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 - Fargo School Board President Rebecca Knutson has filed to seek re-election to the board, she said in a news release Saturday, April 7. Knutson, 50, a north Fargo resident, is seeking a second four-year term on the board. She was elected vice president of the board in July 2017, and assumed the presidency in February. The other seats on the nine-member board up for election on June 12 are held by Jennifer Benson, Linda Boyd, Dinah Goldenberg and David Paulson. Both Paulson and Benson confirmed Saturday that they are seeking second terms on the board.
MOORHEAD – One person has been charged and charges are being considered against two other suspects in a Moorhead assault and armed home invasion.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead woman faces a felony charge of first-degree arson after allegedly telling authorities that she started her house on fire last month because her ex-boyfriend would not come home. Constance Gail Thompson, 64, is accused of starting the fire with a large can of motor oil in front of the TV in her living room, according to court documents filed Tuesday, April 3, in Clay County District Court.
MOORHEAD — The Fargo-Moorhead area needs to expand mental health and drug addiction services and work to get career criminals off the streets with longer prison sentences to become a safer community, metro police chiefs told business and community leaders Tuesday, April 3.
FARGO — Most Fargo-Moorhead area law enforcement agencies aren't looking to add body cameras to their officers' required gear, even after four officer-involved shootings in 40 days. The Dilworth police force is still the only metro agency to use body cameras, something they've done for about three years.
COLFAX, N.D. - A Friday, March 30, meeting to decide the fate of Richland 44 School District superintendent Tim Godfrey was cancelled and rescheduled for next week, School Board Board President Lisa Amundson informed The Forum Thursday night, March 29. The hearing for "contemplated non-renewal" of Godfrey will now be held at 1 p.m. April 4, though the location has not yet been determined, Amundson said in an email.
MOORHEAD – Two high-speed chases briefly, and dangerously, intersected Tuesday afternoon, March 27, with one chase ended by a Cass County officer ramming one of the vehicles, while another driver got away only to be arrested by Fargo police later.
MOORHEAD — The first phase of the new Clay County Jail and a new Law Enforcement Center building in north Moorhead should be complete by the end of July, county officials said last week during a tour for members of the Moorhead Business Association. The jail will be able to accept more than 200 prisoners once construction is finished, County Commissioner Kevin Campbell said. That capacity is expected to solve a chronic and expensive overcrowding problem for Clay County, which now transports 60 to 70 prisoners a day to and from other counties to be housed.
HORACE, N.D. - To get a glimmer of his sight back, Allan Peterson must learn to interpret the patterns of light a high-tech "bionic eye" system now feeds to his brain. "That's what I'm in the process of beginning to do," the Horace man said Monday, March 19, venturing out of his tiny office on the second floor of the main North Dakota State University library. "They (doctors) said it's like learning a new language," the 74-year-old said. "It's based on pulses of light. You have to figure out what the pulses mean."
FARGO – A man was shot late Wednesday night, March 21, after he allegedly brandished a large knife at officers who responded to a domestic abuse disturbance call at a southside apartment complex, Fargo Police said in a news release. Orlando Estrada, 28, Fargo, was transported to a local hospital for his injuries, police said Thursday, March 22.