April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers business and political stories. She 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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GRAND FORKS — Chad Gunderson said he feels his brewery will bring something different to downtown Grand Forks and the region. But the owner of Half Brothers Brewing Co., which opened last week, said it would have been a lot harder to make the dream a reality without help from several government programs, including a North Dakota loan program that helps businesses get started.
Grand Forks will get its first Vietnamese restaurant. King Pho will open at 1206 S. Washington St. Man Ngo applied this week for a permit with the city to remodel a 2,300-square-foot space at the South Washington Center. Ngo, whose family owns Vivi Nails in the same strip mall, will co-own the restaurant with other partners. He said he wasn't sure when King Pho will open, but a sign posted at the South Washington Center says "coming soon." The restaurant will take the place of SalonCentric, a Florida distribution company that specializes in beauty products.
CAVALIER, N.D. — Two men who shut down the Keystone Pipeline in Pembina County have been found guilty on criminal charges.
GRAND FORKS — That banana at the local grocery store certainly isn't yellow when it begins its long trip from Central America to the Upper Midwest. When it's picked and first put into containers, the popular fruit is leaf green and as hard as a rock, said grocer Hornbacher's President Matt Leiseth. Two or three weeks later, the clusters are placed on the shelves of stores, ready to be taken home. "Banana's are the No. 1 fruit," he said. "Just about everyone loves a banana."
WASHINGTON — Arguments that easing regulations for gun silencers would make it harder to find mass shooters is an emotional overreaction that doesn't make sense, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said. After a shooting Sunday night, Oct. 1, in Las Vegas left hundreds dead or injured, House leadership announced it had no plans to schedule a vote on the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act, a package of legislation geared toward hunters' rights. The bill's language would make it easier to purchase silencers, called suppressors by the industry and gun experts.
CAVALIER, N.D.—A trial is underway for two environmental activists accused of attempting to shut down a pipeline that runs through Pembina County in the far northeast corner of North Dakota..
LANCASTER, Minn. — A northwest Minnesota woman who went missing four years ago was laid to rest this weekend after her body was found earlier this year in a Kittson County river. A funeral service for Dawn Joy Carlson of Lake Bronson, Minn., was held Saturday, Sept. 30, at Lancaster Covenant Church, according to an obituary published by Austin Funeral Chapel in Hallock, Minn.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—Waiting for the sugar beet harvest to start in the Red River Valley is like Christmas in a way, East Grand Forks farmer Nick Hagen said. "You know what you've asked for, and you've probably shaken the box a few times," he said Tuesday, Sept. 26, when asked what this year's harvest could yield. "So you sort of have an idea, but until you crack open the box, it's only a good guess."
BISMARCK — Hot Lotto soon will stop selling tickets, North Dakota lottery officials announced Friday, Sept. 29. After poor sales, the game will cease operations in 14 jurisdictions, including North Dakota, according to a news release from the Attorney General's office. The last drawing will be Oct. 28. "All games go through a life cycle," said Ryan Koppy, sales and marketing manager for the the North Dakota Lottery.
GRAND FORKS—Demand and costs in the oil industry are doing better than expected, but it could take another year before the global market rebalances itself, an expert in the field said Thursday. "We do see the market rebalancing," ConocoPhillips chief economist Helen Currie told attendees of the annual North Dakota Petroleum Council meeting in Grand Forks. "It is taking longer than a lot of analysts had been projecting, but we do see the market coming back into balance by the end of 2018."