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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A tornado watch is in effect for the Red River Valley.
RED LAKE FALLS, Minn.—The journalist who reported Red River Valley counties were undesirable is coming to see the "ugliness" for himself. Christopher Ingraham, a Washington Post writer who ranked Red Lake County as the least desirable place to live in the contiguous United States, told Jason Brumwell, owner of Voyageur's View Campground and Outfitters north of Red Lake Falls, that the newspaper gave the green light for a visit to the northwestern Minnesota county. "We wanted to take the opportunity to invite Chris out here and see if he'll come and check out the worst county in the U.S
Grand Forks-area residents felt the heat Friday, and today is suppose to get even hotter with record-breaking temperatures. After a week of hot and humid weather, temperatures hit 96 degrees on Friday, but the heat index made it feel like a sweltering 101, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
Social media can be like a bad relationship: It's exhausting. Part of a journalist's job these days is to see what people are talking about on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. Think of it as the modern-day coffee shop talk. Yes, I have Facebook and Twitter accounts. When I read a story about a lion being shot in Africa, I didn't think much of it. It was just another story, right? I was very wrong. Cecil the lion became an Internet martyr in a matter of hours.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to keep vital federal dollars flowing to road and highway projects for three more months today, averting a funding cut-off at the peak of the summer construction season. The 91-4 vote on the short-term patch, which the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday, sends the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature. Without the money, the federal Highway Trust Fund would become insolvent on Saturday.
If you thought UND/North Dakota was a unique name, check these mascots out. It’s still the talk of the state. The nickname committee eliminated the option of playing as UND/North Dakota. Public outcry ensued, and President Robert Kelley said he would consider adding it back to the list for the public to vote on. Some say playing as UND/North Dakota means having no identity and that the university needs a mascot.
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.