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 — An evidentiary hearing in the death penalty appeal of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. got underway Tuesday, June 20, in U.S. District Court. Rodriguez was convicted of the 2003 kidnapping and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin. Expert witnesses brought by defense attorneys from the Philadelphia-based Federal Community Defender Office disagreed with trial evidence that indicated that Sjodin died from knife wounds to her throat and had been sexually assaulted.
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Buy Helmut Schmidt / The Forum MOORHEAD – A Clay County sheriff's detective suggested in an online post this week that a man banned from Fargo's public pools for taking...
By Helmut Schmidt / The Forum - FARGO – A woman who was burned in a fire Saturday that took the life of her boyfriend was listed in critical condition Sunday in a Minneapolis hospital, a spokeswoman said. Angela Marie Wentz, 42, was burned in the early morning fire at the Page Meadows apartments in south Fargo. Jesse Daniel Madson, 30, died of injuries suffered in that blaze.