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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As a man who once faced drug charges, Adam Smith of Grand Forks said he and others would have shook their heads if told two years ago he would be helping others get sober. But now he is a recovery specialist for the Douglas Place treatment center in East Grand Forks, and he attributes his success to the Northeast Central Judicial District's Adult Drug Court. The recent court graduate said the Grand Forks-based court has given him the tools to help himself, and others.
Prosecutors have investigative materials and the autopsy for a Grand Forks mental health patient who died in a dispute with another patient at Red River Behavioral Health System. Grand Forks County State's Attorney David Jones confirmed Thursday his office received the final autopsy report for the victim. The Grand Forks Police Department, which was investigating the September death, sent its information in the case to Jones' office Oct. 10, Lt. Brett Johnson said Thursday.
BISMARCK -- A last-minute attempt by tribal leaders to suspend a North Dakota law that requires voters to have a valid ID with a residential street address has failed.
BOTTINEAU, N.D.—A student faces 20 years in prison after a woman says he sexually assaulted her in a dormitory at Dakota College in Bottineau. Joseph Emmanuel Rosado Arguinzoni, 18, of Puerto Rico, appeared Wednesday in Bottineau County District Court on a Class A felony count of gross sexual imposition. The charge stems from an Oct. 13 incident that the female accuser says happened in Rosado's dorm room. The two went to Rosado's room after a party and "had consensual sexual intercourse," but court documents allege Rosado sexually assaulted her after that.
David Owen said he has never smoked marijuana in his life, and he doesn't plan to if North Dakotans approve a measure calling for the legalization of it. So why would the UND student studying molecular, cellular and developmental biology and political science spearhead the effort to decriminalize the drug? He pointed to stories of residents who had dreams of aspiration—both large and small—only to have the chances of achieving those dreams quashed by possessing or consuming a drug that he said shouldn't be illegal.
A Grand Forks woman who killed her children sent several text messages to others before turning a gun on herself, including one stating, "Nobody is going to have to deal with us anymore." More than 200 pages obtained this week by the Herald detail the deaths of 35-year-old Astra Felicia Nicole Volk and three of her children—Tyler, 14, Aiden, 10, and Arianne, 6. The children were fatally shot by Volk in early May at their Grand Forks home. Volk then killed herself in the early hours of May 3 with a handgun she bought legally the morning before her death.
FORT TOTTEN, N.D.—Lionel Dunn was the 111th person to get a free tribal ID card from the Spirit Lake Nation. The Fort Totten man checked out his new card with a smile Wednesday at the Blue Building, the center for tribal government on the reservation. Dunn was a part of a steady flow of tribal members who trickled into the building this week so they could get new IDs. It's all because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a state election law requiring North Dakotans to have a residential address on driver's licenses or ID cards to vote.
Meth and heat exposure contributed to the death of a Grand Forks man in the county jail after an hours-long standoff, officials said. Samuel James Nelson, 36, died July 9 from "excited delirium associated with methamphetamine toxicity and prolonged exposure to a hot environment," Jail Administrator Bret Burkholder said, based on information he received from the Grand Forks County coroner.
DEVILS LAKE—A Devils Lake corrections officer missed a check on the cell of an inmate who killed himself in the hours leading up to his death, according to a police report. The Devils Lake Police Department ruled the death of 57-year-old David James Grove of Devils Lake a suicide. The report stated he used a bedsheet to hang himself from a bunk bed Sept. 2 while in a cell at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center.
A former UND student used more than $40,000 from his fraternity for a long list of purchases, including designer clothes and other high-end items, according to recently released court documents.