Kim Hyatt is a reporter with The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and a 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. She started her newspaper career at the Owatonna People’s Press covering arts and education. In 2016, she received Minnesota Newspaper Association's Dave Pyle New Journalist Award and later that year she joined The Forum newsroom.
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WEST FARGO, N.D. — Gwen Sailer is a thrill-seeker, and the evidence is wrapped around her right wrist. Already this summer, the 15-year-old Fargo native has collected nearly a dozen speedway entry wristbands for racing in the sport mod class. On Friday, June 15, before zooming around the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, she was racing to the microphone to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" on her viola. "It's not a hard song, but it means a lot," she said.
FARGO — Downtown was full of endless applause and high-fives on Thursday, June 7, for more than 500 athletes from across North Dakota competing in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Special Olympics this weekend. Fans lined the sidewalks with motivational signs as teams for the annual state summer games were escorted down Broadway by North Dakota State University student athletes during the parade of athletes.
COLFAX, N.D. — Several families from the Richland 44 School District have retained attorneys from a Fargo law firm to ensure their victimized children will be protected when they return to school this fall with their offenders. Attorney Timothy O'Keeffe said his firm sent letters to the district Thursday, May 31, requesting information on behalf of more than five families whose students were victims of sexual assault and hazing this school year.
MOORHEAD — Republican Dave Hughes formally filed for candidacy a week after receiving the GOP's endorsement to oust incumbent DFLer Collin Peterson in a congressional rematch. Dave Hughes announced Tuesday, May 29, that he will once again run against Peterson, which he also did during a close 2016 race when the Democrat retained his seat for a 14th term with 52 percent of the vote to Hughes' 47 percent.
FARGO — Thursday, May 24, was just a taste of the hot weather to come this holiday weekend, but already temps are breaking records. Andrew Moore, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, said there were two new records set in the region Thursday, May 24.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Even before the stroke of Gov. Mark Dayton's pen on the state bonding bill, demolition is underway at a sprawling historic state hospital campus here. This week, demolition crews were busy at the Kirkbride, formerly the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, tearing down the new administrative building constructed in the 1950s.
FARGO — One group wants the community to have a deeper conversation around the simple question asked at checkout aisles: "Is plastic OK?" The Fargo-Moorhead Plastic Bag Task Force found that the average grocery store here uses 52,400 pounds of plastic bags each year. Less than 5 percent of those are recycled, which is why many are found scattering in empty fields, floating in the Red River and hanging in trees.
MOORHEAD — A 62-year-old homeless man accused of stealing more than $31,000 worth of devices from a Bemidji cellphone store at gunpoint was arrested here after authorities traced two of the stolen phones in Fargo-Moorhead. Ricky Lee Lidel, of Bemidji, was arrested on or around May 15 at a local homeless shelter where staff confirmed with officers he was a resident, according to court documents. Days before Lindel's arrest, investigators obtained a court order to trace two phones Lidel is accused of stealing from the AT&T store in Bemidji on May 12.
COLFAX, N.D. — The Richland 44 School Board accepted another resignation on Thursday, May 17, which was the first meeting led by a new superintendent hired after allegations of the so- called "rape game" surfaced at the start of the year. Superintendent Dean Koppelman, formerly of Valley City Public Schools, read the resignation letter submitted to the board by Ben Hannasch, librarian and social studies teacher. Hannasch stated in his letter that he had accepted a new position with Northern Cass School.
FARGO – A medical marijuana facility in Fargo and another in Bismarck are blazing ahead in registering with the North Dakota Department of Health to grow and sell to dispensaries across the state. GR Vending ND LLC, also known as Grassroots Cannabis, in Fargo was selected by the department’s division of medical marijuana to move forward with the registration process, according to an announcement Wednesday, May 16, by division director Jason Wahl.