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 — 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 — 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 – Rabbi Janeen Kobrinsky told her mournful congregation that her sons didn’t want to send their children to religious school in light of the tragic synagogue shooting over the weekend that tragically took the lives of 11 people of Jewish faith.
FRAZEE, Minn. — A driver struck a parked vehicle here, fatally injuring a 50-year-old Ponsford man. The driver, 39-year-old Richard Henry Fisette of Perham, was arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation, according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.
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. “Brooke had a scheme that she wanted to raise a baby, but that was not my crime,” Hoehn said. “My crime was not reporting what happened by not turning her in. Never in my mind did I think we were going to run into the sunset together and raise this baby."
MOORHEAD — A superintendent on paid leave at a small North Dakota school district caught in a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations against male students has applied, along with teachers from the district, to establish a charter school in Moorhead. Documents obtained by The Forum through a public records request show that Tim Godfrey, the superintendent, and four teachers from Richland 44 School District in Colfax, N.D., submitted an application April 23 to the Minnesota Department of Education to start Great Plains School of Technology and Innovation.
FARGO — The right conditions are in place for a fire to go wrong, and fast. High winds up to 35 mph, low humidity, warm temperatures and brown, dry vegetation have put most of North Dakota and Minnesota at an elevated risk of grass fires and wildfires this weekend and into next week. Folks should proceed with caution if planning to do a controlled burn or having a backyard fire, said Jim Prochniak, Cass County's emergency manager. "That wind can take those sparks," Prochniak said. "Exercise some better judgement, and be careful."
COLFAX, N.D. — The embattled Richland 44 School District has named a new superintendent to lead the school after an investigation revealed allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing among male students. Dean Koppelman, 63, former superintendent for the Valley City Public School District, will step in as substitute superintendent of Richland. He has 25 years of education experience, with the last 18 years spent in Valley City before his retirement in 2016.
FARGO — A one-week survey of sexual violence across North Dakota counted 101 victims who used crisis hotlines or received services such as therapy, shelter or legal assistance. CAWS North Dakota, a coalition of 20 domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention centers in the state, conducted the point-in-time survey Feb. 12-19. CAWS said the actual number of people receiving sexual violence services during that week likely exceeded what was reported.
COLFAX, N.D. — Assistant football coaches in the Richland 44 School District are calling for a "cultural overhaul" in the wake of allegations and investigations alleging years of sexual assault and hazing among teenage boys at the school. "What happens when you search Richland online? You see nothing but ugly news articles," said coach Zach Riopelle on Tuesday, April 17. "We need to show everyone that isn't us. Show them that whoever they think we are, we aren't."