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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EAST GRAND FORKS—Red River Valley farmers are optimistic about getting crops in the ground after cold and wet conditions delayed them from hitting the fields earlier this spring. Producers started planting crops this weekend in northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota, taking advantage of mild temperatures and drier conditions. Chad Thorson of rural East Grand Forks started Friday, April 27, and will plant soybeans, sugar beets, wheat and edible beans this season.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — The future is bright for the solar sector in Minnesota, state and industry leaders said this week. Minnesota boasted 4,256 solar jobs in 2017, a 48 percent increase from 2016, according to the National Solar Jobs Census. The eighth annual report from the Solar Foundation ranked Minnesota 16th for job growth, Gov. Mark Dayton's office said in a email last week.
Bitcoin's popularity is on the rise, and with it skepticism and excitement have mounted for the digital currency. Its value against the U.S. dollar has exploded in recent months. One bitcoin was worth about $780 a year ago today, but is now worth about $17,700. The currency finished its first week of trading with gains of about 17 percent as of Friday morning. The sudden surge comes after a decade of testing and exploring technology that can utilize bitcoin and other digital currencies, said Daniel Schott, an educational advocate for the North Dakota Blockchain Group.
A snow system could bring 3 to 6 inches to eastern North Dakota Wednesday, but heavier amounts are expected to stay in the central and northeast parts of the state, meteorologists said. The periods of snow forecast to hit the region Wednesday morning and evening could impact travel in most of eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, according to a special weather statement issued Tuesday morning by the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
Country star Dwight Yoakam will bring his "Guitars, Cadillacs" to Grand Forks. Yoakam will perform March 11 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, according to a news release. The artist who has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide will perform with Brandy Clark, who has written songs for The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves. "Guitars, Cadillacs" was Yoakam's debut recording single, but he has recorded numerous other singles, including "Honky Tonk Man," "Suspicious Man" and "Streets of Bakersfield."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A Detroit Lakes teenager has been found after he went missing three months ago, but there are few details on what happened to him. Parker Eastman, 15, was located Friday afternoon in California, Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd said in a phone interview with Forum News Service. “We know he’s safe and he’s in a safe place right now,” Todd said. “We’re thankful that he is OK.”
The Department of Commerce's recent analysis that an Enbridge pipeline project is unnecessary defies common sense, northwest Minnesota legislators said this week. The state agency recommended that Canadian pipeline company Enbridge not be given permission to build its Line 3 oil pipeline, which would replace a decades-old pipeline that ships oil from Alberta to Superior, Wis. The 1,000-mile project and old line both cross several Minnesota counties.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota and Minnesota are adding more clean energy jobs, according to a report released earlier this week. Minnesota added almost 2,900 clean energy jobs from 2015 to 2016, bringing its total to 57,351, according to a news release from Gov. Mark Dayton's office. The 5.3 percent growth meant clean energy jobs grew 3.8 times faster than overall jobs in the state, or about 2 percent of the state's workforce, according to the Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs, the group behind the annual study.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Darianne Johnson and her staff look back at the women who have come through the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center in Dickinson and realize some of their clients were human trafficking victims. But at the height of the oil boom, most people didn't know or suspect trafficking could come to North Dakota. They thought the women were likely just prostitutes.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Residents in Traill County are the healthiest people in North Dakota, according to a University of Wisconsin study. The report released Wednesday by the Population Health Institute in Madison, Wis., determined Traill County had the best health outcomes in the state. The report, which has been published annually for eight years, ranks counties in their respective states.