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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With costs on the rise, North Dakota farmers could see another challenging year despite projections that some crops could yield positive returns, one expert said. Soybeans are expected to be another moneymaker for farmers this year, according to the farm management office with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Producers planted more acres of soybeans than any other crop in North Dakota for the past two years, surpassing hard red spring wheat, in second place, and corn, in third.
LANGDON, N.D.—A Thursday night fire destroyed a 115-year-old building that contained the Langdon General Store, marking the third major blaze in two days in the north Red River Valley. The building's destruction means downtown Langdon has lost not only a historical structure but the opportunity for another business to occupy the space in the near future, General Store owner Alex Chaput said. "It was just a majestic building," he said. "The history is gone."
THOMPSON, N.D.—A Crookston, Minn., woman has been accused of forcing her son to run away with her and trying to steal a FedEx truck from an employee who tried to help her get her vehicle unstuck from a ditch in northeast North Dakota. Trisha Mary Berg, 37, appeared Thursday in Grand Forks District Court after she was arrested Tuesday evening at a rural Thompson residence. That's where a FedEx driver was making a delivery when he stopped to help Berg, whose vehicle was stuck in a ditch, according to a criminal complaint.
GRAND FORKS—A company that plans to build a $2.5 billion fertilizer plant near Grand Forks has applied for a six-month extension for several permits. Northern Plains Nitrogen (NPN) has sent a letter of intent to the city to extend its water and discharge permits, NPN Chief Operations Officer Larry Mackie said Wednesday. The city will provide water to the plant, which is expected to be built on a 320-acre site northwest of Grand Forks.
EDINBURG, N.D. — It's not uncommon for Dr. Charlotte Klose to drive 80 miles to see her patients. "We cover a huge area," she said. "I travel all the way to west of Langdon, N.D. I go south of Grand Forks to the Thompson, N.D., area." The Edinburg doctor travels all over eastern North Dakota making house calls, or rather barn calls. Klose is among a rare breed in rural America: large animal veterinarians. Vets play a key role in helping ranchers succeed. That often means long hours and being accessible at night, on weekends and during holidays.
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.
PARK RIVER, N.D.—Dr. Gerard Dahl had a lot of adventures as a veterinarian in Walsh County, from finding the first suspected case of West Nile in a North Dakota animal to treating the state's famous albino buffalo shortly after birth. But the well-known veterinarian who died Friday, Nov. 24, in a car crash near his hometown will be remembered for his love of his Norwegian heritage, his kind treatment of animals and his friendly smile as he worked with ranchers, his friends said Saturday.
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.
EDINBURG, N.D.—Edinburg lost nearly seven decades of history when four potato warehouses burned to the ground Friday morning. Multiple fire departments responded shortly after 4 a.m. to the blaze at warehouses owned by J.G. Hall and Sons, one of the largest potato producers in the Red River Valley. It's unclear how the fire started, but the flames moved from one building to the next as firefighters tried to put out the fire in freezing temperatures and windy conditions.
The first winter storm of the season brought icy conditions, high winds and cold temperatures Thursday, and some areas in northwest Minnesota got hammered with 8 inches of snow. The wintery weather could be here to stay, at least through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. A low front brought in winds exceeding 60 mph Thursday, with Grand Forks clocking a high speed of 64 mph, meteorologist Ryan Knutsvig said. The city recorded about 0.2 inches of snow.