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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Languages: English

The authorization from the U.S. Attorney General's Office was approved in the mid-2000s. Defense attorneys for the man who kidnapped and killed Dru Sjodin have asked the Department of Justice to withdraw it.
Police said they didn't know who allegedly choked Dylan Reitan, but he said in court documents it was a "Mexican man with a beard."
Phoutthasa Prathane told investigators he shot the woman because he couldn’t see his children, according to court documents.
Phillip Lokken was given a year of unsupervised probation after he ripped the whistle off the ref's shirt.
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One of the vehicles appears to be a truck similar to those used by moving companies.
The University of Kansas administrator will take over for President Dean Bresciani, who has been at NDSU since 2010.