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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BADGER, Minn.—Two northwest Minnesota men face numerous charges after a bar fight led to shots fired in Roseau County. Jordan Milo Foss, 33, of Badger, and Brandon John Peterson, 28, of Roseau, Minn., appeared Tuesday in Roseau County District Court. The chain of early Saturday morning events reportedly started with an altercation at Skippy Finns' Bar in Badger, investigators said in court documents.
The Red River Valley and Devils Lake basins likely won’t see much flooding from snowmelt this year, meteorologists predict. The risk of significant flooding in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota after the snow melts this spring is lower than historical averages, the National Weather Service said Tuesday in its spring flood outlook. It’s in part due to dry conditions that have persisted throughout the winter, meteorologists said in the outlook.
A Grand Forks man has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a female accuser while she was asleep. Larry Gene Snoddy Jr., 52, entered the plea Monday in Grand Forks District Court on a Class A felony charge of gross sexual imposition. He faces 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted. Snoddy was charged Nov. 22 after his accuser said he touched her inappropriately while she slept between the night of July 11 and the morning of July 12, according to court documents. The charges also allege Snoddy made comments suggesting what he did to her while she slept.
An East Grand Forks woman has been accused of dealing meth and endangering her infant child. Kaitlynn Grace Borgerson, 20, appeared Monday in Polk County District Court on multiple drug charges after she was arrested Friday at 420 Second St. N.E. That's where officers found her with drug paraphernalia, pills, alcohol and a baggie of crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court documents. Borgerson sold meth from the apartment, witnesses said in charging documents. Her infant was at the apartment when she was arrested, police said.
WINGER, Minn.—A Polk County man accused of plowing a vehicle into a garage while driving drunk also threatened to rape and kill a law enforcement officer, charges said. Christopher Ryan Shappell, 28, of Winger appeared Monday in Polk County District Court on a felony charge of making threats of violence and a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of driving while impaired. The most serious charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $10,000.
A third suspect has been arrested in relation to last week's overdose death in Grand Forks. Joshua David Soeby, 39, had an initial hearing Monday in Grand Forks District Court on a Class B felony charge of conspiracy to deliver fentanyl. The charge comes after 27-year-old Max Johnson of Walhalla, N.D., was found dead Wednesday at 5915 Wydown St. in Grand Forks.
Minnesota will see the least impact from a government shutdown, and North Dakota isn't far behind, according to an data analysis website. Minnesota ranked last on a WalletHub list of most affected states by the 2018 government shutdown, in part for its low share of federal jobs (49th place) and low percentage of children under the Children Health Insurance Program (51th). North Dakota would be the 10th least impacted.
Grants are helping law enforcement agencies in Grand Forks and Polk counties equip their officers with a medicine that can be used to prevent opioid overdose deaths. UND Police recently were trained to handle Narcan, a nasal spray version of naloxone used to fight the effects of opioid drugs such as fentanyl. The university law enforcement agency equipped its officers with the medication in early January, thanks to grant funding from Grand Forks Public Health, said UND Police Lt. Danny Weigel.
Dakota Harvest bread is back, or at least a product that has ties to the original recipe is. Half Brothers Brewery started selling loaves and dishes that feature the bread this week, owner Chad Gunderson said Thursday. The recipe is similar to the white bread and nine-grain wheat bread Dakota Harvest Bakers used to make.
Grand Forks International Airport had the sharpest drop in year-over-year boardings in the state for 2017, but the drop wasn’t as great as leaders expected. The airport reported 114,707 boardings last year, a nearly 11 percent decrease from 2016, according to numbers released by the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.