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Wildlife center declares 'bird emergency' because of heavy weekend snow

Raptor Education Group Inc. says migrating birds in northern and central Wisconsin are in trouble.
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Lawmakers approve new funding formula for UW System schools

Democrats argue change will deprive schools of adequate funding.
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Davies, Thames help Brewers shut out Reds again

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames (7) is greeted by catcher Jett Bandy (47) after hitting a 2-run home run in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)
Eric Thames hit another homer against the Reds and Zach Davies worked around three errors leading the Brewers to a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.
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Twins' LaMarre ends Puerto Rico marathon in 16th

The first Major League Baseball series in Puerto Rico since 2010 was dominated by pitching.
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Northwest Minn. man held woman captive, threatened to 'cut her into pieces' with machete

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 ...
April Baumgarten

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.

Have a story idea? Contact Baumgarten at 701-780-1248.

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Northwest Minnesota man accused of attacking police officers

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ROSEAU, Minn.—A Warroad, Minn., man faces numerous charges for allegedly threatening to kill police and kicking the face of an officer, giving the officer a bleeding mouth. The Warroad Police ...
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Senate kills Coast Guard bill with ballast exemption

Zebra mussels covered part of a buoy pulled from the Twin Ports harbor. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted against a bill that would have exempted ships ballast water, believed to be the pathway for many invasive species, from Clean Water Act regulation. (Duluth News Tribune file photo.)
The Senate vote on cloture — whether to stop debate and vote on the bill — needed 60 votes but failed by a 56 to 42 margin.
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Town of Superior gets green light for new fire hall

Photo courtesy of the Town of Superior Volunteer Fire Department.
Residents voted to build a new fire hall for up to $1.8 million during a packed annual meeting Tuesday.
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Indians-Twins still on despite Puerto Rico blackout

Puerto Rico is in the midst of an island-wide power outage, but Wednesday night's game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will go on as planned, officials say. "All ...
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Thames homers to lift Brewers over Reds

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames (7) hits a home run during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night at Miller Park. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)1 / 2
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames (7) is congratulated by left fielder Ryan Braun (8) after hitting a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this season at Busch Stadium. (Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports)2 / 2
The home run broke up a scoreless game that featured Romano (0-2) and Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra, who worked into the sixth inning.
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