Amy is proud to be a Red River Valley native and cover stories that matter to her community. She was raised in Hallock, Minnesota and received her degree at the University of North Dakota where she participated in the student run TV show Studio One. In college, Amy met her husband, WDAY’s Jody Norstedt, while interning at WDAZ in Grand Forks. She started at WDAY in April 2014 and is currently WDAY'Z Xtra News at Nine's anchor and producer. Have a news idea? Amy would love to share your story or investigate an issue you’re concerned about.
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FARGO—It's a birthday celebration for a Twins fan that's more than a century in the making. By looking at this picture you'd never know this young lady, Viola Toppen of West Fargo, turned 103 this week! About two dozen family members took her down to Minneapolis today to celebrate her birthday. Rain delayed the game for hours but they stuck it out. She even got on the big screen and was given a Twins goodie bag. This day is much deserved.
FERGUS FALLS—Wednesday night has been stormy for some of us with tornado warnings. No major damage has been reported so far, but there was strong wind and even flash flooding in some areas. NP Park in Fergus Falls was earlier filled with water. People there tell us they can an inch and a half of rain in a short period of time and the park was estimated to be filled with over 3-feet of water. Streets were also reportedly flooded. Now thankfully storms are clearing out making way for a cooler end of the week.
GRAND FORKS—A man on death row for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a UND student is back in federal court this week.
FARGO -- It's summer vacation but Fargo teachers are still at an impasse with the school board about salaries and safety issues. Mediators met with both sides separately Thursday and they still have major differences. The teachers have a $10.3 million dollar pay proposal but the district says all it can offer is $1.7 million because of a state funding drop.
COON RAPIDS, MINN. -- It's the middle of June but severe weather cause a twin cities community to look like a snowstorm had passed through. Neighbors and city crews took to the streets to shovel and plow hail, some of which were golf and tennis ball sized. There were also reports of trees down and storm drains were clogged. The national weather service says wind speeds also reached about 80-miles per hour in the twin cities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The fired FBI director says President Trump lied about him and the bureau. This testimony has been long awaited. Many looked for answers about the investigations into the former attorney general and possible Russian election meddling as well as Comey's firing. "Those were lies, plain and simple." Comey said.
DETROIT LAKES—A colorful and uplifting celebration of life took place Tuesday after a Detroit Lakes teen died in a tragic hiking accident while on vacation. Chloe was only 14 and had just finished 8th grade. Her death has come as a heartbreaking shock to Detroit Lakes and all her loved ones. Chloe, who was known to always have a smile on her face was on vacation in California and fell 50 feet while hiking. An off duty officer who was also hiking did CPR, but she later died at a hospital.
FARGO -- A south Fargo neighborhood is fighting to keep a large development from being built next door. The current neighborhood has larger lots and homes but a builder wants to put in hundreds more next to it, than originally planned. That would make room for more affordable housing.