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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BISMARCK — The last of their scheduled debates, North Dakota candidates seeking the state's lone seat in the U.S. House had to answer questions on a range of topics, including international relations and a trade war with China. Republican Kelly Armstrong, Democrat Mac Schneider and Independent candidate Charles Tuttle tried to appeal to voters one last time as they answered questions in Bismarck on Friday, Oct. 19.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.— A Thief River Falls man has been accused of kidnapping a woman and repeatedly assaulting her, with court documents detailing how they were let go by a Minnesota state trooper during a traffic stop before he was later chased down by police.
A Libertarian candidate who ran for North Dakota secretary of state this year before being told he couldn't appear on the general election ballot is asking voters to write him in as agriculture commissioner. Roland Riemers of Grand Forks announced Tuesday night we will seek the office held by Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring. Goehring is seeking re-election for a third term but faces a challenge from state Sen. Jim Dotzenrod, D-Wyndmere.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—An Emerado, N.D., man awaiting trial on charges of criminal sexual conduct in northwest Minnesota has been accused of lying before a judge in the case. George Robert Lyons, 37, was charged Monday, Oct. 15, in Polk County District Court with perjury and could face five years in prison if convicted of the crime. The charge stems from a December 2015 case in which he was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct.
THOMPSON, N.D.—A woman whose home recently was remodeled by dozens of volunteers while she was receiving cancer treatment has died. Kerri-Lynn Larimer died Saturday at her home after battling metastatic melanoma for almost a year. She was 44 years old. "She was always all-encompassing, just loved everyone, and everyone loved her," her close friend Gina Roller said, adding people will remember her for her free spirit. Larimer was diagnosed with the skin cancer in November. She traveled to Mayo Clinic in late September for treatments.
Grand Forks Police are investigating a Saturday evening death that was the result of an altercation between two patients at a mental health facility. Emergency staff responded at 7:13 p.m. Saturday to Red River Behavioral Health System at 1451 44th Ave. S. for an unresponsive subject, according to a news release. Altru paramedics arrived at the scene before police and determined the person was deceased, the release said.
GRAND FORKS — U.S. Senate candidates in North Dakota already are spending big bucks to win their race, but U.S. House hopefuls also are trying to get their names on the minds of voters. State Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, and former State Sen. Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks, have spent tens of thousands of dollars in the race to capture a seat held by U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. Cramer is vacating his post and hoping to defeat incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in what could become one of the most expensive races in state history.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota's Republican and Democratic candidates for the U.S. House race butted heads for a third time, calling each other out on their votes in the state Legislature and support of national policy. State Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, and Grand Forks attorney Mac Schneider, a Democrat who served in the Senate from 2009 to 2016, exchanged barbs Tuesday night, Sept. 11, in a live broadcast on Prairie Public Broadcasting. The debate was sponsored by AARP, and PPB News Director Dave Thompson moderated.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—The mother of a Devils Lake man fatally shot by police has been barred from speaking at a City Commission meeting after her attorney sent a letter to City Hall demanding a $20 million settlement for his death, according to documents obtain in an open records request.
GRAND FORKS — Sears in Grand Forks appears to be closed, leaving Columbia Mall without two anchor tenants. The national retailer posted signs at its 2800 S. Columbia Road store saying it was "closed to the public." Sears Holdings announced in May it would shutter its Grand Forks location along with more than 60 stores across the nation. The Columbia Mall site was slated to close by this month.