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 – North Dakota State University officials identified the student found dead in a campus apartment on Wednesday, Jan. 10, as Noah Rockenback.
FARGO — Officials with North Dakota State University are investigating the death of a student after a body was found on campus for the second time this school year. A university spokesperson said Wednesday, Jan. 10, that NDSU police reported that the body of a student was found in a private room in Matthew Living Learning Center West, an on-campus student apartment near the NDSU Wellness Center.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The juvenile detention center here is doubling its capacity with a $7.5 million expansion and renovation of its existing facility that serves youths from 11 surrounding counties. The West Central Regional Juvenile Center, 729 11th St. N., is a cooperative formed in 1997 with Minnesota counties Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, Douglas, Todd, Wadena, Grant, Traverse, Wilkin and Stevens. North Dakota's Cass County joined the co-op in 2015 after it closed its juvenile detention center in Fargo.
FARGO — Madonna White Bear Azure remembers being the only American Indian in nursing school at the University of North Dakota back when she graduated in 1982. Now there are programs dedicated to recruiting and retaining native nurses at UND, and at North Dakota State University where the Indigenous Wisdom in Nursing (I-WIN) program had its first graduate in 2016.
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.