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 — We're a long way from the science fiction realms of Westworld, Blade Runner or Star Wars, where robots, androids and artificial intelligences do the dirty jobs, cater to our whims, and sometimes pay us back with bloody R-rated rebellion. But change is coming to many, if not most, workplaces. Robotics, AI and machine learning already have a major impact. Just ask the folks in the U.S. auto industry, which employs nearly half of the nation's robots — and a lot fewer assembly line workers.
FARGO—When it comes to fraud and embezzlement, no company or organization is guaranteed to be immune. Not even the church. Bishop Larry Wohlrabe, head of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Church in America can say amen to that.
FARGO—Can't wait two years for another Fargo AirSho? Don't worry, you won't have to. AirSho officials confirmed Sunday, July 29, that the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to appear in Fargo next summer. According to the Thunderbirds' web site, the high-performance demonstration squadron will bring their F-16 Fighting Falcons to Fargo July 20-21, 2019. The last time the Thunderbirds were in Fargo was 1989 - 30 years ago, AirSho Co-chairman Mike Haugen said. "It will be a real switch," Haugen said. "It will be great to have the Thunderbirds."
FARGO - Partly sunny skies and a light breeze made Saturday, July 28, a beautiful day to take in the Fargo AirSho, and thousands did just that, pouring in the main gate to stake out their spots along the flight line. A number of aerobatic acts drew oohs and ahs throughout the day, but it was the finale put on by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels that everyone was waiting for. Navy vet Dave Rasmussen gave his camera a workout as the Blue Angels went through their show. The 71-year-old Fargoan had once sought to be a Naval aviator, but ended up as an intelligence officer.
FARGO - The Lamoureux twins' ability to score goals netted the U.S. women's hockey team gold at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, five months ago. Now they have a different goal. Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando urged the 2,000-plus people attending TEDxFargo on Thursday, July 26, to help women everywhere achieve equal pay, resources, recognition and support. "Equity should be the norm, and until that happens our work is not done," Jocelyn told the crowd in the downtown Civic Memorial Auditorium.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — William Hillman, the man charged with the murders of a mother and son at their rural Frazee home, was recently found incompetent to stand trial and will be committed to the state mental hospital in St. Peter, according to Otter Tail County District Court documents. Hillman, 22, is to be held in St. Peter until his mental health can be stabilized and he is declared competent to take part in the legal proceedings against him, according to a civil commitment order dated July 5.
FARGO – Ed Schultz, the longtime broadcaster who churned up the Fargo-Moorhead area airwaves before moving into the national spotlight as a progressive firebrand, died of natural causes Thursday, July 5, at his home in Washington, D.C. Schultz, the host of “The News With Ed Schultz” on RT America, was 64.
FARGO — President Donald Trump's rally at Scheels Arena will be an all-hands-on-deck event for Fargo police and other law enforcement agencies, and security along the motorcade route will likely mean blocking off traffic to and from the airport when the president is on the move, Police Chief David Todd said Monday, June 18. Todd has received a call from the Secret Service, but hasn't met with their representatives to finalize security details for Hector International Airport, Scheels Arena, and the motorcade route.
FARGO — If a trade war breaks out between the U.S. and China, North Dakota soybean farmers could take big losses. President Donald Trump announced Friday, June 15, that he's imposing 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in goods from China. In response, Chinese officials vowed to impose similar trade barriers on U.S. goods, the Washington Post reported. Seventy-one percent of North Dakota's soybeans are exported to Asia, most of them going to China, which brought $1.5 billion in revenue back to the state.
FARGO - Miracles are hard to come by, but on Sunday, June 3, a few dozen of them merrily toddled around the lower level atrium of Essentia Health. The hospital held its neonatal intensive care unit's annual reunion, hosting parents and a good-sized gaggle of mostly 18- to 24-month-olds who've survived and thrived, despite getting a shaky start to life. "All these families are familiar," said Jamie Astrup, the nurse manager of the NICU. "We're excited to have them visit," so staff can "see their miracles."