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—A group of young men in Fargo are learning that Memorial Day means more than just a 3 day weekend. Boy Scout troops are paying their respects to thousands of servicemen and women. It can be hard to hold the attention of 10 to 13 year boys, especially at the beginning of a beautiful, long weekend. On Friday, Scout Troop 244 really absorbed an important message. For many a picture-perfect Friday calls for a weekend of cooking out, setting up the camper, tuning up the bike with man's best friend or taking in some outdoor recreation.
FARGO—Still no sign of the man accused of holding his ex-girlfriend against her will. Metro police are looking for Jose Silva. Thursday afternoon, Silva's ex-girlfriend ran into the Dilworth CVS to phone for help. She said he had a gun and wouldn't let her out of his car. She pepper-sprayed him to escape. Investigators believe Silva is driving a black SUV with Texas license plates.
MOORHEAD—Some Minnesota lawmakers say a pattern of missed deadlines is inexcusable. The state legislature wrapped up a 3 day special session early this morning. The overtime began after it failed to meet Monday night's cutoff to resolve the state budget. A major sticking point agreeing how to spend a $1.65 billion dollar surplus. Moorhead Rep. Ben Lien says the arguing and partisanship has been unfair to voters.
DILWORTH—An armed and potentially dangerous suspect is still on the run Thursday night. Police around the metro are looking for a man accused of holding his ex-girlfriend against her will. Dilworth police first heard about the situation when the victim ran across 34th Street and into a CVS to phone for help. She told investigators her ex-boyfriend, Jose Silva, picked her up in Fargo earlier in the day. It's unclear if she went willingly but she says Silva had a gun. When she tried to leave the vehicle he wouldn't let her.
MOORHEAD -- The Moorhead Spuds are rallying around one of their own. Moorhead superintendent Lynne Kovash was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Wednesday, district staff showed their support by wearing purple. It's the color for pancreatic cancer awareness. This week they're also wearing custom "Team Kovash" buttons.
FARGO—Downtown Fargo is focusing on the future. Tuesday night, planners unveiled a new vision for the city center. Broadway has already been undergoing major changes in the past decade. Tuesday night a planning group shared months of research and public input hoping to keep the momentum going on downtown development. Old and new are colliding in downtown Fargo. From bustling Broadway and beyond, to a new riverside City Hall, developers are hoping to bring this urban hub to the next level.
FARGO—On Monday, the Cass County district court celebrated 10 years of its adult drug court. The program provides drug intervention services as an alternative to a prison sentence. Substance abuse counselors and court liaisons help participants break the cycle of addiction and crime. At the courthouse on Monday, program graduates shared their stories of recovery. Many say drug court turned around their lives.
MOORHEAD—One of Moorhead's busiest intersections is getting a major facelift. At Monday's City Council meeting, members approved Five Stone Development to overhaul the corner of 8th Street and Main Avenue. The city tore down a gas station and to add a turning lane there. Now, Five Stone plans to add a 4-story mixed use building. Eventide has already signed on for office space. The ground floor will hold retail shops. And the top 2 floors will include condos. The city hopes the projects sets the scene for revitalization efforts.
FARGO—In just over 3 miles; runners, walkers and strollers made some big statements tonight. Thousands participated in the Fargo Marathon's Hero 5K. Many took Friday's hero theme to heart. Between the thousands of participants it was clear there are thousands of heroes out there. In the last hour before Friday night's race, eager participants were picking up their gear, and spontaneous procrastinators were still signing up for the 5K run and walk. You could spot the "Hero" t-shirts all around the Fargodome.
MOORHEAD— A former swimming coach for the MSUM Dragons is behind bars tonight accused of luring minors. 23-year-old Nicholas Asmann was arrested on Friday after police got a tip he'd exposed himself to a 15-year-old boy over Skype. The tip also suggested Asmann asked the child to take off his clothes, and sent nude pictures of himself. A search of Asmann's apartment in Fargo turned up images of child pornography. Asmann admitted to police some Skype chats "went too far." He was a coach for the Dragon Swim School from 2014 to the summer of 2016.