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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ST. PAUL — Moorhead, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and several other area school districts would get a jolt of emergency funding under an initiative being championed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to make up for persistent shortfalls in state dollars for schools. The Moorhead School District would receive $1,066,022, and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton schools would get $248,512 under the Democratic governor's plan to distribute $137.9 million in one-time funding to school districts around the state. The plan was unveiled May 1.
FARGO — Major construction projects on some of the most-heavily traveled roads in the Fargo-Moorhead area will be in full swing by mid-May, and commuters are urged to plan ahead or risk possibly getting caught in gridlock. "Just be patient with us. Plan your route. Give yourself some extra time," said Kevin Gorder, an assistant district engineer with the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
MOORHEAD — Michael Benson always wanted to be a teacher. He revered them as he was growing up. Now, after years in front of his own classroom, his colleagues have recognized him as being one of the best. Benson, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Horizon East Middle School, is Moorhead's 2018 Teacher of the Year. He will be honored by Education Moorhead at a dinner on Thursday, May 3. "I'm overwhelmed. I'm very humbled by it," Benson said of the award. But on Wednesday, the 58-year-old was more focused on the 32 kids in his classroom.
FARGO - A group has recently begun gathering signatures to get a measure on this fall's general election ballot to allow "approval voting" for future elections. "I think that it's going lead to a more responsive government and better outcomes for voters," Jed Limke, a member of Reform Fargo, said Tuesday, May 1. Limke said approval voting - which lets voters choose as many candidates as they like in a crowded field - will benefit candidates with consensus support, rather than continuing to elect candidates who win with small percentages of the vote due to vote splitting.
FARGO — A man is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl while the two were at a Fargo hotel in 2016, according to Cass County District Court documents. Mitchell Ludwig, of Valley City, N.D., faces a felony count of gross sexual imposition for an alleged sexual assault that included climbing into bed with the girl and putting his fingers in her vagina one night in November 2016, court documents stated. According to court documents: The girl told a social services worker that she had been staying at the hotel with Ludwig.
FARGO — Cleanup Week, the Fargo-Moorhead area's annual orgy of tossing unwanted items on the curb for strangers to claim and garbage collectors to haul, is nigh upon us — running May 7-11. The 2017 toss-a-thon accounted for 1,800 tons of waste in Fargo's landfill, according to Terry Ludlum, Fargo's solid waste utility director.
HUNTER, N.D. — Northern Cass School District recently named Susan McPherson as its 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.
FARGO — A West Fargo man has pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition for having sex with a girl starting when she was 13 years old, and the girl's mother has submitted an Alford plea to contributing to the deprivation of a minor for allowing the relationship, according to Cass County District Court documents. Chad Francis Gourneau, 19, entered his plea to the felony charge on Monday, April 23, and his sentencing date has not yet been set. Gourneau is being held at the Cass County Jail.
FARGO – A West Fargo man faces felony charges of manslaughter and child neglect in the apparent bathtub drowning of one of his children last month, according to Cass County District Court documents.
WEST FARGO — One of this summer's biggest road projects in the Fargo-Moorhead area will soon be underway as the second year of reconstruction kicks off at the intersection of 13th Avenue South and Ninth Street East here.