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 - The Fargo School Board voted 8-1 to hire Ray and Associates, an Iowa-based firm that found the school district's last three superintendents, to conduct a search for a replacement for Superintendent Jeff Schatz, who recently gave notice that he will retire at the end of June. The base price quoted for the search by Ray and Associates is $18,000, but board President Jim Johnson said that could be adjusted lower if the school district takes care of some of the search functions.
FARGO — The mother of a girl who was among four children the Fargo School District found was bullied by a teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School urged the School Board Tuesday, Dec. 12, to not follow through with a plan to allow the teacher to continue to teach, but stopped short of asking for her to be fired.
FARGO — The Fargo School Board voted 9-0 Tuesday, Dec. 12, to give architects the go-ahead to finish work on plans to expand and remodel Discovery Middle School and to solicit construction bids on the project, expected to cost roughly $16.3 million. The planned work, once the new construction, renovation and remodeling phases are completed, would enable the school to accommodate 1,100 students, while making the 23-year-old building more efficient. Discovery now has 985 students.
FARGO - Fargo police have finished the first phase of moving their department from downtown to the former Border States Industries warehouse, about two miles west at 1st Avenue North and 25th Street, Chief David Todd said. The patrol division's 130 officers began using the 57,000-square-foot building full-time on Sunday, parking their 50 vehicles in the large, heated garage, Todd said Tuesday, Dec. 12. About $1.2 million was spent fitting-up the building, and creating locker rooms and briefing, report writing and meeting rooms, and a gymnasium and office area, Todd said.
MOORHEAD - The Minnesota School Boards Association has been hired to coordinate the search for the Moorhead School District's next superintendent. The School Board voted 6-0 Monday, Dec. 11, to pay the MSBA's Executive Search Service up to $10,000 to find candidates to replace former Superintendent Lynne Kovash, who retired at the end of November. The cost could rise if additional advertising, interviewing or site visit expenses are incurred, Board Chairman Bill Tomhave said.
FARGO—Fargo School Board members will be asked Tuesday to approve $16.3 million to expand and remodel Discovery Middle School. The planned work, once completed, would enable the school to accommodate 1,100 students, while making the 23-year-old building more efficient. Discovery now has 985 students. "The board has been looking at this project and it has been on our radar for over a year" as south Fargo enrollment has grown, said school board President Jim Johnson.
FARGO — Four more gold coins have been found locally in Salvation Army kettles, bringing this year's total to five, the group announced Thursday, Dec. 7. Two one-ounce Australian gold coins were discovered Wednesday, Dec. 6: one at North Dakota State University and another at the Family Fare grocery story, 724 University Drive N., the Salvation Army said. Over the weekend of Dec. 2-3, two one-tenth-ounce gold coins were donated. The location of those donations was not disclosed, but the Salvation Army estimated their value at $240.
FARGO — A fifth-grade teacher may be able to return to a classroom later this school year or at the start of the next school year after being removed from Lewis and Clark Elementary School for allegations of bullying four children, a Fargo School District memo says. Meanwhile, Alexandra, the mother of a 10-year-old girl the district's investigation said was bullied, intends to go to the next School Board meeting to call for changes that would make the complaint system more responsive to the concerns of parents.
FARGO — A blizzard that blew through the Fargo-Moorhead area Monday, Dec. 4, didn't dump as much snow here as expected, but fierce winds and worries about white-out conditions on rural roads closed many schools early, canceled or delayed flights at Hector International Airport, and greased up roads and highways for the evening rush hour. "It was a blizzard," WDAY-TV Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler said Monday evening. He said the F-M area had received 1.4 inches of snow by 10 p.m., short of the 3 to 6 inches many forecasters had expected.
MOORHEAD — The trial of a man accused of beating a Moorhead woman to death and then setting ablaze the home she was housesitting starts Monday, Dec. 4., in Clay County District Court. Justin Marshall Critt, 40, is accused of killing Melissa Willcoxon, 49, with a hammer on June 28, 2016, at 1019 11th Ave. S. He faces charges of second-degree murder and first-degree arson. Critt has prior criminal convictions in Minnesota and North Dakota, including arson, assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.