Kim Hyat 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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TOWER CITY, N.D. — Maple Valley School District voters defeated a $14.3 million bond referendum at the polls Tuesday, April 25, making it the fourth time such measure didn't meet the supermajority threshold "We have results that didn't go our way. It's been voted down," said a defeated Superintendent Brian Wolf after the results were in. "We don't know what we need to do to go over the hump."
MOORHEAD — Concordia College has denied an outspoken right-wing senior's request to form an NRA-affiliated student organization on campus because the college says the organization's mission conflicts with the school's institutional support for gun control. "This is something we all saw coming. It wasn't a surprise by any means," said Liam Nuhring, 22, who submitted the application and plans to drop NRA from the name so the organization is more palatable for the private institution. "It's a controversial thing, that's for sure."
MOORHEAD ‒ The site for a new Clay County Law Enforcement Center is proceeding according to plans, except for the recent discovery of two 107-year-old cast iron fuel tanks. "It's pretty significant to discover two old tanks of that size," said Clay County Administrator Brian Berg. "Frankly, we have been somewhat assured by the construction management company that it shouldn't slow them down as far as delaying the project."
MOORHEAD — Clear division was shown at Monday's City Council meeting when there were two split votes on a resolution claiming bills have been offered in the state Legislature that limit local decision-making authority. Council member Mari Dailey brought the resolution before the council. It states that "more than two dozen bills that restrict local decision-making have been introduced in 2017 to date."
WEST FARGO — An alleged domestic abuser fled with his victim's phone and money on Monday morning, leading police on a short pursuit until he was later found outside a Wal-Mart in Fargo. At about 9:50 a.m. Monday, April 24, officers were called to the 1400 block of 14th Avenue East in West Fargo on a report that Tyriek Tyner, 27, of West Fargo, assaulted a woman, West Fargo police Sgt. Patrick Hanson said in a press release issued Monday afternoon.
ARGUSVILLE, N.D. — A high-school senior here has been busy reciting poems in front of mirrors, family and friends preparing for a national poetry competition in Washington this week. Northern Cass High School's Zachary Howatt won North Dakota's Poetry Out Loud competition earlier this school year to advance to nationals, a stage he's recited on before in 2015 when the state's first place winner was unable to attend, so Howatt stepped in as consolation champ.
MOORHEAD — Smartphone apps now let library cardholders check out popular movies and e-books without even walking through the door, and public computers and classes like Intro to Twitter are as crucial to libraries today as circulation. But that doesn't mean books are collecting dust or the internet is making libraries obsolete.
FARGO — The Dakota Medical Foundation announced Friday, April 21, the official total of funds raised this year of nearly $10.7 million through Giving Hearts Day. The charity event was held Feb. 9 in Fargo and Bismarck, though the event spans the entire state of North Dakota and western Minnesota. The total amount raised this year was $10,692,653 with 360 charitable causes participating and 50,920 individual donations made.
MOORHEAD — A father and avid clock collector killed in a duplex fire here last week was identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office Thursday, April 20. Phillip Sigurd Skatvold, 68, lived at the residence with Kristen Skatvold, his adult daughter who was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo for treatment the night of the fire, Friday, April 14, Moorhead police Lt. Brad Penas said in a statement issued Thursday.
FARGO — Inside a federal district courtroom here Wednesday, April 19, a jury found a Chicago man innocent of witness tampering but guilty of conspiracy and sex trafficking five women, including one minor. The defendant, 29-year-old Anthony Donte Collier, aka Koleone the Great, is convicted of trafficking the five victims from April 2015 through August 2016 between Minnesota and North Dakota. His case was moved to federal court in Fargo after originating in Minnesota, where Collier once faced 15 charges in Clay County District Court of sex trafficking.