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 — Sport bike riders understand that many drivers and law enforcement officers have them pegged as dangerous, reckless pariahs of the highway who speed, rev loud engines and weave through traffic. Yet they ride on, despite the stereotypes and safety concerns that come with riding sport bikes, also known as "crotch rockets," designed for racing, cruising or "cornering" a curve by leaning in and finding a balance, typically with speed. Sport bikes offer a sense of freedom that Danny Sandbeck of Fargo says cannot be easily explained with words.
It's been two years since Ray Kvalvog lost his two teenage sons in a crash as they travelled along Interstate 94 to a basketball tournament.
FARGO — Gas here hasn't been this cheap during the month of June in more than a decade. The current average price for a gallon of gas in Fargo, $2.06, is only three cents lower than one year ago, but the last time Fargo-area drivers paid a lower price in June was 2005, the AAA said in a news release. On Wednesday, June 14, Fargo had the cheapest gas in North Dakota. In Bismarck and Grand Forks, a gallon of gas cost $2.34 and $2.30, respectively.
FARGO — Meteorologists in the region are forecasting more threats for storms or showers every day this week, but it looks like Tuesday, June 13, was the worst of it. And Tuesday was pretty bad. More than 3,000 customers were without power from 12 outages reported, the Xcel Energy Electric Outage Map showed as of 9:30 p.m. Customers from West Fargo, the Oakport area and all throughout Fargo were impacted.
HUNTER, N.D. — It was a landslide victory and a testament of "trust" on Tuesday, June 13, for Northern Cass School District as residents voted to approve a 10-mill property tax increase for school building maintenance. Superintendent Cory Steiner said 131 residents voted in support of raising the levy and that seven voted against it. "The numbers speak for themselves," Steiner said. "I think it really goes to show that our district has the trust of its stakeholders and we have great people within our district."
MOORHEAD — The Oakport water tower may get an artistic facelift in August, and it could inspire further creativity with Moorhead's other water towers. Moorhead Public Service, the city's water and electric utility, is repainting its water towers over the next few years starting this summer as part of its scheduled maintenance plan. But rather than sticking with plain blue paint and the word "Moorhead," the city's Art and Culture Commission explored design options.
FARGO — An estimated 10,000 people were forced to evacuate Happy Harry's RibFest the night of Friday, June 9, due to incoming storms. At about 10 p.m., country band Diamond Rio cut their set short and left the stage. Five minutes later an announcer told attendees everyone had to leave the Fargodome grounds. Dramatic lightning was coming in from the west, and RibFest organizers were anticipating hail.
MOORHEAD — A 25-year-old woman is accused of giving heroin to a woman who overdosed immediately after injecting the drug in a Walgreens parking lot here. Morgan Shelby Masters faces two felony charges in Clay County District Court: great bodily harm caused by distribution of drugs and third-degree sale of narcotics. According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday, June 8:
CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — A 50-year-old woman from Montana was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo on Thursday, June 8, after the vehicle she was riding in was rear-ended in slow moving traffic, the Minnesota State Patrol said in a news release. About 4:40 p.m., Pauline Joy Salverson, of Park City, Mont., was riding with 51-year-old Daniel Faber, of Stanley, N.D, in a Jeep Renegade going east on U.S. Highway 10 in Glyndon Township near 90th Avenue North, the patrol said.
FARGO — Art makes better humans, and businesses. T-shirts for sale at The Arts Partnership's second annual State of the Arts Thursday, June 8, were screen printed with such slogans, but the goal of the event is more than getting a mob of artsy folks in Fargo to wear matching black shirts that say "Support local art." Instead, it's about living out that notion and getting more businesses on board.