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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Sears in Grand Forks appears to be closed, leaving Columbia Mall without two anchor tenants. The national retailer posted signs at its 2800 S. Columbia Road store saying it was “closed to the public.” Sears Holdings announced in May it would shutter its Grand Forks location along with more than 60 stores across the nation. The Columbia Mall site was slated to close by this month.
A women’s clothing store is leaving Columbia Mall in Grand Forks. The boutique in the west wing of the 2800 S. Columbia Road shopping center plans to shutter its doors, according to a sign posted in front of the store. It’s unclear exactly when the store will close, but the sign stated it would be soon.
Northwest Minnesota could see temperatures drop into the 30s early Thursday, prompting warnings from the National Weather Service. Meteorologists issued a frost advisory that will last from 4 to 7 a.m. Thursday for Minnesota counties in the Herald's coverage area, including Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods and counties, as well as the west sides of both Polk and Marshall counties. Those areas could see lows between 33 and 36 degrees, according to the advisory.
LANGDON, N.D.—A Langdon Area Public Schools assistant business manager has quit after reportedly making errors in the district's finances, including writing a check to the IRS from the wrong account. Kensi Breyer submitted her resignation Thursday morning to Superintendent Daren Christianson, the school's leader said. She had been the business manager since July 2016, but inaccuracies found in her financial practices has prompted the school to launch an internal investigation, Christianson said.
At any time of the year, about 90 sex offenders live, work or go to school in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Police Cpl. Brian Robbins said his department works hard keeping track of every person who must register as a sex offender by checking up on them, recording up-to-date records of where they live and following up on tips from residents who believe an unregistered offender is living near them. "It's something that we take very seriously," he said. "We put a lot of time and effort into it."
Few things in life last 125 years, but C.L. Linfoot has stood the test of time because of hard work, integrity and dedicated employees, former owner Bill Widman said. "There are not a lot of businesses that can say that," he said of C.L. Linfoot's age. "You get to have 125 years under your belt not by taking advantage of people. You stand behind what you do. Honesty, that is the bottom line."
BADGER, Minn. -- A Roseau, Minn., man will spend 180 days behind bars for his role in a bar fight that escalated to shooting earlier this year in Roseau County.
UND President Mark Kennedy did not violate policy when he fired a professor last year, a Grand Forks judge recently ruled. A lawsuit brought against the university and Kennedy by former professor Frank Cuozzo was dismissed Tuesday. Cuozzo taught biological anthropology at the school for 12 years. He was fired in May 2017 "with cause" after the Standing Committee of Faculty Rights found there was "clear and convincing evidence" to support his termination.
DEVILS LAKE—A detective who fatally shot a Devils Lake man was assaulted by the suspect during the officer-involved shooting, the officer's attorney said Wednesday. "It's a felony in North Dakota to assault a police officer," said Mark Friese, a Fargo attorney who is representing Devils Lake Police Det. Brandon Graham Potts. "It's a tragic circumstance. There is no question about it. But responsibility for this is not, and should not be directed, toward Brandon."
DEVILS LAKE -- Police have released the name of the officer who fatally shot a Devils Lake man in early July. The Devils Lake Police Department identified Detective Brandon Potts as the man who killed 26-year-old Daniel Aaron Fuller during a chase July 5 through the Southview Estates. Chief Joe Knowski said Potts, a 10-year veteran, waived his rights under Marsy’s Law, which was cited as the reason for not releasing the officer’s name.