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 McIntosh man has been accused of possessing child porn depicting young children, with one video showing a sexual act with an infant. Lucas James Coyle, 24, was scheduled to appear Thursday in Polk County District Court to face 13 felony counts of possessing pornographic work involving a minor. Each charge is punishable by up to five years in prison.
ST. MICHAEL, N.D.—A proposed hog farm near Devils Lake may be outside of the Spirit Lake Nation, but a tribal leader says it threatens water and the environment inside the tribe's boundaries. "Should this happen, I suggest to the state of North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Health, be prepared," Tribe Vice Chair Douglas Yankton Sr. said of the state approving the Grand Prairie Agriculture hog farm.
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.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—A detective who fatally shot a Devils Lake man was assaulted by the suspect, the officer's attorney said Wednesday, Aug. 29. "It's a felony in North Dakota to assault a police officer," said Mark Friese, a Fargo attorney who is representing Devils Lake Police Det. Brandon Graham Potts. "It's a tragic circumstance. There is no question about it. But responsibility for this is not, and should not be, directed toward Brandon."
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—An autopsy report for a Devils Lake man who was killed by police in Devils Lake found he was shot in the back of the head, and now his family is calling for criminal charges against the officer who fired the weapon. The death of Daniel Aaron Fuller was ruled a homicide following an autopsy, though Grand Forks Coroner Mary Ann Sens stresses that the autopsy findings do not necessarily "indicate a criminal homicide, which is determined by a legal process."
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.
WINGER, Minn. -- After a six-hour manhunt, authorities have captured an inmate they say escaped custody and stole a law enforcement vehicle in Crookston. Forum News Service learned late Wednesday night that Tony Mitchell Krueger, 20, of Bagley, Minn., had been taken back into custody. The Polk County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies spent Wednesday afternoon and night searching for the inmate near Winger, where they believed he was be hiding possibly in a crop field.
BAUDETTE, Minn.—A Baudette man could face 20 years in prison if found guilty of pointing a gun at officers during a confrontation in northwest Minnesota. John Clarence Centoben, 75, is scheduled to appear Wednesday, August 22, in Lake of the Woods District Court on a first-degree felony of use of deadly force against a peace officer. The charges stem from a July 31 call to Centoben's home after the Lake of the Woods County Sheriff's Office received reports of "increasingly alarming behavior" by the man, according to court documents.
CROOKSTON—A McIntosh, Minn., man awaiting trial on allegations that he sexually abused a child has been accused of raping a separate minor. Jeremy Allen Jerdee, 39, was charged Monday, August 13, in Polk County District court with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct—one in the first degree and the other a second-degree charge. The case comes after a child said Jerdee began raping her in 2011, according to court documents. At the time the alleged acts began, the child was less than 10 years old, court documents said.