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April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten


April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.

Baumgarten started her journalism career in 2011 with The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter. She also was the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican, as well as a news editor for The Dickinson Press and Grand Forks Herald. She has covered a wide range of topics, including politics, business, education and agriculture.

She currently reports on crime, courts and public safety.

Readers can reach Baumgarten at 701-241-5417 or abaumgarten@forumcomm.com. Follow her on Twitter @aprilbaumsaway.

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The facts of the case so far do not support Shannon Brandt’s claims that he and Cayler Ellingson argued about politics or that the teenager was calling for people to come after Brandt, North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind told The Forum on Thursday.
Prominent Republicans have tweeted about 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson's death, and some are questioning why Shannon Brandt was not charged with murder. Gov. Doug Burgum even issued a rare tweet about the case.
Arthur Kollie said he wanted to represent himself against charges that alleged he stabbed and robbed 14-year-old Jupiter Paulsen. Now, he is slated to move forward with his defense attorney.
Anthony Reese Jr. faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for each count.
One man was pronounced dead at a local hospital, and a woman died at the scene of the shooting after efforts to save her were unsuccessful.
Shilo Oldrock, who is a member of the Navajo Nation, told that person he and Doe got into a fight the night before, claiming Doe killed Oldrock’s uncle and threw his mother to the ground.
The request comes a month after Dru Sjodin's killer won an appeal. A federal judge ruled trial attorneys failed to challenge "unreliable, misleading and inaccurate" information about the cause of death that was presented by a medical examiner, as well as exploring the possibility that PTSD could have caused Rodriguez to lose his sense of reality.
U.S. Eighth Circuit Judge Ralph Erickson, who oversaw Alfonso Rodriguez’s trial in the 2000s, tossed the death sentence in a Sept. 3 ruling.
The charge stems from the Sept. 17, 2019, death of 43-year-old Dawn Meyer. Stevenson was driving at more than 100 mph in Watertown, S.D., when he hit Meyer’s vehicle, according to media reports. Meyer was driving less than 35 mph, according to one news article.
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