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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COLFAX, N.D.—Five boys are facing a slew of charges in connection with reports of sexual misconduct at the junior and senior high schools in the Richland 44 School District. Collectively, the five boys are charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of hazing, 11 misdemeanor counts of sexual assault, nine felony counts of felonious restraint and one felony count of terrorizing, the Richland County Sheriff's office said Thursday, Feb. 15, in a news release.
FARGO — The Catholic Diocese of Fargo issued a statement Friday, Feb. 9, providing more details of its involvement in the events preceding the attack of a priest in Anamoose, N.D. Father Robert Wapenski of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose, a town of 250 people about 100 miles northeast of Bismarck, was strangled by Chad Legare inside the priest's home the morning of Jan. 30, according to court records.
FARGO—The body of a man was discovered Monday, Feb. 5, underneath a dump truck parked in a lot behind a Fargo auto repair business, city police said. Officers were dispatched about 5 p.m. to the lot behind Bilal Auto Repair Workshop. Yellow tape was set up around several vehicles, and officers were investigating the area before the body was removed from the scene. Sgt. Jim VanLith said foul play is not suspected at this time. And he noted that it does not appear the truck was related to the man's death.
FARGO — High-profile California attorney Gloria Allred is expected to join the family of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind when one of two suspects in her killing is sentenced at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in Cass County District Court. Allred has been largely absent from public view in the murder case since LaFontaine-Greywind's family announced last fall that they retained her for legal counsel.
FARGO — A 24-year-old man accused of shooting at officers during a high-speed chase nearly a year ago was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Fargo's federal court to 25 years in prison. Daniel Michael Two Hearts, of Fort Totten, N.D., pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
FARGO — As many as 350 airline passengers destined for Minneapolis were diverted here to Hector International Airport Monday, Jan. 22, due to a major winter storm. "I don't recall this many people being stranded here for quite some time," said Shawn Doberstein, executive director of the Fargo Airport Authority. Diverted flights from Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Seattle and Denver started arriving in Fargo Monday afternoon, Doberstein said.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — After more than a decade of tossing around ideas of what to do with the historic mental hospital campus here, city leaders have unanimously decided to seek state funding for demolition. If the city is successful in requesting $8.9 million of the state's bonding bill, the iconic, vacant tower building of Kirkbride Asylum, also known as the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, would be the only city-owned structure left standing. "It's a difficult situation, but it's one that's necessary," said Mayor Ben Schierer.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A bar here is seeking the city's permission for performers to give lap dances to patrons. The Oasis Stage Bar and Package Store, 512 Dakota Ave., is the only bar in Wahpeton with a cabaret license that allows for topless entertainment, according to Darcie Huwe, city finance director and auditor. That license prohibits contact between performers and patrons—including a lap dance, which involves a dancer sitting and gyrating on a seated customer. Owner Matt Pausch asked the city to change the existing ordinance to allow lap dances.
FARGO – North Dakota State University officials identified the student found dead in a campus apartment on Wednesday, Jan. 10, as Noah Rockenback.
FARGO — Officials with North Dakota State University are investigating the death of a student after a body was found on campus for the second time this school year. A university spokesperson said Wednesday, Jan. 10, that NDSU police reported that the body of a student was found in a private room in Matthew Living Learning Center West, an on-campus student apartment near the NDSU Wellness Center.