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—One Fargo gym is trying to provide new members with tools to help them achieve their wellness goals. Family Wellness has introduced the 'In-Body Impedance Scale' for new members. When somebody steps onto the scale, it calculates your BMI, lean muscle mass, fat mass and percentage of body water. A paper is then printed out with all of the information. Family Wellness then offers a personal trainer to help dissect all the information and give you the best workout methods to help you reach your goals.
METRO—The next step in the $2-billion dollar FM Flood Diversion project is to get another permit application submitted to Minnesota this year. On Tuesday at the FM Chamber's monthly 'Eggs and Issues' mayors from Fargo and Moorhead updated the chamber on where the Flood Diversion project sits after the Governor's' Task Force completed its work. Before another permit can be submitted, engineers are working on rearranging the alignment of the dam that would hold back flood water.
FARGO—North Dakota is likely to be hit hard with drought conditions again this year. Climatologists are encouraging people to start thinking of ways to fix it, before the spring arrives. NDSU warned this week that the risk of another dangerously dry year is growing. "Have more reason to believe that the coming into spring is going to be a lot worse than 2017," said Adnan Akyuz, State Climatologist.
FARGO -- Some Fargo leaders are asking for more information before making a decision on a proposed downtown syringe exchange program. Friday afternoon Fargo Cass Public Health hosted an information meeting for the public to voice their opinions and concerns on the program, around 20 people attended. The program would provide access to sterile needles and syringes with a safe disposal site.
FARGO -- Governor Burgum is touring each public college and university as a part of an initiative to see how we can improve Higher Education across North Dakota. On Friday, as a part of "Higher Education Day" Burgum and Lt. Governor Brent Sanford toured and spoke at NDSU. Governor Burgum says our state spends $4-billion dollars on education every two years.
FARGO—A new art exhibit at NDSU is reflecting on how society views America. The exhibit at the Memorial Union Gallery is titled "State of The Union." The gallery addresses themes discussed in the news this year, including: immigration, gun control, the economy and sexual orientation. Artists from across the country contributed to the exhibit. The idea is to get thinking about what they care about politically, since President Trump's inauguration.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Local veterans with Sanford were in the Twin Cities enjoying a well-known tradition of Super Bowl Week. For Vikings Fan Aaron Hanson, it wasn't quite the Super Bowl trip he had anticipated. "Little heartbreaking, I had plans on spending the whole week there, saved around 4,000 bucks to buy tickets for the game, so little devastating after the game last week," said Aaron Hanson, Air Force Veteran. But, it is a trip that has a little more meaning. "You know, I'm a brother at arms with all these guys who exceed life every day," said Hanson.
FARGO—For the second year in a row an NDSU student is doing her part to combat sexual violence. Now through March, Senior Mackenzie Eckman is asking for donations as a part of her 'Clothing is Not Consent' project. The idea is to end the stigma around victims of sexual assault and to get rid of the judgment about 'what someone was wearing.' Mackenzie is asking people to drop off clothes they had been wearing when they were assaulted.
METRO—Support for the LGBTQ community is falling across the country for the first time in 4-years, according to a national survey. For dog groomer Josh Barduson it was a situation he's never had to deal with while on the job, one of Josh's clients had said he would no longer like to work with him anymore.
FARGO—A new faith-based grassroots movement is coming to the metro to try and fight the epidemic of addiction, and to keep people out of jail. Saturday was the day that Gary Bogatz wasn't sure he'd ever see. He is officially a full year sober. "I eventually lost everything because of it," said Gary Bogatz, one year clean. After a life of drug addiction and selling, Gary said one day he had an eye opening experience.