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 Devils Lake boutique that serves wine is moving downtown. Rue 54, which opened in March at 215 Highway 2, closed that location in late October so it could move to 405 Fourth St. N.E., according to the business’ Facebook page. The boutique that specializes in women’s clothing, customized decor, jewelry and other items reopened Nov. 10.
A Twin Cities-based brew and burger pub has opened its doors. Crooked Pint Ale House first welcomed customers Tuesday to its 1930 S. Columbia Road location. The restaurant that specializes in serving craft beers, burgers and other pub dishes took over the Green Mill Restaurant & Bar, which closed this summer.
Black Friday may be the “first day of the holiday shopping season,” but small business advocates are encouraging customers to “shop small” the next day with Small Business Saturday. Small businesses across the country will use Nov. 25 to promote shopping among local companies.
Dealing with the death of a loved one can be stressful and overwhelming. A person has days to plan a ceremony that will honor a life, all while facing the prospect of saying goodbye for the last time.
North Dakota and Minnesota are home to a variety of women-owned businesses, and they had to start somewhere. The Herald asked local business owners for advice for those who want to start a new venture. Do your research An important part of starting a business is doing the research and talking to others who are in that industry, said Liza McLean, franchise co-owner for Smiling Moose Rocky Mountain Deli in North Dakota, including a branch that opened last month in Grand Forks.
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, spokesman Kristoffer Grogan confirmed to the Herald. Numerous tips from concerned citizens led officers to the El Salvador national, Grogan said.
When June Seng and her late husband, Pat, started S&S Transport in 1981, they had two employees and a borrowed semi. Pat drove truck for another company. June worked as an accountant for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. by day and ran the trucking company at night. "We started on a shoestring," she said of the early days. "We started from scratch."
A wintry mix could move into eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota tonight after an afternoon of heavy winds, some gusting to 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. The snow and rain mix is expected to be isolated in Grand Forks and the surrounding area, weather service meteorologist Brittany Peterson said Thursday.
The parent company of the Grand Forks Herald plans to sell the daily publication's building, but it’s unclear if the newspaper's employees and other businesses located there will remain in the building if it is sold.
Columbia Mall will open at 6 a.m. for Black Friday, but some stores in the shopping center will let customers through their doors on Thanksgiving. The Grand Forks mall at 2800 S. Columbia Road announced its Black Friday schedule Wednesday, saying the center would be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 24. Shoppers have marked Black Friday as the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, with businesses offering discounts on items. Several stores will open Thanksgiving, according to a news release from the mall.