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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WISHEK, N.D. — The Wishek School Board and the school district's superintendent are denying allegations that they acted improperly by restricting a mother's access to the school. In a response to a federal lawsuit filed last month by the mother, Kathryn Pinke, attorneys for the board and superintendent requested that the suit be dismissed and that the board be granted attorneys' fees.
FARGO — The Fargo area surpassed two daily precipitation records on Monday, March 5, as a winter storm shut down schools and offices with a heavy, historic snowfall. Fargo had 5.5 inches of snow by Monday afternoon, breaking a 122-year-old snowfall record of 4.5 inches set on March 5, 1896, said Nicholas Carletta, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Also, Monday's rain total of .83 inches broke a rainfall record of .77 inches set on March 5, 1992.
WAHPETON, N.D. — As a school district superintendent you wear a lot of hats: finance expert, manager, leader, teacher, coach. In Wahpeton, don't forget to add bus driver to the list. Superintendent Rick Jacobson has been driving morning and afternoon bus routes since October, when the district's transportation director quit and they lost a driver, too. "It just seemed to be a perfect storm lined up. We were in a terrible spot," Jacobson said. "I had to learn all the routes real quick." Jacobson figured it would be just a substitute gig. Not so.
FARGO – Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of a rifle used in an attempted robbery at a Fargo Tesoro gas station, according to Cass County District Court documents.
FARGO — A West Fargo man is suing the Oxbow Golf and Country Club and several individuals, claiming they damaged his reputation and real estate dealings by spreading false allegations that he engaged in "rampant use of cocaine" at the club. Attorneys for Aaron Greterman filed the complaint late last month in Cass County District Court.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's tab for his trip to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis was about $2,500 higher than first reported, thanks to payments for tickets to watch the Minnesota Wild, an Xcel Energy brunch, a VIP tailgate party, and the Taste of the NFL fundraiser, according to emails made public after an open records request.
FARGO – A Fargo man is accused of sexually assaulting one woman in May and trying to sexually assault another in July, according to Cass County District Court documents. Kyle Edgar Wilson faces two felony counts of gross sexual imposition in the May incident, and a felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition in the July incident.
WEST FARGO — A West Fargo woman faces a felony charge of reckless endangerment for allegedly firing a shotgun into the ceiling of her apartment, according to Cass County District Court documents filed Wednesday, Feb. 14. Heather Louise Larson, 45, is accused of shooting a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into the ceiling of her unit at 85 Center St. No injuries were reported.
MOORHEAD — A Sabin man faces five felony charges after an incident in which he is accused of firing a Taser at a Clay County sheriff's deputy who then shot him with a gun. Brady Allan Adrian, 19, was charged Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Clay County District Court with two counts of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer (demonstrable bodily harm) and three counts of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer (throws or transfers bodily fluids or feces at or onto an officer), according to court records.
FARGO — Anytime love is blooming, Jill Johnson wants to be there. For years, Johnson has trimmed out time from her other job to play Cupid with a minivan, delivering loads of Country Greenery blooms throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area.