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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A Delaware company plans to develop part of the former Minnkota Power Cooperative headquarters into a data center for blockchain technology. Minnkota has sold a portion of its 1822 Mill Road property to HGLC New Age Enterprise, which plans to install infrastructure that will allow it to "conduct data mining or facilitate blockchain technology," according to a news release from the company. Nodak Electric Cooperative of Grand Forks will provide power to HGLC. The building will mostly be used to house computer servers.
Two Grand Forks sisters who have been accused of giving a man a fentanyl patch that caused his death are expected to plead guilty to federal charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Fargo filed cases against Holly Dawn Soeby, 37, and Kelly Jo Nelsrud, 40, on Monday. Each face a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance resulting in serious bodily injury to and the death of a person referred to as "M.J." on Jan. 17, according to charging documents filed in federal court.
MOORHEAD—A rural McIntosh, Minn., man who killed his mother and shot his brother at the family's home in 1999 is out of prison. William Hughes Knight, 70, was released Wednesday from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, Minn., after serving almost 19 years of his sentence, which was handed down July 19, 1999, in Polk County District Court. He was ordered to serve 28 years and 10 months in prison but was eligible for supervised release after serving two-thirds of his sentence.
MIDDLE RIVER, Minn.—A rural school will close this summer after serving a small Marshall County community for nearly 70 years. The Greenbush Middle River School Board voted 5-2 Monday night to close the Middle River School by the end of the school year in June. The last day of classes is May 24, and all of next year's students will attend the school in Greenbush, Minn.
A Grand Forks man has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman and saying he would "slit her throat" if she didn't stop resisting on the Greenway, police said in court documents. David Scott Peterson, 58, was formally charged Monday in Grand Forks District Court with a Class AA felony of gross sexual imposition, a Class C felony of terrorizing and a Class A misdemeanor charge of ingesting a controlled substance. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
LENGBY, Minn. -- The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating why a Grand Rapids, Minn., school bus driver lost control of the vehicle before a Monday morning rollover sent him, a dozen students and a teacher to hospitals in northwest Minnesota.
BISMARCK—Two U.S. House candidates from North Dakota faced off for the first time in a debate when they met this weekend in Bismarck. Republican Kelly Armstrong of Dickinson and Democrat Mac Schneider took to the podiums Saturday in Bismarck as member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association asked the contenders various questions. Armstrong focused on the theme of limiting federal government and giving more control to local governing bodies. That was evident when asked how to keep children in schools safe amid mass shootings in the U.S.
BISMARCK—The two party-endorsed candidates in North Dakota's House race will meet in a debate hosted by the North Dakota Newspaper Association Saturday. The NDNA will host the debate this morning at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck featuring Republican Kelly Armstrong and Democrat Mac Schneider. The two candidates seeking North Dakota's lone House seat were endorsed by their respective parties.
A dog day care and boarding facility could be coming to the Near North Neighborhood in Grand Forks, but nearby residents are not happy about being neighbors with 60 canines. Residents voiced their concerns Wednesday to the City Planning and Zoning Commission regarding a proposal for Petopia Pet Daycare to open a facility for boarding and taking care of dogs at 920 N. Third St., the former location of a Simonson's Lumber warehouse. The commission voted 8-2 to give the proposal preliminary approval.
A former UND hockey standout has bought land near his Grand Forks home, effectively blocking plans to build apartment buildings next to his neighborhood. Brandon Bochenski told the Herald Wednesday he and his wife, Jenny, reached an agreement with Deacon's Development this week to buy 19 acres of land near South Washington Street and 62nd Avenue South. The Hampton Corp. of Grand Forks proposed building six 24-unit apartment buildings on the property, but those plans were withdrawn Wednesday morning in light of the purchase agreement, City Planner Brad Gengler said.