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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DETROIT LAKES—A Minnesota man is pleading guilty to 3rd degree felony drug possession, after police found heroin stuffed in a flashlight. Brian Lee Sargent of Naytahwaush was arrested on August 28th after a Detroit Lakes police officer ran a license plate, because the tabs appeared to be peeled off of a different car. The car turned out to be stolen. The officer pulled over the vehicle and noticed the four people in the car were acting strangely.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A Detroit Lakes school will soon have gender neutral bathrooms available for transgender students, or anyone else who needs it and it's thanks to one high schooler pushing for equality. Detroit Lakes High School is actually the second school 17-year-old Jaylen Block has pushed to get a gender neutral unisex bathroom, the other was Frazee High School. She says as a transgender woman, it's something that needed to be done. It's something as small as a sign, but has the potential to make a world of difference for some students.
WEST FARGO—There are some big changes happening for the West Fargo Fire Department. There will now be seven full time firefighters at the department's south station starting on January 1st. The department will still keep about 44 volunteers. Fire Chief Dan Fuller said this was a transition that needed to happen because of how quickly West Fargo has been growing. He says by the end of the year the department will have responded to 30-percent more calls than last year which is nearly 500 calls.
(WDAY)—An historic announcement for the century-old Organization, The Boy Scouts of America Girls will now be allowed to join. This decision means starting next fall, girls can be in the Cub Scout Program which is grades 1 through 5. A separate program for older girls is expected to be announced next year, but the organization says it's a decision that really shouldn't come as a surprise. For 24-year old Danny Tusa, his time spent in the Boy Scouts have been some of the most influential years of his life.
FARGO—The City of Fargo could soon be making important changes when it comes to parking downtown after a survey done this summer by the Freedom Resource Center; a disabilities rights advocacy group. Van accessible signs and blue lines are supposed to be considered access spots, but according to the ADA, they should be on the right side of the park spot. These things, ones we may not even notice are causing Freedom Resource Center to speak up. It's a frustration we've all felt, parking in Downtown Fargo.
FARGO—Last year across the United States on average a house fire was reported every 86 seconds, but there is a nationwide effort to decrease the number of those fires. When a fire occurs, there's no time to waste. In fact, you only have about 3 or 4 minutes to get out of a house fire. "Fires do not determine a time that's best for you. Fire can happen any time during the year and any time during the day or night," said Lynn Speral, Reginal CEO - Red Cross. Across the nation, National Fire Prevention Week kicks off Sunday.
(WDAY)—United Blood Services is urging people to think ahead to the next time they can donate, after a huge turnout of donors to help Las Vegas. UBS says because of the need to help victims of last week's shooting, it's seen three times as many donors than usual across North Dakota, but that means people cannot donate until the beginning of December at the earliest. So, UBS is asking people to plan ahead and schedule an appointment as soon as they're able before Christmas because the need for blood spikes during the holiday season.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota's Management and Budget commissioner is getting feedback from people on how to spend billions of dollars across the state. Thursday, Myron Frans hosted a town hall at MSUM to talk about the state's $22.5 billion general fund. Education, Health and Human Services take up most of the funding, but Frans says the purpose of the meetings are to get perspective on where future funding should go. In Moorhead, one concern was a need for more affordable housing, especially for border cities like Moorhead.
HUNTER, N.D.—A youth survey shows 1 in 4 children in North Dakota have mental health issues. One area school is addressing the problem. Starting Wednesday, a therapist with the Village Family Services, will spend one day a week at Northern Cass Schools, including school holidays and summer breaks if needed. The reason, is to help provide access for behavioral health services to rural schools. Like most schools recess at Northern Cass is a time of friendship and laughter.
MOORHEAD—Halloween is just weeks away and now's the time people start to plan what they'll be for the holiday. As we enter into October many colleges students are looking forward to costume-filled fun over Halloween. One organization wants those students to step back and think about the implications of what those costumes will be encouraging it to be socially and culturally conscious. "This is a problem and make people more self-conscious when they decide what to do," said Stevie Larson, Students United.