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 -- Don't expect a new farm bill by the time Congress bails out of Washington next week for the fall election, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said Friday. That won't affect the nutrition and farm programs covered by the 2012 farm bill, at least until Jan. 1, Peterson and ag experts say. But long term, taxpayers could end up paying more, Peterson said. Without a new farm bill, planned food stamp cuts won't take effect.
Fargo-Moorhead got a slight reprieve Saturday, as it appears that, for now, the Red River has crested at a slightly lower level than expected. While the news brought a sense of cautious optimism to those on the front lines of the flood fight, officials on both sides of the river urged people to stay "on full alert" against breaks in dikes and levees. Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said the metro area will be dealing with high water through at least next Friday. That's in part because the National Weather Service is forecasting a storm that could dump 6 to 8 inches of snow in the Wild Rice and R
FARGO, N.D. - The Red River Zoo is turning itself into the panda love shack on the Plains. On Wednesday, zookeepers happily scrambled to pick up a pair of red pandas shipped to Fargo from Japan. The red-and-white raccoon look-alikes arrived on a Northwest Airlines jet an hour early at Hector International Airport. With a herd of TV crews descending on the panda pop stars it was, for a while, panda-monium. "They're here! They're here!" said zoo Executive Director Paula Grimestad.