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 — Even though the calendar says it's spring, heavy snow and strong winds are predicted for Fargo-Moorhead this week. The National Weather Service announced Wednesday, March 21 — the second day of spring — that as much as 8 inches of snow could fall on the metro area and throughout southeast North Dakota and west central Minnesota.
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.
MOORHEAD — A pool of six finalists for the position of Moorhead Public School superintendent was announced Monday, March 19, including two of the district's assistant superintendents. All other candidates are currently serving as superintendents in other Minnesota school districts.
FARGO — To accommodate growth in south Fargo, the Board of Education is looking at purchasing land near Davies High School. On Tuesday, March 13, board members considered the recommendation of the district's planning committee to pursue making an offer on two parcels of land along 76th Avenue South. Goldmark Real Estate is asking approximately $2.2 million for 76.3 acres south of Davies. Board members unanimously voted Tuesday to proceed with soil testing to ensure the land is suitable for future development.
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.
WEST FARGO – One man is dead and at least three police officers from the Fargo-Moorhead area are on paid administrative leave following a shooting in West Fargo on Monday night, March 12. West Fargo Police Chief Heith Janke said the deceased man was the subject of a prior ongoing investigation leading up to the shooting. Janke said a West Fargo officer tried to pull over the man for a violation Monday evening but he fled and a high-speed chase ensued through West Fargo.
FARGO — Citing credibility issues and a lack of evidence, a prosecutor has declined to file criminal charges against a former Cass County Jail officer accused of sexual misconduct by two female inmates. Documents obtained by The Forum this week from the Cass County State's Attorney's Office show that prosecutor Reid Brady has 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.
FARGO — James Kapitan, a retired Air Force colonel, announced Tuesday, March 6, that he is running for a North Dakota House seat from District 27, which includes south Fargo, Horace, Frontier, Briarwood and Stanley. Kapitan, 75, of Fargo, retired from the Air Force Reserve and North Dakota Air National Guard after 38 years of service. His career focussed on disaster preparedness, law enforcement and counter espionage.
FARGO — Presiding Judge Frank Racek said he has been a part of many investiture in his tenure, but Monday, March 5, was for a new judge with "the most solid name we've ever had." Stephannie N. Stiel (pronounced "steel") officially took the bench at East Central Judicial District Court Monday in front of her husband, Thomas, four children, parents, new and old colleagues, neighbors and justices. "I'm honored and humbled today that everyone could come out and be a part of this and share this special day with me," Stiel said.