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 — In a City Commision candidate forum Tuesday, May 8, the panel tackled topics of housing affordability, flood protection, mental health, separation of church and state, a new event center and — by no surprise — special assessments. "This topic never goes away," said candidate Tim Flakoll of specials. "It's talked about ad nauseum, but no one has ever moved the ball."
MOORHEAD — Residents here will soon be receiving their property tax statements, but how much the special assessment portion amounts to depends on whether city leaders are successful in requesting $7 million in the state bonding bill to finalize funding for the underpass near Moorhead High School. City Engineer Bob Zimmerman updated the council Monday, May 7, on the $65.9 million railroad underpass project at the intersection of Main Avenue Southeast and 20th/21st Street South.
FARGO – One cat is recovering in a clinic and at least two families are displaced following a rapidly spreading deck fire Monday, May 7, at a south Fargo apartment complex. Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Lee Soeth said crews were dispatched to 1521 27th Ave. S. shortly after 6:30 p.m. on a report of a deck fire.
MOORHEAD — Building on the momentum of three new housing units going up downtown, the council is expected to endorse a new initiative of growing downtown housing by 500 units in the next 5 years. The city is already off to a great start, says community development manager Lisa Bode, who said three housing projects are underway.
FARGO — Candidates in the contested City Commission race came together for a forum Thursday, May 3, giving residents another chance to ask questions prior to the June 12 election. The League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley hosted the forum inside commission chambers, where about 20 residents attended. There are nine candidates vying for two seats held by incumbents Tony Gehrig and Dave Piepkorn. All but two candidates — Kelan Oster and Lenny Tweeden — took part in the forum that at times got a bit heated.
MOORHEAD — A superintendent on paid leave at a small North Dakota school district caught in a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations against male students has applied, along with teachers from the district, to establish a charter school in Moorhead. Documents obtained by The Forum through a public records request show that Tim Godfrey, the superintendent, and four teachers from Richland 44 School District in Colfax, N.D., submitted an application April 23 to the Minnesota Department of Education to start Great Plains School of Technology and Innovation.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead city council member says she is making the shift to county government and will challenge a Clay County Commissioner who has held the seat for 15 years. Mari Dailey announced to The Forum this week that she will throw her hat in the county race this election after serving on the city council the past four years. "Nonpartisan local government is where things get accomplished," she said, adding that she still intends on being a voice for the working people.
FARGO — In a diverse panel of 10 candidates vying for a spot on Fargo Public Schools' Board of Education, not one agreed with arming teachers — an idea endorsed by the president to reduce gun violence in schools. On Monday, April 30, the League of Women Voters of the Red River Valley hosted its first forum for this election cycle inside the City Commission chambers. The three-hour-long event brought together six candidates looking to nab one of three open seats on the park board as well as the large slate of candidates competing for five open seats on the school board.
FARGO — The right conditions are in place for a fire to go wrong, and fast. High winds up to 35 mph, low humidity, warm temperatures and brown, dry vegetation have put most of North Dakota and Minnesota at an elevated risk of grass fires and wildfires this weekend and into next week. Here in Cass County a burn ban has not been issued. Despite no official fire restrictions, folks should proceed with caution if planning to do a controlled burn or having a backyard fire, said Jim Prochniak, the county's emergency manager.
MOORHEAD — Construction bids for the long-sought railroad underpass near Moorhead High School and Minnesota State University Moorhead came in $7 million higher than the city anticipated, raising the total cost of the project to about $65 million. The city has been trying to install a railroad underpass at the busy intersection of Main Avenue Southeast and 20th/21st Street South for the past 15 years. But it wasn't until last year that state lawmakers allocated $42.2 million toward the project.