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 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.
LAMOURE, N.D. -- LaMoure Police Chief James G. Watson has been booked in the Stutsman County Jail on a charge of gross sexual imposition. The 52-year-old chief was arrested Thursday night, according to WDAY-TV. Details were sketchy, but a formal criminal complaint was expected to be released on Friday.
FARGO — For the second time in a month, emergency crews are searching the Red River, looking this time for a Minnesota State University Moorhead swimming instructor thought to have drowned. The missing man, identified by Fargo police as Fanuel Shewarega Asrat, 24, was one of three men who went swimming about 5 a.m. Thursday, June 29, between a floating bridge and the rapids of the dam by Dike West Park in Fargo, said Battalion Chief Bruce Anderson of the Fargo Fire Department.
MOORHEAD — Although categorized as a mill-and-overlay project, the Center Avenue Corridor renovation will encompass changes beyond resurfacing pavement to include the roadway's aesthetics, safety and functionality for the future. "What do you like about the corridor?" read one of the posters on display at the public information session Tuesday, June 27, at the Hjemkomst Center.
FARGO — A red carpet rolled out in front of the Fargo Theatre on Friday, June 2, was there for — of all people — journalists, a group of professionals facing criticism today from our nation's elected leader. "These are tough times," said Marilyn Hagerty, 91, one of the eight notable North Dakota journalists featured in the documentary "Inside Stories" that premiered Friday night. A crowd gathered on Broadway outside the theater, eager to see family and friends on the big screen, compared to a byline.
FARGO — Contrary to the now viral notion that millennials should give up avocado toast and traveling to afford a home or plan for retirement, one Fargo couple is preparing to embark this week on a year-long trip around the world, leaving their house, businesses and pets behind. Matthew and Lindsey Lee, both 26 years old, don't actually eat avocado toast, but they do have a grand adventure in the works — one they can afford and find appropriate at this time in their lives before more inevitable adulting unfolds.