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 - Thanksgiving traffic volumes will be the highest in more than a dozen years, and traveling in North Dakota and Minnesota should present few challenges for those taking to the road to celebrate the holiday. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks is calling for a mild week with mostly cloudy skies for the week. There is a chance of isolated snow Friday night into Saturday, according to meteorologists.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A Ramsey County prosecutor will not charge a police officer who fatally shot a Devils Lake man in July. Devils Lake Police Detective Brandon Potts will not face criminal charges for the death of 26-year-old Daniel Aaron Fuller, who died from a gunshot wound to the head July 5. On Friday, Ramsey County State’s Attorney Kari Agotness announced her decision not to file charges and said Potts had “probable cause to believe the use of deadly force was necessary,” according to a news release.
GRAND FORKS - Two men were arrested in early November while allegedly trying to smuggle Mexican men into the U.S. at the Canadian border in North Dakota. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made the arrests Nov. 3 at the Pembina and Dunseith ports of entry, according to news releases. In Pembina, a 41-year-old U.S. citizen was driving a rental vehicle at approximately 8:45 p.m. Nov. 3, according to the release. "Due to inconsistencies in his story, the man was sent inside for further inspection," the release said.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health Division of Medical Marijuana has selected two more companies to operate as medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, the department announced Thursday, Nov. 15. We-Mend LLC will be operating as Strive Life and will locate its facility in Grand Forks and HOFW LLC (Harvest of Williston) will operate in Williston, the department said in a news release.
FORT YATES, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has raised almost $250,000 to pay for costs related to voting, including giving free IDs to tribal members after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a new North Dakota voter identification law.
MIDDLE RIVER, Minn. -- A rural school will close this summer after serving a small Marshall County community for nearly 70 years. The Greenbush Middle River School Board voted 5-2 Monday night, May 8, to close the Middle River School by the end of the school year in June. The last day of classes is May 24, and all of next year’s students will attend school in Greenbush, Minn.
LENGBY, Minn.—The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating why a Grand Rapids, Minn., school bus driver lost control of the vehicle before a Monday morning rollover sent him, a dozen students and a teacher to hospitals in northwest Minnesota.
BISMARCK—Two U.S. House candidates from North Dakota faced off for the first time in a debate when they met this weekend in Bismarck. Republican Kelly Armstrong of Dickinson and Democrat Mac Schneider took to the podiums Saturday, May 5, in Bismarck as member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association asked the contenders various questions. Armstrong focused on the theme of limiting federal government and giving more control to local governing bodies. That was evident when asked how to keep children in schools safe amid mass shootings in the U.S.
BISMARCK—Two U.S. House candidates from North Dakota faced off for the first time in a debate when they met this weekend in Bismarck. Republican Kelly Armstrong of Dickinson and Democrat Mac Schneider took to the podiums Saturday in Bismarck as member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association asked the contenders various questions. Armstrong focused on the theme of limiting federal government and giving more control to local governing bodies. That was evident when asked how to keep children in schools safe amid mass shootings in the U.S.
GRAND FORKS—In an effort to block construction of an apartment complex he feels would ruin the integrity of his neighborhood, a Grand Forks man has bought land near his home.