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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The first winter storm of the season brought icy conditions, high winds and cold temperatures Thursday, and some areas in northwest Minnesota got hammered with 8 inches of snow. The wintery weather could be here to stay, at least through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. A low front brought in winds exceeding 60 mph Thursday, with Grand Forks clocking a high speed of 64 mph, meteorologist Ryan Knutsvig said. The city recorded about 0.2 inches of snow.
BISMARCK — A national lottery game will increase its ticket prices and make it more difficult to win the big prize, but lottery agencies in North Dakota and Minnesota hope the move to grow the game's jackpot will get players more excited and, in turn, increase revenue. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 28, players will have to pay $2, up from $1, to buy a Mega Millions ticket, the game's producers announced in a news release. It will start with a larger jackpot of $40 million, more than double the current starting jackpot of $15 million.
FOREST RIVER, N.D.—A semi that collapsed a century-old bridge Thursday morning in Walsh County was overweight, according to law enforcement and local leaders. But despite the rare occurrence, there still are concerns about how the county will maintain and repair aging infrastructure as funding from the state decreases, the county's lead road official said Monday.
GRAND FORKS — Josh Duhamel said the best-kept secret in the country is a place called North Dakota, and he wants to tell everyone about it. "I'm tired of people saying, 'I've been to 49 of the states," the actor said Saturday, Oct, 21, to the laughter of a small dinner crowd at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. "I want them to see this state."
GRAND FORKS — A second University of North Dakota student in as many months has been arrested on child pornography charges. Noah Nicholas Ho Gianfranceschi, 18, was charged Friday, Oct. 20, in Grand Forks District Court with 10 counts of possessing certain materials prohibited, all of which are Class C felonies. He was arrested Thursday after police said they found at least 10 images on his electronical devices depicting young children performing sexual acts, some with adults, according to court documents.
GRAND FORKS—An emissary from Norway will visit Grand Forks this month to discuss the country's energy and technology presence in the U.S. and North Dakota. Kare Aas, the Norwegian ambassador to the U.S., is set to speak from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Center for Innovation on the University of North Dakota's campus, according to a news release. He is part of a seminar titled "Norway Creates Jobs in the U.S."
GRAND FORKS — In about a minute, University of North Dakota alumnus Jim Blakeway will take hundreds of photos of fans as they wait for the Fighting Hawks men's hockey team to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Oct. 20. Then the real work begins. After Friday's game, the Fargo native will spend the next 24 hours stitching the images together to make a perfect 360-degree panoramic photo showing every space, person and thing in Ralph Engelstad Arena — from the rafters in the ceiling down to the cellphones fans are holding.
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.