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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MOORHEAD—With Halloween just one week away, multiple groups at MSUM want to send one last reminder to students to take a second look at what they're going to be for the holiday. Tuesday, the Office of Diversity, Women's Center and American Indian Student Association hosted the panel discussion: "Not Your Festival Wear: Fashion and Cultural Appropriation." Students talked about their experiences with appropriation and answered questions on why some of these costumes may be considered inappropriate.
METRO—Over the past week, there have been multiple posts to the "Next Door" app across the metro. These posts vary from somebody trying to get into a person's backyard, to somebody trying to get into a man's hot tub. Each post asking for help to make their property safer, and to boost security. One of the easiest ways to do that is by investing in surveillance cameras. It only takes minutes to install, but could end up saving your entire home. When it comes to home security, most major outlets, like Best Buy, sell a variety of security cameras.
FARGO—It's been 8 months since NDSU freshman Danie Thomssen passed away from a car crash, but one group that Danie was involved in during her freshman year has found a way to show they'll never forget her. While most of the world was asleep, the Gold Star Marching Band was doing last minute preparation inte Fargodome Saturday morning. They were getting their drill ready for yet another Bison Football Game, this week, it's the Justin Timberlake show. The most important things of this 200+ piece band? Knowing your drill.
FARGO—For the past 32-days, one Bismarck teenager has been hospitalized battling a rare, life-threatening disease. It's a feeling 14-year old Emma Wheeler never thought was possible. "I'm actually starting to miss school," said Emma. For the past month the Legacy High School freshman has been at Sanford's Children Hospital. "It's just a minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day," said Rex Wheeler, Emma's dad. Emma was diagnosed with HLH, an extremely rare autoimmune disease attacking her spleen, liver, kidneys and brain.
WEST FARGO—The stakes are now higher for the "Real Men Wear Pink" Campaign in West Fargo. As we shared earlier this month, Mayor Rich Mattern has thrown out the challenge. If $5,000 is raised for cancer research he'll dye all his hair pink, but now if he can get $10,000 some other well known men will join in on the fun. Fire Chief Dan Fuller and Police Chief Heith Janke have said they'll dye their hair, too. Chief Janke says he hopes this will help encourage people to keep donating.
METRO—More than 250 people now know about one of the fastest growing nonprofits in our metro, the F5 project. The goal of the "Erasing the Stigma" event was to combat the stigma associated with addiction, mental illness or people with felony backgrounds. Speakers included two who've been there: former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf and First Lady Kathryn Burgum. F5 says the stigma associated with stereotypes can make living and thriving in any community difficult, especially when someone is trying to integrate back in.
FARGO—A new addition at the Fargo Air Museum is honoring Native American veterans and soldiers from across the state. Inside the Fargo Air Museum, Flags representing the five North Dakota Native American nations will now be hung from the museum's ceiling among dozens of other national flags. Some people say, it's about time. If you ask Tyrell DeCoteau why he chose to serve in the military, the answer for him stems back to his ancestors.
FARGO—Across the nation, car accidents are the leading cause of deaths for teens. 58-percent are caused by distracted driving, but Apple's latest IPhone feature may help bring down the statistic. In North Dakota alone, teen drivers were involved in more than 10 percent of fatal crashes in the past five years.. Which is why local law enforcement are pushing for safe driving practices, including features on your Phone. It's something we're likely all guilty of, as we're driving, when that little notification lights up your phone glancing down to check it.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo's Mayor has added some color to his look all for a good cause. Rich Mattern has been collecting donations to fund breast cancer research through the "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign. He says for every $1,000 collected, he'll add a pink streak in his hair. As of Wednesday, he's raised over $3,000, which is why he put three streaks in on Wednesday afternoon. His goal is $5,000 by the end of the month and he'll go full pink. While this is fun and games he says the reason he does this, is close to his heart.
WEST FARGO—What did you want to be when you were 4? A doctor? President? Maybe a garbage man? If you ask 4-year old Connor Gabrielson and his 2-year old brother Cade what their favorite day of the week is the answer may come as a surprise to you. Garbage day. In fact, you can ask Connor almost anything about garbage trucks, he'll have an answer down to how far away your garbage and recycling bins have to be from each other. "5 feet!" said Connor.