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 — The city of Fargo has won a $5 million prize after two years of competing against 50 communities across the country in finding creative, effective ways to conserve energy and increase sustainability. During the competition, it's estimated Fargo saved $2 million in gas and electric costs, according to Uwe Brandes, executive director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, who came here to present the award on Monday, Dec. 18.
FARGO — Brianna Cassady, a transgender woman, crisscrosses the country as a truck driver. In her travels, she says she uses women's restrooms around the nation without ever a conflict. But Cassady, 32, alleges a south Fargo spa discriminated against her this month when she was told to use the men's locker room before her regularly scheduled massage appointment. "I walked out of the salon in tears," she said.
FARGO—A 71-year-old Fargo man will not face criminal charges for fatally striking a 19-year-old bicyclist, who died in September from injuries suffered when he was dragged for a block under the man's car. Cass County prosecutor Tanya Martinez decided not to charge the driver, Dr. Theodore William Kleiman, after reviewing the police investigation, eyewitness statements and traffic camera footage, according to a declination letter dated Thursday, Dec. 7.
FARGO — After 32 years working in K-12 education, Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Schatz is retiring at the end of the school year. Schatz's decision to retire was approved by the school board — albeit "unhappily," as described by member Dinah Goldenberg — Tuesday, Nov. 28. His current contract expires June 30, which will be his last day with the district.
NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — A former New York Mills teacher was recently acquitted of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct alleging that he had sexual contact with a student. After a three-day trial, an Otter Tail County jury found the former teacher, 38-year-old Kris Koll, not guilty of the charge on Thursday, Nov. 16. The original complaint against Koll, filed in December 2016, claimed he had sexual contact on several occasions with a 17-year-old student.
FARGO — The state's first Honor Flight for American Indian veterans is getting ready to take off next spring to recognize an ethnic group that serves in the military more per capita than any other. American Indians have served in every major military conflict — from the Revolutionary War to the more than 24,000 on active duty today — and the U.S. Department of Defense estimates there are 150,000 native veterans.
FARGO — A photo of four white women in blackface, said to be students at North Dakota State University, is circulating online after it surfaced on Twitter on Thursday, Nov. 9. The photo's caption says "Gang s---" and was originally shared on Snapchat, then posted on Twitter by a black NDSU student, saying the four women in the photo also attend NDSU.
MINTO, N.D. — Two farmers here are accused of "brown-bagging," the act of illegally transferring the seeds of a licensed plant variety, and they now face a total of $12,500 in fines. The North Dakota State Seed Department discovered the alleged violation, which involved enough seed to plant about 350 to 400 acres, in June during a routine audit, and fines were issued in October, said Ken Bertsch, North Dakota's state seed commissioner.
FARGO — North Dakota State University sophomore Anna Ingersoll said she was a junior at Fargo Davies High School when NDSU freshman Tom Bearson was killed — a tragedy that marks its three-year anniversary today. "I was really scared that happened in Fargo. And the fact that it's still unsolved, it just baffles me," Ingersoll said. "But it didn't deter me from going to NDSU."
FARGO — A handwritten sign with six words has caught the attention of communities across the country. "Trump," the sign says, "that boy don't act right." The sign's owner, 74-year-old Gale McCray, of Fort Worth, Texas, has been traveling the U.S. this year protesting President Donald Trump. The Old Man With A Sign — as McCray calls himself — thought he'd be back home in Fort Worth by this point, but now plans to head to Bismarck later this week after a few days in Fargo-Moorhead.