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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The head of the Grand Forks Public School Board has no intentions of serving as its leader for another year. Doug Carpenter, who has served as the board's president for four years, told the Herald Thursday it is time for new leadership. He doesn't intend to ask to be the president again when the board reorganizes during its July 16 meeting. That's when those elected to the board in the June 12 primary election will be sworn into office.
Grand Forks Public Schools has made its final offer to teachers on salary increases, setting the stage for another meeting next week and, possibly, an answer from the educators. The School Board's Teacher Contract Bargaining Committee offered during a Wednesday meeting to increase pay by $2,000 for teachers who have four years or less experience with the district. Teachers that have five to 25 years experience with the district would see a $1,500 raise, and teachers with more than 25 years would see a jump of $2,000.
CROOKSTON—The last of four men accused of trafficking cocaine into northwest Minnesota has been sentenced to almost five years in prison. Polk County District Judge Anne Rasmusson handed down the 58-month sentence Tuesday to 23-year-old Jerardo Gonzalez of East Grand Forks, who pleaded guilty to two second-degree felonies of selling cocaine and a fourth-degree misdemeanor of driving while impaired. Three other charges, including the most serious felony charge of first-degree conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime, was dismissed.
At least one person was sent to the hospital after a pickup hit two vehicles before crashing into a law office building in downtown Grand Forks. Multiple emergency agencies responded about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to a crash at 315 First Ave. N. That's where they found a pickup that collided into the corner of the Olson, Juntunen & Sandberg law office.
There are multiple elections across northeast North Dakota that have more candidates than seats. Here are the winners for races that are contested in the region. Note: County and legislative races will be in the November general election, but the list of candidates will be narrowed in the primary election. The primary election is the final vote for all city races. This list may not include every race in the region. Results are unofficial and are reported as of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. Nelson County did not report by this time. District 19 Senate
The Grand Forks County sheriff’s race has been narrowed to two: Andy Schneider and B.J. Maxson.
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.
A consultant said Monday Grand Forks Public Schools can expect to add 600 students over the next five years, outpacing previous estimates. The district is projected to grow by almost 8 percent through the 2022-23 school year, according to an enrollment analysis report presented to the School Board by Robert Schwarz, CEO for educational consulting firm RSP Associates of Overland Park, Kan. The company presented a similar report to the School Board last year, saying the district could expect to add 200 students through the 2021-22 school year.
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."
The Grand Forks County sheriff is retiring after nearly a decade in office, making room for a field of seven candidates running to replace him. It's the county's top office in law enforcement, and it's possible the next sheriff could hold that post until he retires, said Mike Flannery, a retired Grand Forks Police Department detective who ran for sheriff in 2006 and 2010. "Basically, if you are elected sheriff, unless if you screw up, you are there until you want to end your career," he said Friday.