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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JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The mother of a 4-month-old boy who was found dead in a central North Dakota slough after a two-day search is expected to be charged this week. Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser said the charges could be filed as early as Tuesday, July 10, depending if States Attorney Frederick Fremgen reaches a decision. Justice Lange, 25, of Carrington, and reportedly living in Fargo, is expected to be charged in connection with the death of her son whose name is not yet being released by authorities.
WEST FARGO – Police Chief Heith Janke was visibly distressed as he briefed media Friday, June 29, on the tragedy that earlier unfolded a 90-second drive from the southside fire station. What began as a possible water rescue of a child Friday afternoon shifted to recovery of a body from a stormwater retention pond near the 2900 block of Fifth Street West in West Fargo’s Eagle Run neighborhood. “This is a sad day in West Fargo.
MOORHEAD — Ten-year-old Saima Velline of Avon, Minn., was determined to see the students from Parkland, Fla., on Tuesday, June 26. Saima and her mom drove 155 miles north to meet them in Moorhead after missing the Minneapolis stop of their Road To Change summer bus tour on Monday.
FARGO — The Fargo Theatre doesn't want politicians featuring it's iconic facade, marquee or logo in campaigns and political advertisements. Executive Director Emily Beck said Monday, June 25, that the theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and because of this, must remain apolitical. The theatre issued a news release Monday with the request to make it clear that the organization is neutral, adding that no elected official should use the image in campaigns or promotional materials.
FARGO—Sitting in her south Fargo apartment below a large oil painting of her brother, Betty Ann Peltier Solano sifts through hundreds of newspaper clippings about him. The headlines span more than 40 years and take Solano back to countless prison visits, hearings and trials she attended here and across the country in support of her brother, Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Movement activist that some paint darker than the image on Solano's wall.
WEST FARGO, N.D. — Gwen Sailer is a thrill-seeker, and the evidence is wrapped around her right wrist. Already this summer, the 15-year-old Fargo native has collected nearly a dozen speedway entry wristbands for racing in the sport mod class. On Friday, June 15, before zooming around the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, she was racing to the microphone to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" on her viola. "It's not a hard song, but it means a lot," she said.
FARGO — Downtown was full of endless applause and high-fives on Thursday, June 7, for more than 500 athletes from across North Dakota competing in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Special Olympics this weekend. Fans lined the sidewalks with motivational signs as teams for the annual state summer games were escorted down Broadway by North Dakota State University student athletes during the parade of athletes.
COLFAX, N.D. — Several families from the Richland 44 School District have retained attorneys from a Fargo law firm to ensure their victimized children will be protected when they return to school this fall with their offenders. Attorney Timothy O'Keeffe said his firm sent letters to the district Thursday, May 31, requesting information on behalf of more than five families whose students were victims of sexual assault and hazing this school year.
FARGO — One group wants the community to have a deeper conversation around the simple question asked at checkout aisles: "Is plastic OK?" The Fargo-Moorhead Plastic Bag Task Force found that the average grocery store here uses 52,400 pounds of plastic bags each year. Less than 5 percent of those are recycled, which is why many are found scattering in empty fields, floating in the Red River and hanging in trees.
MOORHEAD — A 62-year-old homeless man accused of stealing more than $31,000 worth of devices from a Bemidji cellphone store at gunpoint was arrested here after authorities traced two of the stolen phones in Fargo-Moorhead. Ricky Lee Lidel, of Bemidji, was arrested on or around May 15 at a local homeless shelter where staff confirmed with officers he was a resident, according to court documents. Days before Lindel's arrest, investigators obtained a court order to trace two phones Lidel is accused of stealing from the AT&T store in Bemidji on May 12.