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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FARGO—A Rhode Island man acted as an "organizer" of an international drug ring and helped distribute tens of thousands of fentanyl pills across the U.S., federal prosecutors alleged in recently unsealed court documents.
GRAND FORKS—Oil production and revenue for North Dakota is trending above forecast, but don't expect the state to restore funding that was cut in recent years, leaders said. "Is it going to open the door to a bunch more spending? No," said Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. "It's not that good yet." Allocations from oil and gas revenue for June equaled $217 million—that was 72 percent ahead of the forecast, according to the most recent monthly update from the North Dakota Legislative Council.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man will spend less than four years in prison for sexually assaulting two minors, a sentence one of the victim's mothers said is not enough. Tyrell Everett Phelps, 27, sat silently in a courtroom chair Monday as Grand Forks District Judge Donald Hager sentenced the man to 10 years in prison. Five years will be suspended, and he will be credited slightly more than a year for time served.
GRAND FORKS — A third suspect has been federally charged in relation to a fentanyl overdose death earlier this year in Grand Forks. Joshua David Soeby, a 38-year-old from Grand Forks, had a U.S. District Court detention hearing Monday, June 25, after being accused in federal court of supplying fentanyl to 27-year-old Max Johnson of Walhalla, N.D. Johnson was found dead Jan. 17 at a residence in Grand Forks, and investigators determined a fentanyl patch linked to Soeby, his sister-in-law, Kelly Jo Nelsrud, 40, and his wife, Holly Dawn Soeby, 37, caused Johnson's death.
FORT TOTTEN, N.D.—Federal murder charges have been filed in connection to the deaths of Carla Jovon Yellowbird and Amanda Engst, two women whose bodies were found on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation.
GRAND FORKS - Federal murder charges have been brought against multiple suspects who investigators say are responsible for the deaths of Amanda Engst and Carla Yellowbird.
LENGBY, Minn.—The driver of a Grand Rapids, Minn., bus that crashed and injured a dozen students last month in eastern Polk County apparently fell asleep at the wheel, the Minnesota State Patrol has determined. Stephen David Charnley, 57, was cited with duty to drive with due care in relation to an early May bus crash near Lengby, Sgt. Jesse Grabow said in an email. The State Patrol's investigation is complete, he said, but the case in Polk County District Court still is pending.
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."