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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GRAND FORKS—A fired employee has been accused of attacking his former boss with a hammer in a Grand Forks robbery case. Kyle Joseph Duray, 24, of East Grand Forks, Minn., appeared Thursday in Grand Forks District Court on a Class B felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. The charge stems from an August robbery.
ELBOW LAKE, Minn. -- A tree fell on a Farmington, Minn., man Wednesday, July 4, near Elbow Lake, sending him to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. Jeff Brian Panzer, 44, was camping with others on the east side of the lake when a storm hit the region early Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office. Panzer was under an awning when the tree hit him, officers said. Members of his group had to walk for help since the storm downed enough trees to make the roads impassable by vehicle, the release said.
RED LAKE FALLS, Minn.—A Red Lake Falls woman has been accused of murdering a 2-month-old child she was taking care of while the biological mother is in prison. The Red Lake County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Sarah Leah Kortan on Tuesday, July 3, on a second-degree felony charge of murder, which carries a maximum punishment of 40 years in prison. The criminal case is the result of an investigation into the death of a 2-month-old girl who was found not breathing June 20 in Kortan's apartment.
WARROAD, Minn. -- Two Roseau County residents are accused of making meth and bombs in their home. Lukas Roy Miller, 33, of Roseau, and Brooke Jomar Marvin, 38, of Warroad were formally charged Monday, July 2, with eleven crimes, including manufacturing meth in the presence of a child and possessing explosives with intent.
A traffic stop last week in East Grand Forks has netted four suspects, two of whom face serious drug dealing charges. Kody Blaine Fultz, 29, of Bagley, Minn., and Cameron Norman Johnson, 27, of Grand Forks appeared Monday in Polk County District Court on a first-degree felony charge of selling meth, which carries a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison.
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.
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.
WARREN, Minn.—A 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 in northwest Minnesota.
RURAL LAKE BRONSON, Minn.—To Randy Coffield, raising cattle is not just a business. It's his life. "I came in as a greenhorn, and I've learned a lot over the years," the rural Lake Bronson rancher said as calves played in the straw-filled corrals behind his house. Calving season was starting to taper off in mid-March when Coffield, who lives in Kittson County, said he got three hours of sleep, mostly because he had to get up multiple times in the middle of the night to check his herd of 270 cows.