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.
FARGO - A flood fight that was supposed to be 95 percent buttoned up in Fargo-Moorhead Wednesday morning morphed into a 100 percent battle by 1 p.m., as the forecast for the Red River crest was bumped up another foot to 41 feet. Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said the new crest, expected Saturday, put the city "in uncharted territory." Fargo officials pleaded for another 1,000 to 1,200 volunteers to make 1 million sandbags in the next two days and to man sandbag lines up and down a 12-mile stretch of the Red River and another three miles on the south side. Moorhead and Oakport Township also put