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—As we're preparing to start doing our taxes, there's a scam warning from the IRS to businesses. It's called the "Form W-2" phishing scam, and it's targeting payroll employees. The IRS says thieves are finding people who have access to a company's W-2's and are sending emails requesting copies of the forms for all their employees. The Better Business Bureau says it's important to educate payroll employees that the requests like these need to come from the right people.
HANKINSON, ND—A school in Hankinson on Wednesday was more about compassion, not just class. Dozens of kids are showing support and solidarity after a classmate's recent cancer diagnosis. In the gym of Hankinson Public School, eruptions of cheers and laughter fill the air, but the team we're rooting for isn't your typical one. This time, it's a 6th grade class and a hair stylist. "Overwhelming. So nice to see everyone supporting Logan like they are," said Julie Falk, Logan's Mom. Our opponent isn't a rival school, instead, it's cancer.
WYNDMERE—An unexpected donation to a local ambulance service is making Wyndmere a safer place to live. The Wyndmere Ambulance Service was raising money for AEDs. It was expected to take about a year to reach its goal, but, the Lidgerwood American Legion donated $42,000 dollar, and Red River telephone and Otter Tail Power donated $15,000 dollars. Now, 11 AEDs are in businesses and churches across Wyndmere and Barney, and the next step is to get as many people in town trained on how to use the machines.
WEST FARGO—A new update on West Fargo's website, now let's you track snow plows throughout the city in real time. All of the plows are in the garages for the night Tuesday, but pink lines show where they've covered in the past 24 hours. The City says it's is a great way to keep people informed and to hold the plow drivers accountable. The days after severe weather are usually its busiest days for snow plows in West Fargo. "They started about 4:00 and it takes around 8 hours to do the entire town," said Chris Burngardt, PW Director.
FARGO—Tuesday was a great way to be guilt free while going out to eat. It's Sanford's 'Cares for Kids Dine to Donate' Event. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of Tuesday's sales to help kids in need. You can go to Chipotle, Noodles and Company and Uncle Maddio's Pizza until closing Tuesday night. Last year, the event raised more than $6,000 dollars. "Great fun way to give back to give to the community. One of the easiest ways to give back, you just go to a restaurant, like you normally would and grab a meal," said Emily McDaniel, CMN Representative .
Senator Heidi Heitkamp is pushing to get a human trafficking bill she introduced to the Senate Floor, by spring. The Bill called the "Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017," was created to clarify and change a section of the Communications Decency Act that currently protects websites, like Backpage.com. If passed, this bill would allow victims to seek justice against the websites, eliminate federal liability protections and allow state law enforcement to take action against people who commit these crimes, instead of the Department of Justice.
METRO—Retaining workers and permanent flood protection. Those were the top two concerns of people attending the state of the cities address Thursday morning. A recent study says the Metro is expected to reach 300,000 people by the year 2030, an increase of 100,000 people. Communities say the growth brings both good and bad news. Hundreds braved the cold in the morning to find out how things have been going in our metro.
FARGO -- The mild weather Wednesday morning, gave people the opportunity to stock up, for the blizzard. Most grocery store owners say any time before severe weather is supposed to hit an influx of shoppers come in and Wednesday was no different; winter storm prep has become an old hat for us here in the Valley. From the streets to filling up our pantries, it's safe to say we've got winter weather prep down to a science.
FARGO -- If you check out the Northport Hornbachers in Fargo you're going to notice some changes. Wednesday was the store celebrated its grand 're-opening' to show off the new features throughout the store. They include expanded departments more seating at Caribou Coffee, bigger aisles and re-done floors.
NORTH DAKOTA—Influenza is in extra high gear this winter season. Flu activity is concerned widespread in 46 states including North Dakota. So far this season, more than 1,400 influenza cases have been reported in North Dakota, compared to 191 last year. Health Officials say it's an unusually high number for this time of year and that number is expected to keep going up. Although the best thing you can do for yourself is to get the flu shot, there are other things you can do to help mitigate the symptoms. "Washing hands, getting seven to eight hours of sleep a day.