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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
Jamal Lindsey Smith

Half of jury seated in murder trial of accused Hwy. 169 road-rage shooter

Defense recently filed several motions to dismiss indictment, aiding and abetting charge.
Jamal L. Smith

Jury selection in fatal Hwy. 169 drive-by shooting underway

Judge expects trial to begin next week after jury seated by Friday.
Hudson, Wis., Prairie Elementary fifth-graders Soren Byrnes, Katya Nolan, Brady Jacobs, Andrew Seiffert, Landon Poser, and Max Moklegaard with some of

Metro briefs: Students send blankets to Ukraine

Any day now, Ania Nolan hopes to hear good news from Ukraine. The Hudson, Wis., resident sent three boxes of blankets to the war-torn country…
Golden Valley Police Director Virgil Green accepted a condition offer in March. His swearing-in ceremony scheduled for June 21 has been delayed until

Incoming Golden Valley police chief poised to enter a department in transition

Virgil Green to lead a department that's losing officers and facing an outside investigation.
Man arrested in suspicious death in Minneapolis

Man arrested in suspicious death in Minneapolis

When Minneapolis firefighters were called to an apartment fire Sunday morning, there were no signs of a fire but they found the body of a…
Metro briefs: 3 more contaminated home wells found in Andover

Metro briefs: 3 more contaminated home wells found in Andover

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) found three more homes with private wells in the city's Red Oaks neighborhood contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical.The agency…
Danny Santulli with his sister Meredith Santulli.

After frat hazing left son brain damaged, Eden Prairie family fights for accountability

Attorney says anti-hazing laws aren't enough to prevent the dangers of hazing and excessive alcohol consumption.
Camille Hammar-Gipple’s belongings sat in a big pile in her basement in St. Louis Park on May 26 after a water main break.

St. Louis Park approves $4 million in relief for residents hit by water main breaks

The same water main broke in the Texa-Tonka neighborhood May 21 and June 3.
Visitors browsed the 55th annual Edina Art Fair on Sunday with more than 300 vendor booths back at the 50th and France commercial district after a two

Weekend art fairs return to the Twin Cities

Edina's annual fair kicked off a summer of events after a two-year COVID hiatus.
2 dead in Minneapolis shootings near Loring Park, Little Earth

2 dead in Minneapolis shootings near Loring Park, Little Earth

No arrests have been made in either case.
The Washington County Historic Courthouse

Metro briefs: Critical fracture closes historic Stillwater courthouse

Washington County officials temporarily closed the county's Historic Courthouse this week after the discovery of a fractured truss, one of four that support the 152-year-old…
Yard waste in Robbinsdale

Yard waste service halted in 7 metro cities due to staffing

The suspension by Waste Management comes days after a storm swept through the region and many homeowners fired up the lawn mowers for the first time.
Sharon McWhite tucked her keys into a zipper pocket in her purse after entering her office earlier this month in Edina.

Suburbs' increase in violent crime is mostly in a few metro cities

A Star Tribune analysis of data from 50 Twin Cities suburbs shows violent and property crimes jumped notably in some communities last year. But most metro-area suburbs saw little or no increase.
Highland Park High School freshman Sarah Lind-MacMillan, 15, throws fish into Thompson Lake in West St. Paul on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Metro briefs: Thompson Lake reopens after wastewater spill

Dakota County's Thompson Lake has reopened to the public after a wastewater spill. The county closed Thompson County Park lake access on May 16, after…
Jennifer and Adam Snyder’s basement Saturday morning after a water main break flooded homes in the Texa-Tonka neighborhood in St. Louis Park.

St. Louis Park approves relief for residents furious over massive water main break

The unprecedented emergency affected 55 homeowners who said the city's response wasn't good enough.
Carl Bradley

Carl Bradley, Twin Cities R&B musician, dies at 73

Bradley belonged to the first R&B group said to find crossover success with white audiences in the Twin Cities.
This booking photo released by the Wright County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office shows Gregory Paul Ulrich. Opening statements and testimony began Monday,

Testimony underway in trial for Buffalo Allina clinic attacker who killed 1, injured 4

Prosecutors say he planned the ambush; defense says he was a desperate man.
Principal Mauri Friestleben

Minneapolis North High principal will stay on through school year

It's a reversal of a district announcement Friday that Monday would be Mauri Friestleben's last day.
Water main break floods 40 St. Louis Park homes

Water main break floods 40 St. Louis Park homes

City officials say the main flows underground through a sanitary sewer, but the break didn't contaminate the water supply.
A flooded campsite shown recently at Voyageurs National Park.

Flooding closes trails, campsites in Voyageurs National Park

The park also announced it is reinstating its indoor mask mandate.
Man dies in overnight shooting in north Minneapolis

Man dies in overnight shooting in north Minneapolis

The homicide marks the 36th in Minneapolis this year.
A hiker walked in Lebanon Hills Regional Park, which would connect to the Mississippi River under Dakota County’s plan for a Veterans Memorial Green

Metro briefs: Dakota County releases plan for Veterans Memorial Greenway

Dakota County shared plans for its Veterans Memorial Greenway project — a 10-foot wide, multi-use trail that connects Lebanon Hills Regional Park and the Mississippi…
Tyler Kline

Robbinsdale City Council censures member for drunken hit-and-run crash

Tyler Kline damaged two squad cars as he fled police while driving the wrong way on Hwy. 100 in January.
Edison junior Benjamin Vang, 16, planted a tree during the Litter League’s Earth Day Launch event on April 23, 2022. at North Commons Park in Minnea

Minneapolis proposes $1 million in federal funds to add 200,000 trees

Minneapolis is proposing $1 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expanding the urban tree canopy.The money will jump-start the Green Minneapolis Climate Resiliency Initiative…
Minnesota State Patrol Chief Colonel Matt Langer, seen in 2021, said troopers throughout the summer will target a region each weekend to crack down on

State Patrol launches summer weekend enforcement initiative

The Minnesota State Patrol launched a high-intensity patrol over fishing opener weekend in the Brainerd Lakes area, and troopers throughout the summer will target a…
Anoka County IDs man found dead in Mississippi River

Anoka County IDs man found dead in Mississippi River

The Elk River man was last seen in April
Mary Moriarty, Hennepin County’s former chief public defender, has won the DFL endorsement for the Hennepin County attorney.

DFL endorses Moriarty, Witt for Hennepin County Attorney, sheriff

Runner-up for county attorney said he will not suspend campaign
Ferris wheel fight and lockdown halts Northtown Mall carnival

Ferris wheel fight and lockdown halts Northtown Mall carnival

Police say 100 kids fled the carnival and ran through the mall.
The Minnesota River, seen from Mendota Heights.

Metro briefs: Eroding Shakopee riverbank gets federal funding

A project to stabilize the eroding banks of the Minnesota River in Shakopee has received $3.5 million in federal funding. Representatives from the city, Scott…
Brothers Dwayne Johnson, left, and Kian Scott, seen in an illustration from GoFundMe, were killed in a crash last week. The two had wrestled for Park

Wrong-way driver kills two Park Rapids brothers

An outpouring of grief and support for the family flooded social media.
Brooklyn Park man dies in Roseville rollover crash

Brooklyn Park man dies in Roseville rollover crash

Speed played a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.
Wildfires burn in Blaine, NW Wisconsin

Wildfires burn in Blaine, NW Wisconsin

Residents were evacuated in a northwestern Wisconsin blaze while crews battled an 80-acre fire in Blaine.
Bison at Minneopa State Park in Mankato.

Metro briefs: Nature center welcomes new bison herd

A herd of bison will return May 21 to the Belwin Conservancy for their summer stay, with a festival planned for the day of their…
Jarvis Jones announced his candidacy in the crowded Hennepin County attorney race on Thursday ahead of a virtual forum.

Hennepin County attorney candidates talk child protection, police accountability in forum

A seventh candidate, Jarvis Jones, entered the crowded race to succeed Mike Freeman.
Rosland Park in Edina, which the City Council rejected as the location for a new fire station in favor of an office site on W. 76th Street.

Heeding residents, Edina City Council rejects Rosland Park for new fire station

The station instead will be built at an office site on W. 76th Street.
The sun flotilla paddled across Powderhorn Lake and was greeted by a crowd of more than 100 people at “MayDay Anyway,” an unsanctioned celebration

After two-year hiatus, MayDay returns with a mix of old and new

An unsanctioned celebration took place at Powderhorn Park while hundreds gathered at the reimagined MayDay festival outside Four Directions Family Center.
This July 8, 2019, photo shows the Amazon Fulfillment warehouse in Shakopee. Workers walked out Friday, April 29, 2022, seeking higher wages and time

Shakopee Amazon workers walk out to demand higher pay, time off for Eid

The Muslim holiday is celebrated with a feast to break monthlong fasting.
Anoka County jail inmate's death under investigation

Anoka County jail inmate's death under investigation

The inmate was found dead in his cell Thursday morning.
Victim of Friday morning Minneapolis shooting identified

Victim of Friday morning Minneapolis shooting identified

Two men were arrested shortly after the shooting in north Minneapolis.
Metro briefs: Minnetonka considers affordable housing project

Metro briefs: Minnetonka considers affordable housing project

A proposed affordable housing project that would bring a dozen townhouses and two single-family houses to the Minnetonka Mills neighborhood is getting mixed reviews from…
Hundreds of dead fish shown on Lower Penn Lake in Bloomington in late March. It was one of more than a dozen winterkills reported to the DNR so far th

Hundreds of dead fish wash up on Lower Penn Lake in Bloomington

The DNR says 15 other lakes throughout the metro area have reported similar winterkills after ice-out.
Man stabbed to death on Metro Transit bus in Uptown

Man stabbed to death on Metro Transit bus in Uptown

This is the 28th homicide of 2022.
Shooting between St. Cloud roommates leads to arrest

Shooting between St. Cloud roommates leads to arrest

It's unclear who fired the gun during the argument.
Inver Grove Heights man dies in Eagan crash

Inver Grove Heights man dies in Eagan crash

State Patrol will release the identity of the 24-year-old later this week.
Mark N. Johnson

Man charged in Bloomington bank robbery; suspected in another

The man was caught with much of the cash still on him, according to the charges.
Fire in historic Bayfield, Wis., building displaces 8

Fire in historic Bayfield, Wis., building displaces 8

Northern Wisconsin firefighters responded to a fully engulfed apartment building Saturday, a total loss that displaced eight tenants. The Bayfield, Wis., volunteer fire department shared…
St. Paul woman, 18, dies in southern Minnesota car crash

St. Paul woman, 18, dies in southern Minnesota car crash

State patrol reports she was not wearing a seatbelt.
Coon Rapids couple fatally shot on coastal highway in Mexico

Coon Rapids couple fatally shot on coastal highway in Mexico

The Oaxaca Post reported that the victims were traveling in a truck with Minnesota license plates in Puerto Escondido when people on motorcycles shot them.
Andrew Tolbert

Metro briefs: Brooklyn Park officer named Negotiator of the Year

Brooklyn Park police officer and crisis negotiator Andrew Tolbert has been named the Special Operations Training Association's Negotiator of the Year.Tolbert won the award for…
U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Dean Phillips spoke with Hopkins City Council Member Gerard Balan at the announcement Tuesday that Mainstreet has been place

Hopkins' Mainstreet named to the National Register of Historic Places

The commercial district, which includes 32 buildings, is now eligible for state and federal tax credits.
New Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges

New Bloomington police chief wants to advocate for people without a voice

After three years serving as assistant commissioner with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Hodges will be sworn in Monday as Bloomington's new chief.
Katie Wright, the mother of Daunte Wright, and others release balloons at a vigil honoring Daunte Wright on the one-year anniversary of his death Mond

A year after Wright's killing, his family continues fight for justice

Monday marks the anniversary of Daunte Wright's killing by a Brooklyn Center police officer.
Dion Lamarr Ford Jr.

Second St. Paul man charged in fatal shooting of ex-Central High basketball star

The 19-year-old admitted to concealing the gun his brother allegedly used to kill Dion Lamarr Ford Jr.
Lt. Greg Weigel said that while the FAA differentiates between traditional and tethered drones, state law does not.

St. Louis Park will add drones to public safety operations

Two tethered drones, purchased for $50,000, will have a variety of uses from police and fire to mapping and marketing.
Dion Ford, who was shot and killed Thursday in St. Paul, scoring in a 67-39 St. Paul Central High victory over visiting St. Paul Johnson.

Former St. Paul Central basketball star fatally shot during robbery attempt

The suspect allegedly attempted to rob Dion Lamarr Ford Jr., and the two exchanged gunfire.
Crystal woman dies in house fire

Crystal woman dies in house fire

Cause being investigated.
One dead, five wounded in four overnight shootings in Minneapolis

One dead, five wounded in four overnight shootings in Minneapolis

Police said on Sunday that one victim had died and two suspects had been arrested.
Silver Lake fire chief strikes accident victim with emergency vehicle

Silver Lake fire chief strikes accident victim with emergency vehicle

Woman taken to North Memorial with life-threatening injuries.
Farmington City Administrator Lynn Gorski

Metro briefs: Farmington leaders appoint new city administrator

The Farmington City Council has appointed Lynn Gorski, former assistant city administrator, to fill the city administrator role.Gorski will replace City Administrator David McKnight, who…
Maria Regan Gonzalez, the first Latina and youngest mayor of Richfield, at the Woodlake Nature Center, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Richfield.

Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez, citing family and new job, won't seek second term

The state's first Latina mayor says she wants to focus on her family and new job.
Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, spoke at a rally calling for surcharges on fuel on March 25 in New York.

Edina firm joins NYC yellow cab debt relief after protest convoy comes to Minnesota

The cabbies traveled 1,200 miles to make their case.
Bhairavi Desai, director of New York taxi workers alliance, speaks at a rally calling for surcharges on fuel at the Shell gas station on Friday, March

NYC taxi drivers convoy to Minnesota to protest Edina investor's HQ

Drivers demand relief from medallion loan debt.
Crews clean up 50-gallon diesel spill on I-94 in Minneapolis

Crews clean up 50-gallon diesel spill on I-94 in Minneapolis

A semi truck with a hole in its fuel tank leaked while traveling north on I-94. The Minnesota PCA and truck company are responsible for cleanup.
Minneapolis educators walked the picket line in front of the Davis Center on Monday.

Talks resume between Mpls. school district, teachers union

Talks continued throughout the day as both parties expressed optimism.
Minneapolis teachers and and support staff members continued their protest outside the Davis Education Service Center on Wednesday.

Minneapolis teachers strike standoff intensifies as talks stall

No negotiations on Wednesday as texts between district official, union president are publicized.
The Minneapolis teachers strike entered its third week on Monday.

Mpls. district says school likely to extend into June to make up for strike losses

Representatives from the district and the union are continuing negotiations in search of contract agreements.
Dozens of educators on strike picketed outside Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

Minneapolis school district makes 'final' wage offer for education support professionals

Move could mean more than $10 million in budget cuts for the next school year.
A memorial for Tanasha Austin was created at the scene of the shooting in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis. Family and friends gathered Satu

Woman shot and killed in Lowry Hill neighborhood ID'd

Police say an argument in a car escalated into gunfire.
The Shakopee branch of the Scott County library system.

Metro briefs: Scott County libraries stop charging late fines

Scott County libraries have stopped charging late fines for overdue materials. The county previously charged daily late fines for overdue books and other materials as…
More than 100 students hold a sit-in at the district office Thursday morning.

Students hold sit-in at district office; food service workers say they have deal

Both sides said some progress was made this week.
A group of students at Edina High School walked out of school one hour early Thursday. The students gathered to speak about the recent social media vi

Edina High students walk out of school in protest sparked by racist video

The students were asking for set punishments for racist acts and for more diversity in student government.
Golden Valley Mayor Shep Harris

Golden Valley launches police probe after mayor apologizes for 'inappropriate' remarks

A half-dozen residents at the meeting objected to the investigation and the fact that the police administration fund will pay for it.
The Daunte Wright memorial in December, at 63rd Avenue N. and Kathrene Drive in Brooklyn Center.

Brooklyn Center officials agree to leave Daunte Wright memorial, plan for new one

The city was planning to tear the memorial down but decided otherwise after a meeting Tuesday with the Wright family.
Residents gathered near Weber Park in Edina on Tuesday.

Residents upset over Edina clear-cutting 6 acres of trees from beloved urban forest

In addition to 300 individual tree removals, a 6-acre forest was razed for a flood mitigation project.
Zoey Seely, who lives in the neighborhood, immediately came to the memorial for Daunte Wright, on 63rd Avenue N., after the guilty verdicts for Kimber

Daunte Wright's family demands that Brooklyn Center memorial stay

The memorial on 63rd Avenue N. and Kathrene Drive is where Wright was killed April 11, 2021.