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 — Out of exile, Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte found solace in studying and writing. "I wasn't a very social child. I never went to prom. I just studied," she said. "Writing for me was therapeutic. It was something I needed to do to move on." The Armenian refugee was violently displaced along with her family, fleeing to now not-so-foreign North Dakota on the brink of her 14th birthday. Four years later, she was off to the University of North Dakota, despite others doubts, where she earned degrees in two majors, along with a minor, within four years.
FARGO — A group of plaintiffs that includes a North Dakota lawmaker and a former gubernatorial candidate has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a statute that, the plaintiffs argue, attempts to give away nearly $2 billion of the state's mineral rights and royalties. Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, and Paul Sorum, who ran for governor most recently in 2016 as a Republican, held a news conference in Fargo Monday, March 19, to discuss the suit that was filed in January in Cass County District Court.
WEST FARGO – One man is dead and at least three officers from the Fargo-Moorhead area are on paid administrative leave following a shooting in West Fargo on Monday, March 12. West Fargo Chief Heith Janke said the deceased male was the subject of a prior ongoing investigation leading up to the shooting. Janke said a West Fargo officer attempted to pull over the suspect for a violation Monday evening but the suspect fled and a pursuit with excessive speeds ensued through West Fargo.
FARGO—Citing credibility issues and a lack of evidence, a Cass County, North Dakota, prosecutor has declined to file criminal charges against a former Cass County Jail officer accused of sexual misconduct by two female inmates. Documents obtained from the Cass County State's Attorney's Office show that prosecutor Reid Brady decided not to charge the former officer, 30-year-old Teddric Walker. According to documents from the state's attorney's office:
FARGO — A student at Oak Grove Lutheran School was dismissed and police are investigating after an electronic recording device was found in a girls' theater dressing room, the school president said in a letter to parents. The device was placed in the dressing room during a Thursday, Feb. 22, performance of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," President Michael Slette wrote in the Feb. 28 letter.
COLFAX, N.D. — In the midst of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct involving boys at the junior and senior high schools in the Richland 44 School District, the superintendent has been placed on paid administrative leave. Tim Godfrey was removed from his role as district head Thursday, March 1, according to Richland 44 School Board President Lisa Amundson.
FARGO — Months after a sentimental spruce tree was stolen from his driveway, Paul Vogel said authorities are getting ready to pursue charges stemming to the Christmas theft. "Every time I go in there it breaks my heart all over again," Vogel said. "When I planted it, it was just a tiny little stick was all it was... It turned into a beautiful tree." Cass County Sgt. Tim Briggeman said Monday, Feb. 26, that detectives are nearly finished with the investigation and will soon be submitting recommendations to the state's attorney's office.
FARGO — At the Cass County Republican Convention Thursday, Feb. 22, District 21 Republicans voted to expel white nationalist Peter Tefft from its membership. Conner Swanson, chair of District 21, said the decision stems back to Tefft's first district meeting in May 2017 when he unsuccessfully ran for the position of chairman. Tefft made district members at that time "really uncomfortable," Swanson said, adding that Thursday's meeting was the "apex" and a majority of members voted in a secret ballot to expel Tefft, who was present at the convention.
FARGO — At the Cass County Republican Convention Thursday, Feb. 22, the District 21 Republicans voted to expel white nationalist Peter Tefft from its membership. Conner Swanson, who is serving his second two-year term as chair of District 21, said that the decision stems back to Tefft's first district meeting in May 2017 when he unsuccessfully ran for position of chairman.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Bruce Hanson's fluency can stumble from a higher level of stress during finals week, but his stuttering isn't as severe as it was growing up. The 65-year-old recalls not being able to deliver speeches when he was younger. As fellow students went around the classroom taking turns reading paragraphs, he'd watch the clock, hoping the bell would ring before it was his turn. "I never envisioned I would be a teacher," he said.