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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Karen Thingelstad calls Minnkota Power Cooperative's new headquarters in Grand Forks enlightening, literally. "There is so much natural light that comes into this building compared to our other one," the vice president and chief financial officer for the nonprofit electric generation and transmission cooperative said.
The Red Pepper will open a branch in part of the Wild Hog Smokehouse Bar and Grill in Grand Forks, bringing with it a new menu for the south-end restaurant. Construction on a separation wall in the Wild Hog building at 4401 S. Washington St. began Monday. The Red Pepper will bring its classic menu to the new store, co-owner Jeff Tellmann said Tuesday.
Del's Cafe has closed after serving hungry customers at the Grand Cities Mall for nearly five decades. The Grand Forks eatery at 1828 S. Washington St. served its final dishes this weekend before closing for good on Monday, co-owner Laura Hanson said. "It's a lot of work, and the traffic out here isn't what it used to be," she said. "That's a big push there.
A man faces multiple charges in relation to an investigation of shots fired in Grand Forks. Salvador Hernandez, 26, was arrested Sunday evening after police responded at 6:29 p.m. to the 1100 block of North 55th Street for a report of two gun shots fired inside a residence, according to a news release. No one was injured and the suspect was apprehended without incident, police said.
Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the North Dakota Democratic-NPL State Convention next month in Grand Forks, a move to support U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's bid for re-election in what likely will be a highly contested race. Biden will be the keynote speaker March 17 at the Alerus Center, the North Dakota Democratic Party confirmed to the Herald on Sunday. The state convention will be held March 15-18, when delegates will endorse candidates in state and national races for the 2018 election.
A long list of potential funding cuts proposed by President Donald Trump could target programs that serve North Dakotans and Minnesotans, Congress members said this week. But the U.S. lawmakers don't think the president's budget—at least in its entirety—will fly in Congress. Trump called for $4.4 trillion in spending for 2019, a 10 percent increase from government spending in 2017, according to a report in the Washington Post. Still, multiple agencies face cuts while others could see boosts in funding.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol likely will roll out its black vehicles in the coming weeks as it begins its transition from white. The state law enforcement agency received in recent weeks a shipment of 38 black vehicles, Capt. Tom Iverson said Monday. The automobiles need to be outfitted with equipment before they can be used in patrols, but they could hit the road in two to three weeks, Iverson said.
FORT TOTTEN, N.D.—A partnership that will create the Spirit Lake Nation's first residential substance abuse treatment center is one step in making sure the tribe's future generations have a healthier future, officials said Friday. Leaders with Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) and the nonprofit United Health Foundation announced in Fort Totten it would use a $1.2 million grant to renovate the Spirit Lake Recovery and Wellness center into a 15-bed residential substance abuse treatment center. Renovations should be completed in about 10 months, United Health said.
A motel along Grand Forks’ Washington Street corridor has closed for renovations. A sign posted on the door of the Travelodge Grand Forks at 2100 S. Washington St. says the building is closed “until further notice.” A message left by the Herald on the hotel’s answering machine was not returned by press time.
Drivers in the U.S. and North Dakota saw the first drop in gas prices this week since the beginning of the year, but economists warned consumers not to get used to the downward slump. North Dakota’s average as of Sunday was $2.64 per gallon, or 1.3 cents less than the previous week, according to GasBuddy.com. Prices have stayed steady throughout the week, with AAA reporting the same price as of Thursday. That’s about 35 cents higher than a year ago, according to AAA.