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Kim Hyatt

Reporter | North Metro
Phone: 612-673-4751

Kim Hyatt is the Star Tribune’s West Metro reporter, covering Bloomington, Edina, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and surrounding communities. She previously covered Anoka County as the North Metro reporter.


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
The Landmark Uptown Theater in Minneapolis.

Uptown Theatre operator Landmark loses its lease over $340K in unpaid rent

The company has been ordered to vacate the iconic location. Back rent and fees owed total more than $340,000.
Demaris Hobbs-Ekdahl’s mother, Trisha Eckdahl, center, released balloons along with her sister, Katie Eckdahl, and brother Jeff Eckdahl, right, at R

14-year-old killed in shooting at Woodbury graduation party

Boy, 14, was bystander at graduation party
The marquee of the Edina Cinema on 50th and France.

After decades at 50th and France, historic Edina Cinema closes for good

The COVID-19 pandemic proved too much for the beloved movie theater
Jefferson Fietek

Former Anoka teacher, LGBTQ advocate accused of sexually abusing students

Warnings about former theater teacher in Anoka went unheeded.
Katie Wright (center) surrounded by supporters marched from 63rd and Katherine drive to the Brooklyn Center Police departing , demanding justice for h

Hundreds follow Daunte Wright's family in a march through Brooklyn Center

Group wants police reform, more serious charges against officer.
On Wednesday April 28, 2021 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, MN, Michael Elder, 35, gets his first shot of the Pfizer Covid-19 va

1,713 more COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths reported in Minnesota

At least 1,972,888 Minnesotans have received full vaccinations.
Chris Bernard and his wife, Britt, with their  children Eleanora, 2, Gideon, 4, and Conrad, 1 week old, at their home in northeast Minneapolis. The th

'Crazy odds': Minneapolis mom gives birth to three children, each two years apart and on the same day

This Minneapolis family celebrates the birthdays of all three of their children on the same day.
Kyler Heard shopped at Oxboro Market, a Bloomington tobacco shop. The city voted to end sales of flavored tobacco products beginning in January.

Bloomington sets sunset on all tobacco licenses

Bloomington decides to phase out all tobacco licenses beginning June 2022.
“Ni me lo puedo imaginar lo que están pasando los padres de la joven desde Mexico y tan lejos,” (“I can’t even imagine what the parents are g

A 'gentle, kind soul': Woman, 19, identified in Minneapolis homicide

A male suspect is in custody. This is the 23rd homicide in Minneapolis this year.
Mike Babcock, 38, of St. Paul, received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Minneapolis VA from nurse Matt Brenner.

1,569 more COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths in Minnesota

As least 1,788,107 Minnesotans have received full vaccinations.
Daunte Wright’s casket was removed from the church at Shiloh Temple International Ministries on Thursday in Minneapolis. His family is walking behin

Amid grief for Daunte Wright, a firm resolve for lasting change

Mourners including the state's top political leaders filled a north Minneapolis church Thursday to honor the life of a 20-year-man killed by Brooklyn Center police and demand justice.
Funeral directors carried the casket of Duante Wright in Temple International Ministries for a public viewing Wednesday April 21, 2021 in Minneapolis,

The Rev. Al Sharpton leads wake for Daunte Wright; funeral at noon today

Funeral services slated for Thursday.
In 2019, a group from Outfront Minnesota protested conversion therapy at the State Capitol.

Bloomington passes conversion therapy ban

Following 90 minutes of passionate public commentary, the Bloomington City Council on Monday evening passed a ban on conversion therapy for minors and vulnerable adults.Bloomington…
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar spoke at a new conference in Brooklyn Center on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Photo credit: Kim Hyatt

Rep. Omar joins Brooklyn Center residents in calls for police reform

Calls for accountability, transparency in wake of Daunte Wright killing.
Protesters including Damik Wright, far left, the brother of Daunte Wright attended a rally in front of the governor’s residence and proceeded to mar

Hundreds gather for peaceful rally in St. Paul

In Brookyn Center meanwhile, Mayor Mike Elliott declared a citywide curfew starting at 11 p.m. Sunday and extending until 6 a.m. Monday.
BCA agents began investigating the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Burnsville on Sunday, April 18.

Carjacking suspect dies after exchanging gunfire with Burnsville police

An armed suspect jumped out of a moving vehicle he had stolen and ran onto a busy Burnsville highway, where he tried to steal another vehicle before police fatally shot him Sunday afternoon.
A registered nurse filled needles with the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccination to be used at the vaccination site at the Masjid Al Tawba Mosque,

1,847 more COVID-19 cases, 15 new deaths in Minnesota

At least 1.6 million Minnesotans have received full vaccinations.
A Minnesota National Guard security team says it was fired upon in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning near the intersection of Penn Avenue and B

Minnesota Guard team says it was fired upon in drive-by shooting in Mpls.

The shooting was in the Jordan neighborhood.
Katie Wright, whose son Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer, was overcome by emotion during a news conference Friday

Fatal stop brings fresh scrutiny to Brooklyn Center police

Most officers are white, while most residents are people of color. According to the mayor, not one officer lives within city limits.
Messages were projected onto the barrier separating demonstrators from law enforcement outside the Brooklyn Center police station on Thursday night.

Despite curfew, fifth night of Brooklyn Center protest ends with no dispersal

Late Thursday, only a few people remained from a earlier crowd of about 1,000 that had gathered outside police headquarters for a fifth night of protests over the killing of Daunte Wright.
Police used flash bombs and irritants at the Brooklyn Center police station after a rally Tuesday responding to the death of Daunte Wright.

Protesters, police clash for third night after Daunte Wright's death

An estimated 800 to 1,000 protesters were outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Dozens of officers in riot gear, along with National Guard, stood on the other side of a metal fence. As the crowd shouted and shook the fence, police began deploying flash-bang grenades.
Protesters clashed with police outside Brooklyn Center police headquarters on Monday, April 12, following the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.

Protesters, police clash at Brooklyn Center police station; 40 arrested

Protesters had been on hand throughout the day outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, but the scene escalated after the start of a 7 p.m. curfew across four Twin Cities metro counties.
Daunte Wright. Photo provided by family.

Violence flares after police shoot, kill Black man in Brooklyn Center

The fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, 20, during a Brooklyn Center traffic stop Sunday led to protests and looting that spilled over to Minneapolis. National Guard troops arrived just before midnight as several businesses around a Walmart were completely destroyed, including Foot Locker, T-Mobile and a men's clothing store.
In a screened off room in the Brian Coyle Center in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Paramedic Kayse Abdirahman prepared to administer a COVID-19 vaccine

1,784 more COVID-19 cases, 13 new deaths in Minnesota

State health officials reported 1,784 more COVID-19 cases and 13 new deaths in Minnesota on Sunday.
A screenshot of video recorded on traffic cameras from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Street racers shut down Lowry Hill Tunnel early Sunday morning

State Patrol said no arrests have been made.
2 killed, 2 injured in Sunday morning crash in Burnsville

2 killed, 2 injured in Sunday morning crash in Burnsville

Two people were killed and two injured in a car crash in Burnsville Sunday morning.Police are releasing few details on the fatal crash, but say…
Two men injured in explosion at St. Paul scrap yard

Two men injured in explosion at St. Paul scrap yard

They were recycling a gas tank on Saturday afternoon.
16-year-old girl killed in Cannon Falls crash

16-year-old girl killed in Cannon Falls crash

The severely injured driver was not wearing a seat belt.
Mike Babcock, 38, of St. Paul, spoke to nurse Matt Brenner after receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.

1,227 more COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths in Minnesota

As least 976,061 Minnesotans have received full vaccinations.
Friends of the victim involved in a fatal crash in Woodbury on March 13 gathered at the scene of the crash the next afternoon. People brought flowers,

Teen driver in fatal Woodbury crash likely to face charges

The crash remains under investigation.
Canadian Pacific Railway’s terminal in northeast Minneapolis, seen in 2019. Canadian Pacific announced Sunday that it was acquiring Kansas City Sout

March 21: Minneapolis no longer Canadian Pacific's U.S. headquarters in $25B deal

The $25 billion deal boasts increased trade, better service.
Pharmacy technician Emma Christensen gave a COVID-19 Vaccine shot to Robert Kelling, 68, at a Thrifty White in Waseca.

956 more COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths in Minnesota

As least 839,860 Minnesotans have received full vaccinations.
Edina company's CEO feels called to champion sustainability in new book, podcast

Edina company's CEO feels called to champion sustainability in new book, podcast

Since Inclusivi-tee was founded in 2017, the psychologist-turned-CEO has expanded her reach from T-shirts to a book and podcast.
St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano

St. Louis Park amends targeted residential protest ban

Some council members wanted to repeal the ban entirely.
Friends of the victim involved in a fatal crash in Woodbury on Saturday night gathered at the scene of the crash Sunday afternoon where people brought

Authorities ID teens in fatal weekend Woodbury crash

Surivors are in stable but serious condition.
The driver struck a tree and split the car in two Saturday evening on Settlers Ridge Parkway in Woodbury.

One East Ridge High student killed, four hurt in Woodbury crash

Woodbury Public Safety said the vehicle split in two after crashing into a tree.
Sophia Scanlan, Lora Hicks and Raquel Hicks play a game of Hammer-Schlagen at O’Gara’s St. Patrick’s Day event on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Sa

Stillwater company wins trademark battle over nail-driving game Hammer-Schlagen

The company trademarked the game in 2000.
North Memorial nurse Maureen Kurgat vaccinated Catherine Rivard, 68, against COVID-19 during a vaccination event in one of Rivard’s apartment’s co

997 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths in Minnesota

The number of Minnesotans who have now received at least one vaccine dose is 1,240,140.
Golden Valley officials Kiarra Zackery, Maria Cisneros and Kirsten Santelices are working to eliminate racial covenants.

Golden Valley city staff project turns into growing effort to denounce racial covenants

Reminder of bans on people of color still in documents throughout Twin Cities.
A rendering of the expanded St. Louis Park factory.

Pandemic baking boom pushes Nordic Ware expansion in St. Louis Park

New warehouse space will include a cafe accessible by bike trail, future light rail.
George Floyd Square at East 38th Street and Chicago Saturday night, hours after a person was shot and killed near the intersection.

Two injured, one killed in rash of weekend shootings in Minneapolis

A single fatality occurred near George Floyd Square in Mpls.
A rally was held in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, March 7, one day before jury selection begins in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin in the

Hundreds march in downtown Minneapolis on eve of Chauvin trial

The march came one day before jury selection is set to begin in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing George Floyd last May.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz stopped to watch as medical professionals drew doses at the Vikings Training Center that’d been converted into a vaccine sit

897 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths in Minnesota

The number of Minnesotans who have now received at least one vaccination dose is 1,046,077.
While Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg, spoke on an amendment about conversion therapy on the House Floor, over one hundred protesters with Outfront Minne

Bloomington may ban conversion therapy for minors, vulnerable adults

Eight other cities across the state have banned the discredited practice.
LaVera Daisy

LaVera Daisy, Rondo Days booster, dies after being hit by car in parking lot

Born and raised in St. Paul's historic Rondo neighborhood, LaVera Daisy never strayed too far from home, devoting her life to her community with activism,…
Woman killed Sunday morning in north Minneapolis shooting

Woman killed Sunday morning in north Minneapolis shooting

It's the city's' 10th homicide of 2021.
U of M Genomics Center lab technician Marissa Anderson handled a vial containing a positive COVID-19 sample Tuesday afternoon.

813 new COVID-19 cases, 8 more deaths in Minnesota

The number of Minnesotans who have now received at least one vaccination dose is 878,346.
Black Black Lives Matter protesters led by Nekima Levy Armstrong and Toussaint Morrison took a knee as they and more than100 fellow BLM protesters ral

St. Louis Park reconsiders 45-year-old ban on residential protests

As other cities crack down on residential protests, St. Louis Park officials may update or remove their ban altogether.
Danylle Peardon stood for a portrait outside her home in St. Francis, Minn.

Women who accused Anoka County commissioner of harassment get cease-and-desist letters

Attorney for Matt Look claimed the women made slanderous statements.
Ruth Hartman

Ruth Elaine Hartman, Cub Scout mom and longtime volunteer, dies at 96

Dancing inside the towering Nicollet Hotel in downtown Minneapolis celebrating the end of World War II, Ruth Elaine Hartman was on a date in the…
In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 file photo, law enforcement personnel walk toward the Allina Health clinic where multiple people were shot in Buffalo

Moment of silence will honor Buffalo shooting victims

One worker was killed and four were injured.
Roy Erickson among 200 elderly residents and workers who received the first of two Moderna vaccinations at the Oak Meadows Senior Living complex Thurs

779 more COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths in Minnesota

The number of Minnesotans who have now received both doses of the vaccine is 227,551.
Zander Danielson Sellie’s family church housed their alleged abuser’s youth arts program.

Minnesota Legislature considers bill to close mandatory reporting loophole

Testimony supports bill that would expand the definition to include adults beyond education and child care.
District 1 Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look. Photo provided by Anoka County.

Anoka County commissioner denounces harassment allegations as colleague pushes for ethics code

Move is floated after one member stands accused of harassing constituents.
A beginner class practiced balancing during rollerskating lessons for adults at Cheap Skate in Coon Rapids on Nov. 9 in Coon Rapids. A local nonpr

Coon Rapids nonprofit wants a vote on changing city's name

It contains a racial slur, and doesn't reflect area's diversity, advocates say.
Barbara Gusse of Brooklyn Center, a grandmother and amateur birdwatcher, grabbed her binoculars when she spotted the Jeep Cherokee being sought in an

Woman credited in boy's rescue says, 'I'm no hero. I'm just a grandmother'

Avid birder used binoculars to read license plate of stolen car.
Body of missing woman found south of Little Falls

Body of missing woman found south of Little Falls

The woman's husband was arrested.
Sharon Gordon, a registered nurse at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital draws up the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe as the hospital held a COVID-1

914 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths in Minnesota

The number of Minnesotans who have now received at least one dose of the vaccine is 554,102.
Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look said in an e-mail Thursday evening that he looks forward “to the conversation on a code of ethics.”

After harassment allegations, calls for Anoka County commissioner to resign

Anoka County's Matt Look says he won't resign; code of ethics considered.
Danylle Peardon objected to a Facebook post by Commissioner Matt Look that she interpreted as condoning the insurrection.

Constituent accuses Anoka County commissioner of harassment

Look denies the claim, calls the report the woman made to police "fake."
Neighbors push back on Golden Valley hospital's expansion

Neighbors push back on Golden Valley hospital's expansion

Traffic concerns delay the planning panel's decision.
Gov. Tim Walz talked with Carmyn Christopherson of Prior Lake who was getting a COVID-19 vaccine by appointment from registered nurse Kemah Dalmeida T

Minnesota reports 996 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths

The number of Minnesotans who have now received new doses is 418,299.
Toussaint Morrison spoke to more than 100 Black Lives Matter protesters as they rallied outside the home of Minneapolis Police Federation president Bo

North metro city weighs ban on 'targeted' residential protests

Measures in the North Metro follow August protest outside the Hugo home of Bob Kroll.
Nurse Alexandria Kilby hooked up a monoclonal antibody infusion to patient Donna Hipsher in St. Luke’s Emergency Department in Duluth.

Minnesota reports 1,196 new COVID-19 cases, 32 more deaths

The number of Minnesotans who have now received new doses is up to 247,415.
Anoka County Commissioner Mandy Meisner said the decision boiled down to giving more funding to struggling businesses rather than paying for administr

Minnesota counties pay hundreds of thousands to third parties to administer COVID relief grants

Anoka County is bringing its process in-house after paying more than $275,000 to a third-party vendor.
Stolen truck, police chase, hay bale, K-9, fight lead to arrest of Maplewood man

Stolen truck, police chase, hay bale, K-9, fight lead to arrest of Maplewood man

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office said the 30-year-old man is in custody awaiting charges.
Staff were on hand to guide and help people through the new saliva COVID-19 testing site at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Thursday,

44 more COVID deaths, 2,165 new cases in Minnesota

One of the new COVID deaths was reported in a jail/prison.
Vincent Williams helped detain a suspect accused of assaulting a state trooper Sunday evening in Brooklyn Center.

Good Samaritan helps Minnesota state trooper arrest suspect after traffic stop assault

Both the trooper and suspect were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
A crowd of protesters grew to several hundred on Sunday at the gas station in south Minneapolis where Dolal Idd was fatally shot by police on Wednesda

Hundreds march in protest of Minneapolis police killing

March comes a day after video showing search of Dolal Idd's family home.
Richard Lewis, a Minneapolis veteran, has seen his monthly food stamp allocation plunge from $120 to $15 without notice. Since October, he’s been re

Food stamp recipients will get extra stimulus boost

Food banks and pantries also stand to get $400 million in funding to help meet a pandemic-driven need.
Minneapolis Fire Chief Bryan Tyner received his first COVID-19 vaccination from nurse Mary Greer of Hennepin Health on Tuesday at the Emergency Operat

Minnesota sees 53 more COVID deaths, 2,714 new cases in two-day report

Because of last week's holiday, the numbers released Sunday are for two days, Friday and Saturday.
The Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville opened for indoor dining Thursday despite a judge’s order that it remain closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Judge orders Lakeville restaurant closed after it defies COVID-19 order

The Alibi Drinkery reopened Thursday morning to a packed crowd.
Rush City man facing third-degree murder for sale of counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl

Rush City man facing third-degree murder for sale of counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl

A warrant issued in Anoka County earlier this month remains active.
Brooklyn Park woman dies after plunging through thin ice while on ATV in Hubbard County

Brooklyn Park woman dies after plunging through thin ice while on ATV in Hubbard County

Other Minnesota counties reported ATV accidents on area lakes over the weekend.
Family in Dayton loses home to early morning fire

Family in Dayton loses home to early morning fire

All family members got out safely, but house was said to be a total loss.