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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GRAFTON, N.D.—A Grafton man accused of engaging in sexual acts with a child pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Tuesday, Feb. 20. Anthony Soliz Herrera Jr., 37, will served no jail time after agreeing to a plea deal in Walsh County District Court, State's Attorney Kelley Cole said Wednesday. He was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday to face two Class AA felony counts of gross sexual imposition, both of which carry a life sentence.
Karen Thingelstad calls Minnkota Power Cooperative's new headquarters in Grand Forks enlightening, literally. "There is so much natural light that comes into this building compared to our other one," the vice president and CEO for the nonprofit electric generation and transmission cooperative said.
GRAND FORKS—A man faces multiple charges in relation to an investigation of shots fired in Grand Forks. Salvador Hernandez, 26, was arrested Sunday, Feb. 18, after Grand Forks Police Department responded at 6:29 p.m. to the 1100 block of North 55th Street for a report of two shots fired inside a residence, according to a news release. No one was injured and the suspect was apprehended without incident, police said. Officers confiscated a firearm but didn't say what type. There is no danger to the public, police said in the release.
GRAND FORKS - A man is in custody Monday morning, Feb. 19, after firing multiple shots inside a Grand Forks home. Twenty-six-year-old Salvador Henandez was arrested outside a home on the 1100 block of North 55th St. Police responded after getting calls about gunshots around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Officers said no one was injured. The firearm was recovered and there is no threat to the public. Hernandez is being held in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center.
GRAND FORKS — Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the North Dakota Democratic-NPL State Convention next month in Grand Forks, a move to support U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's bid for re-election in what likely will be a highly contested race. Biden will be the keynote speaker March 17 at the Alerus Center, the North Dakota Democratic Party confirmed to Forum News Service on Sunday, Feb. 18. He said in a prepared statement he looks forward to supporting Heitkamp in her campaign.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A long list of potential funding cuts proposed by President Donald Trump could target programs that serve North Dakotans and Minnesotans, Congress members said this week. But the U.S. lawmakers don't think the president's budget—at least in its entirety—will fly in Congress. Trump called for $4.4 trillion in spending for 2019, a 10 percent increase from government spending in 2017, according to a report in the Washington Post. However, multiple agencies face cuts while others could see boosts in funding.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Highway Patrol likely will roll out its black vehicles in the coming weeks as it begins its transition from white. The state law enforcement agency received in recent weeks a shipment of 38 black vehicles, Capt. Tom Iverson said earlier this week. The automobiles need to be outfitted with equipment before they can be used in patrols, but they could hit the road in two to three weeks, Iverson said.
FORT TOTTEN, N.D.—A partnership that will create the Spirit Lake Nation's first residential substance abuse treatment center is one step in making sure the tribe's future generations have a healthier future, officials said Friday, Feb. 16.
A travel alert has been issued for northeast North Dakota. The State Department of Transportation issued the alert Thursday morning due to snow and blowing snow causing reduced visibility and hazardous driving conditions. The alert, whihw includes Grand Forks, means drivers can still travel but should be aware of "rapidly changing conditions," the DOT said in a news release.
A Grand Forks business owner has turned himself in after being accused of punching a man from behind. Patrick Wayne Novak, 38, had an initial appearance Tuesday in Grand Forks District Court, where he faces a Class C felony of aggravated assault. The owner of Novak Construction turned himself into custody and was booked early Tuesday morning into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, jail staff said Wednesday.