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 — 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.
FARGO — High-profile California attorney Gloria Allred is expected to join the family of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind when one of two suspects in her killing is sentenced at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in Cass County District Court. Allred has been largely absent from public view in the murder case since LaFontaine-Greywind's family announced last fall that they retained her for legal counsel.
FARGO — A 24-year-old man accused of shooting at officers during a high-speed chase nearly a year ago was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Fargo's federal court to 25 years in prison. Daniel Michael Two Hearts, of Fort Totten, N.D., pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
FARGO — As many as 350 airline passengers destined for Minneapolis were diverted here to Hector International Airport Monday, Jan. 22, due to a major winter storm. "I don't recall this many people being stranded here for quite some time," said Shawn Doberstein, executive director of the Fargo Airport Authority. Diverted flights from Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Seattle and Denver started arriving in Fargo Monday afternoon, Doberstein said.
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.