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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Attorneys for a nonprofit housing company that serves people with disabilities want to dismiss several counts of a lawsuit claiming the organization tried to cover up an alleged sexual assault involving two of its clients.
Shoppers in Grand Forks have the greatest opportunity to earn rewards in North Dakota, according to a study from a financial technology company. Grand Forks earned the top spot from SmartAsset for reward shopping in the state, beating out Bismarck in second and third-place Fargo. Devils Lake took 10th.
Patients of Altru Clinic in Crookston will have access to a CT scanner and other services as an $11 million expansion continues. The Grand Forks-based health care provider announced this week it would install a GE 64-slice Revolution EVO computed tomography scanner at the Crookston clinic. Also called a CT scanner, computed tomography previously wasn’t available at the clinic in Polk County, Altru spokeswoman Sally Grosgebauer wrote in an email to the Herald.
A Minneapolis-based company that provides internet, cable and other networking services to the Grand Forks region has acquired a fixed wireless internet provider in Warren, Minn. Midco announced Thursday it had acquired InvisiMax, which serves more than 4,000 customers in the Fargo and Grand Forks areas, according to a news release. “We want to help solve the digital divide in rural America, and this acquisition is a cost effective
When Grand Forks Judge Jon Jensen was appointed to the North Dakota Supreme Court last year, Jay Knudson jumped at the opportunity to get back on the bench and succeed the Northeast Central District judge. As a former judicial referee and attorney with a decade of experience, Knudson became one of North Dakota's newest district judges in December. Though he didn't grow up with the goal of being a judge—his primary goal was to be a good attorney—he felt judges he appeared before did a good job. So he wanted to strive for that as well.
The state's attorney in Grand Forks County will retire this year after practicing nearly four decades of law. David Jones told the Herald Friday he will finish out his term in office, but the 64-year-old will not run for re-election. "I'm into my 39th year of the practicing of law and have hit that certain stage where it looks like it makes sense," Jones said of retiring. "I think it's time, and I think it's time for somebody else to take over."
Residents were shocked when they heard someone had walked into a Grand Forks church Sunday morning to pickpocket worshippers' coats. But it wasn't the first time it had happened in the city. The reported theft at St. Mark's Lutheran Church was similar to the one caught on camera last spring at Immanuel Lutheran Church, about five blocks away. "As they are walking by, they are tapping on all of the coats to see if anything is in there," the Rev. Daniel Voth said of video showing the culprit walking down Immanuel's hallway.
Grand Forks' weather in January turned out to be pretty normal despite several cold snaps, but February likely will bring shivering temperatures and two chances of snow this weekend. The average high temperature last month in Grand Forks was 18.4 degrees, almost 2 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service. The average low was 1.7 degrees, about 4 degrees above normal. Precipitation also was close to the normal value of a half-inch while snowfall measured 9.3 inches, about a half-inch below normal, the weather service said.
WARWICK, N.D.—Warwick Public Schools has suspended three basketball coaches as it looks into a reported sexual assault allegedly involving students last month in Bismarck. The incident, which reportedly happened Jan. 5 during a boys' basketball trip to Bismarck, allegedly included students leaving their hotel room and "engaging in inappropriate behaviors," according to documents obtained Thursday by the Herald. Superintendent Dean Dauphinais confirmed the school is investigating the alleged sexual assault and whether students violated school policy.
LAKOTA, N.D.—A former Lakota Ambulance Service employee accused of embezzling more than $31,000 won't face jail time if she pays some restitution and follows certain conditions. Tamra Dee Bulik was scheduled to go to trial this week for multiple counts of forgery, but she signed a pretrial diversion agreement Thursday that orders her to pay about $8,500. The first $5,000 must be paid by Feb. 9 with $200 monthly installments to follow beginning in March. If she does that and does not commit any felony or misdemeanor crimes, the 24 charges she faces will be dismissed.