April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises 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 a 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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North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was open Saturday during the State Republican Convention in Grand Forks about his struggle with alcohol addiction, saying it’s better to talk about it instead of sweeping it under the rug. “It’s something that I feel is very good for me to be open about, but also good for others,” he said. “I can help others too. ... I know people have reached out to me and have said, ‘Your openness has really helped me get in to get some help.’”
RUGBY, N.D.—Rugby leaders say the city has officially reclaimed its title as the "Geographical Center of North America," ending a yearslong fight between two North Dakota cities over who deserves the name. The Rugby Chamber of Commerce announced Friday it had reached a settlement with Hanson's Bar of Robinson, N.D., saying bar owner and Robinson Mayor Bill Bender will stop using the trademark he registered in 2015. "The parties are pleased to have reached an amicable resolution of their differences," the Chamber statement said.
GRAND FORKS -- Fewer dogs attacked mail carriers last year, the U.S. Postal Service said this week. USPS reported 10 North Dakota incidents in which a dog went after a postal worker in 2017, according to a news release. That was down by two attacks compared to 2016, the postal service said. Dickinson and Williston had two dog attacks each, while Fargo, Beulah, Grafton, Mandan, Valley City and Neche each reported one attack, according to USPS data.
GRAND FORKS—A miscalculation of delegates at the North Dakota Republican Convention has forced the party to limit access to the public, according to the party. More than 1,500 delegates, plus candidates and staff, are expected to attend the state convention Friday through Sunday, April 6-8, at the Alerus Center, GOP Chairman Rick Berg said. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will deliver the keynote address Saturday afternoon in a ballroom. About three dozen members of the media also are slated to cover the event, Berg said.
GRAND FORKS — An aircraft company with ties to Grand Forks has won a prestigious aeronautics award less than two years after presenting the world's first single-engine personal jet to its customers. The National Aeronautic Association announced Wednesday it will give Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft the Robert J. Collier Trophy, an award recognizing, in part, "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America," according to a news release. Cirrus will receive the award during a formal presentation June 24, the release said.
GRAND FORKS—A former UND professor has sued the school and its president, saying the university leader violated policy when the educator was fired. Frank Cuozzo, who taught biological anthropology at UND for 12 years, claims President Mark Kennedy and the school breached his contract when Kennedy fired Cuozzo in May. Kennedy dismissed Cuozzo from his position "with cause" after the school's Standing Committee of Faculty Rights determined there was "clear and convincing evidence" to support the dismissal, according to court documents.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—A northwest Minnesota man was ordered to spend more than six years in prison after being accused of holding a woman hostage, as well as physically and sexually assaulting her, for three days.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A bestiality charge against a former Polk County mailman accused of having sex with a dog has been dismissed, and he'll avoid jail time for the burglary charge if he abides by his probation terms.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Like much of the rest of the state, counties in northwest Minnesota saw little to no change in its populations last year. But some counties in the region that are not attracting new residents have seen steady losses in the last decade as younger Minnesotans leave the area for urban life, a state analyst said.
HALLOCK, Minn.—A West Fargo, N.D., man has been accused of using Craigslist and texts to solicit someone he allegedly thought was a minor for sex. Chad Brian Peterson, 40, was charged Monday, March 26, in Kittson County District Court with three felony counts of electronic solicitation of children and a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. Charging documents accuse Peterson of answering a Craigslist ad and soliciting sex from who he allegedly thought was a 14-year-old girl.