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 — 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 cell phone 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.
FARGO — St. John Paul II Catholic School's Shanley High School is hiring its curriculum and technology specialist as its principal. The private Catholic school announced Friday, May 18, that Jon Spies will take on the new role after having served at St. John Paul II the past six years. He taught seventh and eighth grade science at Sullivan Middle School for four years, and he has spent the past two years as the curriculum and technology specialist.
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.
MOORHEAD — Some Moorhead City Council members said if they knew last November what they know now, the city's legislative strategy would be different. That's because there is an $11 million shortfall for a long-anticipated railway separation project near Moorhead High School expected to cost $65.9 million. City leaders and first responders have said the underpass is critical for public safety at the busy intersection of Main Avenue Southeast and 20th/21st Street South.
MOORHEAD — Police Chief David Ebinger is calling it quits after 40 years in law enforcement — a much longer career than he anticipated when he first became a police officer in 1978.
WEST FARGO — The West Fargo Fire Department has ruled the fire that destroyed two Meadowridge neighborhood homes and damaged another house last month as accidental while the cause remains undetermined. Chief Dan Fuller told The Forum that the department knows the fire on April 19 originated outside the home at 580 22nd St. E., and they ruled out arson. The insurance companies are focusing on the meter box as the source of the fire, but Fuller said his department doesn't have the "expertise to go through the stuff they are looking at."
FARGO — It was a blustery afternoon when two neighbors met at Lindenwood Park to look over changes already underway and to talk about more changes they fear are on the horizon. Fencing for two softball fields has been removed, and word on the street is that the Fargo Park District is considering replacing the fields with an expansion of Lindenwood's existing RV park. Meanwhile, park district officials say nothing has been decided.
FARGO — Crews restored power for 775 Cass County Electric Cooperative members in the area of University Drive and 52nd Avenue South. Peter Koepp, cooperative communications coordinator, said there was a cable failure in a substation in the area that impacted mostly residential members and some businesses. The outage lasted about an hour before power was restored.