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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LANCASTER, Minn. — A decision to reduce hours at the Lancaster and Roseau ports of entry puts federal convenience ahead of the needs of the people, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday, Dec. 13. Beginning Jan. 7, Roseau's port will close at 8 p.m instead of midnight, according to a Tuesday news release issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Lancaster, which is open until 10 p.m., will close at 6 p.m. in the winter and 8 p.m. in the summer. The decision was rooted in a strategy to realign resources to other ports with more traffic.
It's hard to imagine what a 1 million-square-foot facility looks like. Imagine if the Metrodome were built in Thief River Falls instead of Minneapolis. The 900,000-square-foot stadium that was once home to the Twins and Vikings is about 100,000 square feet smaller than Digi-Key Electronics' expansion in Thief River Falls.
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."
A Washington Post reporter who moved to a Minnesota county he once called "the absolute worst place to live in America" has helped the population grow by one. Christopher Ingraham, a politics, drug policy and data journalist, told the Herald he and his wife, Briana, were having a baby in June, but William Jeffrey Sean Ingraham came six weeks early at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, according to the reporter's Facebook page.
Republicans in the congressional district that represents western Minnesota are seeing a backlash from a Facebook post calling Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the state's "Head Muslim Goat Humper." The post, which was taken down shortly after it was posted Monday to the Minnesota 7th District Republican Party's Facebook page, said U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., "has been sliding up to Minnesota's Head Muslim Goat Humper, Keith Ellison. Heck, they're now hunting buddies." The post went on to ask if Muslim refugees were coming to western Minnesota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The buffer strip law in Minnesota has been a hot topic, but what exactly is it, why has it been so contentious and what's going on at the state and local level? Here is a guide to the controversial law. Q. What does the buffer strip law do?
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Residents in Traill County are the healthiest people in North Dakota, according to a University of Wisconsin study. The report released Wednesday by the Population Health Institute in Madison, Wis., determined Traill County had the best health outcomes in the state. The report, which has been published annually for eight years, ranks counties in their respective states.
WARROAD, Minn. — Readers picking up the Tuesday edition of the Warroad Pioneer didn't have much to read on its front page, but the weekly publication found an unusual way to say why its community and local newspapers are important to each other. The front page of the 115-year-old newspaper was blank with the exception of its nameplate, a banner ad and a paragraph explaining how community newspapers keep locals aware of news, using the words "Without you, there is no newspaper!"
GRAND FORKS—A Crookston, Minn., woman will spend more than three years behind bars after police found in her bra heroin she intended to sell. Cynthia Esquivel, 45, was sentenced Monday, March 13, in Grand Forks District Court for possessing heroin with intent to manufacture or deliver, a Class A felony. The charge stems from a July 7 arrest at the Grand Forks Inn, according to court documents.
FARGO — Attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., the man on death row for the murder of Dru Sjodin, claim prosecutors presented false testimony against the convicted man, arguing test results presented by a medical examiner did not prove she was raped.