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 — 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."
FARGO — A 47-year-old man accused of firing a gunshot this week at a Fargo strip club was charged in 2000 with attempted murder for allegedly trying to shoot four men with a rifle after an argument at a bar in Hawaii. Pedro Dagdag III, of West Fargo and formerly of Kealakekua, Hawaii, was charged Friday, April 13, in Cass County District Court with seven counts stemming from the Wednesday, April 11, incident at The Northern Gentlemen's Club, 325 10th St. N. in Fargo.
MOORHEAD — Rick Santorum said he doesn't always get the warm reception he received at Concordia College on Tuesday, April 10, when visiting campuses across the country. He said he expected a different response from students later in the week when he plans to lecture at UC Berkeley. But on Tuesday in Moorhead, the majority of the 500 students and community members welcomed the CNN political commentator on campus to share his pro-life morals and conservative talking points — though without his signature V-neck sweater.
COLFAX, N.D.—Disturbing details of sodomy and sexual assault dating back to 2015 in the Richland 44 School District are described in an independent report that says school leaders failed to sufficiently respond to allegations of student hazing and sexual misconduct. The district hired a Minneapolis law firm, Langevin Lentz, to investigate the matter and compile the findings in a report, which The Forum obtained Friday, April 6, through a public records request.
COLFAX, N.D. — There's another departure at the Richland 44 School District. Athletic director John Freeman, who is also coach of the Colt's football team, is no longer with the district, according to Lisa Amundson, president of the school board. Amundson would not confirm when Freeman left or whether he was fired or resigned. The president also wouldn't not comment on whether any other coaches within the district have recently departed.
COLFAX, N.D. — Leadership changes are underway at Richland 44 School District during an ongoing sexual misconduct and hazing investigation involving boys at the junior and senior high school. School Board President Lisa Amundson and board members on Tuesday, April 3, unanimously accepted the retirement of High School Principal Bruce Anderson and resignation of Superintendent Tim Godfrey, who has been on paid administrative leave since March 1 without explanation. Both the retirement and resignation are effective at the end of the school year on June 30.
FARGO — Ahead of the state GOP convention this weekend, around 70 people came together Monday, April 2, for a candidate forum featuring three Republicans seeking the endorsement for the state's sole U.S. House seat. In attendance were North Dakota state senators Kelly Armstrong and Tom Campbell along with former North Dakota State University linebacker Paul Schaffner. Invited but not in attendance were Tiffany Abenroth and DuWayne Hendrickson.
FARGO — Trista Curry of Fargo, her sister from Wisconsin and their families were planning to surprise their mom Sunday by showing up at her Stephen, Minn., home for a weeklong Easter break. Amber Eisele on Sunday was about halfway through the 10-hour drive with her partner and three children from Belmont, Wis., when she got the call about sister Trista.
FARGO — Out of exile, Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte found solace in studying and writing. "I wasn't a very social child. I never went to prom. I just studied," she said. "Writing for me was therapeutic. It was something I needed to do to move on." The Armenian refugee was violently displaced along with her family, fleeing to now not-so-foreign North Dakota on the brink of her 14th birthday. Four years later, she was off to the University of North Dakota, despite others doubts, where she earned degrees in two majors, along with a minor, within four years.