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Kim Hyatt

Reporter | North Metro
Phone: 612-673-4751

Kim Hyatt is the Star Tribune’s North Metro reporter, covering Anoka County and the northern Hennepin County suburbs.

Hyatt grew up in north central Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She previously worked as an investigative reporter at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, and covered arts, education and industry at the Owatonna People's Press where she was named New Journalist of the Year by the Minnesota Newspaper Association.
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A female barred owl has found a home at the Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes.

Animals from shuttered nature center find new homes across Minnesota

A female barred owl without a hoot went to the Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes.

Ramsey e-cigarette company produced and gave away 500 gallons of hand sanitizer

And if he can get more alcohol, Dan Baker said, he'll make more.
Registered nurse Kim Lutes left, and others carried 1,200 N95 masks donated by Rich Forstner, president of White Bear Lake contracting firm Mavo Syste

Mask by mask, scores answer call for gear for health care workers

The nationwide and state effort stretched the gamut, from huge corporations exponentially multiplying their mask production to a neighbor in Victoria driving to a nurse's house to deliver three leftover masks.
The KinderCare on Xerxes Avenue in Brooklyn Park is a total loss after a fire Thursday morning.

Overnight fire severely damages Brooklyn Park day care center

The blaze at the Xerxes Avenue KinderCare was reported about 2 a.m.
Running Aces Casino and Racetrack has announced that it is laying off nearly all employees due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Running Aces laying off hundreds owing to coronavirus

The Anoka County casino and racetrack had just opened a new hotel.
Dave Hartford, the COO and administrator of Cambia Hills, led a tour of the grounds.

A place of hope: State's first psychiatric facility designed for kids set to open

State's first residential treatment facility designed for kids set to open
Police remained on scene as customers were allowed to leave the Brooklyn Park Walmart where officers shot a man Monday. He is expected to survive. (Ki

Police: Officers return gunfire, shoot armed man outside Brooklyn Park Walmart

Exchange of gunfire followed carjacking; two other people arrested with the suspect.
Gov. Tim Walz has mandated an eight-day closure for Minnesota schools effective Wednesday until March 27. Above: Children headed home after the last d

School closings bring relief for some, challenges for others

Some parents' anxieties are mixed with relief.

One ejected from vehicle in Monticello crash

The Minnesota State Patrol was investigating a car crash in Monticello Sunday where at least person was ejected from a vehicle. State troopers and two…
The Columbia Heights Public Library.

Columbia Heights reopens library meeting rooms to all groups after barring DFL gathering

The political group had regularly reserved the library's community room before being denied last month.
Circling California: Steve and Lynn Fuchs, of Big Lake, on the island of Kauai Feb. 26. The Grand Princess cruise passengers have not yet been tested

Frustration growing for Minnesota couple stranded on cruise ship

Drifting in circles for days off the coast of California, 42 passengers of the Grand Princess cruise ship infected by a coronavirus outbreak are wondering…
Katelyn Liehr at the Stillwater dog park with her golden retriever, Molly, and German shepard, Rizzo, seen running in the background. The Liehr family

Death of Stillwater teen brought life to others through the gift of organ donation

A 13-year-old boy got the teen's heart, part of her kidney and liver went to a 17-year-old girl, and the other kidney headed to a 63-year-old woman.
Flames and smoke tower into the sky at the Northern Metal Recycling plant Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Becker, Minn.

Alliance presses city leaders for answers after massive Becker fire

The fire was not on the agenda for Wednesday's City Council meeting, but that didn't stop residents from showing up to voice concerns.
“She wanted a fourth dance with him.” Jackie Heintz, on her mother, Jeanne, above, who danced onstage with Bruce Springsteen three times.

St. Paul woman who danced with Springsteen in her 90s has died

St. Paul woman loved to get on stage with the Boss, dancing in the dark.

Homicide under investigation in Silver Lake, Minn.

One person was found dead in the home after domestic incident.
Jolie Holland, left, a nurse in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead School district, comforted a student in 2019. Minnesota health officials said Sunday

A virus case in Minnesota school wouldn't mean closings automatically

Minnesota schools are busy drafting response plans should the coronavirus hit classrooms here in the wake of warnings from national health officials that a U.S.…

Second body found in stretch of Mississippi River in a week

Details about what happened were not immediately known.
Running Aces CEO Taro Ito gave a tour of the new hotel at Running Aces. It will be the first hotel in the north metro community of Columbus.

Running Aces Casino and Racetrack raises the stakes with new hotel

North metro casino hopes lodging draws customers.
This rendering provided by Alatus shows the proposed $60 million City Hall and mixed-use residential and retail complex on Central and 40th avenues NE

Columbia Heights' new city hall will under same roof as apartments, cafe

The unusual mixed-use development is one of several downtown projects on the horizon.

DFL group barred from using Columbia Heights Public Library

Issue to be discussed at upcoming work session.
Some housing advocates say cities should focus on building more affordable housing.

Tenant protections proliferate, but Twin Cities housing shortage persists

Some advocates say such ordinances are Band-Aids at best and that cities should instead focus on building more affordable housing.
The four properties at the heart of the court order include multifamily housing and a day-care facility surrounding Ramsey's downtown COR district nea

Ramsey remedies tax oversight that could have cost city $200K

TIF district error resolved, preventing the city from losing more than $200K.
The St. Paul Highland Park High School robotics team.

Highland Park robotics team's stolen trailer is found but it's unknown if equipment is in it

Robot was not in trailer that was hauled off.

Metro Transit light rail train, car collide near Mall of America

The line was up and running within an hour.
Jeff Reinert

Jeff Reinert, former Lino Lakes mayor, wins Anoka County Board special election

Reinert will fill the seat until December and have to run again this fall for a full four-year term.
This illustration shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of the respiratory illness first detected in Wu

University of Minnesota braces for coronavirus concerns

Students, staff say they also worry about the spread of xenophobia.
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Two former mayors face off in Anoka County Board special election

Special election to fill seat vacated by Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah.

Assault charges filed in second Spring Lake Park shooting in six weeks

Sunday's shooting is not connected to gang shooting in late December, officials say.
Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeff Lunde was invited by U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips to attend President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Brooklyn Park mayor will attend State of the Union address

Lunde was invited to Tuesday's speech by U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips.

St. Paul firefighters rescue man from cliff early Sunday morning

They rappelled down the cliff to rescue the man, who was not hurt.
Workers put the final touches on the Ice Castles display on Wed., Jan. 15, 2020, at Ramsey County's Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton.

Twin Cities hits a high of 46, warm enough to close the Ice Castles exhibit

Ice Castles couldn't handle it; temps dipping back to freezing

St. Paul police say girl, 14, shot in the abdomen

A 14-year-old girl was shot in the abdomen in St. Paul on Sunday.Sgt. Mike Ernster said officers were dispatched around 4:15 p.m. to the area…

Golden Valley woman's 'scarf-bombing' starts warm movement in the midst of winter

What is a scarf-bombing? Like a hat- or sock-bombing, these items appear — seemingly overnight — in city parks wrapped around trees and railings or resting at bus stops.
St. Paul's El Burrito Mercado, which includes a grocery, cafeteria, bakery and bar and restaurant, was robbed at gunpoint on Friday. Above, an employe

Police call armed robbery at El Burrito Mercado 'bold and brazen'

Investigators continue to collect evidence and speak with potential witnesses, but as of Sunday evening, no one had been arrested. A spokesman said police aren't ready to release information on any potential suspects.
Hannah Mangen works directly with domestic violence victims and fears more abused women could end up killed.

Domestic violence advocates left short of funds by stalled bills

Two stalled federal bills leave advocates for victims scrambling.
The St. Anthony City Council named Wendy Webster, community services director for the St. Anthony-New Brighton School District, to serve the final two

Reaction mixed over St. Anthony City Council appointment

Some felt the job should have gone to an attorney and activist who has run twice for city office.
The proposal by Commissioner Mandy Meisner was to allow up to 10 minutes for public comment with two minutes allocated per speaker.

Anoka County Board votes down measure to allow public commentary at meetings

Boards don't have to let public speak, but most do.
Ella, 5, and Laila Meissner, 7, cast shadows while trying out snowshoeing for the first time Tuesday at Itasca State Park.

For families at Itasca, the winter wallop is a treat and not a headache

Winter at the popular state park isn't nearly as busy as summer, but the peacefulness is part of the attraction.
Hana DePriest, 4, walked up the hill as her mom, Tamon DePriest, braced herself from the strong blowing winds while sledding at Central Park in Brookl

Minneapolis, St. Paul declare snow emergency as cleanup begins

The slow-moving storm is expected to drop 4 to 7 inches in the east metro, less to the west. Travel in other parts of Minnesota remains difficult.
Screen shot of GoFundMe page to support Lynn Livingston.

Families rally to support Chanhassen day-care teacher who lost home to fire

A GoFundMe page has more than $16,000 in donations.
Spring Lake police officers investigated the scene of a shooting at the Dala Thai Restaurant and Banguet Hall in Spring Lake Park on Sunday, Dec. 23,

Gang dispute may have sparked fatal shooting in Spring Lake Park

A search warrant filed Monday indicates that authorities are investigating whether a dispute between street gangs triggered a fatal shooting outside a rap concert in…
A jogger lapped the Savage Sports Center on Tuesday. A drop in team rentals forced city officials to budget an extra $100,000 next year for operations

Despite risk of physical and financial collapse, Twin Cities suburbs keep building sports domes

A year-round sports culture drives dome building boom in metro, even with red ink and weather damage.
Spring Lake police officers investigated the scene of a shooting at the Dala Thai Restaurant and Banguet Hall on Sunday, Dec. 22.

Man fatally shot, several hurt when confrontation in Spring Lake Park parking lot escalates

No one was in custody, but "there was no ongoing danger to the public," the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said.
Rhonda Sivarajah has been Anoka County administrator for six months. She previously worked as a county human services supervisor before she was electe

Anoka County doubles new administrator's salary raise; board member calls it 'cronyism'

The Anoka County Board approved the raise for Rhonda Sivarajah on a 5-1 vote as part of her review.
Investigators on the scene of a shooting where a man was shot and critically wounded by Minneapolis police responding to a domestic-related assault on

Police shoot, kill armed man outside north Minneapolis home

A police spokesman said preliminary investigation shows the suspect fired a round at officers.
This building on the former Anoka State Hospital campus houses an auditorium that will be named for Stan Nelson.

Vets housing nonprofit dedicating Anoka campus auditorium in honor of WWII vet and football coach

Stan Nelson has committed his life to his country, his family, his faith and the Anoka football program.
Anoka County officials said budget priorities included public safety, including the sheriff, corrections and dispatch.

Anoka County Board signs off on 2020 tax levy increase of 3.97%

Budget priorities include funding for public safety and cybersecurity.
Michelle Kennedy grabbed a pack of cigarettes behind the counter for a customer at Vernon BP gas station in Edina.

Minnesota takes in millions each year from tobacco, but where does the money go?

All rolled up, taxes on every tobacco product in the state since 1957 total $11.75 billion. A reader wants to know what happens to the money.
The site where a Minnesota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crashed killed three service members in Stearns County.

Cause of Guard helicopter crash that killed 3 under investigation

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced the deaths of the crew members, which came during a maintenance test flight. The copter took off from St. Cloud and went down in a tree-lined farm field near Cold Spring. "My heart breaks for the families," Walz said.
Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart, seen in 2017, will participate in the Jewish Institute for the National Security of America Homeland Security Progr

Anoka County sheriff going to Israel for security training

The Anoka County sheriff will travel to Israel this month to learn about preventing and responding to terrorism and human trafficking. The National Sheriffs’ Association…
A new component of the 2020 census will give African-Americans a chance to elaborate on where they are from — which will help provide more specific

'Empowered with the data': Diverse suburbs team up for 2020 Census

Accurate count of foreign-born residents is sought.
Sophie Kuether, 15, asked a question about songwriting during Old Dominion’s visit to the Columbia Heights school.

Old Dominion, CMA collaborate with students at Columbia Heights school

Columbia Heights is one of only four high schools selected nationally this year for the partnership.
The Cummings family — from left, C.J., 12; Caleb, 16; parents Kari and Patrick; and dog Sadie — shared their story for National Adoption Month.

A Crystal family found that foster adoption was the answer to filling their home

There may be room for two Calebs under one roof, but the couple never thought they would adopt a teen. Most people don't.
Raymond Hoisington, 9, bowled a stone across a small frozen pond at the Bell Museum where he was with his family to watch the transit of Mercury acros

Minnesota lakes are freezing weeks ahead of schedule

Monday marked the coldest high on Nov. 11 in three decades in the Twin Cities. New lowest-high records were set across the northern part of Minnesota as an arctic air mass moved through the state and much of the country.

Fire destroys main lodge at Voyageur Park Lodge on Lake Kabetogama

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Elizabeth Mann

U student found safe after two days missing in India, relatives say

Elizabeth Mann is safe and heading back to Minnesota soon, family members say.
Election interpreter Gracy Nyo counted voting stickers at the Arlington Hills Community Center in St. Paul on Tuesday.

Minn. election chiefs use quiet races to prepare for 2020's storm

Despite expected low turnout this election, the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office said the procedures followed were the same as what's expected next year.
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is undergoing a $30 million in capital improvements, along with the name change.

A new name for Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park: Mississippi Gateway

The aim is to broaden the appeal of the park in Brooklyn Park, differentiate it from the Coon Rapids park and rid it of a name that some consider a racist slur.
Zhenya Ratushko, 15, of Rochester, Minn. climbed out of an ice cave while exploring the Ice Castle in Excelsior last winter.

Ice Castles returning this winter in New Brighton

Long Lake Regional Park will be the latest Minnesota location to host the winter wonderland.
A petition to legalize potbellied pig in Brooklyn Park created by resident Rebecca Buckley.

Brooklyn Park denies resident's attempt to keep Peco the potbellied pig

City officials also consider eliminating pet licenses and recommending microchips instead to reduce impoundment costs.
Time to retire: Bill and Nancy Bauer will close their beloved pick-your-own Bauer Berry Farm, which they started in 1977.

Pick-your-own berry farm in Champlin closing after 42 years

Much of the land at Bauer Berry Farm, a beloved traditional destination for many Minnesota families, is expected to become housing.