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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It's been a challenging year for farmers in the Red River Valley, but despite the low commodity prices and onslaught of damaging weather, those who pulled in their crops may be pleasantly surprised by their harvest.
Warmer-than-normal temperatures and a few record highs gave Grand Forks its warmest November on the books last month, but winter is on the way. Grand Forks had a monthly average of 40.8 degrees, or 14.7 degrees above normal, according to a monthly weather summary report from the National Weather Service. The warmest day was Nov. 4, when the thermometer hit 73 degrees, much higher than the normal high of 34 and only slightly below the all-time November high of 75, which was set Nov. 5, 1975.
UND energy researchers will receive $10 million in federal grants for two major studies for capturing carbon dioxide. The Energy and Environmental Research Center on UND's campus was awarded an $8.8 million grant to determine the feasibility of developing a commercial-scale storage complex for carbon dioxide in central North Dakota, its congressional delegation announced Wednesday.
A bill U.S. lawmakers hope will help identify threats and challenges facing federal agents at the northern border is going to President Barack Obama's desk. The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Northern Border Security Review Act on Tuesday without objection, meaning there were no changes to the bill. Obama has 10 days from when the bill was passed by Congress to decide whether he will sign the bill into law, but Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., expects the president will put his signature on the document.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—There will be no probe into a Pennington County sheriff's deputy's claim police told him to exclude the fact that "Pokemon Go" was open on the phone of a teenage bicyclist hit and killed by a truck in Thief River Falls.
PEMBINA, N.D.—More vehicles came from Canada into North Dakota in September and October than last year's counts from those months, but the fiscal year ended with a 12 percent decrease in traffic compared with the previous year. The Pembina Port of Entry counted 45,600 automobiles in September crossing the northern border into the U.S., up from 43,869 in September 2015. October's numbers also exceeded the month's 2015 counts, increasing from 43,147 vehicles last year to 44,553 last month.
Though only in its second year, organizers of the Holly Dazzle Festival of Lights say it has the potential to become a longstanding tradition in the Grand Forks area. Hundreds of residents flocked Sunday to Grand Forks' and East Grand Forks' downtowns for the winter event, which featured an array of activities, from horse-drawn carriage rides to a parade and fireworks that rounded out the night.
A UND faculty member is on a watchlist meant to catalog professors who promote "anti-American values" for his writing on open-carry activists, according to the list's founders.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is calling on the federal government to take the lead in closing Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps on federal land. Dalrymple said in a news release issued Saturday the camps on U.S. Army Corps of Engineer land should be closed to protesters due to ongoing safety concerns and serious health risk to those camping in sub-freezing weather.
CASTLE ROCK, Colo.—A Grand Forks native was killed in the line of duty after a semi hit the Colorado State trooper Friday near Denver. Trooper Cody Donahue, an 11-year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol, was responding to a crash at 2 p.m. on Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock when he was hit and killed by a passing semi driven by Noe Gamez-Ruiz, 41, of Denver, according to media reports. Donahue was outside his car at the time of the crash.