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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Two police officers who shot and killed a Grand Forks man in July will not face charges, the Grand Forks County State's Attorney's Office said Thursday. The officers involved with the shooting were previously identified as Cpl. Jordan Drees and Officer Michael Ruit. The two were placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting that killed 41-year-old John Francis Murphy III on July 8. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations completed its investigation, which was then forwarded to the state's attorney.
Red River Valley farmers are hitting the fields early to get small grains in the bin, but some are worried later crops such as soybeans and corn could be in trouble if rain doesn't come soon. Combines started rolling in the fields this week, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture received scattered reports of producers beginning the hard red spring wheat harvest in North Dakota and Minnesota, according to crop progress reports released by the agency early this week.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—Federal prosecutors have accused a Thief River Falls chiropractor of defrauding more than $1 million from insurance companies. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota announced Wednesday it would prosecute Steven Richard Wiseth, 35, on six counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. The owner of Health Quest Family Chiropractic allegedly scammed health insurers, according to a news release.
A Republican U.S. House candidate in North Dakota tried to keep his license from being suspended 17 years ago after being convicted of driving drunk in Virginia. North Dakota Sen. Kelly Armstrong of Dickinson was cited in January 2001 in Virginia for driving under the influence, according to a background check conducted by the Herald. He pleaded guilty in March 2001 in Williamsburg/James City County General District Court, the background check stated.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Four people were injured this weekend at the American Crystal Sugar factory in Hillsboro after chemicals accidentally spilled from a tank. Emergency crews responded shortly after 8:30 a.m. Saturday to the sugar plant 2 miles north of Hillsboro. American Crystal workers were pumping nitric acid from a chemical container into a tank inside the plant when a fitting on the pump failed, Traill County Sheriff Steve Hunt said. Nitric acid spilled from the pump, sending four workers to the hospital, Hunt said.
A multibillion-dollar package meant to combat agricultural losses in a trade war with China has left farmers and economists wondering how the money will be distributed. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday plans to authorize up to $12 billion in assistance for farmers "in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation," referring to China's tariffs against U.S. products. China imposed those sanctions after President Donald Trump announced tariffs on Chinese imports.
The nights are busy for Uber and Lyft driver Barbara Schauer. She has driven for the popular ride-sharing businesses since they first launched their services early last year in Grand Forks. She said she feels the transportation companies have helped people make smarter decisions when it comes to choosing between driving home drunk and waiting for a ride home.
A Grand Forks Democrat hoping to unseat the North Dakota attorney general said stories about his speeding ticket have helped his campaign. Paperwork accepting a guilty plea from David Clark Thompson, 65, for the moving violation citation was filed Thursday in Grand Forks District Court. Court records indicate the fine for the speeding ticket was $55.
Vice President Mike Pence had two words of ammunition for military personnel when he spoke Wednesday at Grand Forks Air Force Base: "Stay ready." "Bring your very best to this enterprise," he said. "Mind your mission. Mind your people, because here at the Air Force base, you are doing work that is providing security for the greatest nation in the history of the world."
WALHALLA, N.D.—Two suspects in a Monday night high-speed chase throughout northeast North Dakota are at large after ditching a pickup near Walhalla. Authorities are looking for Ryan John Schaf, 25, Grafton, N.D., and Kayla Lynn Ramsrud, 29, Park River, N.D., who allegedly stole a pickup from Nash, N.D., according to the Walsh County Sheriff's Department. The pickup was reported stolen Monday morning, and deputies in Pembina County spotted the vehicle about 4 p.m. near Cavalier, N.D., Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens said Tuesday.