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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HUNTER, N.D. — Northern Cass High School will have a principal by committee for the coming school year. Former high school Assistant Principal Ryan Lyson failed to obtain his principal credentials in time to be offered a contract for the position, Superintendent Cory Steiner said Thursday, Aug. 10. Steiner said the school board then opened applications for the principal job and interviewed several candidates - including Lyson, who obtained his credentials in July.
FARGO — A state-mandated contract negotiating session broke down Wednesday, Aug. 9, leaving no agreement between Fargo School Board members and teachers union representatives, even as the start of the school year is rapidly approaching. The School Board plans to meet for a special session Tuesday, Aug. 15, to draft a new contract to be issued to teachers. Teachers will then have about two weeks to sign their contracts. Classes start Aug. 24. "It wasn't a happy ending," said School Board negotiations spokesman David Paulson.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead School District was among several school districts in this part of the Red River Valley that did not get funding to pay for district-wide pre-kindergarten, according to Gov. Mark Dayton's office. Moorhead Superintendent Lynne Kovash said the district applied for the funding before the last legislative session, hoping Dayton's request from lawmakers for another $175 million to fund free pre-kindergarten would be approved.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Scammers have been phoning residents from Moorhead to the Fergus Falls, Minn., area, claiming they are from the U.S. Marshals Service and threatening to arrest them on a warrant unless they pay their fine with a pre-paid credit card or gift card.
FARGO — It was a Friday night, Aug. 5, 1977. Harry "Tim" Henry said he started his day drinking "with the usual crew" at the Empire Tavern. He followed that with a nap in his apartment at the Hotel Donaldson, before ambling over to the Chatterbox Lounge on NP Avenue for an afternoon round of drinks. He then went to the bank for more cash, but the bank had closed. He headed back to the Chatterbox for more drinking.
FARGO—Fargo area social services and health care providers were briefed Friday, Aug. 4, on an initiative that aims to transform the state's behavioral and health services support systems to more effectively help people awaiting trial, or on parole or probation. The $7.5 million Community Behavioral Health Program, approved by state lawmakers for this biennium, is being tested in Fargo, Bismarck, Dickinson and Devils Lake.
MOORHEAD — Two more candidates have filed to run for a one-year seat on the Moorhead School Board that will be decided in a Nov. 7 special election. The latest additions to the field are Keith Vogt, who filed Thursday, Aug. 3, and David Marquardt, a Fargo teacher and former head of the Fargo Education Association. Marquardt filed for election Wednesday. Kara Gloe was the first candidate to file. She did so on Tuesday.
FARGO — It may require an initiated measure to make possessing and using fireworks legal in Fargo, City Commissioner Tony Gehrig said Tuesday, Aug. 1, after a meeting at City Hall that included police and fire officials, commission members and fireworks industry representatives.
FARGO—A longtime Fargo, state and national Parent-Teacher Association leader has been elected to the board of directors for the National PTA. Amy Arness, a PTA volunteer since 1998, says she's once again "a rookie." She was among eight PTA leaders elected to two-year terms on the national board in June. "It's not something I aspired to from the beginning," Arness said. "It just kept evolving along the way. It was just taking the next leadership position that the schools needed filled."
FARGO—Whether Amber Hensley is re-hired by her former Fargo employer may not be known for some time, if at all. Sarah Hassan, one of three Somali-American woman who was threatened earlier this week in an anti-Muslim tirade by Hensley caught on video that went viral, said Thursday she would try to help Hensley get her job back after Hensley apologized to her and two other women involved in the incident at a Fargo Walmart parking lot.