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 — President Donald Trump wants Rep. Kevin Cramer to run for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's seat, the lone North Dakota delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives said this weekend. All that is left for Cramer to do is weigh the information he has and make a decision, which he says could be announced in the coming weeks.
GRAND FORKS -- Officers are searching for two black men involved in a reported attempted sexual assault on the University of North Dakota campus. Campus police responded at 3:50 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, to Noren Hall, where a woman woke to a man attempting to remove her clothes, according to a news release. The suspect, who is described as a light-skinned black male with a scar or birthmark over his left eye, left after the brief interaction, the release said.
LANGDON, N.D.—A Thursday night fire destroyed a 115-year-old building that contained the Langdon General Store, marking the third major blaze in two days in the north Red River Valley. The building's destruction means downtown Langdon has lost not only a historical structure but the opportunity for another business to occupy the space in the near future, General Store owner Alex Chaput said. "It was just a majestic building," he said. "The history is gone."
Northwest Minnesota's U.S. representative and North Dakota's Democratic senator are near the top of a list of congressional members who voted against their party last year, while North Dakota's Republican senator ranked last. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., each ranked second for voting against their party during the 115th Congress, according to watchdog website ProPublica. Heitkamp voted against her party 22.5 percent of the time, while Peterson did so with 27.3 percent of his votes.
THOMPSON, N.D.—A Crookston, Minn., woman has been accused of forcing her son to run away with her and trying to steal a FedEx truck from an employee who tried to help her get her vehicle unstuck from a ditch in northeast North Dakota. Trisha Mary Berg, 37, appeared Thursday in Grand Forks District Court after she was arrested Tuesday evening at a rural Thompson residence. That's where a FedEx driver was making a delivery when he stopped to help Berg, whose vehicle was stuck in a ditch, according to a criminal complaint.
GRAND FORKS—LM Wind Power will send some of its Grand Forks employees home for the next few weeks, but officials with the wind blade manufacturer say the move will not result in permanent layoffs. The factory said it plans to prepare for "a new layout and 2018 production," which will result in downtime as employees move equipment within the facility.
DEVILS LAKE -- A body was found Wednesday evening, Dec. 20, inside a burning vehicle in the parking lot of a Devils Lake Wal-Mart. Firefighters responded at 5:37 p.m. to a car fire at 1424 Highway 2, said Cory Meyer, the assistant fire chief for the Devils Lake Fire Department. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames but the department was able to put the blaze out quickly, he said.
GRAND FORKS — For the first time in 15 years, North Dakota’s population has shrunk. But the drop is not as sharp as in other states, and the figures should be put in context for interpretation, North Dakota’s census official said.
A snow system could bring 3 to 6 inches to eastern North Dakota Wednesday, but heavier amounts are expected to stay in the central and northeast parts of the state, meteorologists said. The periods of snow forecast to hit the region Wednesday morning and evening could impact travel in most of eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, according to a special weather statement issued Tuesday morning by the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. —A Devils Lake credit union that was taken over by federal regulators will merge with another financial cooperative in Jamestown. Citizens Community Credit Union announced this month it will take on the First Community Credit Union name after the two credit unions agreed to merge, according to a news release. FCCU President and CEO Steve Schmitz will lead both credit unions and the main office for the combined entities will be based in Jamestown, the release said.