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 — In sharing their concerns at a school safety forum, both parents and educators in Fargo-Moorhead said that while an active shooter is their greatest fear, it's the daily violence in classrooms and lack of mental health resources that needs to be addressed. At Fargo South High School on Monday, Aug. 27, school board members and administrators, law enforcement, legislators and school staff from across the region took part in one of several statewide safety forums hosted by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and other education and human service agencies.
FARGO — Preliminary numbers from North Dakota State University show the institution, now bustling in its first week of classes, is experiencing a 10-year enrollment low. The overall preliminary enrollment total at NDSU for the 2018-19 academic year, as of this week, stands at 13,650. Enrollment at NDSU hasn't dipped below 14,000 since 2008. Last year enrollment was at 14,360, which is where enrollment has steadily hovered since 2010. NDSU's highest enrollment was in 2014, when the overall student count reached nearly 14,750.
FARGO — William Hoehn admits he made a life-changing mistake on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. "I should've called police that night," he said recently from inside the Cass County Jail, where he awaits trial on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and lying to police. He claims he came home from work to his north Fargo apartment that day to find his live-in girlfriend, Brooke Crews, cleaning blood from their bathroom. Crews presented him with a baby and said, "This is our baby, this is our family," Hoehn told police, according to court records.
FARGO — When Bryan Shea moved a few weeks ago, he didn't know the backstory of the apartment building he was hauling boxes and belongings into. "Want to know what tipped me off?" Shea said as he sifted through a crowded keyring in the entryway while on break from his work running an insulation company. Shea opened his mailbox and pointed to a fading sticker inside that reads, "Greywind." "I knew I recognized that name from somewhere," he said. A quick "Greywind" Google search along with the apartment address revealed shocking information.
FARGO — Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is suggesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture move two of its key agencies here. Cramer made the suggestion in a letter sent Friday, Aug. 10, to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue after Perdue recently said he intended to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) out of Washington, D.C., by the end of 2019.
FARGO — In an effort to encourage a "swing Senator" to deny the confirmation of a conservative Supreme Court nominee, a group of activists gathered here outside the campaign office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to write letters focusing on Heitkamp's legacy and concerns surrounding the nominee. "Letters to Heidi" organizer Dana Bisignani said the event garnered around 40 letters that were delivered to the senator's campaign office at 23 Broadway N., on Thursday, Aug. 2.
FARGO — All 911 emergency lines in Cass and Clay counties, including Fargo-Moorhead, were down for nearly an hour because of an unknown problem late Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 1. Mary Phillippi, director of the Red River Regional Dispatch Center, announced at about 4:30 p.m. that the system's lines were not working and that CenturyLink, an Internet provider, had been notified of the problem. About an hour later, Phillippi said the system was working again. She said CenturyLink had not provided a cause for the problem.
COLFAX, N.D. — A special recall election on Thursday, Aug. 2, will pit three incumbents against five challengers seeking spots on the Richland 44 School Board — the governing body of a district rocked by scandal and turmoil in recent months, including allegations of sexual misconduct by male students. If the recall effort is successful in ousting the incumbents — former board President Lisa Amundson, Josh Mjoness and Sarah Myers — then recently appointed President Nathan Berseth would be the longest-serving member working alongside a group of newcomers.
FARGO — For many Somalis living in Minnesota and North Dakota, an announcement made by the President Donald Trump administration Thursday, July 19, was a relief. "It's great news," said Hukun Abdullahi, Executive Director of the Afro American Development Association in Moorhead. Abdullahi said he was "hopeful" after first hearing about the 18-month extension of the Temporary Protected Status for Somalia.
WEST FARGO — Six-year-old David Logulomo was obsessed with water — especially during these hot, humid days — but he didn't know how to swim. So his mother said they planned to take lessons this summer. She never learned how to swim living in South Sudan. But after starting a family in West Fargo 10 years ago, she thought it would be a good skill that would ease her fears of water. "When you are afraid of water, water can kill you," said mother Joyce Lino. Now Lino looks to take lessons someday with her 3-year-old son Jeremiah instead of David.