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April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten


April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.

Baumgarten started her journalism career in 2011 with The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter. She also was the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican, as well as a news editor for The Dickinson Press and Grand Forks Herald. She has covered a wide range of topics, including politics, business, education and agriculture.

She currently reports on crime, courts and public safety.

Readers can reach Baumgarten at 701-241-5417 or Follow her on Twitter @aprilbaumsaway.

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Languages: English

Joshua Fenske is facing 12 felony charges.
Brandon Grant's attorney said the defendant was "viciously attacked" inside the bar. He went outside to get to his car when the three men he later shot threatened to kill him, the defense argued. Prosecutors said he fired 13 times out of revenge and retaliation.
Trooper Ves Marinov told the stranger they were neighbors then followed her on Instagram, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol report. The Fargo City Commission candidate called his actions a mistake and said he is taking responsibility for them.
No injuries were reported in the crash. Cass County Assistant State's Attorney Ryan Younggren was cited for failing to yield.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has ordered Rare Breed Triggers, a Fargo-based company, to stop selling its forced-reset trigger and has launched a criminal investigation into the trigger. Rare Breed said its due process rights were violated.
Fargo Police Chief David Zibolski was not aware of the relationship between Detective Troy Hanson and Cass County Assistant State's Attorney SheraLynn Ternes until Wednesday, May 18. Police employees are supposed to "promptly" disclose to the department relationships that could cause a conflict of interest.
The propane did not ignite, authorities said. No injuries were reported.
Cass County Assistant State's Attorney SheraLynn Ternes disclosed the relationship with Detective Troy Hanson to her office in mid-December. The defense in the Anthony Reese case said they were informed about the relationship Friday.
The Fargo Fire Department cautions that the public should not use gasoline on charcoal grills.
Legislative expense reports show Sen. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks spent more than $125,000 on travel over the last decade, far exceeding the average for lawmakers.