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 — Dealing with the death of a loved one can be stressful and overwhelming. A person has days to plan a ceremony that will honor a life, all while facing the prospect of saying goodbye for the last time.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A suspected member of a notorious international criminal gang has been arrested in Williston and is being held at the Grand Forks County jail. Border Patrol agents from the Grand Forks Sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested 39-year-old Concepcion Carcamo-Portillo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, spokesman Kristoffer Grogan confirmed. Numerous tips from concerned citizens led officers to the El Salvador national, Grogan said.
GRAND FORKS — When June Seng and her late husband, Pat, started S&S Transport in 1981, they had two employees and a borrowed semi. Pat drove truck for another company. June worked as an accountant for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. by day and ran the trucking company at night. "We started on a shoestring," she said of the early days. "We started from scratch."
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota and Minnesota producers are forecast to grow more sugar beets and potatoes than last year, but soybean and corn crops are expected to be down, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
GRAND FORKS - A Burger King in north Grand Forks is closed for construction after an apparent structural failure. The business at 3765 Gateway Drive is "closed during construction," according to signs posted at the restaurant. It appears several boards and tiles from a false ceiling have collapsed in the playground area, but it's unclear when or how the incident happened.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — National Guard soldiers who were based in Devils Lake have returned to the U.S. from a mission in Afghanistan. About 60 Guard members from the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion arrived Friday, Nov. 10 in the U.S. after a 10-month deployment to a combat zone in Asia, according to a news release. The battalion was sent to Afghanistan to provide command and control structure for logistical units. No one from the unit was injured during the operation, according to the North Dakota National Guard's public affairs office
GRAND FORKS — Red River Valley potato producers had a strong start to the shipping season this year despite a lack of available truckers. But the trucking shortage likely won't improve as the holidays approach, industry leaders said.
GRAND FORKS — Doors could open for North Dakota's unmanned aircraft industry, thanks to a federal pilot program allowing local governments to partner with others in the industry. But the state will have to prove it is the place to test drone integration if it wants to be one of the few successful candidates, the state's U.S. senators said Friday, Nov. 10.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — When southbound travelers on U.S. Highway 59 drive into Thief River Falls, one of the first things they see is Petro Pumper. The gas station sits at the mouth of the traffic collector that eventually feeds into the port of entry to Canada near Lancaster, Minn.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has asked a federal agency to not reduce border crossing hours at Lancaster and Roseau, saying it would "cause significant health, safety, and economic harm" to Minnesotans in those areas. Dayton strongly opposed the move by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to cut back hours at the two Minnesota ports, the governor wrote Tuesday, Nov. 7, in a letter to CBP Director Jason Schmelz. The agency proposed moving up the closing time at Roseau from midnight to 8 p.m. and moving Lancaster's closing time from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m.