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 — Stanford University has won the heart of one of the best young minds in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Martin Altenburg, an 18-year-old senior at Fargo North High School, was accepted to all eight of the elite Ivy League schools, University of Chicago, California Institute of Technology, and several other top-flight institutions. Acceptance at each of the Ivy League schools, which have some of America's choosiest admissions standards, is a rare academic feat that's drawn some national attention.
ADA, Minn. — Fresh off a post-lunch nap, the 4- and 5-year-olds in Dawn Tinjum's pre-kindergarten class at Ada-Borup Elementary School were busy playing — and learning, too, even if they didn't realize it. Sprawled on a mat, Vincent Bender-Bieber was glued to a My Little Pony book. Close by, Calli Azure-Erbentraut was sharpening her dexterity by using a scissors to cut shapes in colored paper. Four of their classmates colored sheets with Easter eggs, while on a bench by Tinjum's desk, two children listened raptly as a volunteer read to them.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A West Fargo man was shot and killed in an altercation about 8:50 p.m. Thursday, April 6, near a home in south Moorhead, and the suspect in the attack is being held in the Clay County Jail, Moorhead police said Friday morning, April 7. Jacob Cole Glover, 28, died from the injuries he suffered in shooting inside 1813 16th St. S., police spokesman Lt. Tory Jacobson said.
FARGO — The population in and around the Fargo-Moorhead area is expected to grow nearly 50 percent by 2045, according to "best case scenario" projections approved Thursday by a Metropolitan Council of Governments committee. The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Statistical Area — which includes Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Dilworth, and the rest of Cass and Clay counties — had a population of 232,900 in 2015, according to estimates.
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — Somali immigrants who come to live here quickly learn to deal with the huge differences between Africa and America. "For me, the only thing that was shocking was the accent, and the food, and the school system, and the weather. I think that's it," joked 16-year-old Najma Ahmed. But for Ahmed, a junior at Pelican Rapids High School, and other Somali students who study while their parents work at the local turkey processing plant, there is a constant. It is their religion, Islam.
MOORHEAD — No matter how crazy the area's ice makes you, put the torch down. Moorhead firefighters say a man living at 307 4th St. S. tried to use a weed burner torch to thaw ice off the steps of his home Thursday, Dec. 29, and instead ignited the buffalo board siding. Firefighters were called to the home about 4:20 p.m., said Moorhead Assistant Fire Chief Greg Doeden.
HONOLULU — John Anderson somehow survived the bloody mayhem of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But in that attack, Anderson, a crewman on the USS Arizona, lost his twin brother, Jake. Jake was among 1,177 sailors and Marines from the battleship who died, many of whom were entombed when the ship sank in minutes after a bomb touched off a massive explosion in one of the magazines.
ST. PAUL – Clay County prosecutors plan to retry a Moorhead man after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that he can withdraw his guilty plea in a case involving the repeated rape of a pregnant woman.