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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NEW ENGLAND, N.D. — When the high-pitched noise from a key-cutting machine paused intermittently, the lull of country music could be heard mingling with the whir of sewing machines. A dozen hands of incarcerated women held steady as they stitched together white fabric. The women, taking part in programming at North Dakota’s only women’s prison, were among the 124 inmates that day at the Dakota Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — In a residential neighborhood right across the street from Valley City High School stands the 111-year-old Barnes County Jail. The aging building doesn’t really look like a jail. Only a sign and some fencing topped with spiral razor wire give away its purpose. The jail, deemed by state officials as having myriad problems including inadequate security, remains in operation but only under threat from the state to build a new facility or face closure.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A German reporter is facing international criticism for fabricating news stories — one of which focused on this city in Otter Tail County.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The 110-year-old Barnes County Jail is failing to comply with state standards, and the condition and management of the facility is a danger to the health and safety of inmates, staff and visitors, according to a recent report. The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, in conducting an unannounced inspection of the jail this month, ordered a reclassification of the Valley City facility.
FARGO — The cost of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project has increased $600 million, bringing the total price tag to $2.75 billion, officials said Monday, Dec. 3. The Diversion Authority said the increase is due to delays in the project and design changes from Plan B, a revised project design that incorporated suggestions from a task force led by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in an effort to reach consensus and allow the stalled project to move forward.
FARGO — Chase Grindberg said he saved about $100 in his intro to psychology class at North Dakota State University by using a free online textbook rather than buying the physical book.
FARGO — A father of three students attending Fargo Public Schools is challenging district officials to address dress code policies he says are gender-biased and send a message of body shaming to female students. Martin Fredricks said his son and two daughters come home from school often with stories about peers being "coded" for wearing spaghetti strap tops that are too revealing, pants that are too tight, or skirts and shorts that are too short.
FARGO — William Hoehn says his involvement in the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind is not the same as the crime of his former girlfriend, Brooke Crews, who admitted to conspiring to kill the pregnant mother and cutting her baby from her womb in August 2017.
FARGO — A detail that came to light in last month's high-profile trial in the grisly case of slain Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was that drones were used to surveil the suspects. This technically-advanced tactic isn't typically used here, but the Fargo Police Department teamed up with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to enhance levels of surveillance in the murder and kidnapping case that rocked the region and country.
FARGO — In delivering a forceful message on behalf of his family, the father of slain Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind said he was angry with law enforcement and the legal system for acquitting a co-defendant in his daughter's murder. "She didn't deserve this, neither did Haisley (LaFontaine-Greywind's daughter)," said Joe Greywind, flanked by his wife, Norberta, and daughter, Kayla. His breath lingered in the cold air with a "March for Justice" banner as the backdrop.