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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METRO—One local business is trying to make sure each of its clients get a Christmas gift. "Connections" provides services for people with disabilities and is sponsoring a Giving Tree. Each tag on the tree is one wish list item, they range from puzzles, to gift cards to craft supplies. The Giving Tree will be up until Dec. 20, and you can drop the items off at Connections' West Fargo or Moorhead locations. The goal is make sure each client has at least one gift to open up this holiday season.
FARGO—There have been more than 7,000 cases of the flu so far across the country, more than doubling last year's numbers. In North Dakota alone, there have been 304 this year, compared to 58 last year. It's been reported this year's vaccine is only about 10% effective. The effectiveness of the flu shot depends on the nature of the virus, and the strains that were used to make the vaccine. But Doctors say the shot does make symptoms less severe, if you do get influenza.
FARGO—It's beginning to look a lot like the winter season in Downtown Fargo. From 6:00 Tuesday morning until about 2:00 Tuesday afternoon the Fargo Parks District started to fill in the 'Downtown on Ice' Rink. How the rink is made is by laying out snow, flattening it, putting water over it to freeze over and repeating that to create layers. The process is slow and will take multiple days. The rinks will not be ready until it gets consistently colder, but the District wants to be prepared. There are 17 rinks across Fargo.
FARGO—There's now a faster way to drop off packages at the Post Office in Fargo. USPS has launched 'Automated Parcel Drop' self-service kiosks. The downtown location was one of five across the country testing these kiosks. They accept prepaid packages and you can also send out returned packages. All you have to do is press the blue button, put your package in and you'll get a receipt with a tracking number. The post office says this should shorten long lines, especially during the upcoming holidays.
(WDAY)—More than 60-percent of people say they feel a heightened sense of stress during the holiday season. Psychologists say there are easy ways you can avoid adding extra stress during Christmas. First, set a budget when you're shopping for gifts and ask people exactly what they want instead of trying to "find the perfect gift." Try not to over commit yourself and do everything, but most importantly remember the holiday is more than the materialistic things.
FARGO—It's local law enforcement's way of reaching out to the community. Fargo Police hosted its annual Cocoa With A Cop, Saturday morning. In a packed room at Fargo Cass Public Health, families were able to enjoy some sweet treats, watch Christmas movies, and play games with officers. The goal was to foster trust and lasting relationships with the community, especially with children.
FARGO—It was a cold and early Saturday morning for dedicated tailgators before the 11 a.m. kickoff for the Bison. However, the area was a lot different than what Bison fans are used to seeing—empty spots at tailgating. But the dedicated fans that were out there said all they had to do was make a few adjustments. "Last time everyone of these spots were taken. It's kind of surprising. We got here early assuming they'd fill up. and that hasn't happened yet," said Jerry Johnson, Bison fan. And even just a week ago, the lot looked drastically different.
KINDRED N.D.—To most of us "coding" sounds confusing and complicated. Thanks to an initiative from Microsoft it's actually encouraging students to think about STEM careers. Imagine 450 kids in one gym for an hour; sounds like it could be total chaos, but, that wasn't the case Friday afternoon in Kindred. It was all about interactive learning for these elementary students. What looks like a fun game is a part of Microsoft's Hour of Code Event.
FARGO—Adoption fees will be waived this weekend at Homeward Animal Shelter. It's part of the "Share The Love Adoption Event" and applies to animals older than six months old Adoption fees for cats are usually $109 and $169 for dogs. Homeward says it's a great way to promote the shelter and to help their animals find a home. "If we can offer somebody the ability to take the animal home at no cost, we're hoping that's enough incentive to get those animals into homes," said Heather Clyde, Shelter Manager.
MOORHEAD—The fall was swift. Three weeks after the first allegation of sexual misconduct, Senator Al Franken is resigning from the U.S. Senate. Eight women have accused the senator of inappropriate behavior. The two-term senator admitted to some, but he says some are not true, and others he remembers very differently. Franken also took a shot at President Trump and Roy Moore, without using their names.