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 — North Dakota State University police Officer Gennifer Sprecher was just heading home from her shift Monday, Sept. 11, when seconds after exiting the campus police parking lot, she was calling in a reckless driver. Sprecher said she whipped a U-turn and called 911 at 10:40 p.m., but unfortunately couldn't stop the head-on impact from happening in front of the T-Loft Apartments on 12th Avenue North.
FARGO — A handwritten sign with six words has caught the attention of communities across the country. "Trump," the sign says, "that boy don't act right." The sign's owner, 74-year-old Gale McCray, of Fort Worth, Texas, has been traveling the U.S. this year protesting President Donald Trump. The Old Man With A Sign — as McCray calls himself — thought he'd be back home in Fort Worth by this point, but now plans to head to Bismarck later this week after a few days in Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO — Many volunteers here remember responding to Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago, and now they're doing the same for victims of Hurricane Harvey, with efforts ranging from harvesting corn to donating blood and bedsheets. "A little bit from everybody goes a long way," said Marta Ybarra, manager of St. Francis Thrift Store in Fargo. Ybarra said the thrift store rounded up lots of linens, 200 pillows, 20 bags of clothes, and hygiene items to contribute to the Dilworth Police Department's plan to fill a trailer headed for Houston this weekend.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. —— A family from Canada was towing a $25,000 Coachman camper Thursday, July 27, down Interstate 94 near Valley City that is now a complete loss. Natasha Gerace, 39, and Ryan Gerace, both of St. Albert, Alberta, were driving a 2016 Chevy Tahoe with their daughters, ages 11 and 6, heading westbound on I-94. The family was about 12 miles west of Valley City going 75 mph attempting to pass a semi when the crash occurred.
FARGO –– Sarah Hassan plans to celebrate her 22nd birthday in September with a woman who earlier this week here was a stranger threatening to kill her and all Muslims. “When something like this happens, hateness increases more,” said the Somali-American. “But it doesn't matter what comes out of your mouth when you’re angry. We’re all sisters and brothers. It doesn't matter if you’re Christian or Muslim.”
MOORHEAD —— The body of the 24-year-old Minnesota State University Moorhead swimming instructor who died in the Red River earlier this summer is heading home to Ethiopia after a successful crowdfunding campaign to pay for travel costs. Friends of Fanuel Shewarega Asrat set up a GoFundMe page following Asrat's death, which was confirmed July 1 when crews discovered his body in the river after he went missing June 29. The online fundraising goal of $19,290 was reached to cover the costs of sending Asrat back to his home country nearly 8,000 miles away.
FAIRMOUNT, N.D. —— A 30-year-old truck driver from Breckenridge, Minn., jumped out of his semi to avoid being hit by an oncoming train Monday, July 17. Patrick Carstensen was driving a 2013 Kenworth semi that the Richland County Sheriff's Office reported a total loss after responding to the railroad crossing at Highway 127 by Fairmount.
FARGO — A 31-year-old Hope, N.D., woman was taken to a hospital here after a rollover crash Thursday evening, July 13. The North Dakota Highway Patrol, which didn’t release the woman’s name, said Friday, July 14, that she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The woman was northbound in a Buick Park Avenue on Steele County Road 6 about 4 miles north of Hope when her car entered the west ditch and rolled about 8 p.m. Thursday, the patrol said.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. —— A woman was taken to the hospital here Wednesday, July 12, after crashing into a truck hauling a boat that was knocked off the trailer while travelling on Highway 59. Around 3:15 p.m., the Minnesota State Patrol reported that Lavonne Molacek, 61, of Callaway, Minn., was driving a 2016 Ford Fusion when a GMC Yukon driven by 40-year-old Benjamin Reed, of Fergus Falls, Minn., attempted passing the Fusion when at the same time Molacek was going to make a left hand turn.
HILLSBORO, N.D. — Six F-M ambulances and four emergency response vehicles were seen racing north on Interstate 29 the evening of Tuesday, July 11 after a severe storm rolled through the region. Don Martin, F-M ambulance operations manager, said that the response was a precautionary measure and there were no reports of injuries in Hillsboro despite damage from the storm. Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Grand Forks reported 80 mph winds in Hillsboro where powerlines and trees were taken down in the storm’s path.