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."
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.
LAKOTA, N.D.—The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the case of a North Dakota rancher who claims law enforcement used excessive force on him when they struck him multiple times with a Taser. Tim Lamb, an attorney representing Rodney Brossart in the civil case, received a letter Monday, May 21, saying a writ of certiorari has been denied, effectively ending the review of the lawsuit by Supreme Court officials.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- A 57-year-old man who died Wednesday night, May 23, in a fiery crash that shut down southbound traffic on Interstate 29 Wednesday near Grand Forks has been identified and the driver of the other vehicle faces possible charges. Wayne O’Connell of Shelly in far western Minnesota died at the scene after he was ejected from his 1953 Ford pickup. Emergency crews responded at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday to the crash about 3 miles north of Thompson. A 2000 Peterbilt semi hauling cattle rear-ended the pickup’s trailer, according to a news release issued late Thursday night.
GRAND FORKS—A woman who shot and killed three of her children here before killing herself legally bought the gun a day before the shooting, police confirmed Thursday, May 24. Astra Volk, 35, purchased a handgun from Super Pawn in Grand Forks the day before she used it in the May 3 murder-suicide, Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said. Police found the bodies of Volk and her three children—Arianna Talmage, 6, Aidan Talmage, 10, and Tyler Talmage, 14—during a welfare check at their home.
GRAFTON, N.D. — North Dakota has one contested primary race for the state Senate, but the office's incumbent, Tom Campbell, won't be on the ballot for that contest. Two Republicans — Robert Fors of Larimore, N.D., and Carrie Wallace of Northwood, N.D. — and Democrat Nikolaus Groenewold of Larimore are running for Campbell's Senate seat in District 19. Campbell, a Grafton Republican, didn't file the paperwork to run for the seat he has held since 2013. He said last week he doesn't plan to run for re-election, and his political future is "unknown."
Police found a man dead and a woman shot Thursday in a Grand Forks apartment. Police responded at 11:29 a.m. to the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue South, where they found a man dead and woman with “what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries,” according to a news release. Police said the injuries suffered by both victims appeared to be gunshot wounds. The woman was taken to Altru Hospital. Multiple police and emergency vehicles were seen at an apartment complex in the area.