Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!
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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A major swing in temperatures is getting Fargo moving this week. Outdoor enthusiasts and city workers alike are enjoying the warm-up. The birds are singing a springy song. And with an almost 60 degree warm-up in a matter of days, that tune is catching on. "It's really nice and refreshing, feels good," said Caden Nelson, Age 7.
Women in the Red River Valley are proving there's power in numbers. Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Wednesday night, the local chapter of Power of 100 packed into Dakota Medical Foundation to help a charity. Members make donations at quarterly banquets. Three nominated non-profits are randomly drawn to speak about their cause. The group votes for its favorite. Power of 100 raised more than $14,000 for the winner at the event.
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - It was an historic basketball game at West Fargo High School Friday night. Friday, the school board and West Fargo staff officially cut the ribbon on a new auxiliary gym. It's part of a $98-million bond referendum. The Packers J-V girls basketball team took the honors of breaking in the new gym. They played the facility's first game against Fargo North. West Fargo wants to balance the district's new construction on the south side, with improvements on the north side.
A man who killed a West Fargo grandmother 20 years ago could remain in prison for the rest of his life. Today, a judge denied Barry Garcia's appeal to overturn his life sentence without parole. The Tendeland family was relieved today when the judge rejected the appeal. They say Garcia never apologized for killing Cherryl Tendeland in 1995. And today, the judge said new Supreme Court rulings shouldn't change his life sentence.
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - Two North Dakota lawmakers want to raise the state's minimum wage by $2.00. Businesses in the state are currently required to pay at least $7.25 an hour. A bill proposes raising that to $9.25 by 2018. If passed, it would also adjust the wage for cost of living each year. The Greater North Dakota Chamber is pushing for more skills training over a higher minimum wage. Workers in Fargo have mixed opinions.
Ellendale, ND (WDAY News) - The latest Bigfoot sighting is right here on the North Dakota prairie. Some Ellendale residents believe Sasquatch took a walk through rural Dickey County this Christmas. It's the kind of folklore you see in grainy photos and hear in campfires stories, but what about rural North Dakota? "It's a bigfoot, sasquatch, gigantopithecus, whatever you want to call him," said Christopher Bauer, Ellendale, ND "He's a real animal, he's here and I want people to know."
Moorhead, MN (WDAY News) - Despite some controversy at a previous position, on Monday night the Moorhead City Council approved Christina Volkers as the new City Manager. Volkers is a former executive for San Bernadino County Superior Court. She was forced on administrative leave shortly after a half million documents were lost. Council members say Volkers was thoroughly vetted and comes highly recommended. She'll fill the position vacated by Mike Redlinger last March.
West Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - Major growth will force more than 200 West Fargo students to change schools next year. Monday night, the school board approved boundary changes for fall of 2017. To help accommodate the growth south of I-94, the district is opening a new elementary school here in the Brooks Harbor neighborhood. With that school the boundaries will change, and then those changes will likely change again. West Fargo is no stranger to growth, and growing pains.
West Fargo, N.D.—Parents here think an elementary school crossing is an accident waiting to happen. Families near Eagle Run worry drivers don't notice the signs and crosswalks to get to Aurora Elementary. Students within walking distance of Aurora Elementary have to cross a section of 9th Street West. Several crosswalks cut across 9th Street and signs flash drivers' speeds in the school zone. It's the only school in West Fargo with a designated crossing guard, but that staff member isn't required to be outside when it's too cold.
If a new measure passes, North Dakota drivers could need just 1 license plate. This week, the House Transportation Committee endorsed a proposal to go from 2 license plates to one. Gas stations worry a single license plate would make it harder to catch criminals who drive off without paying for gas. Some convenience stores require clerks to write down plate numbers for every pump customer and surveillance cameras can only capture one side of a vehicle.