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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HILLSBORO—An unusual sighting in this part of a state; a North Dakota hunter found a Mountain Lion near Hillsboro this week. The hunter legally shot the animal, because it's Mountain Lion hunting season, but it's not common to see the animal this side of the state. In fact, this is the first time in several years one has been spotted this far East. In his 22 years with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, Doug Leier has seen it all including Mountain Lions. "They are more naturally occurring in places like the badlands or the black hills," said Leier.
FARGO—A city commission group in Fargo is trying make our metro a safer environment for transgender people. Thursday afternoon the Human Relations Commission heard testimonies from three trans people after one woman says she was discriminated against in a South Fargo Hair Salon. All three women said 'trans discrimination' is a common issue not only in Fargo, but across the country. The Commission is starting an "Inclusion Plan" to see how inviting Fargo is and what areas can be improved on.
FARGO—You've heard of "Elf On a Shelf ?" How 'bout a School Resource Officer, on a shelf ? Okay, it's just a picture, but at Carl Ben Eielson staff has created their own version of the popular game. Each day, the photo of SRO Ryan Dietrich finds a new place to call home, high up on the wall in the corner of a window or in somebody's desk.. Officer Dietrich says it's a great way to establish relationships in the school.
FARGO—One teacher at a Fargo Elementary School is trying to teach her students an important lesson; giving back. Third graders at Madison Elementary spent their Wednesday afternoon making tie-blankets with their families for other children, who are in the hospital over the holidays. The blankets will be dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House. "Giving them the opportunity to know that if you need help. there may be somebody to help you and as well, when you get a chance you should help out others," said Stacie Moffitt, Third Grade Teacher.
FARGO—Four large pot busts in less than a month across North Dakota has the Highway Patrol putting the pressure on to stop drug traffickers. Along I-94 in North Dakota, aside from hundreds of cars passing through every day, it's become a hotspot for marijuana busts. Just last week, three separate busts. One near Jamestown, with nearly 200 pounds and two nearly identical arrests in Morton County within two days. Closer to home, in November, 286-pounds in West Fargo, with a street value of over $1.3 million.
MOORHEAD—Thousands of donated gifts are now going to families across the metro, thanks to Toys for Tots. Tuesday was distribution day at Salem Evangelical Church in Moorhead for FirstLink's Giving Tree of Hope. After a month of collecting, 15,000 toys were donated. Organizers say the goal is to make sure every kid can have a present under the tree this year.
FARGO—Now's the time to get your last-minute gifts in the mail, for Christmas shipping. Tuesday was the last day for First-class mail to get to its destination before Christmas Day. Priority Mail needs to be sent by Wednesday and Priority Mail Express needs to be sent by Friday. The Postal Service says it's also important to make sure everything is right on your end before you send it, to make sure everything goes smoothly and will arrive on time.
FARGO—Braces yourselves, this year's flu season looks worse than the last with more than 7,000 cases confirmed across the country. Let's face it, nobody likes being sick, but as we know, December is often a sniffling, sneezing, and coughing season and it's supposed to be a rough one. "We are seeing more cases, way more than this time last year, which is concerning," said Dr. Katherine Neubaur, Essentia Health. To top it off, according to the New England, the flu shot this year may only about 10-percent effective.
FARGO—You may notice some kooky characters taking over Sanford. From Pumpkins to Elves, all to promote reading to kids. One of Santa's helpers has taken over Sanford Children's Hospital. As she roams the hallways in her bright red shoes she's looking to bring a smile to these kids. The woman behind the Ellie the Elf, Nancy Frosaker is a jack of all trades. "In October I was Polly the Pumpkin, November Tina the Turkey," said Nancy Frosaker, Volunteer. Nancy is a volunteer for "Project Arm Chair." The program was started in Bismarck in 2015.
FARGO—More than 1,000 people can now boast the title of "graduate" at NDSU. Friday was Winter Commencement at the University. Out of the 1,072; 657 students walked across that stage. Which was an increase of 23-percent compared to last year's ceremony. For some of these "brand new adults" they already have their eyes on the next step. "It feels amazing. I've been waiting for this moment for 4.5 years. This is the largest fall graduating class from NDSU in all of its history. That's really cool to be a part of," said Mike Hilden, Graduate.