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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CROOKSTON, Minn.—A Crookston man faces 20 years in prison after police say he assaulted a woman before barricading himself in a camper at an RV retailer. Timothy Byron Youngquist, 59, appeared Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Polk County Court on a first-degree felony charge of burglary and a fifth-degree misdemeanor charge of assault.
CROOKSTON, Minn. — A Polk County jail is investigating how an inmate allegedly overpowered a corrections officer and stole a jail vehicle before leading officers on a six-hour manhunt Wednesday. Tony Mitchell Krueger, 20, of Bagley was back in custody Wednesday night, Aug. 22, after escaping with a Northwest Regional Correctional Center transport vehicle in Crookston. He had not been charged as of 1 p.m. Thursday in connection to the incident, but he likely will face multiple charges for the manhunt, Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman said.
HALLOCK, Minn.—Kittson County investigators are taking another look at a missing person case that is two decades old after learning that foul play may have contributed to her disappearance. The Kittson County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday, Aug. 7, in a Facebook video it had leads regarding Becky Jo Look, who has been missing since 1995. Deputies spent Wednesday searching an undisclosed area for evidence in Kittson County, Sheriff Steve Porter said. Hallock is about 70 miles north of Grand Forks, N.D.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—An Oklee, Minn., man whom prosecutors said planned to start an armed revolution has been found guilty of stockpiling a cache of pipe bombs in northwest Minnesota.
GRAND FORKS -- An East Grand Forks man accused of selling fentanyl-laced drugs linked to a woman’s death now faces federal charges. Anthony John Tozer, 32, asked a judge on Thursday to dismiss his case in Grand Forks District Court, saying he has been charged federally with causing the death of 20-year-old Faith Burns in Grand Forks last year.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—Criminal charges have been filed against two men involved in a fight last week at Thief River Falls City Hall. Former City Council member Joshua Mark Hagen, 38, faces a fifth-degree misdemeanor charge of assault, and City Council member Jerald Dean Brown, 73, has been charged with disorderly conduct. The charges were filed Wednesday, July 19, in Pennington County District Court, a week after a fight broke out between the two during an Administrative Services Committee meeting in City Hall.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Federal prosecutors say an Oklee man had plans to start a "second American Revolution," wrote down instructions for bomb-making and identified multiple targets, including the IRS, police, teachers and "the rich."
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.