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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COLFAX, N.D. — The Richland 44 School Board accepted another resignation on Thursday, May 17, which was the first meeting led by a new superintendent hired after allegations of the so- called "rape game" surfaced at the start of the year. Superintendent Dean Koppelman, formerly of Valley City Public Schools, read the resignation letter submitted to the board by Ben Hannasch, librarian and social studies teacher. Hannasch stated in his letter that he had accepted a new position with Northern Cass School.
FARGO – A medical marijuana facility in Fargo and another in Bismarck are blazing ahead in registering with the North Dakota Department of Health to grow and sell to dispensaries across the state. GR Vending ND LLC, also known as Grassroots Cannabis, in Fargo was selected by the department’s division of medical marijuana to move forward with the registration process, according to an announcement Wednesday, May 16, by division director Jason Wahl.
COLFAX, N.D. — A recall election targeting three members on the Richland 44 School Board is coming up in August, but no one has filed to challenge them. A committee successfully gathered enough signatures to spark a recall, which was approved by the North Dakota Secretary of State's Office in March. It targets three of seven board members: Sarah Myers, Josh Mjoness and President Lisa Amundson.
FARGO – As Mother’s Day approaches, Nancy William Hafner is anxious to hear from her 33-year-old son from Fargo who was reported missing in Santa Cruz County, Calif. Christopher Ryan Yonan was reported missing April 25, according to Sgt. Brian Cleveland of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Cleveland said there’s “nothing out of the ordinary in the report” and that authorities don’t believe the circumstances are suspicious.
MOORHEAD — A superintendent on paid leave at a small North Dakota school district caught in a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations against male students has applied, along with teachers from the district, to establish a charter school in Moorhead. Documents obtained by The Forum through a public records request show that Tim Godfrey, the superintendent, and four teachers from Richland 44 School District in Colfax, N.D., submitted an application April 23 to the Minnesota Department of Education to start Great Plains School of Technology and Innovation.
FARGO — The right conditions are in place for a fire to go wrong, and fast. High winds up to 35 mph, low humidity, warm temperatures and brown, dry vegetation have put most of North Dakota and Minnesota at an elevated risk of grass fires and wildfires this weekend and into next week. Folks should proceed with caution if planning to do a controlled burn or having a backyard fire, said Jim Prochniak, Cass County's emergency manager. "That wind can take those sparks," Prochniak said. "Exercise some better judgement, and be careful."
COLFAX, N.D. — The embattled Richland 44 School District has named a new superintendent to lead the school after an investigation revealed allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing among male students. Dean Koppelman, 63, former superintendent for the Valley City Public School District, will step in as substitute superintendent of Richland. He has 25 years of education experience, with the last 18 years spent in Valley City before his retirement in 2016.
FARGO — A one-week survey of sexual violence across North Dakota counted 101 victims who used crisis hotlines or received services such as therapy, shelter or legal assistance. CAWS North Dakota, a coalition of 20 domestic violence and sexual assault crisis intervention centers in the state, conducted the point-in-time survey Feb. 12-19. CAWS said the actual number of people receiving sexual violence services during that week likely exceeded what was reported.
COLFAX, N.D. — Assistant football coaches in the Richland 44 School District are calling for a "cultural overhaul" in the wake of allegations and investigations alleging years of sexual assault and hazing among teenage boys at the school. "What happens when you search Richland online? You see nothing but ugly news articles," said coach Zach Riopelle on Tuesday, April 17. "We need to show everyone that isn't us. Show them that whoever they think we are, we aren't."
FARGO — A 47-year-old man accused of firing a gunshot this week at a Fargo strip club was charged in 2000 with attempted murder for allegedly trying to shoot four men with a rifle after an argument at a bar in Hawaii. Pedro Dagdag III, of West Fargo and formerly of Kealakekua, Hawaii, was charged Friday, April 13, in Cass County District Court with seven counts stemming from the Wednesday, April 11, incident at The Northern Gentlemen's Club, 325 10th St. N. in Fargo.