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 police are investigating a threat regarding Lake Agassiz Elementary School, but classes will continue as usual. A Lake Agassiz teacher received a "concerning message" Wednesday night on her...
Police are investigating an early Thursday morning burglary after receiving a report of an assault and gunshots fired on UND's campus. Grand Forks police were sent to 320 Cambridge St.,...
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — Why fans love "The Walking Dead" is the million-dollar question, Michael Cudlitz said. But the star who plays Sgt. Abraham Ford on AMC's adaptation of the comic book series about surviving a zombie apocalypse said he loves seeing how excited fans get when they interact with him at conventions. "It's a shared experience," he said of why fans love paranormal conventions. "Everybody is there in the same space, and they are able to share this thing that they love with no judgment."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—North Dakota grain facilities continue to add storage capacity, a much-needed addition as farmers decide what to do with their crops in the wake of low commodity prices and the prospect of a large corn harvest. Licensed grain storage in the state has been on a sharp increase since the mid-2000s, according to the North Dakota Public Service Commission. The trend continued last year, with licensed grain storers adding about 20 million bushels of storage capacity, a 4.5 percent increase from 2015, according to numbers released Sept. 9.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—When Scott Swygman called a University of North Dakota game, fans knew exactly what was going on. The longtime radio voice of UND sports knew how to put listeners in the moment, never sugarcoating plays, said Tim Hennessy, a close friend and co-host with Swygman on the "Tim & Swyg in the Morning" show on 1440-AM The Fan.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—A visit from the U.S. Marshals Service to determine if the agency will use a Devils Lake jail to house federal inmates has been stalled by Dakota Access Pipeline protests in south-central North Dakota, but the delay could be a blessing in disguise for the jail.
WASHINGTON—A bill meant to promote tourism in Native American communities is on President Barack Obama's desk. The Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act, NATIVE Act for short, moved to Obama's desk last week and is awaiting his signature to become law. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said she expects the president will sign the bill soon. "Tourism is a big part of our economy," she said. "We want to make sure that people understand that there is an opportunity ... for tourism among the Plains Indians."
KENNEDY, Minn.—A grain elevator in Kennedy was destroyed Wednesday, Sept. 21, in an early morning fire. Multiple fire departments responded about 12:25 a.m. Wednesday to the Kennedy Farmers Elevator Co. after receiving a report of the fire, according to the Kittson County Sheriff's Department. Firefighters still were at the scene of the blaze at 6:30 a.m. and had about 80 percent of the fire contained, the Sheriff's Department said.
BOTTINEAU, N.D.—A former Bottineau teacher will spend about 1 ½ months in jail for sex crimes involving teenage boys, avoiding a sex offender status in the case. Marissa Ashley Deslauriers,...
GRAFTON, N.D.—A Grafton man who sexually assaulted a young boy has been ordered to serve more than 20 years in prison after facing a possible life sentence.