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—A local man who's called himself "pro-white" is at the center of a social media firestorm, after attending a deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia. The post from a popular Twitter page called "You, You're Racist" points to Pete Tefft of Fargo. It's sparked thousands of retweets and likes, as well as many threats of violence. Local family members also report being harassed.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A shooting that shocked the community here a year ago now has a mom and widow seeking legislative change in hopes of finding more help for veterans with PTSD, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Dustin Defiel, a National Guard veteran, shot and killed his father, Rick. His family said that wouldn't have happened if there was more mental health help. For Tammy Defiel, Dustin's mother and Rick's wife, quiet moments at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls still bring painful and raw emotions from the night her son killed her husband.
OMAHA (WDAY)—Healthcare changes could force some families to be without care, including a local boy we've been following through a medical journey. Just last month, Alex Leach of Enderlin got life-saving organ transplant surgery. His mom says that alone cost $1.8-million. The video above is from when we visited Alex in the hospital in Omaha two weeks ago. He's healing, but his family is now facing the stress of not being able to pay for his care. His mom, Candi says his medication and supplies alone costs $600,000 a year.
FARGO—A little boy from Enderlin is recovering from a life threatening and life saving transplant surgery. You may remember Alex Leach from a story we did with him last summer about his love of phone books. It's hard to forget his witty personality. He really is unforgettable, and he turned into a national sensation. When we first told you about Alex, we shared how he read these phone books to pass the time while waiting for a liver, pancreas and intestinal transplant.
Medina, ND - Alcohol is believed to be involved in a crash that injured a Medina, ND woman who was driving a golf cart. State Patrol says it happened Sunday morning around 2AM. They say 73-year-old Virginia Jeanotte of Medina was heading east on Water Street in Medina.
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.