April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises 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 a 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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GRAND FORKS — Republican Kelly Armstrong is projected to face Democrat Mac Schneider in North Dakota's election for U.S. House, based on unofficial tabulations from the primary election held Tuesday, June 12. Armstrong grabbed 56 percent of the vote, defeating GOP candidates Tiffany Abentroth of Cummings (8 percent) and Paul Schaffner of Minot (7 percent), according to unofficial results from 133 of 4224 precincts in North Dakota reporting as of 9 p.m.
GRAND FORKS—Friends, family and co-workers have struggled without Allen Miller since he was killed last year in a drunk-driving crash, his ex-wife said Monday as the Larimore, N.D., man responsible for his death was sentenced to less than a year in jail. "If anybody needed anything, Allen was always there for friends and family," said Linda Miller, who was married to Allen Miller of Petersburg for 30 years before their 2010 divorce. "His death impacted a lot of people."
One of the eight Grand Forks residents arrested on charges of dealing heroin in the area has been connected in court documents to an overdose death more than a year ago.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- Minnesota troopers have released the name of a Grand Forks man who died in a crash near Crookston.
A Grand Forks man faces multiple charges after police said he was driving drunk when he hit two vehicles before fleeing the scene. Mathew Jay Bjornson, 42, was booked Thursday evening, June 7, into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center and is expected to face charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.
GRAND FORKS—North Dakota's attorney general and a county prosecutor were dropped from a federal lawsuit claiming a Devils Lake Public Schools employee treated at-risk children cruelly. The case remains open for school leaders and the head of the facility where the alleged act occurred.
GRAND FORKS—Anyone who is for less trade is for fewer farmers, according to Democrat Mac Schneider. "North Dakota is an exporting state," he said Tuesday during a Grand Forks Herald editorial board meeting. "We have to maintain those markets if we want to maintain our economy." The Grand Forks attorney is running against Republican Kelly Armstrong as they seek North Dakota's lone seat in the House of Representatives, an office held by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
GRAND FORKS—Grand Forks County will launch North Dakota's first domestic violence court this summer in an attempt to prevent repeat offenses and save taxpayers money. Starting June 7, the courthouse in Grand Forks will begin issuing orders for offenders who commit domestic violence crimes to participate in post-conviction hearings that will assess sentencing compliance. It's part of a bill unanimously passed by the North Dakota Legislature this year that sets up the pilot program.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—An Elk River, Minn., man will spend about 13 years in prison for trafficking meth into East Grand Forks, Minn., two years ago. Brock Lawrence Altringer, 43, was sentenced Thursday, May 31, in Polk County District Court to 158 months in prison. He was credited 395 days for time served.