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 — The Courtyard by Marriott was full of speedy, singsongy sales pitches known as chants Thursday, Jan. 18, during the 30th annual Minnesota State Auctioneers Association Conference and Show. "I believe there are no two auctioneers with the same chant," said Lansing, Minn., auctioneer Dave Thompson, who won the statewide contest at last year's conference in Minneapolis. Not even twins carry the same chant.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — After more than a decade of tossing around ideas of what to do with the historic mental hospital campus here, city leaders have unanimously decided to seek state funding for demolition. If the city is successful in requesting $8.9 million of the state's bonding bill, the iconic, vacant tower building of Kirkbride Asylum, also known as the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, would be the only city-owned structure left standing. "It's a difficult situation, but it's one that's necessary," said Mayor Ben Schierer.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A bar here is seeking the city's permission for performers to give lap dances to patrons. The Oasis Stage Bar and Package Store, 512 Dakota Ave., is the only bar in Wahpeton with a cabaret license that allows for topless entertainment, according to Darcie Huwe, city finance director and auditor. That license prohibits contact between performers and patrons—including a lap dance, which involves a dancer sitting and gyrating on a seated customer. Owner Matt Pausch asked the city to change the existing ordinance to allow lap dances.
FARGO – Police here responded to a shooting at a north Fargo apartment late Thursday night, Jan. 11. An officer on patrol was flagged down just before 11 p.m. Thursday while stopped in the 600 block of 10th Street North, according to a post on the Fargo Police Department’s Facebook page.
FARGO – North Dakota State University officials identified the student found dead in a campus apartment on Wednesday, Jan. 10, as Noah Rockenback.
FARGO — Officials with North Dakota State University are investigating the death of a student after a body was found on campus for the second time this school year. A university spokesperson said Wednesday, Jan. 10, that NDSU police reported that the body of a student was found in a private room in Matthew Living Learning Center West, an on-campus student apartment near the NDSU Wellness Center.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The juvenile detention center here is doubling its capacity with a $7.5 million expansion and renovation of its existing facility that serves youths from 11 surrounding counties. The West Central Regional Juvenile Center, 729 11th St. N., is a cooperative formed in 1997 with Minnesota counties Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, Douglas, Todd, Wadena, Grant, Traverse, Wilkin and Stevens. North Dakota's Cass County joined the co-op in 2015 after it closed its juvenile detention center in Fargo.
FARGO — Madonna White Bear Azure remembers being the only American Indian in nursing school at the University of North Dakota back when she graduated in 1982. Now there are programs dedicated to recruiting and retaining native nurses at UND, and at North Dakota State University where the Indigenous Wisdom in Nursing (I-WIN) program had its first graduate in 2016.
FARGO — The city of Fargo has won a $5 million prize after two years of competing against 50 communities across the country in finding creative, effective ways to conserve energy and increase sustainability. During the competition, it's estimated Fargo saved $2 million in gas and electric costs, according to Uwe Brandes, executive director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, who came here to present the award on Monday, Dec. 18.
FARGO — Brianna Cassady, a transgender woman, crisscrosses the country as a truck driver. In her travels, she says she uses women's restrooms around the nation without ever a conflict. But Cassady, 32, alleges a south Fargo spa discriminated against her this month when she was told to use the men's locker room before her regularly scheduled massage appointment. "I walked out of the salon in tears," she said.