I joined the WDAY 6 news team in September of 2013 as a weekend anchor and reporter. I am currently the Assitant News Director and 5p.m. anchor. Previous to arriving in the F-M area, I worked as a broadcast journalist at the CBS affiliate (KTVQ) in Billings, Montana (sidenote: my hometown). I have worn many hats in my young broadcast career as an anchor, reporter, producer, sports producer and online producer. However, my favorite role to play is storyteller. Off the clock (are we ever really off the clock?) I enjoy taking in a sporting event on TV or in person. On the professional level, I root for Seattle teams. As a graduate of the University of Montana, I also enjoys FCS football (but forgive my allegiance). I also enjoy reading, watching movies, listening to good music and frolicking in the outdoors. I enjoy those things all the more when I can do them with my wife and our daughter. If you have a story idea for me, or just want to say hello, you can send me an email!
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FARGO — WDAY-TV went to air for the first time on the evening of June 1, 1953. It was the first television station in Fargo and the second to go to air in North Dakota. However, WDAY had already been on radio for 32 years by the time WDAY-TV founder and president Earl Reineke welcomed the station's first viewers. "Tonight, we enter a new phase and bring you the exciting and fascinating medium of TV," Reineke said. The first night's lineup included "I Love Lucy," "The Jack Benny Show" and a 10-minute long newscast.
FARGO -- At the Drone Conference, Governor Burgum announced he's creating a task force dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Systems. The UAS Detection and Counter UAS Task Force will support technology development for drone detection systems. The U.S. Army says there are more than 600 types of UAS in use in more than 80 countries. It estimates there are between 80 and 500,000 drones operating in the U.S. alone.
FARGO — BioLife Plasma Services locations in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo closed temporarily Wednesday, May 31, due to a problem it describes as a supply shortage on its website. BioLife, which compensates people for donating plasma, closed other locations elsewhere in the U.S. The company said in new releases that the supply shortage involves an anticoagulant used in the plasma-donating process. BioLife anticipates reopening every location by Monday, June 5.
DILWORTH — A tow truck driver found a body inside a car parked by the Dilworth Walmart. Dilworth Police Chief Ty Sharpe said Ed's Towing sent a truck to remove a car believed to be abandoned in the employee parking area about 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 31. While hooking up the car to be towed, the driver saw someone on the floor of the car covered with a blanket. Police were called, and they found the body. Sharpe said it appeared the person, who has not yet been identified, died while asleep.
FARGO—A weekly program aimed at connecting entrepreneurs with their communities expanded its footprint on Wednesday. 1-Million Cups held its first statewide event. It was streamed from The Stage at Island Park in Fargo to other 'cup' events in Grand Forks, Bismarck and Mandan. It was also available to anyone connected to the internet. Organizers say they hope to attract rural audiences with the stream. 1-Million Cups is a national program, but local organizers say it's really taking root in North Dakota.
Moorhead police have arrested Timothy Lightfoot after he has reportedly slashed vehicle tires at the Moorhead Mall. Lightfoot was spotted at 6pm on Friday and is currently facing criminal charges of danger to property, terroristic threats and burglary. Moorhead police say they don't know why Lightfoot was committing the act.
FARGO—A driver crashed through a fence at an apartment off 25th Street South here on Monday afternoon, April 10. The driver of a van traveling north through the street's intersection with 20th Avenue South was distracted and ran a red light, Fargo police said. Another car collided with the van, causing it to cross a median and crash through the fence of a nearby apartment. Neither driver was injured in the crash. Police say the driver of the van was distracted. She was cited for disobeying a traffic signal.
BELCOURT, N.D.—Public schools in Belcourt went into lockdown late Tuesday morning, April 4, after a student allegedly brandished a gun in the high school. According to students who sent out information through text messages, the student body was moved to the school gym after another student was found with a gun in his possession. The students say the person with the gun was taken into custody of police. The Belcourt Police Department would not confirm if the schools were on lockdown. Calls to the Turtle Mountain Community Schools have not been answered.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. — A Glyndon teen who is accused of trying to kill his father by beating him with a hatchet pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Tuesday, April 4. Jack Langston, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault. The plea came more than a year after Langston was charged with attempted murder and two counts of assault. Langston beat his father in the face with the blunt end of a hatchet at the Park Manor apartments in Breckenridge, according to court records.
FARGO — A fundraiser for a fallen Fargo police officer quickly met its goal. Earlier this month, the Fargo Police Department announced it would sell coins honoring Jason Moszer. He was killed in the line of duty last year. Police officials said Tuesday, March 21, that they've sold out of the coins and raised $20,000. That money will help cover travel expenses for Moszer's family and friends to Washington, D.C., in May for Law Enforcement Memorial Week. That's when Moszer's name will be engraved on a national memorial wall.