April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten


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.

Pronouns: She/her
Languages: English

Questions have arisen about whether Christopher Thompson, who is charged with vehicular homicide, will take his seat on the Walsh County Commission in northeast North Dakota.
Giant Snacks, the North Dakota company known for producing snack sunflower seeds, claimed Lucy Spiekermeier stole or misappropriated more than $1 million.
The Winery Association of North Dakota says the university is not sharing information with the industry so wineries can give input on what they need in cold-hardy grapes. A State Board of Higher Education member is trying to repair the broken relationship.
“While the USDA did find the incident to be a violation of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act, they concluded that formal charges were not necessary to address the violation,” the Cass County State's Attorney Office said.
The Cass County State’s Attorney Office learned of the USDA humane slaughter violation from animal rights organization PETA.
The soy-based BioBlend Epic DS is being tested as an alternative to more corrosive products now used by cities and businesses.
“We really feel like people should be able to sell and make money selling their products from home, and consumers should have the choice,” said Danielle Mickelson, a Rolla resident who is one of the original plaintiffs in the case.
Rep. Rick Becker plans to submit a plan next week to use money from state's Legacy Fund.
FARGO — North Dakota State University interim Provost Kenneth Grafton plans to step down at the end of the year, and a long-term successor could be in place by next summer, according to the school's president.
The dispute that has spanned five lawsuits stems from a defunct patent for a hydraulic clutch Ernie Brookins, 77, invented more than 10 years ago. The clutch builds up pressure created from a vehicle engine’s energy. Once enough pressure is stored, the engine can be shut off, but the vehicle can run on the pressure without creating carbon emissions.