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AP’s top ND news story of 2012: Heitkamp vs. Berg

December 28, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

In this Nov. 7 photo, Democratic candidate for North Dakota’s U.S. Senate seat, Heidi Heitkamp, holds up the Oct. 20 Fargo Forum in Bismarck showing the newspaper had Heitkamp’s challenger, Republican Rick Berg, leading Heitkamp in the state by 10 points. Continue Reading

AP Capitol reporter joins new Bismarck media venture

December 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Dale Wetzel, the Associated Press’ longtime political reporter in Bismarck, is joining a new media venture affiliated with two well-known conservative Republicans in North Dakota. Continue Reading

Report: Many victims of Honduras prison inferno never charged with, convicted of crimes

February 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

More than half of the 856 inmates of the Comayagua farm prison north of the Central American country’s capital were either awaiting trial or being held as suspected gang members, according to a report sent by the Honduran government this month to the United Nations. Continue Reading

Picht named AP bureau chief in Minn., Neb., Dakotas

February 8, 2012 in The Daily Republic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Randy Picht, newspaper product manager for The Associated Press, has been named chief of bureau for a new Midwest territory that includes Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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AP names new Minnesota, N.D., S.D., Nebraska bureau chief

February 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Randy Picht, newspaper product manager for The Associated Press, has been named chief of bureau for a new Midwest territory that includes Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Picht will be responsible for leading business development and account management in the area, ensuring AP meets the market needs of members and customers. He will be based in Minneapolis. Continue Reading

Penn State sex abuse saga voted AP sports story of year

December 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The ouster of one of America’s most revered coaches, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, after shocking child sex abuse charges against his former assistant has been overwhelmingly voted the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press. Continue Reading

AP Entertainer of 2011: Lady Gaga

December 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Lady Gaga narrowly edged out the late Apple founder Steve Jobs by three votes. Her year was dominated by the release of her second studio album, “Born This Way.” Continue Reading

Some U.S. newspapers, retailers to insert ads on mobile phones in pilot project

September 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The pilot program, called ICircular by The Associated Press, is meant to be the digital equivalent of coupons and other promotions that are inserted into the print editions of weekend newspapers. Those ads are among the most popular parts of Sunday newspapers. Continue Reading

Many 9/11 charities failed miserably, AP investigation shows

August 25, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

mericans eager to give after the 9/11 terrorist attacks poured $1.5 billion into hundreds of charities established to serve the victims, their families and their memories. But a decade later, an Associated Press investigation shows that many of those nonprofits have failed miserably.
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Poll: Old? Don’t call aging baby boomers that

July 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Younger adults call 60 the start of old age, but baby boomers are pushing that number back, according to the Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll. The median age they cite is 70. And a quarter of boomers insist you’re not old until you’re 80. Continue Reading