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April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten

Reporter

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 abaumgarten@forumcomm.com. Follow her on Twitter @aprilbaumsaway.

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The facts of the case so far do not support Shannon Brandt’s claims that he and Cayler Ellingson argued about politics or that the teenager was calling for people to come after Brandt, North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind told The Forum on Thursday.
Prominent Republicans have tweeted about 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson's death, and some are questioning why Shannon Brandt was not charged with murder. Gov. Doug Burgum even issued a rare tweet about the case.
The stops around Detroit Lakes included drug arrests, driving while intoxicated citations and speeding tickets.
Gary Bogatz was found guilty of arson in connection to The Refuge blaze.
The authorization from the U.S. Attorney General's Office was approved in the mid-2000s. Defense attorneys for the man who kidnapped and killed Dru Sjodin have asked the Department of Justice to withdraw it.
Police said they didn't know who allegedly choked Dylan Reitan, but he said in court documents it was a "Mexican man with a beard."
Phoutthasa Prathane told investigators he shot the woman because he couldn’t see his children, according to court documents.
The woman had a protection order against Phoutthasa Prathane, according to court documents. The children they shared were playing in the basement, which was below where the shooting happened, prosecutors alleged.
Some golf carts were stolen from a West Fargo store and Mapleton golf course, investigators said.
David Donnell Jr. faces life in prison for the death of Red Lake Tribal Police Officer Ryan Bialke.