April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten


April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.

Baumgarten started her journalism career in 2011 with The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter. She also was the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican, as well as a news editor for The Dickinson Press and Grand Forks Herald. She has covered a wide range of topics, including politics, business, education and agriculture.

She currently reports on crime, courts and public safety.

Readers can reach Baumgarten at 701-241-5417 or abaumgarten@forumcomm.com. Follow her on Twitter @aprilbaumsaway.

Pronouns: She/her
Languages: English

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Authorities identified the 6-year-old who died during the Fourth of July event preparations as Mabel Askay of Ventura, California.
Photos, search functions and offense descriptions now exist for all offenders, not just high-risk or lifetime offenders.
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Court documents alleged Rolanda Doyle forced the child to sleep in the entryway of a home, resulting in the child getting frostbite. She also allegedly beat the child.
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"Operation Blue Prairie" sought to cut off the drug pipeline between Detroit and North Dakota. Prosecutors charged 26 people, including 17 North Dakotans.
Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, June 17, that he appointed Creedence Energy Services co-founder Kevin Black to the board. Black runs a business that creates specialized chemical solutions for the oil industry, according to a news release.
Ezra Miller met Chase Iron Eyes’ family in 2012 when Tokata Iron Eyes was 9 and Miller was 19, according to Tokata Iron Eyes' mother Sara Jumping Eagle.
Court records said Thomas William Walker Sayward bought a shotgun and pistol this spring in Fargo.