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—It's been four years since Tommy Bearson was mysteriously killed, and investigators have yet to name a single suspect or motive behind the homicide of the 18-year-old North Dakota State University freshman. Bearson was only four weeks into nursing school at NDSU when he went missing Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Three days later, his body was found in an RV sales lot in north Moorhead, far from his Reed Hall dorm room.
FARGO — Although the crowd was notably smaller than the last time President Donald Trump touched down in Fargo, demonstrators showed up with signs and chants on Friday, Sept. 7, to welcome and protest him. Roughly 60 people gathered near the Delta Hotels by Marriott in south Fargo where Trump attended a fundraiser for the Senate campaign of Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who's trying to oust incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
WASHINGTON — During Cass County Commissioner Rick Steen's first trip back to the nation's capital since 9/11, the elected official said he and two colleagues learned a lot and walked away with resources and relationships to address issues like the opioid crisis and workforce shortages.
FARGO — In sharing their concerns at a school safety forum, both parents and educators in Fargo-Moorhead said that while an active shooter is their greatest fear, it's the daily violence in classrooms and lack of mental health resources that needs to be addressed. At Fargo South High School on Monday, Aug. 27, school board members and administrators, law enforcement, legislators and school staff from across the region took part in one of several statewide safety forums hosted by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and other education and human service agencies.
FARGO — Preliminary numbers from North Dakota State University show the institution, now bustling in its first week of classes, is experiencing a 10-year enrollment low. The overall preliminary enrollment total at NDSU for the 2018-19 academic year, as of this week, stands at 13,650. Enrollment at NDSU hasn't dipped below 14,000 since 2008. Last year enrollment was at 14,360, which is where enrollment has steadily hovered since 2010. NDSU's highest enrollment was in 2014, when the overall student count reached nearly 14,750.
FARGO — William Hoehn admits he made a life-changing mistake on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. "I should've called police that night," he said recently from inside the Cass County Jail, where he awaits trial on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and lying to police. He claims he came home from work to his north Fargo apartment that day to find his live-in girlfriend, Brooke Crews, cleaning blood from their bathroom. Crews presented him with a baby and said, "This is our baby, this is our family," Hoehn told police, according to court records.
FARGO — When Bryan Shea moved a few weeks ago, he didn't know the backstory of the apartment building he was hauling boxes and belongings into. "Want to know what tipped me off?" Shea said as he sifted through a crowded keyring in the entryway while on break from his work running an insulation company. Shea opened his mailbox and pointed to a fading sticker inside that reads, "Greywind." "I knew I recognized that name from somewhere," he said. A quick "Greywind" Google search along with the apartment address revealed shocking information.
FARGO — Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is suggesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture move two of its key agencies here. Cramer made the suggestion in a letter sent Friday, Aug. 10, to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue after Perdue recently said he intended to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) out of Washington, D.C., by the end of 2019.
FARGO — In an effort to encourage a "swing Senator" to deny the confirmation of a conservative Supreme Court nominee, a group of activists gathered here outside the campaign office of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to write letters focusing on Heitkamp's legacy and concerns surrounding the nominee. "Letters to Heidi" organizer Dana Bisignani said the event garnered around 40 letters that were delivered to the senator's campaign office at 23 Broadway N., on Thursday, Aug. 2.
FARGO — All 911 emergency lines in Cass and Clay counties, including Fargo-Moorhead, were down for nearly an hour because of an unknown problem late Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 1. Mary Phillippi, director of the Red River Regional Dispatch Center, announced at about 4:30 p.m. that the system's lines were not working and that CenturyLink, an Internet provider, had been notified of the problem. About an hour later, Phillippi said the system was working again. She said CenturyLink had not provided a cause for the problem.