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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FOREST RIVER, N.D.—A semi that collapsed a century-old bridge Thursday morning in Walsh County was overweight, according to law enforcement and local leaders. But despite the rare occurrence, there still are concerns about how the county will maintain and repair aging infrastructure as funding from the state decreases, the county's lead road official said Monday.
GRAND FORKS — Josh Duhamel said the best-kept secret in the country is a place called North Dakota, and he wants to tell everyone about it. "I'm tired of people saying, 'I've been to 49 of the states," the actor said Saturday, Oct, 21, to the laughter of a small dinner crowd at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. "I want them to see this state."
GRAND FORKS — A second University of North Dakota student in as many months has been arrested on child pornography charges. Noah Nicholas Ho Gianfranceschi, 18, was charged Friday, Oct. 20, in Grand Forks District Court with 10 counts of possessing certain materials prohibited, all of which are Class C felonies. He was arrested Thursday after police said they found at least 10 images on his electronical devices depicting young children performing sexual acts, some with adults, according to court documents.
GRAND FORKS—An emissary from Norway will visit Grand Forks this month to discuss the country's energy and technology presence in the U.S. and North Dakota. Kare Aas, the Norwegian ambassador to the U.S., is set to speak from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Center for Innovation on the University of North Dakota's campus, according to a news release. He is part of a seminar titled "Norway Creates Jobs in the U.S."
GRAND FORKS — In about a minute, University of North Dakota alumnus Jim Blakeway will take hundreds of photos of fans as they wait for the Fighting Hawks men's hockey team to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Oct. 20. Then the real work begins. After Friday's game, the Fargo native will spend the next 24 hours stitching the images together to make a perfect 360-degree panoramic photo showing every space, person and thing in Ralph Engelstad Arena — from the rafters in the ceiling down to the cellphones fans are holding.
GRAND FORKS — Chad Gunderson said he feels his brewery will bring something different to downtown Grand Forks and the region. But the owner of Half Brothers Brewing Co., which opened last week, said it would have been a lot harder to make the dream a reality without help from several government programs, including a North Dakota loan program that helps businesses get started.
CAVALIER, N.D. — Two men who shut down the Keystone Pipeline in Pembina County have been found guilty on criminal charges.
WASHINGTON — Arguments that easing regulations for gun silencers would make it harder to find mass shooters is an emotional overreaction that doesn't make sense, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said. After a shooting Sunday night, Oct. 1, in Las Vegas left hundreds dead or injured, House leadership announced it had no plans to schedule a vote on the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act, a package of legislation geared toward hunters' rights. The bill's language would make it easier to purchase silencers, called suppressors by the industry and gun experts.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.—Waiting for the sugar beet harvest to start in the Red River Valley is like Christmas in a way, East Grand Forks farmer Nick Hagen said. "You know what you've asked for, and you've probably shaken the box a few times," he said Tuesday, Sept. 26, when asked what this year's harvest could yield. "So you sort of have an idea, but until you crack open the box, it's only a good guess."
BISMARCK — Hot Lotto soon will stop selling tickets, North Dakota lottery officials announced Friday, Sept. 29. After poor sales, the game will cease operations in 14 jurisdictions, including North Dakota, according to a news release from the Attorney General's office. The last drawing will be Oct. 28. "All games go through a life cycle," said Ryan Koppy, sales and marketing manager for the the North Dakota Lottery.