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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MOORHEAD — Gripping the edges of a dental chair, 25-year-old Steve Schuler groans as two of his decayed teeth are extracted. "Phew! That was fun," he says, sarcastically. Minutes later in the lobby where he meets his fiancee — who also received emergency dental care — Schuler is still in noticeable pain, but says "it's not as bad as it was." That relief is what the Red River Valley Dental Access Project provides for hundreds of low-income patients in Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO — The cost of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project has increased $600 million, bringing the total price tag to $2.75 billion. The Diversion Authority said the increase is due to delays in the project and design changes from Plan B, a revised project design that incorporated suggestions from a task force led by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum in an effort to reach consensus and allow the stalled project to move forward.
FARGO – Chase Grindberg said he saved about $100 in his intro to psychology class at North Dakota State University by using a free online textbook rather than buying the physical book.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A 19-year-old Valley City man is being treated in Fargo for injuries sustained in a collision with a BNSF train Tuesday evening, Nov. 20. Jonathan Langer was in a Dodge Pickup traveling 2 miles west of Valley City on a snow-covered gravel road when the North Dakota State Patrol reports at 6:40 p.m., the truck struck the train at a railroad crossing near Cooks Plaza, 34th St. and 114th Ave. SE. Langer was taken to Mercy Hospital in Valley City first before going to Sanford Hospital in Fargo for further treatment.
FARGO — A father of three students attending Fargo Public Schools is challenging district officials to address dress code policies he says are gender biased and send a message of body shaming to female students. Martin Fredricks said his son and two daughters come home from school often with stories about peers being "coded" for wearing spaghetti strap tops that are too revealing, pants that are too tight, or skirts and shorts that are too short.
FARGO — The city of Fargo may be the first municipality in the country to implement approval voting, according to a recent poll conducted by supporters of the new election system. The Center for Election Science, a national proponent of approval voting, used Fargo-based polling service Prime46 to conduct the poll, which found: • 43 percent were in favor of approval voting. • 36 percent were not sure how they would vote or what approval voting is. • 21 percent were opposed to approval voting.
FARGO — Cold, wet weather wasn't a deterrent Monday, Oct. 8, for demonstrating United States Postal Service workers used to dealing with inclement conditions. In fact, it's right there in their motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." Monday marked a nationwide movement from Florida to Minnesota and Oregon to Washington, with all four major postal unions saying "no" to talk of privatizing America's mail service.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Central Cass Schools is unveiling a $26 million upgrade and remodel of its K-12 school that Superintendent Morgan Forness describes as "mindblowing." "It's a new dawn and new beginning for education in Central Cass," he said. "Now that it's complete and seeing the end result, I've heard nothing but positive comments." Funding the school renovation and new elementary was a two-year process combining public and private dollars.
FARGO — Sixty students without the right vaccines were barred from class this week in the Fargo and West Fargo public school districts as North Dakota schools are becoming stricter on enforcing immunization rules. In West Fargo, 42 students were excluded from school for not complying with immunization requirements, according to district spokeswoman Heather Leas. The number of exclusions wasn't as high in Fargo, where 18 students were excluded district-wide.
FARGO — This is the second episode of “Who Killed Tommy?” a true crime podcast exploring the unsolved homicide of Tommy Bearson, an 18-year-old North Dakota State University freshman.