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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DEVILS LAKE—A detective who fatally shot a Devils Lake man was assaulted by the suspect during the officer-involved shooting, the officer's attorney said Wednesday. "It's a felony in North Dakota to assault a police officer," said Mark Friese, a Fargo attorney who is representing Devils Lake Police Det. Brandon Graham Potts. "It's a tragic circumstance. There is no question about it. But responsibility for this is not, and should not be directed, toward Brandon."
DEVILS LAKE -- Police have released the name of the officer who fatally shot a Devils Lake man in early July. The Devils Lake Police Department identified Detective Brandon Potts as the man who killed 26-year-old Daniel Aaron Fuller during a chase July 5 through the Southview Estates. Chief Joe Knowski said Potts, a 10-year veteran, waived his rights under Marsy’s Law, which was cited as the reason for not releasing the officer’s name.
CROOKSTON — A Minneapolis man accused of strangling a woman to death in a Crookston apartment last year will ask a judge to dismiss the charges against him.
Students may soon have a voice on the Grand Forks Public School Board. For the first time, board members reviewed on Monday a proposed policy that, if approved, would allow two high school students to sit on the School Board. The students would not be voting members, but the policy would allow them to have a voice at the table, Superintendent Terry Brenner said. "This allows us to fully engage with student voices on a regular basis," he said.
BISMARCK—A state trooper stationed in Hillsboro, N.D., has been named the North Dakota Peace Officer of the Year.
An autopsy report for a Devils Lake man who was killed in a July officer-involved shooting found he was shot in the back of the head, and now his family is calling for criminal charges against the officer who fired the weapon. The death of Daniel Aaron Fuller was ruled a homicide following an autopsy, though Grand Forks Coroner Mary Ann Sens stresses that the autopsy findings do not necessarily "indicate a criminal homicide, which is determined by a legal process."
CROOKSTON—A Polk County jail is investigating how an inmate allegedly overpowered a corrections officer and stole a jail vehicle before leading officers on a six-hour manhunt Wednesday. Tony Mitchell Krueger, 20, of Bagley, Minn., was back in custody Wednesday night after escaping with a Northwest Regional Correctional Center transport vehicle in Crookston. He had not been charged as of 1 p.m. Thursday in connection to the incident, but he likely will face multiple charges for the manhunt, Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman said.
WINGER, Minn. -- After a six-hour manhunt, authorities have captured an inmate they say escaped custody and stole a law enforcement vehicle in Crookston. Forum News Service learned late Wednesday night that Tony Mitchell Krueger, 20, of Bagley, Minn., had been taken back into custody. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies spent Wednesday afternoon and night searching for the inmate near Winger, where they believed he was be hiding possibly in a crop field.
A Grand Forks woman has died after crashing her motorcycle Wednesday evening on DeMers Avenue, forcing police to shut down part of the busy street on the east side of the city for more than two hours.
Construction for an ethanol plant that will turn hundreds of thousands of tons of beet waste into fuel in Grand Forks is officially underway. Local and state leaders met Wednesday afternoon under a canopy north of Simplot to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Red River Biorefinery. Dirtwork has already begun at the 11-acre construction site that will be home to the 80,000-square-foot ethanol plant.