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Grand Forks to host Trump advisers during North Dakota Petroleum Council meeting

Two advisers to President Donald Trump will be keynote speakers next week in Grand Forks during a meeting focused on the oil industry.

The North Dakota Petroleum Council will meet Sept. 26 through 28 at the Alerus Center for its 36th annual meeting. The three-day event will feature more than 20 panelists and speakers, including Vincent DeVito, counselor on energy policy for the U.S. Department of Interior, and Stephen Moore, a policy adviser for Trump.

“The industry is entering a new era in which domestic energy production will be welcomed as an engine for economic development and enhanced energy security,” NDPC President Ron Ness said in a statement this week. “The oil industry has weathered turbulence in the past few years, but we’ve come out stronger, more efficient and better able to compete in the national and global markets thanks largely to the leadership and ingenuity of the industry leaders that will be presenting at this year’s meeting.”

The conference was held last year in Minot, and the Grand Forks one is expected to attract 350 attendees, according to a news release. Registration for members and government employees costs $250 while nonmembers must pay $500. Students can attend for $25.

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April Baumgarten

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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