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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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Bipartisan legislation is the only way Congress will be able to pass a law that will keep guns and explosives out of the hands of terrorists, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Tuesday. But the proposal she supports faces opposition from lawmakers who say it could violate a citizen's right to due process.
GILBY, N.D.—Janice Stowe has heard almost 50 years of stories from her customers, but she'll never tell. "I could write a book, but then I better leave right away," she said as she permed Ruby Roy's hair Wednesday. Roy, who lives in Minto, N.D., has had her hair permed by Stowe twice a year for many years. "She does good," she said. "She's the best one." "You get a free do today," Stowe said with a laugh.
UND announced Thursday Paul Lindseth would lead the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, two months after a search committee named him the sole finalist for the job. Lindseth, who has served as an associate dean of academics for the school since 1999, will replace Bruce Smith, who had served as the aerospace school's dean for 15 years.
GRAFTON, N.D.—A program meant to encourage people to help children learn how to manage a garden and help others has taken root in Grafton. The Seeds Crew of Girl Scout Troop 20013 have planted seeds as part of Seeds-2-Save, a project initiated by Nanci Wilson, a member service manager at North Star Community Credit Union in Grafton. Multiple businesses in the area have donated land and supplies to help the project blossom.
It appears there will be new faces on the Grand Forks Public School Board, but incomplete results Tuesday night did not show who they would be. With 18 of 22 precincts reporting as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Katie Dachtler was winning the race for an unexpired two-year term with 1,263 votes, or 31.6 percent. Tim Lamb had about 29.8 percent (1,193 votes), Linda Jenkins had 28.2 percent (1,129) and Roland Riemers got 9.9 percent (398). There were 16 write-ins for a total of 3,999.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—The Mayville Public Library hasn't had a mill increase for almost three decades, but amid increasing costs, supporters hope enough voters will say "yes" to a five-mill increase Tuesday. The city measure, which will need 60 percent of the vote to pass, would mean residents would pay an extra 22 cents per $1,000 of their home value. Those who own a home worth $100,000 would see a yearly increase of $22 on their city tax bill.
LANGDON, N.D.—Langdon may look into building an $11.6 million water treatment plant if residents vote down a measure that would allow the city to purchase water from the Northeast Regional Water District. Residents will head to the polls Tuesdays to vote on a measure that would allow the city to join the Water District's project, which would ship water via pipeline from the Devils Lake water treatment plant to the Langdon area and the western side of the Water District's service area, which covers Cavalier County and parts of Towner, Ramsey and Walsh counties.
ORLANDO—For Christina Grimmie, her fans were everything. The 22-year-old singer did everything possible to interact with her fans as much as possible, including sometimes taking time out of her nights to Skype with them. "Watching her do that was an inspiration to me and sort of a lesson of how to do that, how to give back to your fans that you are doing this for," singer and close friend Kat Perkins said. "We can't do what we do in our business without the fans."
LANGDON, N.D.—Some U.S. citizens will get a chance to see what it takes to be a border agent. Beginning June 21, the Pembina Border Patrol Station will host a Citizen's Academy one day a week for five weeks in Langdon. Though Citizen's Academies are not new to U.S. Customs and Border Protections, it is for the Pembina Station.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—The happiest day of Jennifer Karboviak's life was the day she got to walk down the aisle to join her husband, Rick. "Look at her face," her mother, Deb Retting, said as she looked at a photo of Rick holding Jennifer on their wedding day as Jennifer looked to the heavens. "She's just beaming." Rick and Jennifer, who met 1½ years earlier and married last Saturday, spent three days together. She died, unexpectedly, on Tuesday at age 27.