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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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.
FARGO -- Along with the grueling miles, runners in this weekend's Fargo Marathon will also contend with the weather. We're expecting it to be cold and wet. An advantage we have for the Fargo Marathon is the dome. Saturday's races all start and end inside, but you'll want to prepare for those miles in-between.
FARGO -- Fargo's littlest shoes pounded the pavement Thursday night. Thousands of young racers participated in this year's Youth Run. Different age groups left in waves with kids ages 4 and under leading the pack. The youngest runners, walkers and toddlers made their way around a half mile loop and the big kids tackled a full mile.
FARGO -- Even if you're not participating in races this weekend it might affect where you can park. Fargo police posted signs along the marathon route on Thursday. They stake out more than 26.2 miles of no parking zones. Restrictions start Friday and go through Saturday.