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Kim Hyatt

Reporter | North Central Minnesota
Phone: 612-673-4751

Kim Hyatt reports on North Central Minnesota. She previously covered Hennepin County courts.

Hyatt grew up in Laporte, Minn. and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She worked as an investigative reporter at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the Owatonna People's Press where she was named New Journalist of the Year by the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Outside of work, she enjoys biking and basketball.
Recent content from Kim Hyatt
At the Unicon unicycling convention in Bemidji, athletes competed in games of flaming puck hockey Tuesday night outside City Hall to a curious and ent

Watch unicyclists play flaming puck hockey at Unicon in Bemidji

The No. 1 rule? Keep the blazing ball low to the ground to avoid hitting players and spectators.
DNR large lake specialist Carl Pedersen pulled a horse leech out of the water with his bare hands.

What happened to all the leeches in Leech Lake?

The bloodsucking invertebrates appear to be on the decline in their namesake lake.
Mike Roman's post on the popular Facebook page Itasca State Park through the lens got a lot of attention given his proximity to an unexpected guest.

Black bear busts into Itasca State Park cabin after man leaves bananas out overnight

Note: Never leave a banana on the counter in your cabin. Definitely don't leave out two.
Kirsten Goldstein, a Minnesota native and Bemidji State University grad, poses in front of Paul Bunyan and Babe in downtown Bemidji to promote Unicon

Unicon, the Olympics of unicycling, kicks off in Bemidji

Unicon last took place in Minnesota 30 years ago. Here's what you need to know.
Crookston, a small college town and farming community, is reeling from two recent fatal police shootings. The shooting June 30 happened inside the Car

Crookston reels from back-to-back fatal police shootings

Few small towns have had two or more fatal police shootings in the past quarter century, much less 45 days apart by the same officer.
Former Mille Lacs Band's District I Representative Virgil Wind is the new chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

New era of leadership begins for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Virgil Wind is the band's first new chief executive in more than two decades.
The Pequot Lakes bobber water tower needs a $77,000 renovation after decades of disrepair. Residents and area businesses have donated nearly $57,000.

The Pequot Lakes bobber water tower was sinking into disrepair. Residents rallied to keep it afloat.

"When people think of Pequot, they think of the bobber."
Crookston police officer Nick Fladland shot and killed Christopher Ryan Junkin, 44, of California, above, inside the Care and Share shelter June 30

Crookston officer who killed man in homeless shelter ID'd as same officer who killed man in May

Nick Fladland killed Christopher Ryan Junkin at the Care and Share shelter on June 30. Chief says he was on leave 16 days.

Moorhead couple accused of murder in 3-year-old boy's beating death

The boy was in their care when he suffered injuries caused by an assault, an autopsy revealed.
Bemidji Veterans Home staffer Tonya Moss takes a photo of resident and Navy veteran Richard Morine with his wife Barbara at a dedication ceremony for

'Sacred responsibility': After 20 years, Bemidji Veterans Home opens with a long wait list

Some 300 veterans are on the wait-list for the 72-bed care facility.
Turtle racing is serious business with hundred of contestants and a medal at stake.

Nisswa saves its turtle races as pressure grows from new Minnesota law, conservation groups

A new law bans commercial harvesting, trapping of turtles. Beloved turtle races pivot to keep tradition alive.
Bethany Bernatsky worked in many areas of horse showing, training and performance. In this 2015 photo, she rides ambassador horse Conde for the Mediev

As murderer sentenced, Brainerd horse trainer remembered for her ethereal spirit

The 2021 case of deadly mistaken identity reached its legal conclusion in Crow Wing County.
Jane McLandress, pictured along the shore of her Lake Jewett home with dog Oskar on Tuesday, June 11. She used to live next to a noisy Airbnb until th

Minnesota's most lake-rich county cracks down on large, loud vacation rental homes

Another county tries to balance NIMBYs with VRBOs as neighbors are hoping a new ordinance will bring some reprieve after years of parties, but some vacation homeowners say the regulations are an overreach.
Minnesota's most recent Amber Alert was the first in the system's 22 years of operation in the state to come from a tribal reservation. The 3-year-old

Minnesota has issued 46 Amber Alerts since 2002. All but one child was saved.

Despite its near-perfect success rate, the system constantly seeks ways improve especially within the 11 tribal reservations.
Acting Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Adrianne Todman said homelessness takes "a full community effort that requires support from all of o

HUD officials visit Bemidji to announce $123 million in funding to address homeless youth nationwide

A $2 million grant is designated to the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in Bemidji to support Indigenous youth experiencing housing instability and homelessness.
Cree Fredrickson, left, with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe's The Sweetest Grass dispensary, gives customer Alan Richie a sniff of cannabis on their op

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe opens Sweetest Grass cannabis dispensary

It's the third dispensary to open after Minnesota legalized recreational marijuana last year.
Fans including Sam Haider and Lauren Taylor watched the game unfold at the Wolves Back Block Party near Target Center Thursday night.

Fans remain resolute as a beautiful Wolves season comes to an end

The Timberwolves loss in Game 5 was hard to take for some fans, but most believe it's just the start of more good things to come.
Mankato's Jo Johnson and her granddaughter Annika Ferber connect frequently, most recently over Johnson's love of the Timberwolves. “I love telling

This 85-year-old grandma and longtime Wolves fan keeps hoping for just one more game

The passionate octogenarian cheers on the team from her home in Mankato.
"The fact that I got to see something like this, in my lifetime, that I can enjoy as an adult, is so special to me.” Author, poet and Wolves fan Han

One of America's most celebrated authors distills the joy, pain and miracle of being a Wolves fan

Hanif Abdurraqib describes the romance and ritual of returning to the team he loves despite distance and decades of heartache.
Church of the Assumption parishioners listen as Joe Novak reads the names of 86 veterans buried at the church cemetery during a Memorial Day ceremony

Veterans memorialize fallen comrades at Minnesota's cemeteries

On Memorial Day, people gathered across the state to honor and remember those who served in the armed forces.
Minnesota Timberwolves fan Jordan Dye during Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Target Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday.

Timberwolves 'superfan' Jordan Dye brings his hype and signature style courtside

The owner of a local streetwear clothing line creates following, community at Target Center.
The scene in Crookston, Minn., where two police officers and a sheriff's deputy shot a man wielding a hatchet last week.

Minnesota BCA identifies Crookston man wielding hatchet when killed by officers

Andrew Scott Dale has no record of mental illness in Minnesota's court system.
Mark Lewer captured a rare image of a bobcat in his backyard in Laporte, Minn. He snapped the photo at this time last year and the image appeared in t

Rare photo of 'cryptic' bobcat captivates Minnesota

Wildlife photographer in north-central Minnesota captures the elusive critter that the DNR says is thriving in a changing climate.
Police fatally shoot man who charged at officers with hatchet in Crookston

Police fatally shoot man who charged at officers with hatchet in Crookston

The man "rapidly approached" the officers, who fired after trying to stop him with less-lethal measures, the police chief said.

New women's shelter to break ground in Bemidji this week

Decades in the making, the new $4.1 million shelter will replace a 46-year-old facility.
Karen Schaar, 76, of Bemidji, takes Mother's Day cards for her daughters to the Bemidji post office Wednesday. For years, she has paid extra for prior

Bemidji post office delayed 79,000 pieces of mail, audit finds

Poor management and mountains of Amazon packages are to blame.

Red Lake mom who set off Amber Alert charged in sons' killings

Jennifer Stately is accused of killing her two sons and fleeing with her toddler, subject of the alert.
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty speaks during a news conference at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 23, 20

Hennepin Co. Board OKs Mary Moriarty's request to hire outside lawyers for trooper prosecution

The Hennepin County Board voted 5-1 to approve the request, which was criticized by the trooper's attorney and has an unknown cost.
Minnesota state trooper Ryan Londregan is greeted by supporters as he arrives with his wife, Grace, and his legal team Monday, April 29, 2024, at the

Supporters, detractors briefly face off as trooper makes court appearance

Ryan Londregan is charged in the shooting death of Ricky Cobb II during a traffic stop last summer.
The above screengrab shows Joshua Larson preparing to question a witness during the 2021 manslaughter trial of ex-Brooklyn Center police officer Kimbe

Prosecutor shake-up in Moriarty's office in murder case against trooper Londregan

The lead prosecutor has stepped down as Hennepin County Attorney asks for authority for outside counsel.
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty speaks during a news conference at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Second teen arrested in Nudieland mass shooting that killed 1, injured 6

The arrests come eight months after the shooting at the pop-up punk venue in south Minneapolis.
August Golden was killed in the August 2023 mass shooting at the DIY punk venue Nudieland.

Teen suspect in Nudieland mass shooting arrested on murder, assault charges

The teen is charged with aiding and abetting murder and six counts of felony assault.

Hopkins parents charged in 9-year-old daughter's asthma death

Charges say the parents ignored their daughter's health concerns and the advice of family and friends to take her to the hospital.
Surrounded by lawyers and family, Ricky Cobb’s twin brother Rashad Cobb, center, addresses the media about the lawsuit the family is filing against

Family of Ricky Cobb II sues Minnesota state troopers in shooting

The lawsuit claims that troopers violated Cobb's civil rights through unreasonable seizure and excessive use of force.

Woman charged after police recover 124 cats from Crystal home

Cat hoarding is common but vet says this is one of the worst cases in the state.
Law enforcement from various local agencies saluted officer Jacob Spies upon discharge in August from North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale af

Man, 19, pleads guilty to attempted murder for shooting of Minneapolis police officer

The 19-year-old admitted to firing a dozen shots Aug. 11.

Charges dismissed against man accused of raping 11-year-old girl in Bemidji

"You know something happened to that little girl," prosecutor said. "We just can't charge it."
A photo of Zaria McKeever is on display behind Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on April 5, 2023, at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.

Man who orchestrated Zaria McKeever's killing by teen brothers pleads guilty to first-degree murder

Erick Haynes will be sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 30 years.
Stephanie Clark played with her son Brandon, 9, at the family home in Maple Grove on Wednesday. Clark was released from prison on Tuesday after she wo

She was convicted of killing her abusive boyfriend. Now a Maple Grove woman is home awaiting a new trial.

Mom, sentenced to 25 years for murder, gets rare second chance at self-defense claim.
Rashad Cobb reflected  on the life of his twin brother Ricky Cobb ll. At left is family attorney Harry M. Daniels.

Memo: Use-of-force expert in Minnesota state trooper case gave no final opinion in motorist's fatal shooting

Jeffrey Noble speculated that trooper Ryan Londregan acted as a "reasonable officer" would have to protect his partner, but refrained from offering a final opinion on whether deadly force was necessary.
A photo of Zaria McKeever is on display behind Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.

Teen who killed Zaria McKeever enters guilty plea, will serve 10-year term

He agreed to testify against the man charged with plotting the home invasion.

Red Lake hosts vigils, ceremonies for two young boys killed in house fire

Their mom is charged with abuse, torture, neglect stemming from recent Amber Alert.
After their sons killer was convicted on seven felony counts Thursday in Hennepin County District Court, mothers Malinda Thomas and Marlena King embra

After hour of deliberation, jury finds man guilty of double murder in Minneapolis

The victims mothers' rejoiced swift verdicts reached Thursday and praised the work of police and prosecutors.
Police cars and tape at night with snow outside Nordstrom store at the Mall of America on Dec. 23, 2022.

19-year-old man enters guilty plea in fatal Mall of America shooting

Prosecutors are asking the judge to impose a 30-year sentence
Trooper Ryan Londregan, center in maroon tie, stood hand-in-hand with his wife surrounded by security, his lawyers and dozens of supporters, including

Evidence under debate as Minnesota state trooper charged in motorist's killing appears in court

Trooper Ryan Londregan's attorneys want records from a prosecution expert. Prosecutors say they've handed over all relevant information.
Trooper Ryan Londregan, center, stood hand-in-hand with his wife surrounded by security, his lawyers and dozens of supporters, including many officers

State Patrol trainer says trooper Ryan Londregan followed training in fatal shooting of motorist Ricky Cobb II

The trainer said prosecutors lied and took part of his 37-page interview out of context.
Rashad Cobb reflected Thursday on the life of his twin brother Ricky Cobb ll. At left is family lawyer Harry M. Daniels.

Attorney for family of Ricky Cobb II sent $25M demand letter to state

Bakari Sellers said he plans to file a civil suit on behalf of the family in the coming weeks alleging use of excessive force.
A photo of Zaria McKeever is on display behind Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.

Teen accused in woman's slaying now charged as adult; plea deal on table

The charges stem from a botched break-in at a Brooklyn Park apartment complex in 2022. Attorney General Keith Ellison's office later took over the case from the Hennepin County Attorney.

Red Lake mother charged with torture and abuse of son who was subject of recent Amber Alert

Toddler was covered in open sores and hadn't been bathed in days when located Friday night.
Gov. Tim Walz looks to Attorney General Keith Ellison asks a question during a Board of Pardons meeting June 28, 2023 at the Minnesota Senate Building

Will Gov. Walz reassign prosecution of trooper Londregan to AG Ellison?

Ellison said his office is studying the situation, which is "up in the air."

Plymouth woman to serve 6 years for aiding the stabbing of her alleged rapist

Her boyfriend has pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder.
A Minnesota board was justified when it rejected a substitute teaching license for Jeronimo Yanez , the former St. Anthony police officer who shot and

State Appeals Court upholds denial of teaching license for ex-officer who killed Philando Castile

Jeronimo Yanez's attorney said the case "is further proof that issues surrounding police are not able to be decided in a fair and unbiased manner in Minnesota."
Trooper Ryan Londregan, center in maroon tie, stood hand-in-hand with his wife surrounded by security, his lawyers and dozens of supporters, including

Defense attorney: Prosecutors ignored expert in state trooper murder case

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty's Office refuted the allegations, saying attorneys for trooper Ryan Londregan "cherry picked" quotes in a motion filed Monday.
Three people were wounded, one seriously, in a shooting early Sunday in Minneapolis' Lyndale-Lake neighborhood.

3 wounded in Lyn-Lake shooting in Minneapolis early Sunday

Amanda, Gavin, 4, Jake and Nora Blome, 8, wait in line for entry to a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals game featuring Iowa and Penn State at Target Ce

'Clarkies' converge in downtown Minneapolis for Big Ten tournament

Fans of star Iowa hoopster Caitlin Clark were well-represented among the downtown crowds gathering for the women's basketball tournament at Target Center.
Royal Cigar & Tobacco customers walked into the Dinkytown store Sunday, hours after two people were shot and killed there, Minneapolis police said

Bail set at $2 million for Minneapolis man charged in Dinkytown tobacco shop killings

The gunman fired 24 rounds, killing two and wounding a store clerk.
Adam Kujawa

Ramsey County public defender, ex-assistant attorney general resigns in fallout of sexual abuse charges

He was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Cook, Ramsey and Washington counties and won't serve prison time.
“Today’s arrest is the direct result of our focused efforts to stop this senseless violence,” Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O'Hara said of Mond

Nine juveniles charged following rash of February robberies in Minneapolis

County Attorney Moriarty announced the charging decisions Friday.
The check-in line snaked around the lobby during a felony-level expungement clinic inside the Urban League Twin Cities office in Minneapolis on Wednes

Convicted felons seek clean slate at Mary Moriarty's inaugural expungement clinic

Around 300 people were assisted with filing for expungement, which Moriarty said shows a need.
Relatives of Katricia Daniels and Robert Shepard mourned them in front of the house during a vigil Monday night. About 200 people — family members,

Minneapolis man eligible for parole after resentencing for his role as a teen in the murders of a mother and son

Brian Lee Flowers, who was 16 at the time, was determined to have played a lesser role.
Trooper Ryan Londregan, center in maroon tie, stood hand-in-hand with his wife surrounded by security, his lawyers and dozens of supporters, including

Hennepin County judge denies prosecutors' motion to temporarily seal evidence in trooper's deadly force case

Judge Tamara Garcia called the state's request "premature and overbroad."
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty said the clinic is designed to “expedite” the expungement process.

Hennepin County attorney to host inaugural felony expungement clinic

The clinic is slated for Feb. 28, and only those with felony convictions originating from Hennepin County are eligible.

Minnesota Supreme Court upholds Buffalo clinic mass shooter's convictions, including murder

A Wright County jury convicted Gregory Ulrich on all 11 counts in the 2021 mass shooting.
Trooper Ryan Londregan, center in maroon tie, stood with his wife surrounded by security, his lawyers and supporters, including many officers, as his

Why state trooper's trial in fatal shooting won't be like the others

State trooper Ryan Londregan will be tried under a revised use-of-deadly-force statute by a prosecutor who is facing a backlash from Minnesota's law enforcement community.
Bodycam video shows Myon Burrell after being stopped by Robbinsdale police

Robbinsdale police officer testifies why he stopped Myon Burrell, searched vehicle

His attorneys argue there was no basis for the traffic stop that led to felony charges.
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty says some sentences may no longer serve the interest of justice or public safety.

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty opens application process for incarcerated people to request reduced sentence

The initiative stems from a new Minnesota law passed in 2023.
Ricky Cobb II was killed by a state trooper during a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in north Minneapolis on July 31.

Trooper booked, released 2 weeks after charges in fatal shooting

Ryan Londregan is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, first-degree assault and second-degree manslaughter in the July 31 shooting of Ricky Cobb II.
(Left to right) Rep. Sandra Feist, Curtis Shanklin, Liz Ryan and Mary Moriarty during a symposium Thursday, February 1, 2024, at Open Book in Minneapo

Head of DOJ's youth justice office hails Hennepin County's reform efforts

Liz Ryan, head of Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, visited for a symposium and student-led panel this week.
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Supreme Court reverses accomplice's conviction in kidnapping, killing of Mpls. real estate agent

Elsa Segura was sentenced to life in prison, but will now receive a new trial.
Trooper Ryan Londregan walked hand-in-hand with his wife, Grace Londregan, to his first court appearance to answer to murder and manslaughter charges

Trooper charged in fatal shooting of Black motorist makes first court appearance

Ryan Londregan was charged last week in the shooting of Ricky Cobb II.
The courtroom C-1856 at Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

Public defender pay raise shakes up staffing in Minnesota county attorney offices

Many county attorneys have left for the higher pay, but some counties have also raised wages in response.
Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty

Grand jury was convened in the killing of Ricky Cobb II, though not to render charging decision

Prosecutors say the secret process was used for investigative purposes.
Ricky Cobb II was killed by a state trooper during a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in north Minneapolis on July 31.

Minnesota state trooper charged with murder, manslaughter in fatal shooting of Black motorist

Ryan Londregan shot Ricky Cobb II during a July 31 traffic stop in Minneapolis.

University of Minnesota student charged in grandfather's murder

The man and his mother allegedly shot the 87-year-old.

Man charged with murder in shooting at Quarry shopping center in northeast Minneapolis

Police believe the same gun was used in a St. Paul homicide Jan. 1.