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—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.
FARGO—A different non-profit is encouraging people to give back, with some help from four-legged friends. Saturday marked Diamond in the Ruff's adoption event at Fit Republic in South Fargo. The idea was to let people meet the animals and help socialize them. The animal rescue also asked people to consider donating to help non-profits across the state for Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 8.
ADA, Minn.—A packed room greeted Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson and newly appointed Senator Tina Smith this morning to talk about the future of the 2018 Farm Bill. The current bill is set to expire later this year, both representatives discussed what they'll be working on. "We talked to Folks from NW Minnesota about sugar program, keeping a safety net for the farm bill and importance of CRP program," said Senator Tina Smith.
METRO—Some locals are bracing for the impact of a new tax President Trump just imposed on foreign solar panels and washing machines. The Trump Administration says this "America First" move is way to protect manufacturers in the United States. But it starts to pose the question, what does this mean for businesses that sell these products? Are we going to see price increases or job losses? Right now, only time will tell. The President is rolling out a 30 percent tariff on foreign solar panels and washing machines, which already is worrying big business.
MOORHEAD—The City of Moorhead is looking for the public's input on a water tower project coming this year. The water tower in Woodlawn Park will be repainted this spring as a part of standard maintenance. But, as a part of an effort to "revitalize" the city, the Arts and Culture Commission wants to add art to the tower. Thursday night, the city hosted a community input forum at the Hjemkomst Center. The goal is to get the people of Moorhead as involved with these kinds of projects as possible.
(WDAY)—Internet trends are nothing new in our world of social media, but the latest one has scary and life-threatening effects. From open mic nights to donut shops to bars, businesses are trying to capitalize on the dangerous trend of the 'Tide Pod Challenge.' What started out as an internet joke has turned into teenagers and young adults placing single-use laundry detergent pods in their mouths and biting into them. "Teenagers are notoriously stupid and they do stupid things," said Dr. Jenifer Jones-Dees, Pediatrician.