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—Altru Health Systems plans to build its proposed hospital at its current campus in Grand Forks, and the old building likely will be razed, hospital executives said Tuesday. Officials announced Tuesday the health provider would build the more-than $250 million complex north of its 41-year-old facility at 1200 S. Columbia Road. Groundbreaking is set for next year with a completion date slated for 2022.
GRAND FORKS—The Grand Forks metro area had the greatest percentage of construction job losses in the nation last year, and the industry is calling for Congress to pass a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill to give companies more work. Construction businesses lost a total of 1,000 jobs, or 24 percent, in Grand Forks between December 2016 and December 2017, according to numbers released by the Associated General Contractors of America. The city had about 3,100 employees in the industry, marking the largest percentage drop among the 358 metros the AGCA tracks.
GRAND FORKS—Attorneys for a nonprofit housing company that serves people with disabilities want to dismiss several counts of a lawsuit claiming the organization tried to cover up an alleged sexual assault involving two of its clients.
GRAND FORKS — When Grand Forks Judge Jon Jensen was appointed to the North Dakota Supreme Court last year, Jay Knudson jumped at the opportunity to get back on the bench and succeed the Northeast Central District judge. As a former judicial referee and attorney with a decade of experience, Knudson became one of North Dakota's newest district judges in December. Though he didn't grow up with the goal of being a judge—his primary goal was to be a good attorney—he felt judges he appeared before did a good job. So he wanted to strive for that as well.
WARWICK, N.D.—Warwick Public Schools has suspended three basketball coaches as it looks into a reported sexual assault allegedly involving students last month in Bismarck. The incident, which reportedly happened Jan. 5 during a boys' basketball trip to Bismarck, allegedly included students leaving their hotel room and "engaging in inappropriate behaviors," according to documents obtained Thursday by the Herald. Superintendent Dean Dauphinais confirmed the school is investigating the alleged sexual assault and whether students violated school policy.
GRAND FORKS — This season's flu is on pace to hit four times as many people it did last year, with health officials hoping it will peak soon. National experts say this year could be the country's worst in nearly a decade, according to the Washington Post.
BELCOURT, N.D. -- A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will admit next month to causing the death of a Dunseith, N.D., man last year, court documents indicate.
GRAND FORKS—A man convicted twice of murdering another in a Grand Forks apartment in 2014 was denied a third trial by North Dakota's highest court Wednesday, Jan. 24. The state Supreme Court said the Grand Forks District Court was right to allow evidence of other crimes and to play recorded testimony from a witness who refused to appear in the February trial of Delvin Lamont Shaw, 33.
FARGO—Two Grand Forks County men, including one who was involved in a 2016 standoff, face federal drug charges. Zackery Thomas Crandall, 30, of Grand Forks, and Dennis Duane Kreun, 59, of Manvel, N.D., were charged this week in U.S. District Court in Fargo with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, according to federal court records. Documents detailing the allegations have not been unsealed because more people could be charged in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Fargo.
BADGER, Minn.—Two northwest Minnesota men face numerous charges after a bar fight led to shots fired in Roseau County. Jordan Milo Foss, 33, of Badger, and Brandon John Peterson, 28, of Roseau, Minn., appeared Tuesday in Roseau County District Court. The chain of early Saturday morning events reportedly started with an altercation at Skippy Finns' Bar in Badger, investigators said in court documents.