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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WASHINGTON — Two Fargo high schools are among five North Dakota schools that made U.S. News and World Report's 2018 rankings of the best high schools in the nation. Davies High School tops the list of North Dakota schools and North High came in fifth place, earning silver and bronze ratings, respectively. Bismarck's Century and Grand Forks' Red River and Central high schools placed second, third and fourth in North Dakota, respectively, all earning silver ratings in the new rankings reported by U.S. News on Wednesday, May 9.
WASHINGTON — Former Fargo radio host Ed Schultz, an anchor for the Russian government-funded Russia Today television network, is still finding ways to make headlines. In a sometimes heated April 13 interview on the National Review's "The Jamie Weinstein Show," Schultz declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as a "progressive Democrat" by his countrymen, that the U.S. has "a nasty human rights record," and that the positioning of U.S. weapons to deter potential Russian aggression would be like Russia stationing missiles in Mexico.
FARGO — A group of Fargo-area legislative candidates and small businessmen have called on North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to sign an executive order requiring the principles of net neutrality to be upheld by internet contractors for all future state contracts. The request in the form of a news conference came Monday, April 23, the day the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality went into effect.
FARGO — When is a high school top flight, and when is it something less? Do rankings based on metrics give a true picture of how good a school is? Or do they focus on one area of importance to the exclusion of others? For the Fargo School District, the issue came to the fore earlier this year, as parents in the Woodhaven and Pointe West neighborhoods complained they didn't get input on early drafts of school board options to redraw the attendance boundaries for South and Davies high schools.
PERHAM, Minn. — William Hillman, the 21-year-old jailed in the deaths of a rural Perham mother and son this week, was declared mentally ill in 2016 in Cass County, Minn., and hospitalized in the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center for over a year after attacking and threatening to kill his own mother, court documents show.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. - An early-morning fire Sunday, April 8, at the Carpenter's Corner bar here is being called "suspicious in nature," the Pennington County Sheriff said. The fire was at 18048 State Highway 1 Northwest was called in about 1:27 a.m., Sheriff Ray Kuznia said Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from Thief River Falls, Warren and Viking responded to the scene to extinguish the fire, along with sheriff's deputies from Pennington and Marshall counties.
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.
BISMARCK—Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a cease and desist order against a Pennsylvania man for violating the state's charitable solicitations and consumer fraud laws, his office announced Thursday, March 29. Thomas Burke organized "Officers Down 5K" races in North Dakota, supposedly to raise funds in support of law enforcement efforts.
FARGO – A YouCaring fundraising campaign raised more than $49,000 by 9 p.m.
FARGO - A YouCaring fundraising campaign has raised more than $37,500 by 3:50 p.m. Monday, March 26, to help cover funeral and medical expenses for a Fargo woman and her children who were involved in a fatal crash between their SUV and a semi-truck. The campaign identifies Trista Curry of Fargo and her children, Camden, Maxwell and Avalon, as those involved in the Sunday, March 25, crash.