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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FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—A northwest Minnesota man who planned to start a "second American Revolution" will spend five years in prison for storing a cache of pipe bombs at his hunting property. Federal Judge John Tunheim handed down the 60-month sentence to Eric James Reinbold, 42, of Oklee, Minn., Friday morning in Fergus Falls. In July, a jury found Reinbold guilty of possessing unregistered destructive devices after a three-day trial.
NEKOMA, N.D. -- Two people were injured Thursday morning after a minivan and North Dakota Transportation Department snowplow collided in Cavalier County.
Two dozen school leaders, educators and community members met Wednesday for a second time with the aim of defining an education model for Grand Forks Public Schools. The work by the PreK-12 Education Model Committee is the latest step in forming a long-term master facilities plan for the district. Grand Forks School Board members Shannon Mikula and Chris Douthit chair the committee that seats 35 stakeholders, including teachers, school administration and parents.
THOMPSON, N.D. — Icy roads played a role in a Grand Forks County crash Tuesday afternoon that forced a car to slide into the path of a semi.
An advocacy group contends Grand Forks Public Schools will violate the rights of students with disabilities if it uses space at the Herald building to educate children, a claim school leaders say has little validity.
Kelly Armstrong will have offices in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck and a fourth in northwest North Dakota when he becomes the state's lone representative in the U.S. House. Armstrong, who will take over for Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer on Jan. 3, is in the process of hiring his administration and likely will announce his staff next week, he told the Herald on Tuesday. He said he is securing space in four cities in North Dakota.
Grand Forks Public Schools will spend an additional $1.9 million in maintenance projects this year, including fixes for boiler and heat pump replacements. The School Board voted Monday to approve the funds for several projects, including an additional $900,000 for a Central High School's boiler plant replacement in the 1987 addition. It also declared an emergency so it could fix boilers in Schroeder Middle School and Central High in less than 30 days.
An annual report for Grand Forks Public Schools highlighted the district's strengths and weaknesses, with academic leaders saying there always is room for improvement. The report that was released last month details initiatives and stats from a wide range of topics, including attendance, class sizes, poverty rates, ACT scores and proficiency. The report gives residents a 360-degree view of what the district is doing, said Jody Thompson, associate superintendent of elementary education.
Two years of waiting for medical marijuana to be made available in North Dakota is almost over, and dispensaries are likely just months away from opening. The state Department of Health has named two companies to manufacture medical marijuana in North Dakota and selected four businesses to open dispensaries in Fargo, Bismarck, Williston and Grand Forks. Former UND hockey and NHL player David Hale and business partner Jon O'Keefe will open the Grand Forks location under the name Strive Life.
A Grand Forks woman has been acquitted on sexual assault and attempted murder charges related to accusations she beat a woman with a hammer. She was found guilty on a lesser charge but will face no additional jail time in the case. Rebecca Dakota Grant, 31, smiled after a Grand Forks District Court clerk read the verdict Friday evening in the case that stemmed from a May 22 incident that left a woman injured. The woman accused Grant of raping and sodomizing her, as well as beating her with a claw hammer.