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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THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Thief River Falls man used Facebook to solicit sex from a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl, investigators said. Richard Fredrick Nelson, 55, was scheduled to appear Monday in Pennington County District Court on two felony charges of electronic solicitation of children to engage in sexual conduct, a crime that carries a maximum punishment of three years in prison.
Grand Forks Public School leaders will work with other local governing bodies to show North Dakota lawmakers their needs ahead of the 2019 legislative session. The School District will host a legislative forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mark Sanford Education Center. The event will be held on behalf of the district, the city of Grand Forks, Grand Forks County, the local park district and the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority, according to a memorandum from Grand Forks Public Schools Superintendent Terry Brenner.
BILLINGS, Mont. — A family from Grand Forks County has gone missing while driving through Montana for Thanksgiving. Chelsi Kay Dean, who is a member of the Manvel, N.D., Volunteer Fire Department, was driving this week with her husband, Anthony, and their two children from a relative's house in Caldwell, Idaho, to Ekalaka, Mont., when they went missing, according to a UND Police Department tweet.
CROOKSTON—For the last two years, Zelda Rocha has gone every day to a school in Crookston to volunteer as a foster grandmother. The Crookston woman dedicates her time from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. to the students, serving them lunch, helping them learn to read and sometimes just sitting down to listen to how their day has gone. One child on Monday walked by, gave her a hug and shouted, "That's my grandma!" "I love working with them," she said. "They make my day."
A Grand Forks man faces 25 years in prison after prosecutors allege he sexually assaulted a young child in an East Grand Forks apple orchard.
BUXTON, N.D. -- When it comes to public education, Central Valley School has won the Super Bowl, North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday. The head of the state’s Public Instruction Department was on hand with U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, school administration, students and community members to help the K-12 school celebrate being named a National Blue Ribbon School, an honor that only 349 of roughly 98,000 public elementary and secondary schools across the U.S. received this year.
Thanksgiving traffic volumes will be the highest in more than a dozen years, and traveling in North Dakota and Minnesota should present few challenges for those taking to the road to celebrate the holiday. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks is calling for a mild week with mostly cloudy skies for the week. There is a chance of isolated snow Friday night into Saturday, according to meteorologists.
DEVILS LAKE—Federal investigators intend to review the death of a Devils Lake man who was fatally shot by a police officer in July.
North Dakota has issued a cease and desist order against a company that claims it offers security services for cryptocurrency.
Grand Forks Public Schools has used $400,000 in federal grants to hire a counselor, social workers and behavior facilitators to help children with substance abuse, behavioral health and emotional needs. Associate Superintendent Jody Thompson and Assistant Superintendent Catherine Gillach announced Tuesday during a School Board meeting the hiring of a full-time licensed addiction counselor, three full-time social workers and a full-time behavior facilitator. In addition, the district also hired a part-time social worker and two part-time behavior facilitators.