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 — Many volunteers here remember responding to Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago, and now they're doing the same for victims of Hurricane Harvey, with efforts ranging from harvesting corn to donating blood and bedsheets. "A little bit from everybody goes a long way," said Marta Ybarra, manager of St. Francis Thrift Store in Fargo. Ybarra said the thrift store rounded up lots of linens, 200 pillows, 20 bags of clothes, and hygiene items to contribute to the Dilworth Police Department's plan to fill a trailer headed for Houston this weekend.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The sound of drums symbolizing a mother's heartbeat and the scent of burning sage were soaked in while uplifting prayers were made for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind — a daughter and mother now among the multitude of missing indigenous women. "She is one of a thousand missing women in Turtle Island," said Denise Lajimodiere, a professor at North Dakota State University, referring to an American Indian term for North America.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. —— A family from Canada was towing a $25,000 Coachman camper Thursday, July 27, down Interstate 94 near Valley City that is now a complete loss. Natasha Gerace, 39, and Ryan Gerace, both of St. Albert, Alberta, were driving a 2016 Chevy Tahoe with their daughters, ages 11 and 6, heading westbound on I-94. The family was about 12 miles west of Valley City going 75 mph attempting to pass a semi when the crash occurred.
FARGO –– Sarah Hassan plans to celebrate her 22nd birthday in September with a woman who earlier this week here was a stranger threatening to kill her and all Muslims. “When something like this happens, hateness increases more,” said the Somali-American. “But it doesn't matter what comes out of your mouth when you’re angry. We’re all sisters and brothers. It doesn't matter if you’re Christian or Muslim.”
FAIRMOUNT, N.D. —— A 30-year-old truck driver from Breckenridge, Minn., jumped out of his semi to avoid being hit by an oncoming train Monday, July 17. Patrick Carstensen was driving a 2013 Kenworth semi that the Richland County Sheriff's Office reported a total loss after responding to the railroad crossing at Highway 127 by Fairmount.
HILLSBORO, N.D. — Six F-M ambulances and four emergency response vehicles were seen racing north on Interstate 29 the evening of Tuesday, July 11 after a severe storm rolled through the region. Don Martin, F-M ambulance operations manager, said that the response was a precautionary measure and there were no reports of injuries in Hillsboro despite damage from the storm. Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks reported 80 mph winds in Hillsboro where powerlines and trees were taken down in the storm’s path.
LAMOURE, N.D. -- LaMoure Police Chief James G. Watson has been booked in the Stutsman County Jail on a charge of gross sexual imposition. The 52-year-old chief was arrested Thursday night, according to WDAY-TV. Details were sketchy, but a formal criminal complaint was expected to be released on Friday.
FARGO — For the second time in a month, emergency crews are searching the Red River, looking this time for a Minnesota State University Moorhead swimming instructor thought to have drowned. The missing man, identified by Fargo police as Fanuel Shewarega Asrat, 24, was one of three men who went swimming about 5 a.m. Thursday, June 29, between a floating bridge and the rapids of the dam by Dike West Park in Fargo, said Battalion Chief Bruce Anderson of the Fargo Fire Department.
FARGO — A warning against “kitchen wizards” and “scratchers,” or those who illegal provide body art like tattoos and piercings, was issued Wednesday, June 28, by Fargo Cass Public Health. “Having a body art procedure performed in an unlicensed establishment and by someone who is not licensed poses the same risk as sharing needles through drug use,” Public Health said in a statement.
FARGO — Meteorologists in the region are forecasting more threats for storms or showers every day this week, but it looks like Tuesday, June 13, was the worst of it. And Tuesday was pretty bad. More than 3,000 customers were without power from 12 outages reported, the Xcel Energy Electric Outage Map showed as of 9:30 p.m. Customers from West Fargo, the Oakport area and all throughout Fargo were impacted.