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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DEVILS LAKE—The name of a Devils Lake police officer involved in a shooting two weeks ago cannot be released because of Marsy's Law, Police Chief Joe Knowski said. Ramsey County State's Attorney Kari Agotness said she doesn't plan to release the name of the officer who fatally shot Daniel A. Fuller on July 5 until the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation completes its probe into the shooting.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—An Oklee, Minn., man whom prosecutors said planned to start an armed revolution has been found guilty of stockpiling a cache of pipe bombs in northwest Minnesota.
An East Grand Forks man accused of selling fentanyl-laced drugs linked to a woman's death now faces federal charges. Anthony John Tozer, 32, asked Judge Jay Knudson on Thursday to dismiss his case in Grand Forks District Court, saying he has been charged federally with causing the death of 20-year-old Faith Burns in Grand Forks last year.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—Criminal charges have been filed against two men involved in a fight last week at Thief River Falls City Hall. Former City Council member Joshua Mark Hagen, 38, faces a fifth-degree misdemeanor charge of assault, and City Council member Jerald Dean Brown, 73, has been charged with disorderly conduct. The charges were filed Wednesday in Pennington County District Court, a week after a fight broke out between the two during an Administrative Services Committee meeting in City Hall.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Federal prosecutors say an Oklee, Minn., man had plans to start a "second American Revolution," wrote down instructions for bomb-making and identified multiple targets, including the IRS, police, teachers and "the rich."
THIEF RIVER FALLS—One of the Thief River Falls City Council members involved in last week's fight with other civic leaders at City Hall has resigned. Josh Hagen spoke briefly Tuesday at the beginning of the council's meeting before saying he would resign effective immediately. His sudden departure comes a week after an argument during an Administrative Services Committee meeting led to a physical altercation involving punches and a chair.
The Grand Forks School Board has approved pay raises for teachers. Board members unanimously voted "yes" on the 2018-19 teacher contracts Monday, less than a month after the Grand Forks Education Association did the same. That means along with built-in increases based on experience, teachers will get a 3 percent increase.
A lawsuit aimed at Obamacare could deal a blow to protections for North Dakotans with Medicaid and pre-existing conditions, two former national leaders from the state said Monday. "We have much more to lose if that lawsuit were successful," former U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., said of North Dakotans during a visit to the Herald.
WARROAD, Minn.—A Warroad man has been accused of sexually assaulting a young child inside a campground bathroom in Roseau County. Dalton Cruz Kezar, 18, appeared Monday in Roseau County District Court on three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. Two of the counts are in the first degree and each carries a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison. The last charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
WARREN, Minn.—Charges are possible after a fight broke out Saturday night at the American Legion in Warren. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office responded after 10:30 p.m. to the bar at 424 N. First St., where two people "got into it," Sheriff Jason Boman said. "What we were told is people were trying to break up the fight, and somebody got knocked over," he said. "I think at first it became a little altercation between two people and it kind of advanced from there, but I don't think it was a bunch of multiple people fighting. It was just pretty much two people."