April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.
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ROLETTE COUNTY, N.D. -- For the most part, the Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue operates out of Keith Benning’s Rolette County house. It’s not ideal, but it’s the best the he and his wife can muster at the moment. Founded three years ago when the couple was in a one-bedroom home, moving to a new house has helped them get more space, but it hasn’t helped them get out ahead of the huge number of dogs Benning says need attention.
DEVILS LAKE—It appears Devils Lake Public Schools will not build an $8.95 million fine arts center. Voters in the Devils Lake Public School District said no to the 28,000-square-foot project that would have raised the school's property tax levy by 11.56 mills, or an increase on annual property taxes of about $78 for a home worth $150,000, for up to 20 years. Unofficial results released Tuesday night showed 1,118 out of 2,101 votes, or 53 percent, for the bond issuance. The bond measure needed 60 percent of the vote to pass.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's insurance commissioner is encouraging residents who face major flooding to be prepared.
BISMARCK -- After serving 25 years for shooting a North Dakota district judge, the man convicted is facing allegations of violating his federal parole.
Two farm state members of Congress said Thursday President Donald Trump’s proposed budget does not work for agriculture.
WARROAD, Minn. — Readers picking up the Tuesday edition of the Warroad Pioneer didn't have much to read on its front page, but the weekly publication found an unusual way to say why its community and local newspapers are important to each other. The front page of the 115-year-old newspaper was blank with the exception of its nameplate, a banner ad and a paragraph explaining how community newspapers keep locals aware of news, using the words "Without you, there is no newspaper!"
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota did not have to release preliminary logo designs a New York company created for the school's nickname, North Dakota's attorney general said. Following years of controversy over the retired Fighting Sioux logo, UND released in late June a "determined hawk" design for the Fighting Hawks nickname. Leading up to that moment, the school worked with SME Inc. to go over preliminary designs after the nickname was adopted in November 2015.
GRAND FORKS—A Crookston, Minn., woman will spend more than three years behind bars after police found in her bra heroin she intended to sell. Cynthia Esquivel, 45, was sentenced Monday, March 13, in Grand Forks District Court for possessing heroin with intent to manufacture or deliver, a Class A felony. The charge stems from a July 7 arrest at the Grand Forks Inn, according to court documents.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The Federal Aviation Administration has given drone pilots with the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office permission to fly drones at night anywhere in the country. Sheriff Bob Rost announced Friday that the FAA issued the authorization to the Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit about a day after a deputy made a public plea to the federal agency during a helicopter expo earlier this week in Dallas.
It's been less than two months since Donald Trump was sworn in, but the new president quickly has made his mark when it comes to divisive issues. From a revised travel ban and work to replace the Affordable Care Act to allegations of wiretapping and Russian interference, the talking points have fueled conversations across the country. The delegations that represent North Dakota and western Minnesota were asked for their thoughts on some hot-button issues: 1. Where do you stand on Trump's revised travel ban barring visitors from six Muslim-majority countries?