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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Harpurseville, N.Y. (WDAY-TV) - A live stream of a giraffe about to give birth is captivating people across the country, but it was recently pulled from youtube for being "sexually explicit." The Animal Adventure Park in New York has been live streaming the pregnancy. April the giraffe and her mate, Oliver, are expecting a baby any moment now.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D.—Cleanup of the camp, and recouping money from the protests, is now a priority. Millions of dollars have been spent on these pipeline protests from a law enforcement standpoint. On Wednesday, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said it's very likely the state will sue the federal government. While the protest camp now only has a few dozen structures left, it at one point was filled with thousands of people living there.
METRO—Area homeless shelters say more elderly and sick people are coming through their doors than ever before. They say it's putting a strain on their staff and the entire community and that the problem is going to get much worse. It's a building most are ashamed to enter, but this homeless shelter is a place that many, like Paul Weeks, call home and share some of their most private problems. "My health is a little bit on the rickety side," said Paul.
Cando, N.D. (WDAY-WDAZ) - Two men are hurt, one seriously, after being attacked in Cando. The Towner County sheriff says Saturday around 5 P.M., they got a call to an apartment building. When they arrived, they found a man bleeding in the hallway with serious injuries. They then found another injured man inside an apartment unit. Both are expected to be okay.
FARGO—It's the smallest but possibly the most dangerous area of the city. On any given night, especially weekends, you'll find many people walking the streets in downtown Fargo. Many will say they feel relatively safe amid all the crime that happens there. Even so, police and the Fargo Downtown Community Partnership met Thursday to address concerns about crime in the area. In total, officers got more than 18,000 calls to downtown alone in 2016.
OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn.—After six days of jury selection, a murder trial is finally set to get underway in Otter Tail County. Dustin Defeil is accused of shooting and killing his father, Rick, last June. He faces first- and second-degree murder charges. Police say they responded to the Defeils' home after Rick's wife called them about the shooting. When they arrived they found her hiding in the bathroom and had to shield her from her husband's body.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D.—It's another big hit for those who call themselves water protectors. The federal judge says he made the decision not based on if the pipeline is "good or bad" but rather if it would cause imminent harm. This pipeline, which is being built by energy transfer partners is expected to be complete in fewer than 30 days. That schedule was released Monday, Feb. 13, by a Dakota Access attorney and is faster than originally thought. With that timeline, protesters say acting quickly is necessary.
Grand Forks, N.D. - A man is hurt after a three-car crash in Grand Forks. Police say it happened Sunday night around 6:45 on 32nd Avenue near Happy Harry's Bottle Shop. They say 23-year-old Ryan Honken of Grand Forks tried to make a left turn when he pulled out in front of 33-year-old Mohammad Hassan. Hassan's car then hit another car. Hassan was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Honken was given a citation for failure to yield.
Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY/WDAZ-TV) - A person sitting in a recliner at home was hit when a pickup came smashing into the room. The Moorhead Fire Department says around 1:30PM Sunday, a medical condition caused a driver to lose consciousness in a neighborhood south of The Meadows golf course. The pickup hit what's described as a den area of the home. The person inside was taken to the hospital but is expected to be okay.
FARGO—An LGBT anti discrimination bill has been rejected yet again. This is the fourth straight time the bill has been brought up and rejected, This time with a 69 to 22 vote. It would have guaranteed discrimination protection based on sexual orientation. That already exists for race, religioN, age and other qualities. Supporters were in the balcony as the house finalized their vote, many were visibly upset. Democrat Josh Bocshee, the bill's primary sponsor even tried to rework the bill, but it was voted down again.