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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MANDAN, N.D. -- A Belcourt School Board member was arrested this weekend at a Mandan hotel after allegedly saying he would kill a woman. Jeremy Lee Laducer, 44, appeared Monday, Dec. 3, in Morton County District Court on a Class C felony count of terrorizing and a Class B misdemeanor of disorderly conduct. The former charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.
GRAND FORKS — A man was arrested Monday, Dec. 3, in relation to a bomb threat that forced the Grand Forks Public Library to be evacuated, police said. Police arrested Raymond Lassiter, 34, Grand Forks, after the bomb threat was reported by library staff, according to a news release. Lassiter is expected to face a disorderly conduct charge, police Sgt. Jay Middleton said.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota’s House minority leader will not seek another term as the head Democrat in one of the Legislature’s chambers. Rep. Corey Mock of Grand Forks announced Saturday, Dec. 1, he would step aside from a another term as the lead Democrat in the state House, leaving the title open to Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks Police continue to investigate how a student saying someone looked like a school shooter escalated into a false report of an active threat Monday, Nov. 26, at Red River High School. The investigation into the comments is ongoing and active, but the incident officers responded to Monday evening likely won’t result in criminal charges, Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said.
GRAND FORKS -- An Iowa man was ordered to spend more than a year behind bars for trying to use Craigslist to arrange sex with an investigator he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Ryan William Baker, 33, of Coralville, Iowa, said nothing as Judge Donald Hager sentenced him to five years in prison on a Class B felony of luring minors by computer. The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, but Baker signed a plea agreement for a lesser punishment.
BILLINGS, Mont. — A family from Grand Forks County has gone missing while driving through Montana for Thanksgiving. Chelsi Kay Dean, who is a member of the Manvel, N.D., Volunteer Fire Department, was driving this week with her husband, Anthony, and their two children from a relative’s house in Caldwell, Idaho, to Ekalaka, Mont., when they went missing, according to a UND Police Department tweet.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — A Grand Forks man faces 25 years in prison after prosecutors allege he sexually assaulted a young child in an East Grand Forks apple orchard. Polk County District Judge Anne Rasmusson set bail on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at $10,000 for 72-year-old Dwight Colin Moses, who was charged with the second-degree felony of criminal sexual conduct.
GRAND FORKS - Thanksgiving traffic volumes will be the highest in more than a dozen years, and traveling in North Dakota and Minnesota should present few challenges for those taking to the road to celebrate the holiday. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks is calling for a mild week with mostly cloudy skies for the week. There is a chance of isolated snow Friday night into Saturday, according to meteorologists.
BISMARCK — North Dakota has issued a cease and desist order against a company that claims it offers security services for cryptocurrency.
GRAND FORKS — Dru Sjodin was a woman who could easily represent someone in anyone’s life — a daughter, a sister, a best friend, the girl next door. It’s one of the reasons her abduction on Nov. 22, 2003, from a mall parking lot in Grand Forks has resonated so strongly with those who heard her story, said East Grand Forks Police Chief Michael Hedlund. “You can picture her as someone in your life,” he said.