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April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten

Reporter

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.

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Languages: English

Officers said Emily Eckroth was disrespectful and disregarded commands while they investigated her husband on suspicion of driving under the influence in Bismarck. Ryan Eckroth was not cited.
Lissa Yellow Bird-Chase filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government after she was arrested during a traffic stop. A complaint alleged she was forced to remove her clothes in front of six BIA agents, including men, in an area where people could come and go.
The former president said Cayler Ellingson was targeted and killed in cold blood for being a proud Republican. The former president didn’t mention Brandt by name, but he called the motorist a maniac and a “radical left, stupid person.”
The teen was arrested in northwest Minnesota and authorities aim to extradite him to Burleigh County. Murder cases are typically moved from juvenile to adult court.
Officers say a 28-year-old was fatally shot in the chest.
An internal investigation determined the guard didn’t properly check on Chad Isaak the day of his death. Isaak was found guilty in a quadruple Mandan murder.
Ex-Sgt. Travis Skar and Lt. Steven Johnson pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
Oscar Gilberto “la Borre” Gandara, 37, of Liberal, Kansas, died Sept. 15 from injuries he suffered in the drilling rig accident in North Dakota, according to his obituary. Gandara and two of his coworkers were badly burned in the explosion.
The facts of the case so far do not support Shannon Brandt’s claims that he and Cayler Ellingson argued about politics or that the teenager was calling for people to come after Brandt, North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind told The Forum on Thursday.
Prominent Republicans have tweeted about 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson's death, and some are questioning why Shannon Brandt was not charged with murder. Gov. Doug Burgum even issued a rare tweet about the case.