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 — 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.
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.