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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.
Recent content from Kim Hyatt

Court of Appeals: Police officer violated Lino Lakes man's rights when he entered his driveway

Lino Lakes man's license to be restored over officer's entry into his driveway.

Dozens cited, arrested in Twin Cities as part of crackdown on drag racing

Dangerous driving reportedly "more egregious" this year in Minneapolis and its suburbs.
Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic in Hermantown, Minn., prepared to administer a COVID-19 test to a patient in t

1,684 new COVID-19 cases, 21 more deaths reported in Minnesota

Newly confirmed deaths included 12 in long-term care and assisted-living settings.
Cindy Hansen is running for the Sixth District seat against incumbent Jeff Reinert.

DFL apologizes to Anoka County Board candidate for mistakenly endorsing her in nonpartisan election

Cindy Hansen disavowed the erroneous endorsement in the traditionally conservative district.

Candidates trade charges in heated Anoka County Board race

One is criticized for not yet donating promotion proceeds, the other accused of conflict of interest.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., took crowd selfies during a campaign rally for Biden-Harris at the Macalester College campus on Sunday.

Warren makes several stops for Biden in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Former primary rival makes several stops, says "democracy is totally on the line."
Travis Gienger, of Anoka, has grown the largest pumpkin in North America in 2020 weighing in at 2,350 pounds at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin

Anoka man wins world championship in California with his giant pumpkin

The 2,350-pound pumpkin took top honors at the "Super Bowl" of pumpkin weigh-offs.
Kate Lundquist returned to the George Floyd memorial last month with children Verabeth, 2, in her arms; Maki, 8, left; Charlotte, 11; and Ridge, 9. A

'Opposite of white flight': Quest for diversity led family to city

A transformative visit to the George Floyd memorial convinced the family of eight to move from northern Minnesota to one of the most diverse cities in the state.

Man fatally shot Sunday in north Minneapolis

A man has died following a shooting in north Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.Police spokesman John Elder said that shortly before 3 p.m.,…
Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic in Duluth, administered a COVID-19 test to a patient in their drive-through te

1,450 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths in Minnesota

Statewide, the pandemic's toll reached 2,141 deaths.
Senator John R. Jasinski, R-Faribault, described how some constituents received two sets of license tabs due to problems with the MNLARS system.

Faribault's Sen. Jasinski says he takes 'complete responsibility' for drunken driving

State Sen. John Jasinski said Sunday that he takes "complete responsibility" for driving while impaired Saturday.Jasinski, R-Faribault, declined to be interviewed but acknowledged in a…
Free COVID-19 testing was available last month at the Abubakar As-saddique Islamic Center in Minneapolis.

1,048 new COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths reported in Minnesota

Seven more people have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota, officials reported Sunday.The Minnesota Department of Health reported a net increase of 1,048 new confirmed corona­virus…
A centennial anniversary 14-foot sculpture was unveiled outside the City Hall of Anoka.

Anoka's centennial Halloween celebration is on, with a pandemic twist

The city has canceled Halloween festivities only during World War II.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

Wolves guard Beasley arrested in Plymouth

Malik Beasley was arrested Saturday night in Plymouth on charges of possession of narcotics and receiving and/or concealing stolen property, according to jail records.
Cheryl Odegaard, a medical assistant at St. Luke’s Respiratory Clinic in Hermantown, Minn., administered a COVID-19 test to a patient in their drive

1,077 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths in Minnesota

Four additional deaths were reported Sunday.
Mayoral campaign signs on a Crystal boulevard

In Crystal, it's Adams vs. Adams for the mayoral seat at City Hall

The candidates for Crystal mayor share a surname but are divided by a church issue.
Pat Carlson called out the numbers as they tumbled out of the cage Gordy Chapin was turning.

In Coon Rapids, seniors are honking up a storm for in-car bingo

A parking lot near the soccer complex has been transformed this month into a socially distanced outdoor bingo parlor.
A Minneapolis police officer tested out a body camera before the department adopted them in 2017. A new policy prevents Minneapolis officers involved

How Minneapolis policing changed during a historic summer of turmoil

Minneapolis police activity fell dramatically compared to last year as the department faced multiple challenges.
Lawrence Allen

Lawrence Allen, travel and football enthusiast, dies of COVID-19 complications at 70

Lawrence W. Allen helped countless people catch flights over the years working as a skycap for Northwest and Delta Air Lines, but he was also…
Fridley Fire Chief Mike Spencer

Fridley Fire Chief Mike Spencer dies unexpectedly at 53

No cause of death was given.
Anoka County Historical Society produces show on local murder mystery

Anoka County Historical Society produces show on local murder mystery

Anoka County Historical Society will host virtual show based on mystery from 1900 on Sept. 19.
Rachel Miller, an EMS with M Health Fairview, conducted COVID-19 tests during a free testing event at New Salem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

714 new cases, 6 deaths from COVID-19 reported in Minnesota

Five more patients have been hospitalized since Saturday.
Tom Stellar, a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, looked up at broken windows while cleaning up damage outside Nordstrom Rack at the IDS Center in Mi

Map of Minneapolis businesses damaged, looted after night of unrest

Fire officials are investigating the apparent torching of four retail outlets overnight that expanded the destruction well beyond the city's core.
Kristin Anderson, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard's 133rd Medical Group, approached a car to administer COVID-19 tests in late May. The

Anoka County considers $1 million contract for COVID-19 testing in long-term care facilities

As National Guard testing winds down at senior care facilities, providers step in.

'Suspicious device' defused near Prescott, Wis., post office

The area in Prescott was evacuated and blocked off for several hours. An investigation continues.
A North Memorial healthcare worker grabbed a fresh COVID-19 test kit as a patient drove up at the testing facility behind the North Memorial Health Sp

6 more deaths, 728 more cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota

The pandemic has now caused 69,584 confirmed cases in Minnesota.

Anoka City Council votes to keep the city's Human Rights Commission

Some pointed out that in the wake of George Floyd's death, the timing was wrong to disband the inactive commission.

Man struck and killed by train in Fridley

A 44-year-old man was struck and killed by a train in Fridley over the weekend.According to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office, Fridley police were called…
Some of the damage at the Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct headquarters on Saturday night.

Minneapolis Fifth Police Precinct hit with rocks, graffiti

Police investigating violence and multiple shootings overnight.
Finn Marube, a clinical scientist with North Memorial, administered a COVID-19 test to Sandra Lynn White of Minneapolis behind the North Memorial Heal

7 more COVID-19 deaths, 754 more cases reported in Minnesota

Residents of long-term care and assisted-living facilities accounted for all but one of the deaths.
Sgt. Shawn Blakemore blew kisses to his 6-month-old daughter Liv. Blakemore and the rest of the 34th Military Company are deploying to Guantanamo Bay.

Emotions high as Stillwater-based Guard members prepare to deploy

Mahelia Hunter has mixed emotions as she prepares for her first federal deployment with the Minnesota National Guard. She served during the unrest following George…

9 more COVID-19 deaths in Minnesota; 4 were in long-term care and assisted-living facilities

New infections came on a one-day total of nearly 20,000 tests.
Minneapolis elections administrator Jon Martin ran newly received ballots through a machine that stamps the date received. Their old machine could pro

COVID-19 sparks 'tidal wave' of mail-in ballots across Minnesota

As the Aug. 11 primary nears, a unprecedented number of voters are seeking to vote absentee.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott greeted officers Josh Whittenburg and Alicia Johnson before Elliott's inauguration in 2019. The Joint Community Pol

2 diverse north metro suburbs stand out as police reform model

As Twin Cities suburbs look for ways to foster trust between law enforcement officers and communities of color in the wake of George Floyd's death, some are looking to a long-standing model that began years ago in the north metro.

St. Cloud man drowns in Big Lake

A 24-year-old St. Cloud man drowned Saturday night after falling off a floating tube in Big Lake, according to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott.Ashutosh Dahal…
COVID-19-themed greeting cards. (Photo provided)

To help save Postal Service, two Midwest artists design pandemic-themed greeting cards

Pandemic-themed cards aim to brighten days and support the U.S. Postal Service.

Anoka looking into disbanding the city's Human Rights Commission

Some believe the inactive board is redundant, while others say it requires new commitment.
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan: “To be clear, COVID-19 has exacerbated and exposed this crisis — it did not create it."

Three new Minneapolis homeless shelters will add 110 beds

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said Tuesday that the housing crisis has never been more clear, prompting an urgent need to use millions from state, county…
Joshua Fury

Maple Grove man who killed wife, hid body, kills himself in jail

A Maple Grove man who was to be sentenced this week for killing his wife and hiding her body in a crawl space under their…
Vandals tagged U.S. Bank Stadium with graffiti. In addition, a building across the street was also tagged with graffiti and suffered a broken window.

Viking ship, area near U.S. Bank Stadium hit with anti-police graffiti

Police said video surveillance is being reviewed.

5 people injured in 3 shootings in Minneapolis Saturday; victim from July 13 shooting dies

A victim in a Minneapolis shooting nearly two weeks ago died this weekend, marking the city's 38th homicide in 2020.On July 13, the victim was…
The Ramsey County Sheriff's outreach Cmdr. Mary Kay Skelly gave air high-fives to children after giving them freezes and stickers in the McDonough Hom

Minneapolis and St. Paul police take educational approach to mask enforcement

Cities are having conversations with mask scofflaws.
Bob Brancale of Hopkins, a Twins season ticket holder since 1987, made a COVID mask out of his 1987 Homer Hanky.

Minnesota COVID-19 cases up by 871; 3 more deaths reported

Sunday marks the fourth consecutive day of the state reporting more than 700 new cases.
Semhar Solomon, top, a senior at St. Anthony High School, and friends painted a Philando Castile mural on plywood. It is being displayed in a yard acr

Teen will keep pushing for mural of Philando Castile at St. Anthony City Hall

St. Anthony voted down a Philando Castile tribute at City Hall, but Semhar Solomon is undaunted.
Storm damage on West Rush Lake in Chisago County where weekend storms caused damage to docks and boats. The National Weather Service on Sunday confirm

At least 4 tornadoes hit Minnesota, western Wisconsin over weekend

A Chisago County man said it sounded like a "freight train rolling through" as tornadoes touched down north of the Twin Cities and near Osseo, Wis.

Sunday's numbers: Minnesota reports 3 more deaths from COVID-19

The number of patients hospitalized declined slightly.
Jefferson Fietek unsuccessfully ran for the Minnesota House in 2014.

Former Anoka theater teacher charged with sexual abuse of four former students

Fietek, until recently a professor in Boston, taught at the Anoka arts school from 2005 to 2019.
Toshira Garraway of St. Paul carried a photo of her son’s father, Justin Teigen, who died in a car crash after fleeing St. Paul police following a t

Mothers from across the country march in St. Paul for justice

The National Mothers March Against Police Violence brought together more than 100 families in the U.S. who have lost a loved one to law enforcement officers, said organizers with Take a Knee Nation.

Officer shoots, wounds suicidal man in Robbinsdale

Police said they shot and wounded a suicidal man who came out of a Robbinsdale home with a firearm on Sunday afternoon. The Robbinsdale Police…
Commuters embarked on a light-rail train at the Nicollet Mall station in Minneapolis.

715 new infections in Minnesota, 3 more COVID-19 deaths

Three more people have died of COVID-19 in Minnesota, health officials reported Sunday. The Minnesota Department of Health reported a net increase of 715 new…
The Minnesota Judicial Branch shuttered a project with Tyler Technologies last year after the company failed to meet deadlines and address dozens of u

Anoka County suing tech company over troubled property tax database

Tyler Technologies was also blamed for a failed online records project for the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
Alexander Hamline of St. Paul marched with protesters on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis during the Taking Back Pride event on Sunday, June 28.

Twin Cities Pride shares its moment with Black Lives Matter

Pride intersected with Black Lives Matter on Sunday as hundreds marched to Minneapolis’ Loring Park on a weekend typically reserved for the annual gay pride…
Commuters disembarked from a light-rail train at the Nicollet Mall station during the morning rush hour Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Minneapolis.

Eight more COVID deaths in Minnesota; hospital cases decline further

Sunday's data release brought the number of confirmed cases in the state to 35,549.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Ramsey Board 'appalled' minority officers weren't allowed to guard Chauvin

Ramsey County commissioners rebuked jail leadership Tuesday for barring correctional officers of color from guarding Derek Chauvin and said they welcomed an external investigation of…
Jeff Neppl, left, and Megan Culverhouse, employees at John Fluevog shoe store in Uptown, cleaned up broken glass from a window that was hit by gunfire

Arradondo: Gunfire on Uptown sidewalk 'tragic and senseless'

Gunmen unleashed a torrent of gunfire in a crowded Uptown block early Sunday in Minneapolis, killing one person and wounding 11 others in one of the city's most violent shootings in recent memory.
Protocol reminders on a door to a room in the Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital COVID-19 Emergency Room Thursday, June 4, 2020, in St. Louis Park, MN.

Minnesota deaths up 8, to 1,380, in COVID-19 pandemic

The number of confirmed cases stands at 32,920.
Storm clouds were hanging Thursday over the “Say Their Names Cemetery,” located in a grassy area along S. Park Avenue near where George Floyd was

Twin Cities Juneteenth celebrations mark 'a really great day of awareness'

A long slate of events are planned for Friday in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the metro suburbs, many featuring entertainment as well as donation drives.
Visitors to the Minneapolis intersection where George Floyd was arrested left fresh flowers Sunday, June 7, on the names of other victims of police vi

From suburbs to nearby states, people come to bear witness at Floyd memorial

Back when the world’s attention was on Standing Rock Reservation during the Dakota Access pipeline protests a few years ago, LeeAnn Eastman said African-Americans came…
Sgt. Cristie Jacobsen, center, of the Fargo Police Department, receives hugs from organizers at the end of a George Floyd memorial in Fargo, N.D., Fri

At Fargo's Island Park, a peaceful gathering for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor

Organizers present a list of demands for systemic change.
The Minnesota National Guard prepare for a protest at the State Capitol in St. Paul on Sunday, May 31.

Minn. National Guard heading to Moorhead area after 'credible threats' in N.D.

A march through Fargo turned ugly late Saturday, prompting the North Dakota National Guard to be deployed and the city to call a state of emergency and impose a curfew.
Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd's six-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd, got emotional during a press conference at Minneapolis City Hall.

Mother of Floyd's daughter speaks out; thousands crowd Capitol

With their daughter by her side, Roxie Washington struggled through emotion to share that Floyd's life was more than his final moments.
A small army of community members and volunteers work Saturday to clear water and debris outside 27 Avenue Cafe, just off of Lake Street, damaged by a

Minneapolis residents step up to protect their neighborhoods – from Little Earth to Longfellow

In neighborhoods across the Twin Cities, residents swung into action after several long nights of worry while first responders were spread thin.
Brian Hronski was laid off in April from his job of 16 years working as the recreation supervisor for the city of Lino Lakes.

Downsizing parks program may be harbinger for Minn. cities

Businesses felt the imperative first. But it is now starting in state and local governments where disruptions in tax collection and other sources of revenue could add to the troubles of the broader economy.
Lucy Arthur,10 and her brother Winston have been enjoying this swing together.]The city has ordered that 4 swings on Laurel Street in St. Paul take do

Kids in St. Paul neighborhood take on City Hall to keep tree swings

With playgrounds and other outdoor amenities shut down, families living on St. Paul's Laurel Avenue have kept themselves entertained this summer using swings hanging in…
The Minneapolis Health Department, in a statement, said some of the Cedar-Riverside cases are “spread out over several high-rise buildings in the ar

Virus hits hard in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

The high number of cases — roughly 6% of the city's total — fall in a neighborhood known for its vibrant East African community, with many in high-rise apartments.
The Highland Park Aquatic Center, shown in 2012, will remain closed for the summer as the city explores other ways for St. Paul residents to “safely

St. Paul Parks and Rec pulls plug on pools, sports leagues for the summer

Como Regional Park Pool and Highland Park Aquatic Center will remain closed for the summer as the city explores other ways for St. Paul residents to "safely cool off," according to a statement.
Kathy Heise starts making cotton candy at her Pronto Pup stand in Faribault, Minn., first thing every morning.

Minnesota vendors on a Tilt-A-Whirl of emotion with fairs up in the air

One longtime Pronto Pup seller's creative solution: making cotton candy at the end of her Faribault driveway.
Gary and Liz Stigen found themselves jobless in March.

Suddenly jobless at 60: A Minnesota couple face hard and unexpected choices

Like millions of others, Gary and Liz Stigen are at a particularly vulnerable age now — too young to retire and too old for a job market full of options.
From 1984: Connie Razidlo with the Clio he won for a TV commercial for the Independent Bankers of Minnesota: "A really powerful idea doesn't need a bi

Conrad 'Connie' Razidlo, ad man and artist, dies of COVID-19 at 85

His legacy spans arts, business and politics.
PuzzleTwist owners Tony and Candace Nelson at their home garage shop, where they do a large amount of their business.

Booming puzzle sales during COVID-19 crisis are a boon to Minnesota jigsaw creator, artists and small shops

As puzzles skyrocket in popularity during crisis, a local jigsaw creator helps Twin Cities artists and shops.
Molly Hakko inside the garage of her childhood home in Blaine where she was going to host a garage sale for the first time on her own since her mother

Spring garage sales also falling victim to the coronavirus

Social distancing can be practically impossible at the bigger community sales held annually this time of year.
"Because having in-person meetings would have been detrimental to the public health, we thought it was critical to cancel those meetings,” Brooklyn

Many local governments turning to remote meetings during the pandemic

For many, teleconferencing is new territory, but most are meeting via phone or video.

Water Patrol recovers body from Mississippi River in Minneapolis

A passerby spotted the body in the water Sunday morning.
Cindy and Jim DeRuyter of Andover estimate that the Rum River has engulfed at least 4 feet of their property while uprooting plenty of trees and sendi

Anoka County looks to stabilize eroding public areas along Rum River threatened by development

County officials worry that some funding for the $1.7 million project may be delayed by pandemic.
Bunker Beach Water Park in crowded and warmer times.

Anoka County shutting down popular water park for the summer

It was unclear if county will move forward on $6.75 million reconstruction and expansion project while park is closed.