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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A Twin Cities wolf advocacy group said there are other ways to co-exist with wolves without using lethal methods to control populations, and wants to end the practice of snaring in Minnesota. "Most people don't know that hidden all over our woods are snares that trap dogs and wild animals alike, holding them in misery until their death," Howling for Wolves said in a statement earlier this year. "Our woods are just not safe. These barbaric and unselective wire nooses catch and maim whoever walks by. Banning snaring would be a step to reduce assaults on wildlife and pets."
WARREN, Minn.—An Oslo, Minn., man was ordered to spend almost two years behind bars for holding a woman against her will, holding a machete to her face and threatening to kill her and her son.
WARREN, Minn.—A man was ordered to spend almost two years behind bars for holding a woman against her will, holding a machete to her face and threatening to kill her and her son in northwest Minnesota.
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.
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 — An aircraft company with ties to Grand Forks has won a prestigious aeronautics award less than two years after presenting the world's first single-engine personal jet to its customers. The National Aeronautic Association announced Wednesday it will give Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft the Robert J. Collier Trophy, an award recognizing, in part, "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America," according to a news release. Cirrus will receive the award during a formal presentation June 24, the release said.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—A northwest Minnesota man was ordered to spend more than six years in prison after being accused of holding a woman hostage, as well as physically and sexually assaulting her, for three days.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A bestiality charge against a former Polk County mailman accused of having sex with a dog has been dismissed, and he'll avoid jail time for the burglary charge if he abides by his probation terms.
HALLOCK, Minn.—A West Fargo, N.D., man has been accused of using Craigslist and texts to solicit someone he allegedly thought was a minor for sex. Chad Brian Peterson, 40, was charged Monday, March 26, in Kittson County District Court with three felony counts of electronic solicitation of children and a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. Charging documents accuse Peterson of answering a Craigslist ad and soliciting sex from who he allegedly thought was a 14-year-old girl.
WASHINGTON—A bill aimed at websites that host sex trafficking ads is headed to President Donald Trump's desk. The U.S. Senate passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act Wednesday with a vote of 97-2, sending it to the president's desk for his signature. The bill would amend the Communications Decency Act to say facilitating the act of selling humans for sex online is not protected under the First Amendment but is a violation of federal criminal code, according to the bill's summary.