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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FARGO – Around 50 people gathered Wednesday, Dec. 13, to give feedback on proposed election reform as the Fargo City Commission considers adding more members and switching to a new voting system that no other U.S. city uses. There was no opposition in the crowd to increasing the size of the commission from five to seven members, which was recommended by a seven-member task force created in August to study election reform.
FARGO — Brianna Cassady, a transgender woman, crisscrosses the country as a truck driver. In her travels, she says she uses women's restrooms around the nation without ever a conflict. But Cassady, 32, alleges a south Fargo spa discriminated against her this month when she was told to use the men's locker room before her regularly scheduled massage appointment. "I walked out of the salon in tears," she said.
MOORHEAD — City council members here approved a revised financial contribution from BNSF Railway to move ahead with the underpass project that includes the closure of 1st Avenue South. On Monday, Dec. 11, the council was presented with a significant contribution increase from BNSF for the future underpass at the intersection of Main Avenue and 20th/21st Street South. The $53 million project has been highly anticipated, but there was a roadblock recently as to whether 1st Avenue South should be open or closed. Business owners in the area objected to the closing.
FARGO — A 71-year-old Fargo man will not face criminal charges for fatally striking a 19-year-old bicyclist, who died in September from injuries suffered when he was dragged for a block under the man's car. Cass County prosecutor Tanya Martinez decided not to charge the driver, Dr. Theodore William Kleiman, after reviewing the police investigation, eyewitness statements and traffic camera footage, according to a declination letter dated Thursday, Dec. 7.
MOORHEAD — The Moorhead Youth Hockey Association plans to help renovate and expand a city-owned arena it uses to add a third sheet of ice, then re-name it "Cullen Hockey Center." The Moorhead City Council unanimously approved the first of two phases to improve the arena, 707 Main Ave. S.E., estimated to cost a total of $8 million. The city intends to issue taxpayer-backed bonds to pay for the upgrades in phase one. The addition of a third sheet of ice in phase two will be mostly funded by MYHA donations.
STUTSMAN COUNTY, N.D. — The bus for the Minnesota State University Moorhead men's basketball team was involved in a crash Friday, Dec. 1, en route to the team's first conference game at University of Mary in Bismarck. North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper Benjamin Kennelly said the bus rear-ended a Buick minivan about 2:30 p.m. on Interstate 94, about 30 miles west of Jamestown.
FARGO — The temperature on Monday, Nov. 27, reached a high we haven't seen here since 1899. The National Weather Service said the thermometer registered 54 degrees Monday to tie the daily record high that was set in Fargo 118 years ago. "It's always fun to see a record from the 1800s," said Carl Jones, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Forks.
FARGO — A recent string of vandalism at North Dakota State University has resulted in thousands of dollars worth of estimated damages, an official said. NDSU Police Chief Bill Vandal said he believes a BB gun or pellet gun was used to shoot out windows at the university's Sanford Health Athletic Complex (SHAC) and at three nearby bus shelters along North University Drive.
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — A former New York Mills teacher was recently acquitted of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony for alleged sexual contact with a student. After a three-day trial, an Otter Tail County jury found the former teacher, 38-year-old Kris Koll, not guilty of the charge on Thursday, Nov. 16. The original complaint against Koll, filed in December 2016, claimed he had sexual contact on several occasions with a 17-year-old student.
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney said he wants the city to be No.1 in football and energy savings.