state’s brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers, and clothing stores in bordering states, local retailers say. Chris Heaton, senior vice president for property management at West Acres mall, said the mall and its merchants back a bill introduced in the Legislature by Sen. George B. Sinner, D-Fargo.
Fargo, ND – The Fargo School Board and the North Dakota School Boards Association hope state lawmakers agree to lighten the load of Teachers Fund For Retirement payments, perhaps even putting state money into rebuilding the fund that was ravaged by investment losses and the global recession of 2008-09. Teachers fund payment levels in recent years have strained budg
FARGO – The Blue Angels, the Navy’s precision aerobatics team, will be the headline performers at the 2015 Fargo AirSho. The Fargo AirSho Committee made the announcement in a press conference this morning at the Fargo Air Museum. In addition to the Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets, other acts in the AirSho, scheduled for July 25 and 26, include:
FARGO – Fargo South High School mathematics teacher Amy Johanson, known for her dedication to sharing her love of math with her students, died Sunday at Sanford Medical Center after a three-year battle with ALS. She was 43.
FARGO – Mayor Dennis Walaker was admitted to a Fargo hospital this weekend, apparently due to complications from chemotherapy, but is expected to be released today or Tuesday, Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney said Monday morning. “I think he had some side effects from his chemo,” Mahoney said. “He is doing better now. I just talked to him this morning. And I anticipate seeing him this afternoon.
Fargo, N.D. – The Fargo School Board voted 7-1 Wednesday to have staff begin negotiations to buy up to 40 acres of land as a future school site in the southwest part of the city. The land is west of Interstate 29 and south of 70th Avenue South, board President Robin Nelson and Superintendent Jeff Schatz said.
MOORHEAD – Test scores for several of Moorhead’s public schools show students with consistently lower levels of proficiency in reading and math compared with state averages, according to data collected by the district and the Minnesota Department of Education. In both areas, district staff will focus on the core instruction to boost scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, said Missy Eidsness, director of school instruction and accountability. “We have to work on our core instructi