April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten 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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FARGO—A baby bison in Jamestown has been named in honor of a popular Twitter personality who symbolically adopted another buffalo to celebrate Iowa's loss to North Dakota State University's football team. The National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown, N.D., announced Tuesday that Carl the buffalo was born April 11. The American bison was named after Twitter user Fake Bo Pelini, the personality who symbolically adopted a bison for $20 through the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife shortly after the NDSU Bison defeated the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 23-21 in September.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Why not have a place where customers can enjoy a glass of wine while shopping for one-of-a-kind items? That's what Cyndy Sitar had in mind when she opened a boutique/wine bar in Harvey, N.D. Now the businesswoman has moved on to Devils Lake, where she opened Rue 54 in March. "I just felt like there was a need for a unique shop in Devils Lake," she said. "The goal was to have a unique boutique for shoppers and then offer some relaxation with wine or coffee."
BUXTON, N.D. — Alumni for a Traill County school that joins another district for sports don't want the co-op's logo to appear on their alma mater's gym floor. Their voices were loud enough to prompt the Central Valley School Board to vote unanimously to repaint its floor, without the Burros logo that was approved last summer by board members from Central Valley and Hillsboro, N.D.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A former Devils Lake care provider claims her firing from a youth care facility in Devils Lake was retaliation after she reported another caregiver's alleged "cruel conduct" toward at-risk children.
GRAND FORKS -- Gas prices in North Dakota are at a 17-month high. The average price of gas Sunday in North Dakota was $2.35 per gallon, according to AAA. The last time North Dakota prices hit that mark was in November 2015, though Sunday’s prices are far behind the all-time North Dakota high average of $4.24, which was set May 22, 2013.
FARGO — A letter signed a group of North Dakota State University faculty members warned proposed budget cuts aimed at higher education in the state could have "long-lasting, perhaps irreversible" impacts. Nine NDSU distinguished professors signed the letter as legislators discuss a 22 percent cut for university system schools for the 2017-19 biennium. The letter was sent via email by Dr. Lawrence Reynolds, a distinguished professor of animal sciences.at NDSU, to various media members Saturday, April 15.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—Evaluations for two suspended Devils Lake police leaders do little to confirm complaints about their performance, with most comments being positive. Some of Chief Keith Schroeder's evaluations are either incomplete or missing, however, and Capt. Jon Barnett's files note him falling asleep and a call for an improvement in his productivity.
GRAND FORKS — A filmmaker from California is making a documentary on fentanyl that will feature stories and shots from the Red River Valley. Derek Knowles of Los Angeles will bring a film crew next week to Grand Forks, he said. The documentary will focus on how the internet has impacted the fentanyl and opioid epidemic. He will be in the area Sunday,j April 16, through Wednesday.
GRAND FORKS — An analytic fuel price company fears a U.S. missile attack on Syria could make oil prices, and possibly prices at the pump, climb sharply. But it's too soon to say how the military action will affect North Dakota crude production. From a Navy vessel in the Mediterranean, the U.S. launched more than 50 Tomahawk missiles Thursday, April 6, at the Al Shayrat Airfield, the base from where chemical weapons were launched, killing more than 80 people. The U.S. and others have blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad and his government for the chemical attack.
MEDORA, N.D.—The 2017 cast of the "Medora Musical" will include six North Dakotans, including a returning singer from Grand Forks and a former Bismarck mayor who fought aggressive throat cancer. Grand Forks native Misti Koop will return for her fifth year as a Burning Hills Singer this summer during the historic musical in Medora, according to a news release. She will join nine other Burning Hills Singers, including two new cast members, Alyssa Scott of Fargo and Taylor Leet of Bismarck, as well as four-year co-star Damon Fichter of Dickinson.