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—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.
COLFAX, N.D.—Five boys are facing a slew of charges in connection with reports of sexual misconduct at the junior and senior high schools in the Richland 44 School District. Collectively, the five boys are charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of hazing, 11 misdemeanor counts of sexual assault, nine felony counts of felonious restraint and one felony count of terrorizing, the Richland County Sheriff's office said Thursday, Feb. 15, in a news release.
FARGO — The Catholic Diocese of Fargo issued a statement Friday, Feb. 9, providing more details of its involvement in the events preceding the attack of a priest in Anamoose, N.D. Father Robert Wapenski of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Anamoose, a town of 250 people about 100 miles northeast of Bismarck, was strangled by Chad Legare inside the priest's home the morning of Jan. 30, according to court records.
FARGO—The body of a man was discovered Monday, Feb. 5, underneath a dump truck parked in a lot behind a Fargo auto repair business, city police said. Officers were dispatched about 5 p.m. to the lot behind Bilal Auto Repair Workshop. Yellow tape was set up around several vehicles, and officers were investigating the area before the body was removed from the scene. Sgt. Jim VanLith said foul play is not suspected at this time. And he noted that it does not appear the truck was related to the man's death.