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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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Officers say a 28-year-old was fatally shot in the chest.
An internal investigation determined the guard didn’t properly check on Chad Isaak the day of his death. Isaak was found guilty in a quadruple Mandan murder.
Ex-Sgt. Travis Skar and Lt. Steven Johnson pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
Oscar Gilberto “la Borre” Gandara, 37, of Liberal, Kansas, died Sept. 15 from injuries he suffered in the drilling rig accident in North Dakota, according to his obituary. Gandara and two of his coworkers were badly burned in the explosion.
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.
North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said the shooting of Andrew Martinez was justified, meaning officers won't face criminal charges. The Martinez family asked law enforcement to reevaluate how they respond to a mental health crisis.
The jury decided Arthur Kollie was criminally responsible for the death of Jupiter Paulsen and pushed aside defense arguments that he suffered a psychotic break when he attacked her outside Party City in Fargo. Prosecutors will ask for a life sentence.
Republican U.S. Sens. Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven said they plan to vote for the Democrat.
Roberto Cardenas Garcia is accused of killing Cirilo Sustaita Contreras, whose body was found last month in downtown Fargo.