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 — Alma Cipranic was fed up. After six months of being the target of harassment, threatening texts and rumors online, Cipranic said, she called police on her way home from work late Saturday, April 13, to report a video circulating on Snapchat. The video, which was viewed by The Forum, shows a group of women referring to Cipranic, saying “f––– Bosnians” and calling Bosnians “terrorists.” Cipranic, 20, is Bosnian and also a Muslim.
KINDRED, N.D. — It's Sean Woller's first spring living along East River Road. Over the weekend his yard was dry as he was cutting and stacking wood. But by Monday, April 8, the piles of lumber were soggy from the Sheyenne River creeping up on his property. "I didn't know what to expect," Woller said Monday afternoon as he cleared equipment from a garage surrounded by floodwater. "It crept a foot overnight."
FARGO — North Dakota may be known as the Peace Garden state, but it's not immune to mass shootings or mass killings. The state has a history of murderous episodes, with the most recent tragedy being this week's quadruple homicide at a Mandan business. On April 1, the owner and three employees of RJR Management & Maintenance were killed. Three of the victims were shot and stabbed, and a fourth victim was stabbed, according to court documents.
FARGO — A federal review is underway at Fargo Public Schools to see if the district is in compliance with its use of seclusion and restraint, specifically on students with disabilities. This has been an ongoing area of concern for some Fargo parents, and now the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has stepped in to take a closer look. Brenda Ruehl, a disability advocate with the North Dakota Protection and Advocacy Project, works with families in Fargo at issue with the school district's use of restraint and seclusion.
FARGO — A package of bills aimed at preventing human trafficking and violence against indigenous people are heading for Gov. Doug Burgum’s desk. Freshman representative Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, authored three pieces of legislation that unanimously passed the state senate this past week. One urges Congress to pass Savanna’s Act, another looks to study human trafficking and missing and murdered people, and a separate bill will encourage hotel employees to undergo human trafficking prevention training.
FARGO — Before making history and grabbing headlines in her first embattled months in Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar was a student here at North Dakota State University. It’s an overlooked chapter in her life now consumed with controversy. The 37-year-old Democrat is the first Somali-American member of Congress representing Minnesota’s 5th District. Since being sworn into office in January, supporters have come to her defense, while she’s continually accused of being anti-Semitic.
FARGO — Volunteers were up bright and early, ready to get their hands dirty sandbagging. The city of Fargo opened its doors to volunteers at Sandbag Central, 2301 8th Ave. N., at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 26. A couple dozen volunteers showed up early, ready to learn proper sandbagging procedures. There's 2,000 tons of sand on site at Sandbag Central, and the city plans to bag 1,500 tons per day.
FARGO — School districts in the metro area had more cancellations this winter than in recent years, but other districts elsewhere in the region had it far worse. Fargo schools have closed because of weather three days this school year, compared with once last school year. Before the 2017-18 school year, the last time the district canceled school was in 2014, a district spokesperson said.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Joe Stickler said he would rather experience another earthquake than a flood. Traveling in Peru back in 2001, he said an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.4 was unexpected but brief. The flood of 2009, however, was a whole different beast. "You're shaken for about two minutes and then it stops, and you're alive and you're euphoric. You didn't have any time to worry about it," he said. "Rather than a flood, we were just anxious and anxious.
FARGO — The Fargo Park District is accepting bids for 16.7 acres in Anderson Park appraised at $8.6 million. Selling the park district-owned land along 45th Street South, a busy and growing part of the city, has been discussed over the past decade among park staff and commissioners.