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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MOORHEAD — As the Moorhead Police Department faces problems with recruiting and retaining staff, the city plans to give officers and detectives a raise starting in October. The City Council approved the pay increase on Monday, Aug. 14, in advance of the city kicking off labor negotiations in September for 2018 police salaries. The city approached the union that represents officers and detectives prior to the negotiations because of recruitment and retention issues that Moorhead City Manager Chris Volkers said needed to be addressed before posting ads for job openings.
MOORHEAD —— Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones said playing on outdoor courts was a great part of growing up in this state and his team is enhancing that experience for youth here. At Moorhead's Woodlawn Park, the existing court is unusable due to repeated floods in 1998, 2006, 2007 and 2009 that caused the asphalt surface to crack.
MOORHEAD — A "major milestone" was reached Monday, Aug. 14, for the redevelopment of Eighth Street South and Main Avenue. The achievement was reached Monday, Aug. 14, when the City Council unanimously approved a purchase agreement and development assistance agreement for the intersection's southeast corner in the heart of downtown Moorhead, said Cindy Graffeo, Moorhead Economic Development Authority executive director. The agreements had several council members excited about seeing the flagship project move forward.
FARGO — Kunti Pradhan got a call from her husband Monday afternoon. He told her he was going fishing on the Red River, that he'd be home soon. Less than an hour later, Kunti was cooking dinner for him, a meal of goat meat and dal, a traditional Nepali soup. She was interrupted by a knock at the door. It wasn't her husband, Hari Kumar Pradhan, rather Fargo officers informing her that Hari had been in an accident. "A car accident?" Kunti said. "Is he normal?" No, the officers said. Her 32-year-old husband had drowned.
FARGO — Onlookers will have the chance to see something of great heights Thursday and Friday, Aug. 10 and 11, when a group of locals rappel 110 feet down the side of the Black Building for a charitable cause. The Fargo-based nonprofit CHARISM, with help from Over the Edge, a national events company, and the Kilbourne Group, which owns the building, is hosting the event to raise funds and awareness for CHARISM's programming for at-risk youth.
FARGO —— One of the nation's largest conservative organizations invited Congressman Kevin Cramer to speak at a policy summit here Tuesday, Aug. 8, on ways to "unrig" the economy. The North Dakota chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a political group funded by brothers David and Charles Koch with headquarters in Virginia, hosted the summit at Avalon Events Center.
FARGO — The Fargo Park Board voted against a proposal to build a cell tower by Longfellow Elementary School after parents raised objections. About eight parents attended the board's meeting Tuesday, Aug. 8, to voice concerns about Verizon Wireless building a 91-foot, freestanding tower near the west side of Longfellow's ice rink warming hut, which is in Longfellow Park. "It would've stuck out and been an eyesore in the middle of a big, beautiful park," said Kara Kalbus, whose children attend Longfellow Elementary.
MOORHEAD — Sara Watson Curry was sporting a raincoat and umbrella during a rainy anti-hate rally last week, joining other Fargo-Moorhead residents in responding to recent headline-grabbing episodes colored with bias and anger. Watson Curry, a first-term Moorhead City Council member, said at the rally how relevant it is now to reinvigorate the Moorhead Human Rights Commission, which has been on hiatus for two years.
FARGO –– When a Fargo man interrupted a peaceful gathering outside the Fargo Civic Center Wednesday, Aug. 2, one of the 120 attendees responded with, “It’s OK, we love you.” That was Moorhead resident Jen Welle, who approached Kevin Benko as he angrily got out of his vehicle in the parking lot to yell unto the umbrella-filled crowd, “Hate speech is free speech you [expletive]!”
GLYNDON, Minn. —— A recently released dash camera video from the Glyndon Police Department shows Officer Brandon Boe's reaction to possible gunfire past his head during a routine traffic stop last month Boe was citing a driver Monday, June 26, on Highway 10 and claimed he heard a bullet coming from behind his squad car somewhere along the northeastern treeline, but the other officers responding to the scene found no evidence of gunfire.