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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Police found a man dead and a woman shot Thursday in a Grand Forks apartment. Police responded at 11:29 a.m. to the 2500 block of Seventh Avenue South, where they found a man dead and woman with “what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries,” according to a news release. Police said the injuries suffered by both victims appeared to be gunshot wounds. The woman was taken to Altru Hospital. Multiple police and emergency vehicles were seen at an apartment complex in the area.
FARGO—A Florida man has pleaded guilty to charges connected to an international drug investigation sparked by the overdose death of a Grand Forks man. Anthony Santos Gomes, 33, of Davie, Fla., admitted to money laundering and conspiring to distribute drugs that resulted in death or serious bodily injury, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Fargo announced Monday, May 14. He was connected to a group that trafficked drugs, including fentanyl, from China through Canada and then to multiple states in the U.S., including North Dakota.
MOORHEAD—A rural McIntosh, Minn., man who killed his mother and shot his brother at the family's home in 1999 is out of prison. William Hughes Knight, 70, was released Wednesday, May 9, from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, Minn., after serving almost 19 years of his sentence, which was handed down July 19, 1999, in Polk County District Court. He was ordered to serve 28 years and 10 months in prison but was eligible for supervised release after serving two-thirds of his sentence.
MIDDLE RIVER, Minn. -- A rural school will close this summer after serving a small Marshall County community for nearly 70 years. The Greenbush Middle River School Board voted 5-2 Monday night, May 8, to close the Middle River School by the end of the school year in June. The last day of classes is May 24, and all of next year’s students will attend school in Greenbush, Minn.
LENGBY, Minn.—The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating why a Grand Rapids, Minn., school bus driver lost control of the vehicle before a Monday morning rollover sent him, a dozen students and a teacher to hospitals in northwest Minnesota.
EAST GRAND FORKS—Red River Valley farmers are optimistic about getting crops in the ground after cold and wet conditions delayed them from hitting the fields earlier this spring. Producers started planting crops this weekend in northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota, taking advantage of mild temperatures and drier conditions. Chad Thorson of rural East Grand Forks started Friday, April 27, and will plant soybeans, sugar beets, wheat and edible beans this season.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—A dog that wandered onto a thawing river was rescued this weekend by firefighters in Thief River Falls, just days before the ice melted away. The Thief River Falls Fire Department pulled 14-year-old Sugarbear to safety early Saturday morning, April 21, after dispatchers received a report of a dog standing on the Red Lake River, Fire Chief Marty Semanko said Tuesday. Firefighters responded shortly before 7 a.m. to Boy Scout Park, where they found the chow-cocker spaniel mix on the ice, he said.
GRAND FORKS—A temperature warm-up is melting snow and ice fast, causing some farmland and banks along the Red River to flood. A flood warning issued last week by the National Weather Service in Grand Forks continued Monday along the Red River from the Canadian border through Grand Forks County. Central Traill County also was in the warning, and has had overland flooding along the Goose River, said Alyssa Scheve, the North Dakota State University extension agent for Traill County.
A Twin Cities wolf advocacy group said there are other ways to co-exist with wolves without using lethal methods to control populations, and wants to end the practice of snaring in Minnesota. "Most people don't know that hidden all over our woods are snares that trap dogs and wild animals alike, holding them in misery until their death," Howling for Wolves said in a statement earlier this year. "Our woods are just not safe. These barbaric and unselective wire nooses catch and maim whoever walks by. Banning snaring would be a step to reduce assaults on wildlife and pets."
WARREN, Minn.—An Oslo, Minn., man was ordered to spend almost two years behind bars for holding a woman against her will, holding a machete to her face and threatening to kill her and her son.