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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MOORHEAD, Minn. — The sound of drums symbolizing a mother's heartbeat and the scent of burning sage were soaked in while uplifting prayers were made for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind — a daughter and mother now among the multitude of missing indigenous women. "She is one of a thousand missing women in Turtle Island," said Denise Lajimodiere, a professor at North Dakota State University, referring to an American Indian term for North America.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. —— A family from Canada was towing a $25,000 Coachman camper Thursday, July 27, down Interstate 94 near Valley City that is now a complete loss. Natasha Gerace, 39, and Ryan Gerace, both of St. Albert, Alberta, were driving a 2016 Chevy Tahoe with their daughters, ages 11 and 6, heading westbound on I-94. The family was about 12 miles west of Valley City going 75 mph attempting to pass a semi when the crash occurred.
FARGO –– Sarah Hassan plans to celebrate her 22nd birthday in September with a woman who earlier this week here was a stranger threatening to kill her and all Muslims. “When something like this happens, hateness increases more,” said the Somali-American. “But it doesn't matter what comes out of your mouth when you’re angry. We’re all sisters and brothers. It doesn't matter if you’re Christian or Muslim.”
HILLSBORO, N.D. — Six F-M ambulances and four emergency response vehicles were seen racing north on Interstate 29 the evening of Tuesday, July 11 after a severe storm rolled through the region. Don Martin, F-M ambulance operations manager, said that the response was a precautionary measure and there were no reports of injuries in Hillsboro despite damage from the storm. Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks reported 80 mph winds in Hillsboro where powerlines and trees were taken down in the storm’s path.
LAMOURE, N.D. -- LaMoure Police Chief James G. Watson has been booked in the Stutsman County Jail on a charge of gross sexual imposition. The 52-year-old chief was arrested Thursday night, according to WDAY-TV. Details were sketchy, but a formal criminal complaint was expected to be released on Friday.
FARGO — A warning against “kitchen wizards” and “scratchers,” or those who illegal provide body art like tattoos and piercings, was issued Wednesday, June 28, by Fargo Cass Public Health. “Having a body art procedure performed in an unlicensed establishment and by someone who is not licensed poses the same risk as sharing needles through drug use,” Public Health said in a statement.
FARGO — A red carpet rolled out in front of the Fargo Theatre on Friday, June 2, was there for — of all people — journalists, a group of professionals facing criticism today from our nation's elected leader. "These are tough times," said Marilyn Hagerty, 91, one of the eight notable North Dakota journalists featured in the documentary "Inside Stories" that premiered Friday night. A crowd gathered on Broadway outside the theater, eager to see family and friends on the big screen, compared to a byline.
FARGO — Contrary to the now viral notion that millennials should give up avocado toast and traveling to buy a home or plan for retirement, one Fargo couple is preparing to embark this week on a year-long trip around the world, leaving their house, businesses and pets behind. Matthew and Lindsey Lee, both 26, don't actually eat avocado toast, but they do have a grand adventure in the works — one they can afford and find appropriate at this time in their lives before more inevitable adulting unfolds.
FARGO — Depending on when Nicole Dahl's first child decides to enter this world, the birth will occur either at Sanford's downtown clinic or at the new Sanford Family Birth Center. Dahl, of Verona N.D., has a July 23 due date, just two days before the opening of the birth center that will offer mothers spacious rooms designed to feel more like a hotel than a hospital. Amenities include large jet bathtubs, massages, full-size beds, nice linens and robes. What's more, the birth center is on the 10th floor, the top of the new $494 million medical center in south Fargo.
FARGO — The collaborative effort of Fargo-Moorhead churches providing the homeless with overflow shelter during the winter months is concluding, but local advocates say they are ready to help city find other sheltering solutions. Sue Korman, a board member of the Fargo-based Central Cities Ministries, which oversees the F-M Sheltering Churches project, announced to Fargo city commissioners Monday, May 8, that the project is ending after six years.