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April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten

Reporter

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 abaumgarten@forumcomm.com. Follow her on Twitter @aprilbaumsaway.

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Lisa Michelle Koehmstedt, 51, appeared Friday, Sept. 30, in Cass County District Court on a felony charge of theft. She could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Shannon Brandt faces up to life in prison for the death of 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson.
Suspect told police Joshua Brooks planned the shooting and drove the vehicle in the drive-by that killed Santino Marial, court documents said. Who shot Marial remains unclear.
Officers said Emily Eckroth was disrespectful and disregarded commands while they investigated her husband on suspicion of driving under the influence in Bismarck. Ryan Eckroth was not cited.
Lissa Yellow Bird-Chase filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government after she was arrested during a traffic stop. A complaint alleged she was forced to remove her clothes in front of six BIA agents, including men, in an area where people could come and go.
A criminal complaint said Chad Peterson, of Dilworth, threatened to burn the restaurant down before he allegedly broke several windows and started laundry on fire in the back area of the tap house.
Law enforcement has collected bus camera footage to help determine what happened near Leonard, North Dakota.
Trump said Ellingson was targeted and killed in cold blood for being a proud Republican. The former president didn’t mention Brandt by name, but he called the motorist a maniac and a “radical left, stupid person.”
Ronald Thompson already is serving 18 months in prison for luring a minor by computer.
The teen was arrested in northwest Minnesota and authorities aim to extradite him to Burleigh County. Murder cases are typically moved from juvenile to adult court.