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 -- Construction on a medical marijuana dispensary in a Fargo shopping district should be completed by mid-February, according to the corporation licensed to open the facility. All of the medicinal products sold at the Acreage North Dakota dispensary will come from manufacturing facilities licensed in Bismarck and Fargo “as we do not have a cultivation license here,” Acreage Holdings said in an email to The Forum on Thursday, Dec. 20.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota collected $750,000 more in new online sales taxes since late June, when the Supreme Court ruled states could require online retailers to collect and remit their sales taxes, to the end of September, according to state tax commissioner’s office. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said 1,600 new online companies have registered since the end of June as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota’s lawsuit versus online retailer Wayfair.
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 - Grassroots Cannabis, a firm with ties to Chicago, has submitted plans to build a medical marijuana manufacturing facility in an industrial park south of Fargo, according to information filed with the city's inspections department. The facility, listed as Grass Roots Vending (the legal name for Grassroots Cannabis in North Dakota), would sit on what is now a weed-filled lot at 4050 98th Ave. S., about a quarter mile west of the Wild Rice/Horace exit from Interstate 29. It is in Fargo's extraterritorial area.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — The New Rockford-Sheyenne School Board has voted against a recommendation to fire Superintendent Jill Louters for having stayed in the same hotel room with her son and unrelated fifth-grade boys during an archery tournament in Minot in March. The vote to dismiss Louters for chaperoning the boys without the permission of all of their families failed by a 2-4 margin Tuesday, May 29, said School Board President John McKnight.
FARGO — A group of Fargo-area legislative candidates and small businessmen have called on North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum to sign an executive order requiring the principles of net neutrality to be upheld by internet contractors for all future state contracts. The request in the form of a news conference came Monday, April 23, the day the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality went into effect.
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."
WAHPETON, N.D. — As a school district superintendent you wear a lot of hats: finance expert, manager, leader, teacher, coach. In Wahpeton, don't forget to add bus driver to the list. Superintendent Rick Jacobson has been driving morning and afternoon bus routes since October, when the district's transportation director quit and they lost a driver, too. "It just seemed to be a perfect storm lined up. We were in a terrible spot," Jacobson said. "I had to learn all the routes real quick." Jacobson figured it would be just a substitute gig. Not so.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's tab for his trip to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis was about $2,500 higher than first reported, thanks to payments for tickets to watch the Minnesota Wild, an Xcel Energy brunch, a VIP tailgate party and the Taste of the NFL fundraiser, according to emails made public after an open records request.
FARGO — With the West Coast now the new center for marijuana production in the U.S., and stepped-up drug interdiction on the nation's east-west interstates in the South and Midwest, drug traffickers seem intent on turning Interstate 94 into a northern "high" way. More than half a ton of marijuana alone has been confiscated in the last six months on I-94 from Jamestown to Fargo, a roughly 100-mile stretch in North Dakota. A $1.75 million seizure was also made in March 2017 in Minnesota's Otter Tail County, law enforcement officials report.