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 — Finding staff to handle intense classroom situations and adequate space to reduce stress and anxiety are some of the many challenges facing a recently formed regional task force charged with recommending solutions for educating students with severe behavioral and mental health needs. After the Fargo and West Fargo school districts stalled on creating a separate school at Fargo's Agassiz School for students with these severe needs earlier this year, the districts decided to analyze what other schools are doing for students and staff.
FARGO — In delivering a forceful message on behalf of his family, the father of slain Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind said he was angry with law enforcement and the legal system for acquitting a co-defendant in his daughter's murder. "She didn't deserve this, neither did Haisley (LaFontaine-Greywind's daughter)," said Joe Greywind, flanked by his wife, Norberta, and daughter, Kayla. His breath lingered in the cold air with a "March for Justice" banner as the backdrop.
FARGO – No-travel advisories have now been lifted for all of North Dakota, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. A travel alert remains in effect for areas in eastern North Dakota, including: Jamestown, Valley City, Ellendale, Cooperstown, Grand Forks, Grafton, Cavalier, Drayton and surrounding areas due to wet and slushy road conditions.
FARGO — More than 200 Xcel Energy customers lost power in north Fargo after a driver crashed into a powerline and then fled on foot Tuesday evening, Oct. 9, leaving the car behind. Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Lee Soeth said that a car driven by 30-year-old Mark Reinhart of Fargo hit the Xcel pole that disrupted power for about a four-block area. The initial call to dispatch about the crash and outage at 1314 10th St. N. was reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. Reinhart ran away after the crash, but was caught and arrested by police about a block away.
FARGO — Cold, wet weather wasn't a deterrent Monday, Oct. 8, for demonstrating United States Postal Service workers used to dealing with inclement conditions. In fact, it's right there in their motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." Monday marked a nationwide movement from Florida to Minnesota and Oregon to Washington, with all four major postal unions saying "no" to talk of privatizing America's mail service.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Central Cass Schools is unveiling a $26 million upgrade and remodel of its K-12 school that Superintendent Morgan Forness describes as "mindblowing." "It's a new dawn and new beginning for education in Central Cass," he said. "Now that it's complete and seeing the end result, I've heard nothing but positive comments." Funding the school renovation and new elementary was a two-year process combining public and private dollars.
MOORHEAD — An unopposed incumbent on the Clay County Board of Commissioners, chairwoman Jenny Mongeau, got emotional when addressing the opioid crisis and mental illness — topics other county candidates agree take the entire community to combat. "When you live in disfunction you can't be expected to excel," Mongeau said. "It has to be a community effort. If you see someone in crisis, reach out and help."
FARGO — Sixty students without the right vaccines were barred from class this week in the Fargo and West Fargo public school districts as North Dakota schools are becoming stricter on enforcing immunization rules. In West Fargo, 42 students were excluded from school for not complying with immunization requirements, according to district spokeswoman Heather Leas. The number of exclusions wasn't as high in Fargo, where 18 students were excluded district-wide.
FARGO — This is the second episode of “Who Killed Tommy?” a true crime podcast exploring the unsolved homicide of Tommy Bearson, an 18-year-old North Dakota State University freshman.
FARGO — The second episode of The Forum-produced true crime podcast “Who Killed Tommy?” will be available Friday, Sept. 28. The podcast explores the unsolved homicide of Tommy Bearson, who was an 18-year-old North Dakota State University freshman.