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 — This season's flu is on pace to hit four times as many people it did last year, with health officials hoping it will peak soon. National experts say this year could be the country's worst in nearly a decade, according to the Washington Post.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A Grand Forks man charged with attempted murder in a convenience store shooting last summer has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. Jody Christopher Bergland Jr., was sentenced Tuesday, Jan.16, in Grand Forks District Court to five years in prison for aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony. He initially was charged with a Class A felony count of attempted murder and reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, but the plea agreement downgraded the more serious charge.
Northeast North Dakota and several counties in northwest Minnesota are under a no travel advisory, with high wind gusts, blowing snow and frigid temperatures causing dangerous conditions. “Intermittent whiteout conditions” persist Monday morning in the north Red River Valley, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks said. A band of light snow likely will bring less than an inch of snow, but winds are gusting up to 35 mph, the weather service said.
GRAND FORKS — 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 more than $1,760. The currency finished its first week of trading with gains of about 17 percent as of Friday morning, Dec. 15.
GRAND FORKS — Leaders with Altru Health System said they would like to build a planned $250 million hospital at the current Grand Forks campus, but executives are not ruling out off-campus locations. "By far, the preference would be to be on this campus," Altru Chief Strategy Officer Dennis Reisnour said Thursday, Dec. 7, during an interview. "We're working to figure out how we can do that."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Customers who wait until the last minute to get a Christmas tree may not have much to choose from as suppliers deal with a tightening market, industry leaders said this week. Parts of the country may see a lower supply than normal, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. As a result, customers are shopping early, said association spokesman Doug Hundley.
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—It's too early to say exactly how many potatoes the Red River Valley will produce this year, but it looks much more promising than 2016, the head of an area growers organization said. The potato harvest wrapped up last week in North Dakota and is 97 percent complete in Minnesota, according to information released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That beats out last year, when farmers struggled to get into the fields because of heavy rain.
GRAND FORKS—Fostering relations between countries is the goal of any ambassador to the U.S., but the emissary from Norway said he wants to show the public that what his office is doing is working. "It's not just talk," Norwegian Ambassador Kare Aas said Monday at the University of North Dakota Center for Innovation in Grand Forks. "It's more about trying to make this as concrete as possible and to take action."
A national credit union survey suggests millennials are getting worse at planning for their financial future, but that trend doesn't seem to apply to banks in Grand Forks, finance advisers said.