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.—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.
FARGO — A group of plaintiffs that includes a North Dakota lawmaker and a former gubernatorial candidate has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a statute that, the plaintiffs argue, attempts to give away nearly $2 billion of the state's mineral rights and royalties. Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, and Paul Sorum, who ran for governor most recently in 2016 as a Republican, held a news conference in Fargo Monday, March 19, to discuss the suit that was filed in January in Cass County District Court.
WEST FARGO – One man is dead and at least three officers from the Fargo-Moorhead area are on paid administrative leave following a shooting in West Fargo on Monday, March 12. West Fargo Chief Heith Janke said the deceased male was the subject of a prior ongoing investigation leading up to the shooting. Janke said a West Fargo officer attempted to pull over the suspect for a violation Monday evening but the suspect fled and a pursuit with excessive speeds ensued through West Fargo.
FARGO—Citing credibility issues and a lack of evidence, a Cass County, North Dakota, prosecutor has declined to file criminal charges against a former Cass County Jail officer accused of sexual misconduct by two female inmates. Documents obtained from the Cass County State's Attorney's Office show that prosecutor Reid Brady decided not to charge the former officer, 30-year-old Teddric Walker. According to documents from the state's attorney's office:
FARGO — A student at Oak Grove Lutheran School was dismissed and police are investigating after an electronic recording device was found in a girls' theater dressing room, the school president said in a letter to parents. The device was placed in the dressing room during a Thursday, Feb. 22, performance of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," President Michael Slette wrote in the Feb. 28 letter.