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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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.
GRAND FORKS—U.S. House candidate Kelly Armstrong will be one of the first to say a drawn-out trade war with China will kill North Dakota's soybean industry. He wants to be the one who makes sure the White House understands that as it negotiates better trade terms for U.S. farmers, the Republican said during a Wednesday, May 16, visit with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board.
GRAND FORKS—The owner of a Grand Forks house is not responsible for the overdose death of a man who ingested illegal drugs at the house, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled this week. But the lone dissenting justice said the issue should have its day in court.
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.
A former UND hockey standout has bought land near his Grand Forks home, effectively blocking plans to build apartment buildings next to his neighborhood. Brandon Bochenski told the Herald Wednesday he and his wife, Jenny, reached an agreement with Deacon's Development this week to buy 19 acres of land near South Washington Street and 62nd Avenue South. The Hampton Corp. of Grand Forks proposed building six 24-unit apartment buildings on the property, but those plans were withdrawn Wednesday morning in light of the purchase agreement, City Planner Brad Gengler said.
EAST GRAND FORKS—Red River Valley farmers are optimistic about getting crops in the ground after cold and wet conditions delayed them from hitting the fields earlier this spring. Producers started planting crops this weekend in northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota, taking advantage of mild temperatures and drier conditions. Chad Thorson of rural East Grand Forks started Friday, April 27, and will plant soybeans, sugar beets, wheat and edible beans this season.
North Dakota drivers are some of the fastest in the country, according to a fuel data analysis website. The state ranked fifth on a list of states with the highest average speed at 51 miles per hour, according to information released Tuesday by GasBuddy.com. The list was released in conjunction with other data, including rankings for the most aggressive drivers.
A Twin Cities wolf advocacy group said there are other ways to co-exist with wolves without using lethal methods to control populations, and wants to end the practice of snaring in Minnesota. "Most people don't know that hidden all over our woods are snares that trap dogs and wild animals alike, holding them in misery until their death," Howling for Wolves said in a statement earlier this year. "Our woods are just not safe. These barbaric and unselective wire nooses catch and maim whoever walks by. Banning snaring would be a step to reduce assaults on wildlife and pets."
WARREN, Minn.—An Oslo, Minn., man was ordered to spend almost two years behind bars for holding a woman against her will, holding a machete to her face and threatening to kill her and her son.