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 - At the Osgood Hornbacher’s grocery store you can buy Lactaid eggnog, Southern Comfort eggnog, almond milk eggnog, and of course, no-frills, give-it-to-me-straight, don’t-pay-attention-to-the-calories eggnog. Despite being in a hurry, Alisa McGinnity of Casselton had tucked a carton of eggnog into her cart during a recent shopping trip. “I love eggnog. It’s just something you get once a year. You have to enjoy it while you can,” McGinnity said.
FARGO — Profile by Sanford, a weight-loss subsidiary created by Sanford Health, is in the midst of an aggressive push to open franchises around the nation and — eventually — worldwide. Profile, which opened its first store in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 2012, now has 79 locations around the U.S., with 369 planned to open in the next few years.
FARGO - David Elliott is counting on a more dynamic, modern marketing strategy to help Haggard Hockey’s carbon fiber sticks score big with the region’s hockey players. Elliott is working to get the sticks into more retail outlets, recently set up a website , and is focusing on youth players as the firm’s chief target audience - an aggressive shift from selling sticks to adult league players out of the back of cars.
FARGO - Cars are hitting the market with a dizzying array of high-tech options. Adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, blind spot and lane departure warning, backup and 360-degree viewing systems, all thanks to sophisticated cameras, and ultrasonic and radar sensors. Newer vehicles have a futuristic “gee-whiz” feeling of comfort and safety, but when it comes to repairs, owners and insurance companies are learning they have a holy-cow cost.
FARGO — West Acres unveiled Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, its plans for a multi-million dollar development project that will fill the space previously occupied by the Sears store. "The District at West Acres" will take over the vacated space, and will feature a 30,000-square-foot cluster of restaurants and "experiences," Brad Schlossman, chief executive of West Acres Development, announced during a press conference Tuesday.
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.