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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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.
LAS VEGAS—One Fargo man is in Las Vegas helping out victims of the Sunday night shooting. Tim Flakoll will spend the next four days with "Lutheran Church Charities" and their "comfort dog" program. The program sent 17 golden retrievers from across the country to visit Las Vegas hospitals, schools, churches and first responders who have been affected directly. He says as soon as he heard about the dogs heading to Las Vegas, he knew he had to do what he could to help out.
NORTH DAKOTA—After a long and dry summer in North Dakota harvest season is finally here for Farmers. Rain is something farmers across all of North Dakota have desperately been hoping for all summer, but now that it's here, it seems they be facing a case of "be careful what you wish for." Harvest season for local Farmer Bill Hejl is one without a lot of sleep. "Been up since about 5:30, my son was up all night. He sleeps from 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon until 7:00 or 8:00 at night," said Hejl. But, that's no surprise, what has been a surprise though?
FARGO—Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota is trying to help make healthier employees across the state. On Tuesday was the Worksite Wellness Summit at the Holiday Inn. Over 250 people listened to Keynote speakers talk about how small lifestyle changes can significantly impact work productivity and reduce health care costs. There were also vendor fairs and breakout workshops. Besides Tuesday's summit, Blue Cross Blue Shield has other initiatives to encourage wellness at work, like its program called "Gearing Up Training".
FARGO—If you're going to a walk-in clinic in Fargo now, you'll notice a different name. Sanford Health has changed the walk-in clinics on South University and Broadway to be called "Urgent Care" Clinics. The services and hours will stay the same and patients can still go in without an appointment, but these locations will now offer more extensive services. All Sanford clinic locations throughout the metro will now allow you to go in without an appointment.
FARGO—TSA officers in Fargo make an unusual find with what they are calling a "gun-axe." TSA says the reason it's sharing the photo to its instagram isn't to shame the person. Instead, the photo is to serve as a reminder to the rest of the nation on what you can and can't bring in your carry on bag, no matter how strange it may be. From actual "Nun-chucks" to baseball grenades, TSA sees a lot of weird stuff people try to bring onto the plane.
FARGO—Earlier this week, The City of Fargo placed "Single-Stream" recycling bins along Broadway in Downtown Fargo. These bins have been redesigned and repainted to replace old ones that weren't being used properly and were filled mostly with trash. The blue bins now have a mostly covered top and a hole big enough to fit in one bottle or can at a time to try to cut down on the amount of garbage thrown in there. The City says the goal is to get more people recycling.
NORTH DAKOTA—He was arguably one of the most well-known men in the world. Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday in his home at the age of 91. On Thursday, he's being remembered from coast to coast, including here in North Dakota. "He really was a game changer," said former playmate Carmen Berg. As news of Playboy Legend Hugh Hefner's death spread, the women featured in his magazines remember the man who changed their lives. "Very sad that we lost him. He's such an amazing man. He was so inspirational to all of us," said Berg.
FARGO—A Fargo native is getting ready to make an independent movie about her time growing up here. Writer Anna Martemucci wrote the film about father and the help he gave to Cambodian Refugees in the Fargo area. Although filming starts next week, casting directors are still looking to fill a few essential roles. They say the movie is a great opportunity to show the diversity that's been in the metro for decades.