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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Background checks for buying guns has dropped off in recent months, but firearms advocates say sales are strong compared with previous years and the decline in background checks is slower in rural states like North Dakota. Gun dealers across the country ran roughly 1.74 million background checks in July, about 160,000 fewer than in June and more than 450,000 less than July 2016, according to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
FARGO -- A Fargo Democrat will run for North Dakota’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Former state Rep. Ben Hanson made the announcement early Wednesday morning, Aug. 16. The commercial broker for Archer Real Estate Services in Fargo is campaigning for a seat held by U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who was first elected to the House in 2012. Cramer, a Republican and early supporter of President Donald Trump, has yet to announce whether he will run for a fourth two-year term.
GRAND FORKS — Experts say an upcoming conference that attracts hundreds in the unmanned aircraft sector in Grand Forks will focus more on how all industries can use the technology, with a European company slated to unveil a commercial U.S. product.
FARGO The parent company of Applebee's and IHOP may close 160 restaurants this fiscal year as profits decline. DineEquity revised its forecast of closures for its two national restaurant chains, saying Thursday it could close between 105 and 135 Applebee's and 20 to 25 IHOPs, according to a news release highlighting its second quarter fiscal reports. The release did not name the restaurants expected to close this year, but the revised numbers for closures are up from the previous forecast of 58 to 78 stores.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Mike Hergert has lived by one golden rule when it comes to radio: be accurate and treat others the way you want to be treated. "You only get one chance to get it on the air right," he said. "There is no excuse for not getting it right." But when he started the Red River Farm Network more than 20 years ago, he and his colleagues had a motto: reporting agriculture's business. "We really focus on business, what we call pocketbook issues," he said. "We really try to report the important stories that we think will affect the pocketbooks of farmers."
GRAND FORKS -- Police are investigating a reported assault in north Grand Forks that left a man with a stomach wound. Officers responded at 3:39 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, to the 700 block of North 42nd Street, where they found a victim who claimed to be assaulted by a black man wearing a white shirt and white baseball cap, according to a new release. The victim, who was taken to Altru Hospital, had a puncture wound to his stomach but didn’t remember how it happened, the release stated. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived.
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.
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.