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, N.D.—Just because workers don't have a bachelor's degree, that doesn't mean they can't be successful. Jason Heintz, store leader for Scheels in Grand Forks, said he looks for an eagerness to learn, hard workers, self-teachers and people who have the right attitude, even if they don't have that four-year degree. "What we are really looking for is people with strong attitudes who can deliver great customer experience in this store," he said. "A lot of those qualities are a lot more important than the paper that says they have a degree."
NIAGARA, N.D. — Ask anyone who knows the Wolfgram brothers and they would tell you they are old school, or rather old farm. Their farmyards are home to antiques and machinery most farmers would have traded in years ago. A 1949 Allis Chalmers tractor, a 1982 John Deere 8820 combine, a vintage John Deere chain and cup portable elevator, pickups and trucks from the 1960s, '70s and '80s, and many more.
THOMPSON, N.D.—Three men have been arrested in connection with a Thompson-area burglary earlier this month where a man awoke to find masked burglars in his home. Jason Scott Knosalla, 38, and Daniel Joseph Ganyo, 52, both of Grand Forks, as well as George Wellington Jerome, 40, of Manvel, N.D., each were charged Monday in Grand Forks District Court with a Class B felony charge of burglary and three Class C felonies: robbery, interference with a telephone during an emergency call, and theft.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Meteorologists have confirmed storms from last week produced seven tornadoes in the Red River Valley, including one in Traill County that tracked 23 miles and reached the width of 10 football fields.
DEVILS LAKE—About 30 boats came to the rescue of a Minto, N.D., man, his daughter and the family dog after their pontoon erupted in flames Saturday on Devils Lake. David Gerszewski, 50, said he and his daughter took the pontoon out Saturday evening for a joyride to make sure it was running well before taking the rest of the family out on the lake. Around 5:30 p.m., Gerszewski said he noticed smoke rolling out of the back end. "In minutes, it was totally engulfed in flames," he told the Herald Sunday. "We all bailed off."
GRAND FORKS—A 61-year-old who was found dead last winter in Grand Forks along the Red River had a history of alcoholism, a Grand Forks coroner concluded. The death of Richard Patrick Bumford, whose frozen body was found Dec. 22 about three blocks north of the Sorlie Bridge, has been ruled an accident by the Grand Forks County Coroner's Office. The main cause of death was hypothermia, though other significant conditions included chronic alcoholism, hypertensive heart disease and severe cardiomegaly were found, the report stated.
GRAND FORKS — There was a point in Pam Whaley's life when she didn't have to worry about where she lived. Then her husband lost his job and the once-stay-at-home mom had to start working 50 hours a week to make ends meet. "We went from having housing and retirement to, Now what do we do?" she said. "All of a sudden, I need a career."
GRAND FORKS—Altru Hospital telemedicine coordinator Jessica Piseno heard the live heartbeat of nurse Nataile Halley. Ninety miles away. All she had to do was connect via video and put on a pair of headphones. On an average week, Altru Hospital makes 170 appointments from across the region—they may see patients from as far west as Rugby, N.D., or from Baudette, Minn., to the east.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A Grand Forks man accused of calling 911 dispatchers dozens of times, at times saying he supported ISIS, has signed a plea agreement. Mohamed Aweis Mohamed, 31, was charged with three counts of harassment and one count of criminal mischief, all Class A misdemeanors. A plea agreement signed Thursday, July 13, by Mohamed dismisses two of the harassment charges and downgrades the other two charges to Class B misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Two Lake Region State College administrators and a volleyball coach face disciplinary action after an investigation found they failed to report an inappropriate relationship between a former softball coach and student. Lloyd Halvorson, the school's vice president of academic and student affairs, recommended Athletic Director Danny Mertens and Student Services Director Stephanie Shock be suspended without pay, while head volleyball coach Brigitte Greywater receive a formal written reprimand.