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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BISMARCK—A national study says fewer North Dakota students are taking part in risky behavior involving underage sex, drinking, tobacco use and distracted driving, but state educators say more work is needed as reports of electronic bullying and attempted suicide continue to climb.
It's hard to imagine what a 1 million-square-foot facility looks like. Imagine if the Metrodome were built in Thief River Falls instead of Minneapolis. The 900,000-square-foot stadium that was once home to the Twins and Vikings is about 100,000 square feet smaller than Digi-Key Electronics' expansion in Thief River Falls.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Customers who wait until the last minute to get a Christmas tree may not have much to choose from as suppliers deal with a tightening market, industry leaders said this week. Parts of the country may see a lower supply than normal, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. As a result, customers are shopping early, said association spokesman Doug Hundley.
MINNEAPOLIS—A defense attorney claims a Clearbrook, Minnesota, man sentenced this week for shooting at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter is a "nonviolent, peace-loving human being" who overreacted to what he believed was a life-threatening situation.
GRAFTON, N.D.—A Park River man who allegedly told investigators he had hundreds of child porn images on an external hard drive has pleaded guilty. Steven Dale Dishner, 42, entered an open guilty plea Wednesday in Walsh County District Court in far northeast North Dakota to 100 Class C felony counts of possession of certain materials prohibited. He was charged in April with 486 counts of possessing child porn, but the remaining charges will be dismissed, said Kelley Cole, Walsh County state's attorney and prosecutor in the case.
FARGO — The accused ringleader of an international drug trafficking operation connected to overdose deaths in Grand Forks told co-conspirators to remain quiet and tried to warn them about an investigation targeting his associates, according to new federal charges. Daniel Vivas Ceron, 37, pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Nov. 29, in North Dakota's U.S. District Court in Fargo to obstruction of justice, an accusation that was added this month to a list of charges that were filed in June 2015.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A former provider who claims a youth care facility fired her for reporting "cruel conduct" toward at-risk children has dropped her federal defamation case against a Devils Lake Public Schools employee.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—Dr. Gerard Dahl had a lot of adventures as a veterinarian in Walsh County, from finding the first suspected case of West Nile in a North Dakota animal to treating the state's famous albino buffalo shortly after birth. But the well-known veterinarian who died Friday, Nov. 24, in a car crash near his hometown will be remembered for his love of his Norwegian heritage, his kind treatment of animals and his friendly smile as he worked with ranchers, his friends said Saturday.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A Detroit Lakes teenager has been found after he went missing three months ago, but there are few details on what happened to him. Parker Eastman, 15, was located Friday afternoon in California, Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd said in a phone interview with Forum News Service. “We know he’s safe and he’s in a safe place right now,” Todd said. “We’re thankful that he is OK.”
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — Whitey's Cafe will be revived in the basement of its old home in East Grand Forks as a Fargo-based restaurant prepares to open there next month. Contractors with Starmark Hospitality of Fargo have worked to transform the top level of the Whitey's space at 121 DeMers Ave. into Sickies Garage Burgers and Brews. The company will use the basement of the building as a secondary restaurant called Whitey's Underground, which will feature items from the popular eatery, which closed in August.