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—Across the nation, car accidents are the leading cause of deaths for teens. 58-percent are caused by distracted driving, but Apple's latest IPhone feature may help bring down the statistic. In North Dakota alone, teen drivers were involved in more than 10 percent of fatal crashes in the past five years.. Which is why local law enforcement are pushing for safe driving practices, including features on your Phone. It's something we're likely all guilty of, as we're driving, when that little notification lights up your phone glancing down to check it.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo's Mayor has added some color to his look all for a good cause. Rich Mattern has been collecting donations to fund breast cancer research through the "Real Men Wear Pink" campaign. He says for every $1,000 collected, he'll add a pink streak in his hair. As of Wednesday, he's raised over $3,000, which is why he put three streaks in on Wednesday afternoon. His goal is $5,000 by the end of the month and he'll go full pink. While this is fun and games he says the reason he does this, is close to his heart.
WEST FARGO—What did you want to be when you were 4? A doctor? President? Maybe a garbage man? If you ask 4-year old Connor Gabrielson and his 2-year old brother Cade what their favorite day of the week is the answer may come as a surprise to you. Garbage day. In fact, you can ask Connor almost anything about garbage trucks, he'll have an answer down to how far away your garbage and recycling bins have to be from each other. "5 feet!" said Connor.
FARGO—Over the next two days, people from across the state are gathering in Fargo trying to figure out how to improve their downtowns. The 7th annual North Dakota Downtown Conference kicked off Tuesday afternoon. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will cover everything from the importance of public art to attracting and retaining employees. The Downtown Community Partnership said this year the focus is trying to help communities of all sizes from Abercrombie to Zeeland.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—What started as a way to combat white supremacy, stemmed into a gathering of peace. The First Congregational Church UCC in Moorhead is often filled Sundays for worship, but on Saturday, it served another purpose: A Rally for Humanity. People of all walks of life took time to share whatever their message may be, whether it was for love, or a voice of change. Organizers wanted to drown out the all too loud message of divisiveness that they say has filled not only our country, but here in the metro, too.
FARGO—White Nationalist Pete Tefft has cancelled the rally he originally planned for Saturday, but says he will be at the Standing For Humanity Rally. The Standing For Humanity Rally's purpose is to celebrate diversity. He believes it's important for him to show representation at community events. "I want to participate in our community's events. I think it's a good way, to you know, show people can go to other people's events with opposing views and act accordingly," said Tefft. Tefft still plans on hosting a rally, possibly next spring.
FARGO—The "Standing For Humanity" Rally was sparked in response to the anticipated White Nationalist Rally in Fargo this weekend. Now, it's a celebration of diversity. Rally organizers say they're still planning on having the event Saturday, rain or shine. On the Facebook page, hundreds of people say they're attending, and more than a thousand are interested, which organizers say shows what our metro truly represents. An event months in the making sprung from divisiveness, not only across the nation, like in Charlottesville, but even here at home.
FARGO—Friday afternoon, the NDSU English Department hosted a tree planting and remembrance ceremony to honor the life of former professor Amy Taggart. The tree is planted to the North of Minard Hall and will have a plaque near its trunk. Taggart died of Stage 4 metastatic cancer this past June. She had been with the the university for the past 15 years. Students, colleagues, and family spoke of their memories of her.
DETROIT LAKES—A Minnesota man is pleading guilty to 3rd degree felony drug possession, after police found heroin stuffed in a flashlight. Brian Lee Sargent of Naytahwaush was arrested on August 28th after a Detroit Lakes police officer ran a license plate, because the tabs appeared to be peeled off of a different car. The car turned out to be stolen. The officer pulled over the vehicle and noticed the four people in the car were acting strangely.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A Detroit Lakes school will soon have gender neutral bathrooms available for transgender students, or anyone else who needs it and it's thanks to one high schooler pushing for equality. Detroit Lakes High School is actually the second school 17-year-old Jaylen Block has pushed to get a gender neutral unisex bathroom, the other was Frazee High School. She says as a transgender woman, it's something that needed to be done. It's something as small as a sign, but has the potential to make a world of difference for some students.