April Baumgarten, inforum

April Baumgarten


Grand Forks, ND, United States

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Recent articles by April:

Should Fargo hire an independent firm to review shootings by police?

The initiative has hit snags even before being approved. But if an independent consultant does find criminal charges are warranted against police officers, the road leads back to prosecutors who have already declined to pursue charges in the two shootings in question. → Read More

Man pleads guilty to killing 2 coworkers, unborn child at Fargo factory

Anthony Reese Jr. could face life in prison without parole for the shooting deaths of 43-year-old Richard Pittman, 32-year-old April Carbone and Carbone's unborn child. → Read More

Regular gunshots at this Fargo apartment complex keep tenants indoors and in fear

Fargo police and the FBI went door-to-door reaching out to residents as they investigated reports of gunshots that plague The Arbors at McCormick Park. → Read More

MSUM basketball player brought gun on bus to Nebraska game, prosecutors allege

The player is no longer on the team and has been banned from campus, a school official said. → Read More

Certified nursing assistant gets a year behind bars for injuring patient in Valley City

Gracious Weah was found guilty in September of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment for causing “severe and painful injuries” to a Sheyenne Care Center resident on Oct. 18, 2020. → Read More

North Dakota man charged in DUI crash that killed sugar beet leader recently won county commission seat

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. → Read More

Former employee alleges West Fargo real estate company broke federal labor law

Epic Management oversees multiple properties in Minnesota and North Dakota, including The Lights where outdoor concerts are held in West Fargo. A former human resources employee said the company ignored her pleas to comply with federal law when she discovered it was misclassifying employees and not paying them deserved overtime. → Read More

Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo police lag far behind national rate in clearing rape cases

The Fargo Police Department has spent the last year trying to figure out why its clearance rates of sexual assault cases are low. The Forum dug into the numbers, and asked what Fargo police are doing to improve their stats. → Read More

North Dakota sees worst voter turnout this millennium

Expected dominance from Republicans likely played a role in fewer voters than previous years, expert says → Read More

Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner fends off challenge from deputy

Deputy Mathew King ran against his boss Jesse Jahner in the race for Cass County sheriff. Jahner took the election in a landslide victory. → Read More

Slain Moorhead taxi driver's family says shooter's sentence is too short

Willie Sparkman Jr. was sentenced Monday to 12 1/2 years in prison for killing Abdullahi Mohamed Abdullahi. → Read More

U.S. Supreme Court denies case of Mahnomen highway engineer stopping trucks

Lower courts found qualified immunity applied to Jonathan Large when he stopped Central Specialties Inc. (CSI) trucks and told the drivers to wait for law enforcement. CSI claims Large acted as law enforcement, but Large's attorneys said he acted within the scope of his job after telling the company to not use the roads. → Read More

Fargo defendant stabbed Wisconsin man multiple times over upsetting comment, charges say

Phillip Dewey Bergquist tried to get away from the attack before he collapsed, court documents said. George Ortiz then slit Bergquist's throat and rolled him into the river, prosecutors alleged. → Read More

Phillip Bergquist witnessed a stabbing. Now, the stabber is accused of helping kill Bergquist

Phillip Bergquist was a witness in a stabbing case in which Joseph Poitra stabbed another person at a Fargo Walmart, according to court documents. → Read More

Former North Dakota higher education leader dies at 78

Robert Potts died Friday, Oct. 28. He served as the North Dakota University System chancellor from 2004 through 2006. → Read More

Man with bomb at Cass County Jail thought it was fake, court documents say

At the Cass County Jail, a sheriff's deputy found a cardboard cylinder with a wooden bottom and long, green string in the backpack of Leonard Alvin Budreau Jr., court documents said. → Read More

Fargo man gets life in prison for killing 14-year-old

Arthur Kollie was found guilty in September on charges that alleged he strangled and stabbed Jupiter Paulsen, resulting in her death. Jupiter’s family said a life sentence isn’t enough, and the father threatened to take matters into his own hands if Kollie got a slap on the wrist. → Read More

16-year-old charged as adult for fatal shooting at Bismarck motel

Jesse Taylor Jr. faces life in prison if convicted of killing Maurice Thunder Shield. → Read More

Mahnomen man accused of stabbing another in the back

Police alleged a woman helped the man get away and tried to get rid of evidence. → Read More

Fargo officers who fatally shot Mapleton man during mental health crisis didn't violate policy, chief says

Fargo Police Chief Zibolski will discuss the internal investigation in the Andrew Martinez shooting on Thursday. → Read More