Reporter | North Central Minnesota

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.


What happened to all the leeches in Leech Lake?

The bloodsucking invertebrates appear to be on the decline in their namesake lake.


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.


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 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.


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 was sinking into disrepair. Residents rallied to keep it afloat.

"When people think of Pequot, they think of the bobber."


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.


'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.


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.