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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 Follow her on Twitter @aprilbaumsaway.

Pronouns: She/her
Languages: English

Legislative expense reports show Sen. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks spent more than $125,000 on travel over the last decade, far exceeding the average for lawmakers.
Officers who searched Holmberg's condo in Grand Forks also investigated a child porn suspect who exchanged texts with the state senator.
Giant Snacks, the North Dakota company known for producing snack sunflower seeds, claimed Lucy Spiekermeier stole or misappropriated more than $1 million.
Democrat-NPL Chair Patrick Hart said North Dakota's longest-serving state senator should step down as chair of Legislative Management, a powerful group that decides who sits on committees in the Legislature.
State Sen. Ray Holmberg of Grand Forks told a reporter he no longer had the text messages. When asked what happened to the texts, Holmberg said, “They’re just gone.”
Some golf carts were stolen from a West Fargo store and Mapleton golf course, investigators said.
Ronnie Kienzle, 71, died Sunday, March 27, at a hospital from his injuries caused by the March 10 crash at Twin City Drive and Main Street in Mandan, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a news release.
The business and technology dean from Cochise College in Arizona will take over July 1.
The driver is expected to be charged with reckless endangerment, possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing. He has a criminal history that includes theft and reckless driving.
Nichole Rice faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole if convicted of killing Anita Knutson in 2007.