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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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 - 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."
BLAINE, Minn. — The Karner Blue Education Center doesn't look particularly special from the outside. Single-story, brown brick school. A couple of playgrounds. But thanks to thoughtful design and robust staffing, school district officials here say it's making an extraordinary difference for the 115 special education students who attend. It's spacious, ultra-quiet, with plenty of spaces for kindergarten through eighth-graders with autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and cognitive disabilities to take timeouts and reset overloaded senses or amped-up emotions.
WASHINGTON — Two Fargo high schools are among five North Dakota schools that made U.S. News and World Report's 2018 rankings of the best high schools in the nation. Davies High School tops the list of North Dakota schools and North High came in fifth place, earning silver and bronze ratings, respectively. Bismarck's Century and Grand Forks' Red River and Central high schools placed second, third and fourth in North Dakota, respectively, all earning silver ratings in the new rankings reported by U.S. News on Wednesday, May 9.
WASHINGTON — Former Fargo radio host Ed Schultz, an anchor for the Russian government-funded Russia Today television network, is still finding ways to make headlines. In a sometimes heated April 13 interview on the National Review's "The Jamie Weinstein Show," Schultz declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen as a "progressive Democrat" by his countrymen, that the U.S. has "a nasty human rights record," and that the positioning of U.S. weapons to deter potential Russian aggression would be like Russia stationing missiles in Mexico.
PERHAM, Minn. — William Hillman, the 21-year-old jailed in the deaths of a rural Perham mother and son this week, was declared mentally ill in 2016 in Cass County, Minn., and hospitalized in the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center for over a year after attacking and threatening to kill his own mother, court documents show.
FARGO – A YouCaring fundraising campaign raised more than $49,000 by 9 p.m.
HORACE, N.D. - To get a glimmer of his sight back, Allan Peterson must learn to interpret the patterns of light a high-tech "bionic eye" system now feeds to his brain. "That's what I'm in the process of beginning to do," the Horace man said Monday, March 19, venturing out of his tiny office on the second floor of the main North Dakota State University library. "They (doctors) said it's like learning a new language," the 74-year-old said. "It's based on pulses of light. You have to figure out what the pulses mean."
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The superintendent of the Hawley School District has been charged with two misdemeanors after a vehicle went through the ice on Otter Tail Lake last month and concerns arose that another man would be arrested for drunken driving. Superintendent Philip Leroy Jensen, 56, of Ottertail, Minn., faces two counts of obstructing the legal process. Facing the same charges in the incident are Michelle Renae Jensen, 51, of Ottertail, and Zachary Anthony Jensen, 32, of Fargo.