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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It was business as usual Thursday at the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office for Sgt. Andy Schneider. But in fewer than two months, the deputy will be the head of the office. Schneider, 38, won 68 percent of the vote Nov. 6 in the Grand Forks County sheriff's race. "I can't thank the citizens of Grand Forks County enough," Schneider said. "I'm glad, and thankful to them for putting their faith and trust in me to do this job, and I'm not going to let them down."
Grand Forks police shot and killed a dog that attacked an officer who was trying to execute a search warrant Friday, a news release said. The dog attacked an officer at 12:20 p.m. Friday as the Grand Forks Regional Narcotics Task Force attempted to enter the home at 321 N. Fourth St., according to a news release. Police said the dog was large and vicious, adding it bit the officer, the release said. Police made "numerous physical attempts" to get the dog off the officer, but a secondary officer "dispatched the attacking dog with a firearm," the release said.
Along with statewide races, northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota were packed with contests for the general election Tuesday. Below is a list of the results, with the winners in bold. Some races were too close to call and are denoted as possible recounts. NORTH DAKOTA Statewide U.S. SENATOR Kevin Cramer - R: 55 percent
BISMARCK — Republican Kelly Armstrong is projected to take North Dakota’s U.S. House seat. With 357 of 424 precincts reporting as of 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Armstrong, a state senator from Dickinson, had 62 percent of the vote in the three-way race for the state’s only seat in the House, according to incomplete and unofficial results.
It's too early to declare a winner in the Polk County sheriff race that pitted two veterans of the agency against each other. Chief Deputy Jim Tadman and Sgt. Randy Sondrol squared off Tuesday in the general election, but only 12 or 82 precincts reported results as of 10:30 p.m. Tadman was ahead with 59 percent over Sondrol's 41 percent, according to unofficial results. The two hoped to succeed Barb Erdman, who was elected the first female sheriff for Polk County in 2010. She announced earlier this year she planned to retire and not seek re-election.
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.
Grand Forks County voters have chosen Andy Schneider as their next sheriff. With all 27 precincts reporting, the Grand Forks sheriff's deputy took 68 percent of the vote in Tuesday's general election, according to unofficial results. His opponent and co-worker, Lt. B.J. Maxson, garnered 32 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. "The citizens really showed what they want in their sheriff, and I can't wait to serve them," Schneider said.
As a man who once faced drug charges, Adam Smith of Grand Forks said he and others would have shook their heads if told two years ago he would be helping others get sober. But now he is a recovery specialist for the Douglas Place treatment center in East Grand Forks, and he attributes his success to the Northeast Central Judicial District's Adult Drug Court. The recent court graduate said the Grand Forks-based court has given him the tools to help himself, and others.
Prosecutors have investigative materials and the autopsy for a Grand Forks mental health patient who died in a dispute with another patient at Red River Behavioral Health System. Grand Forks County State's Attorney David Jones confirmed Thursday his office received the final autopsy report for the victim. The Grand Forks Police Department, which was investigating the September death, sent its information in the case to Jones' office Oct. 10, Lt. Brett Johnson said Thursday.
BISMARCK -- A last-minute attempt by tribal leaders to suspend a North Dakota law that requires voters to have a valid ID with a residential street address has failed.