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 — More than 100 people took part in a ceremony and demonstration Thursday, Feb. 14, in honor of missing and murdered indigenous people. At noon, a water ceremony was held on Veterans Memorial Bridge followed by a program in the Civic Center and a march through downtown Fargo. Those participating sought to raise awareness about Savanna's Act, a bill aimed at combating violence against indigenous people. The bill is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a slain pregnant woman whose baby was cut from her womb in 2017 in Fargo.
FARGO — A task force is exploring where a new performing arts center could go in downtown Fargo to host a variety of events while providing access to an expanding skyway system. The goal of the task force is to develop a design and private fundraising strategy for the performing arts center, with a recommendation presented to the City Commission this spring.
MOORHEAD — City leaders are considering a plan that would involve capturing 75 wild turkeys with large nets fired from rocket cannons and then relocating the birds to eastern South Dakota. At the Moorhead City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, the mayor and council members are expected to decide on the plan to partner with South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks. The partnership requires a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources permit, granted only with the condition of the city committing to a comprehensive turkey management plan.
FARGO — You've seen the red-and-white heart suit, the #CountMe hashtag and ads for what organizers call the "Super Bowl of nonprofits" here and across the region. Nearly 500 charities are getting ready for Giving Hearts Day, which falls on the second Thursday in February each year. In 2019, it just happens to be on Valentine's Day. The 24-hour event is hosted by three Fargo organizations: Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Institute and the Alex Stern Family Foundation. Last year, more than 28,000 people donated $13.1 million on Giving Hearts Day.
FARGO — Bring on the bagpipes and green beer: the beloved Fargo-Moorhead St. Patrick's Day parade is rolling ahead. A volunteer committee announced a few weeks ago that it was cancelling the parade it's organized the past 22 years, but Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney wasn't going to let that happen. Mahoney said there have been efforts behind the scenes to carry on the traditional community celebration that draws thousands to downtown Fargo each year. "We got a bunch of people who want to make it happen," the mayor told The Forum in a phone interview Tuesday, Feb.
FARGO — A new study out of the University of Minnesota looked at the differences between rural and urban residents when it comes to social isolation and loneliness, which the study said is a growing threat to public health. The results of the study released in late January challenge prior research that found rural residents at greater risk of isolation due to more distance between family and friends.
MOORHEAD — When the door of one dental clinic closes, another one opens. The Red River Valley Dental Access Project, a volunteer dental clinic for uninsured and low-income patients, has secured a new home to continue providing urgent walk-in care after abruptly losing a longstanding lease. It will now operate out of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, 1900 28th Ave. S. in Moorhead.
FARGO — A brief bus ride to the Salvation Army for lunch was instead a bitterly cold 20-minute walk for Scott Griesbach on Wednesday, Jan. 30. As Griesbach warmed up inside with a white Styrofoam cup of steaming hot coffee and a freshly donated Sandy's doughnut, a banner on the bottom of the TV screen said it was minus 23 in Fargo.
FARGO — The office of Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., announced Monday, Jan. 28, that he's co-sponsoring Savanna's Act and wants to ensure it passes now that it's been reintroduced. "This is important legislation that will help us further combat crimes on tribal lands," Cramer said in a news release. Former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., initially introduced Savanna's Act — which passed the Senate but stalled last year in the House — with the aim of collecting data on missing and murdered indigenous people.
NEW ENGLAND, N.D. — When the high-pitched noise from a key-cutting machine paused intermittently, the lull of country music could be heard mingling with the whir of sewing machines. A dozen hands of incarcerated women held steady as they stitched together white fabric. The women, taking part in programming at North Dakota’s only women’s prison, were among the 124 inmates that day at the Dakota Women’s Correctional and Rehabilitation Center.