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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RURAL LAKE BRONSON, Minn.—To Randy Coffield, raising cattle is not just a business. It's his life. "I came in as a greenhorn, and I've learned a lot over the years," the rural Lake Bronson rancher said as calves played in the straw-filled corrals behind his house. Calving season was starting to taper off in mid-March when Coffield, who lives in Kittson County, said he got three hours of sleep, mostly because he had to get up multiple times in the middle of the night to check his herd of 270 cows.
GRAND FORKS—When an inmate attempted suicide earlier this year at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, staff responded within seconds, Jail Administrator Bret Burkholder said. Training on how to respond and the quick reaction saved the inmate's life, Burkholder said, adding staff members focus on methods that help spot early signs of suicide, while the jail tries to offer services to reduce depression.
A Grand Forks man identified by a civil rights organization as a white nationalist is running for a spot on the School Board. James Kelso, 69, filed paperwork Friday with Grand Forks Public Schools to run for one of five seats up for election in June. "I'm very interested in the school district," Kelso said, adding that he is running because he has a seventh-grader and kindergartner in the school system.
GRAND FORKS — The North Dakota secretary of state will not run seek re-election after his party endorsed another, setting the stage to end his 25-year career and opening up the race for a new state elections head. Al Jaeger waved to a cheering crowd with his family Sunday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks as state GOP Chairman Rick Berg announced the secretary of state would abide by the decision of the delegates, who endorsed on Saturday Mandan businessman Will Gardner with a vote of 679-438.
The North Dakota secretary of state will not run in the primary election, setting the stage to end his 25-year career and opening up the race to a new state elections head. Al Jaeger waved to the crowd with his family Sunday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks as state GOP Chairman Rick Berg announced he would abide by the decision of the delegates, who endorsed Mandan businessman Will Gardner 679-438 votes.
GRAND FORKS—Mandan businessman Will Gardner has been endorsed as the North Dakota Republican Party's candidate for secretary of state, a seat held by one of the longest-serving state officials in North Dakota history. Gardner claimed 679 votes over incumbent Al Jaeger's 438 Saturday night, April 7, at the Republican State Convention in Grand Forks. Jaeger, who was first elected to the office in 1992, said he is "weighing his options" in deciding if he'll run in the June primary election.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota Republicans will endorse a secretary of state candidate today, moving up a contested race at the state GOP Convention by a day. Delegates in Grand Forks unanimously voted to hold the endorsement vote as a winter storm threatens to drop 3 to 6 inches of snow on western and southeast North Dakota tonight into Sunday morning. The endorsement was scheduled to be held Sunday.
North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was open Saturday during the State Republican Convention in Grand Forks about his struggle with alcohol addiction, saying it’s better to talk about it instead of sweeping it under the rug. “It’s something that I feel is very good for me to be open about, but also good for others,” he said. “I can help others too. ... I know people have reached out to me and have said, ‘Your openness has really helped me get in to get some help.’”
RUGBY, N.D.—Rugby leaders say the city has officially reclaimed its title as the "Geographical Center of North America," ending a yearslong fight between two North Dakota cities over who deserves the name. The Rugby Chamber of Commerce announced Friday it had reached a settlement with Hanson's Bar of Robinson, N.D., saying bar owner and Robinson Mayor Bill Bender will stop using the trademark he registered in 2015. "The parties are pleased to have reached an amicable resolution of their differences," the Chamber statement said.
GRAND FORKS -- Fewer dogs attacked mail carriers last year, the U.S. Postal Service said this week. USPS reported 10 North Dakota incidents in which a dog went after a postal worker in 2017, according to a news release. That was down by two attacks compared to 2016, the postal service said. Dickinson and Williston had two dog attacks each, while Fargo, Beulah, Grafton, Mandan, Valley City and Neche each reported one attack, according to USPS data.