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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GRAND FORKS — Dealing with the death of a loved one can be stressful and overwhelming. A person has days to plan a ceremony that will honor a life, all while facing the prospect of saying goodbye for the last time.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A suspected member of a notorious international criminal gang has been arrested in Williston and is being held at the Grand Forks County jail. Border Patrol agents from the Grand Forks Sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested 39-year-old Concepcion Carcamo-Portillo at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, spokesman Kristoffer Grogan confirmed. Numerous tips from concerned citizens led officers to the El Salvador national, Grogan said.
GRAND FORKS — When June Seng and her late husband, Pat, started S&S Transport in 1981, they had two employees and a borrowed semi. Pat drove truck for another company. June worked as an accountant for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. by day and ran the trucking company at night. "We started on a shoestring," she said of the early days. "We started from scratch."
GRAND FORKS - A Burger King in north Grand Forks is closed for construction after an apparent structural failure. The business at 3765 Gateway Drive is "closed during construction," according to signs posted at the restaurant. It appears several boards and tiles from a false ceiling have collapsed in the playground area, but it's unclear when or how the incident happened.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — National Guard soldiers who were based in Devils Lake have returned to the U.S. from a mission in Afghanistan. About 60 Guard members from the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion arrived Friday, Nov. 10 in the U.S. after a 10-month deployment to a combat zone in Asia, according to a news release. The battalion was sent to Afghanistan to provide command and control structure for logistical units. No one from the unit was injured during the operation, according to the North Dakota National Guard's public affairs office
GRAND FORKS — Red River Valley potato producers had a strong start to the shipping season this year despite a lack of available truckers. But the trucking shortage likely won't improve as the holidays approach, industry leaders said.
GRAND FORKS — Doors could open for North Dakota's unmanned aircraft industry, thanks to a federal pilot program allowing local governments to partner with others in the industry. But the state will have to prove it is the place to test drone integration if it wants to be one of the few successful candidates, the state's U.S. senators said Friday, Nov. 10.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have announced an upcoming concert in Grand Forks. The country music stars will perform July 10 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena as part of a 25-city tour, according to a news release. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Nov. 17, but American Express Card members will be able to purchase the tickets early, beginning 10 a.m. Friday, according to the release.
BISMARCK—The U.S. Census Bureau will start its decennial count in 2½ years, and North Dakota officials are encouraging communities to sign up for a federal program that will help create an accurate picture of who lives where. But some are concerned rural and tribal populations will not get the recognition they deserve. "I was going through the data on Census 2010, and more rural areas have had a lower response rate to the census," said Kevin Iverson, Census Office manager and procurement manager for the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—A Grand Forks-based dry bean processing company will store its stock in a Devils Lake industrial building that housed two failed biodegradable products businesses. But leaders there said they want to attract a more permanent tenant that will create economic growth.