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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AITKIN, Minn. — A Hastings, Minn., man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge in a case involving a 2016 hit-and-run that caused the death of a 10-year-old girl, according to an Aitkin County Attorney's Office spokeswoman. Steven L. Meier, 45, changed his plea on a charge of criminal vehicular homicide for leaving the scene of an accident during a hearing Thursday, Feb. 1, in Aitkin County District Court. His sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. March 23.
FARGO — The defense team of Darren Patterson, the man accused of manslaughter and assault in a fatal brawl outside the HoDo last summer, is objecting to two pieces of evidence the prosecution wants to present at trial, according to Cass County District Court documents. The defense, in documents filed Jan. 11, objects to the introduction of a photo of Patterson posted in 2012 to his wife's Facebook page that shows the man wearing a shirt they say would be unfairly prejudicial to the case.
FARGO — More than two-dozen walk-through metal detectors have been installed at the Fargodome and staff are now undergoing training as part of a security upgrade, the dome's executive director, Rob Sobolik, said Monday, Jan. 29. Sobolik said the detectors won't be used for the Monster Jam monster truck show Friday, Feb. 2, and Saturday, Feb. 3. But they could be ready for the Avenged Sevenfold and Breaking Benjamin rock concert Feb. 11, though the effective date has not been settled yet. "We're still in the preliminary process," he said.
FARGO — The Essentia and Sanford health systems in Fargo have not been affected by a national shortage of IV saline fluid bags that's been ongoing since last fall, spokespeople said Thursday, Jan. 4. North Dakota's emergency medical equipment stockpile in Bismarck has been tapped to help some facilities running low on IV fluid bags, including Trinity Hospital in Minot, but so far, no one has run out.
FARGO — Federal funds for the region's community health centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program, better known as CHIP, got a temporary boost with the stopgap spending bill approved by Congress on Thursday, Dec. 21, keeping those programs running through March. Pat Gulbranson views the funding as a much-needed gift. "Well take it. It's a nice Christmas gift at this point," said Gulbranson, CEO of Family HealthCare here.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Call it the longest night or the shortest day, but welcome to the winter solstice. Daylight Thursday, Dec. 21, will last just 8 hours, 32 minutes and 32 seconds. That's 7 hours and 21 minutes less light than you'll enjoy come June 21 with the summer solstice. But some folks have come to embrace the dark — because that's where they make their living. Juan Cabanela is one of them.
Minnesota and North Dakota are both reporting unemployment rates that are among the lowest seen in over a decade. Minnesota's unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percent in October to 3.3 percent, its lowest point in 17 years, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by state officials this month.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Dairy crop insurance, funding for agricultural research, and continued support for ethanol and biodiesel fuels are areas Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says she'll focus on as negotiations continue in the Senate on the 2018 Farm Bill. Meanwhile, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., says it's possible the House could have its version of the bill ready by the end of this year. Klobuchar and Peterson spoke Friday, Oct. 20, at a panel discussion at the Hjemkomst Center, with more than a dozen Red River Valley agricultural leaders.
FARGO—It's becoming America's latest spectator sport: Watching who stands or kneels during the national anthem at sporting events. The latest chapter in the ongoing debate over patriotism was brought about by President Donald Trump when he criticized the NFL for refusing to punish players who knelt or sat during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before games.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — On the wall of the boardroom for the Moorhead School District hangs portraits of former superintendents. It's a line of all white men — middle-aged or older — until you get to the end. There, Lynne Kovash's smiling face is framed. "I think there has been a long-held notion that it is a male position," Kovash said. A complex dynamic has created a system where most teachers are women, yet most of the top leadership jobs go to men, Kovash said.