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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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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Sullivan Middle School, part of the St. John Paul II Catholic Schools network, was named after Bishop James Sullivan. Due to the allegations, Sullivan Middle School has been renamed Sacred Heart Middle School, the Fargo Diocese said.
A team that is guided by Native Americans will explore how to enhance the lives and opportunities for Native American in the area by studying the impacts of cultural genocide brought about by U.S. policy. The school received $275,000 this spring from the New York-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to use over the course of three years for this project.
In a federal lawsuit, a family alleges school leaders did not take measures to prevent one boy from seeing their daughter in school, violating federal law and the district's own policies.