April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises 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 a 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--Fargo doesn't look much like Athens, but a recent report calls North Dakota the American version of Greece, the debt-addled Mediterranean nation. Out of all the U.S. states, North Dakota, according to a report from CNBC, is the worst leech on the federal government. From 2011 to 2014, it took in an annual average of $31.4 billion in federal spending while paying far less -- $6.4 billion -- in federal taxes.
Don’t you just love getting new toys? Something new to play with and to help you get into trouble? Maybe something to make your dating life a little more interesting? A few months ago I upgrade from an iPhone 4s to an iPhone 5s. It may seem like the only difference is a number, but I can assure you it was a needed improvement. I couldn’t take photos with my old phone, which for a photographer is like being stabbed when you don’t have your DSLR on hand. In fact, the woman who took my phone was surprised it still worked. It’s amazing what a phone can do these days.
It took a lot of patience and work to get the Cooper's hawk to attack the owl that threatened her nest in a Grand Forks neighborhood, but she finally stooped down on her target. The owl was fake, placed behind a net to ensnare the elusive bird. Raptor expert Tim Driscoll, along with 20 curious onlookers, waited more than an hour on for the hawk to fly down from her tree. "This is the hardest I've worked on a bird all year," Driscoll said as he used a remote to play bird sounds. But spending the afternoon on Independence Day was worth it for the crowd.
I sometimes jump into certain projects too fast, but I promise it isn't because I'm spontaneous. OK, that was a lie. What I mean to say is I love to try new things, meaning I get ahead of myself. I'm sure you were wondering who this girl was, the one who appeared out of the blue to write about bras a month ago. Yep, that was me, and I'm not just a random person. Let me start over. I'm April Baumgarten, and I'm your Grand Forks Herald news editor.
If it seemed like Grand Forks was smokier than normal, you would be right. Smoke from fires in northwestern Canada has found its way into the Midwest, particularly eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota.
Voters should be concerned about his spelling of mentally (METALLY) and homosexuals (homisexuals). We all make mistakes, but keep in mind this man is making decisions on subjects that he...
A large wall of thick, rotating clouds moved over the Midwest Saturday afternoon, with tornadoes and funnel clouds appearing across the region.
There are two capitals in Minnesota — for craft beer, that is. Maybe some tasters should decide. Duluth and St. Paul are knocking glasses, with leaders claiming the title belongs in their respective cities. The feud started brewing when a billboard in West Duluth recently went up. The sign had a cold cup of Summit beer with the words #MYSAINTPAUL, Minnesota’s Craft Capital. That didn’t sit too well with Duluth Mayor Don Ness, who two years earlier claimed the title of “craft beer capital of Minnesota” for his city. “Don’t get me wrong,” Ness said. “St.
When the lights went out on a dark night last year in Dickinson, I was surprised that all hell didn’t break loose. Sure, there was some confusion at the traffic lights, especially whenever I met a patrol car. But everything, for the most part, carried on as usual. It was just very dark. Almost two-thirds of Dickinson lost its power a year ago (at 10:20 p.m. Mountain Time on June 18, 2014), making it a very dark and eerie place. I called one of my friends to see if she had power.
If bras are so offensive and demeaning to women, then why do they even exist? North Dakota is known for having giant everythings, from a holstein to turtles and even a bat (from baseball, not a cave). So it came as no surprise when I found out Grand Forks had a giant of its own—a 14-foot tall pink, metal bra with white polka dots at Tim Shea's Nursery and Landscaping. I could only laugh as I thought of the sight. The piece of art, named "Gaining Support," has caught a lot of attention, most of it positive, nursery owner Tim Shea said.