After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see! She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call.
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FARGO—Airport Security is getting a little stricter across the country. Thursday, the TSA announced new screening procedures when it comes to electronics. All electronics larger than a cell phone must be taken out of carry-on bags and put into separate bins for X-Ray screenings. This rule has been applied to laptops for years, but has expanded to items like bluetooth speakers, iPads, Kindles, and cameras. It's part of an effort to boost airport security in America to stay ahead of any terroristic threats.
METRO—Wind Gusts up to 45 miles an hour in Fargo-Moorhead, have been causing both trouble and concern across the metro. The wind has been causing some obvious damage downtown, a few exterior panels have fallen off here at the Radisson over the past couple of days. The city has closed off this road in front of the hotel as a safety precaution. It's more than structural damage to worry about there's some added danger that comes with this weather.
MOORHEAD—After nearly 32-years as the Transportation Director in Moorhead Dan Bacon is retiring. Dan started as a bus driver in 1978, but took on the position of Transportation Director in 1986. In his time with the department Dan has improved the bus driver training program, lowered the costs of transportation and helped establish a working relationship with local law enforcement. He also helped provide buses for evacuations during emergencies like the Flood of 2009, but his plans for retirement are a little less clear.
FARGO—Charities rely on more than just one day a year, in fact, year-end giving is what a majority of charities need to make it through the next year. From animals in need to helping human trafficking victims across the world. "The money donated goes straight for the care of animals," said Nukhet Hendricks, Homeward Animal Shelter. "The goal here is not financing. However, without the money there is no mission," said Than Baardson, Unseen Co-Founder. Dozens of charities in our metro work tirelessly everyday for their cause.
FARGO—NDSU's Research and Technology Park is celebrating a decade of helping the community. Tuesday afternoon at the Alumni Center, a 10th anniversary celebration for the Research Park's Incubator Building in North Fargo. Speakers spent the afternoon talking about how the Incubator has enhanced the university and the metro through helping area entrepreneurs. The building supports small businesses and start-up companies that relate to technology.
FARGO—As holiday shopping begins there's a lot to look out for when it comes to toys. As Christmas draws near, many kids already know exactly what they want this year. Meaning it's time to start seeing who's been naughty and nice, and checking items off that wishlist. The national retail federation says the average American will spend over $907 dollars on presents. That hefty price tag may feel like enough to worry about, but just how safe these toys may be should be on your radar.
WEST FARGO—Expect some delays and big changes on a busy West Fargo street next spring. The City of West Fargo and the North Dakota DOT will be starting the Sheyenne Street Reconstruction Project. It's no secret this interchange on Sheyenne Street can be frustrating and a little dangerous especially during rush hours when cars can get backed up onto the Interstate. Starting next year, crews will work to make this area safer.
DULUTH—After a month long battle, 50 people have been fired from Essentia Health because they refused to get a flu shot. Essentia did not provide the exact amount of people, if any, from our metro. According to the Duluth-based company the push for the flu shot was to minimize the risk of giving patients influenza while under Essentia's care. More than 99.5 percent of the 13,900 employees took the vaccine or got an approved exemption.
FARGO—North Dakota leaders are trying to make our state a leader in drone technology advancement. Senator John Hoeven outlined his new efforts for that on Wednesday afternoon at the monthly drone meeting in Downtown Fargo. He's trying to get North Dakota to be a key player in the FAA's new drone integration pilot program, which aims to make airspace safe for planes and unmanned aircraft. The FAA wants to do that by partnering with state and local governments to help test and figure out any potential challenges.
MOORHEAD—The holidays can bring a wide range of emotions, but the guarantee of another holiday is something we easily take for granted. We're just days away from Thanksgiving and for most, it's a time of being thankful for all that we have. "I have a new grandson and he's just so wonderful," said Monica Webster, local woman. For 55-year old Monica Webster her gratitude now knows no bounds. "They were pretty sure I wasn't going to be here," said Monica.