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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At least one person was sent to the hospital after a pickup hit two vehicles before crashing into a law office building in downtown Grand Forks. Multiple emergency agencies responded about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to a crash at 315 First Ave. N. That's where they found a pickup that collided into the corner of the Olson, Juntunen & Sandberg law office.
There are multiple elections across northeast North Dakota that have more candidates than seats. Here are the winners for races that are contested in the region. Note: County and legislative races will be in the November general election, but the list of candidates will be narrowed in the primary election. The primary election is the final vote for all city races. This list may not include every race in the region. Results are unofficial and are reported as of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. Nelson County did not report by this time. District 19 Senate
The Grand Forks County sheriff’s race has been narrowed to two: Andy Schneider and B.J. Maxson.
GRAND FORKS — Republican Kelly Armstrong is projected to face Democrat Mac Schneider in North Dakota's election for U.S. House, based on unofficial tabulations from the primary election held Tuesday, June 12. Armstrong grabbed 56 percent of the vote, defeating GOP candidates Tiffany Abentroth of Cummings (8 percent) and Paul Schaffner of Minot (7 percent), according to unofficial results from 133 of 4224 precincts in North Dakota reporting as of 9 p.m.
A consultant said Monday Grand Forks Public Schools can expect to add 600 students over the next five years, outpacing previous estimates. The district is projected to grow by almost 8 percent through the 2022-23 school year, according to an enrollment analysis report presented to the School Board by Robert Schwarz, CEO for educational consulting firm RSP Associates of Overland Park, Kan. The company presented a similar report to the School Board last year, saying the district could expect to add 200 students through the 2021-22 school year.
Friends, family and co-workers have struggled without Allen Miller since he was killed last year in a drunk-driving crash, his ex-wife said Monday as the Larimore, N.D., man responsible for his death was sentenced to less than a year in jail. "If anybody needed anything, Allen was always there for friends and family," said Linda Miller, who was married to Allen Miller of Petersburg for 30 years before their 2010 divorce. "His death impacted a lot of people."
The Grand Forks County sheriff is retiring after nearly a decade in office, making room for a field of seven candidates running to replace him. It's the county's top office in law enforcement, and it's possible the next sheriff could hold that post until he retires, said Mike Flannery, a retired Grand Forks Police Department detective who ran for sheriff in 2006 and 2010. "Basically, if you are elected sheriff, unless if you screw up, you are there until you want to end your career," he said Friday.
When the Grand Forks School Board meets next month, about half of its nine members will be newly elected. Nine candidates are running for five seats, and only one of those candidates is an incumbent. School Board President Doug Carpenter is seeking re-election. Candidates Bill Palmiscno, Chris Douthit, Shannon Mikula, Brian Reybok, Henry Howe, Jaqueline Hoffarth, Darin Lee and James Kelso also want a spot on the board. The winners will start with the board at the July 9 meeting and will hold their seats for four years.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—Law enforcement leaders want locals to spend time behind bars to test Pennington County's new jail. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office is asking for volunteers to sign up for a mock stay this month at the Justice Center. Estimated to cost $18 million, the project is nearing completion, but the Sheriff's Office wants to make sure the jail portion is running smoothly before housing inmates, Sheriff Ray Kuznia said this week.
EMERADO, N.D. -- A tornado warning has been issued for the Grand Forks area after reports of a tornado near Emerado. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks issued the warning about 5:20 p.m. Friday as severe thunderstorms moved into the area. The warning is expected to expire at 6 p.m.