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—They managed to not only capture the heart Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz, but of Bison Nation, too. The family of Lukas Kusters, known as the Dutch Destroyer, took in all things Bison at Saturday's game against South Dakota. It's all too familiar sound in North Fargo: Bison Tailgating. It's as guaranteed as snow up in the Valley. But in the sea of green and gold, there were some first time faces. Faces, that have captivated America: the family of 10-year-old Lukas Kusters.
WEST FARGO—A unique program through Park Company Realtors made it easier for a veteran and his family to buy a home. It's been an exciting week for Nick and Kathleen Jalbert. They were able to call a house in West Fargo their official home on Monday. It's the couple's third home. "We needed to upsize, our son is getting older, want to give him more room," said Nick Jalbert, home buyer. But, this one means a little more. As he and Kathleen started looking for their new home, an interesting proposal came their way.
MOORHEAD—In honor of the Reformation, there's now a book of some of Martin Luther's writings, in 21st century English. Pastor Bill Russell has spent the last five years translating a variety of Luther's writings from German and Latin to English, including "The Ninety-Five Theses." He'll be speaking and signing copies of these books Saturday afternoon at Melberg Christian Book and Gift in Moorhead from noon to 2 p.m. Russell says after 5 years of translating and writing, he's happy the book is finally for sale.
WEST FARGO— Emergency responders are warning parents to keep their children off of thin ice. This comes after concerns on social media from people seeing children crossing a retention pond in West Fargo. Rescue Crews say before walking out onto the ice, it needs to be at least four inches thick. Right before the show we tested here at the city's biggest retention pond and it measured out to about two inches, meaning it isn't safe to cross yet. Neil and Bonnie Netterlund have lived along this retention pond for about 20 years.
Minn.—Minnesota's senators are urging people to get signed up for health insurance. Open Enrollment for MNsure, Minnesota's Affordable Care Act Marketplace, began on Nov. 1. Senator Al Franken says over 40,000 people have visited MNsure's website. Across the country, more than 600,000 people signed up for Obamacare in the first four days. These strong numbers come despite push back from the White House, with the Trump Administration slashing the ACA's advertising budget by 90 percent.
METRO—The Metro is growing by hundreds of people every single month. It's no secret, our metro is growing. In fact, city developers say by the year 2025 the metro will likely hit over 276,000 people. When you break down those numbers, it averages about 12 people a day. That information from the Chamber of Commerce's November "Eggs and Issues" event. "People are coming here, and they're coming for one reason; jobs," said Jim Gartin, FM Economic Development Corporation.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State University Moorhead honored the Native American men and women who have served our country. More than 50 people gathered Wednesday morning at the Memorial Union Ballroom to recognize Native warriors. Veterans spoke of their time in service and the Buffalo River Drum Group played traditional songs. "We don't do this for ourselves, part of the army value is selfless service. That's one of the cornerstones of being able to serve, it's an honor but also a privilege," said Alan Roy, U.S. Army.
METRO—A few hours on a snowy morning will turn into thousands of meals for children across the state. Helping out has been a passion for Don Bentz for as long as he can remember. "When I heard about how many kids are starving around the world, it really was a no brainer," said Don Bentz, Started Packing Event. His love of children and volunteerism is what sparked the idea to bring "Kids Against Hunger" here to Jamestown. "He said, we have to do this, he was passionate about it," said Janna Bergstedt, Event Co-Chair.
MOORHEAD -- A local woman whose last wish was to see Christmas lights has passed away overnight, November 4th.
MINNESOTA—Roundabouts in Minnesota are reducing serious injuries and fatal crashes by over 80-percent according to a new study from MNdot. The two part study found that there hasn't been a multi-vehicle fatality in a roundabout in Minnesota. Although the number of overall crashes didn't decrease the severity of the impact did. The study found an over 80-percent decrease in fatal and serious injury accidents. MNdot says one of the reasons is the direction cars are traveling in roundabouts.