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—It's beginning to look a lot like the winter season in Downtown Fargo. From 6:00 Tuesday morning until about 2:00 Tuesday afternoon the Fargo Parks District started to fill in the 'Downtown on Ice' Rink. How the rink is made is by laying out snow, flattening it, putting water over it to freeze over and repeating that to create layers. The process is slow and will take multiple days. The rinks will not be ready until it gets consistently colder, but the District wants to be prepared. There are 17 rinks across Fargo.
FARGO—There's now a faster way to drop off packages at the Post Office in Fargo. USPS has launched 'Automated Parcel Drop' self-service kiosks. The downtown location was one of five across the country testing these kiosks. They accept prepaid packages and you can also send out returned packages. All you have to do is press the blue button, put your package in and you'll get a receipt with a tracking number. The post office says this should shorten long lines, especially during the upcoming holidays.
(WDAY)—More than 60-percent of people say they feel a heightened sense of stress during the holiday season. Psychologists say there are easy ways you can avoid adding extra stress during Christmas. First, set a budget when you're shopping for gifts and ask people exactly what they want instead of trying to "find the perfect gift." Try not to over commit yourself and do everything, but most importantly remember the holiday is more than the materialistic things.
FARGO—It's local law enforcement's way of reaching out to the community. Fargo Police hosted its annual Cocoa With A Cop, Saturday morning. In a packed room at Fargo Cass Public Health, families were able to enjoy some sweet treats, watch Christmas movies, and play games with officers. The goal was to foster trust and lasting relationships with the community, especially with children.
FARGO—It was a cold and early Saturday morning for dedicated tailgators before the 11 a.m. kickoff for the Bison. However, the area was a lot different than what Bison fans are used to seeing—empty spots at tailgating. But the dedicated fans that were out there said all they had to do was make a few adjustments. "Last time everyone of these spots were taken. It's kind of surprising. We got here early assuming they'd fill up. and that hasn't happened yet," said Jerry Johnson, Bison fan. And even just a week ago, the lot looked drastically different.
KINDRED N.D.—To most of us "coding" sounds confusing and complicated. Thanks to an initiative from Microsoft it's actually encouraging students to think about STEM careers. Imagine 450 kids in one gym for an hour; sounds like it could be total chaos, but, that wasn't the case Friday afternoon in Kindred. It was all about interactive learning for these elementary students. What looks like a fun game is a part of Microsoft's Hour of Code Event.
FARGO—Adoption fees will be waived this weekend at Homeward Animal Shelter. It's part of the "Share The Love Adoption Event" and applies to animals older than six months old Adoption fees for cats are usually $109 and $169 for dogs. Homeward says it's a great way to promote the shelter and to help their animals find a home. "If we can offer somebody the ability to take the animal home at no cost, we're hoping that's enough incentive to get those animals into homes," said Heather Clyde, Shelter Manager.
MOORHEAD—The fall was swift. Three weeks after the first allegation of sexual misconduct, Senator Al Franken is resigning from the U.S. Senate. Eight women have accused the senator of inappropriate behavior. The two-term senator admitted to some, but he says some are not true, and others he remembers very differently. Franken also took a shot at President Trump and Roy Moore, without using their names.
FARGO—As a part of a "Writer's Wonderland," Zandbroz in Fargo hosted a book signing Thursday night. One of the featured books was the WDAY Honor Flight Book : "In Their Honor." Tracy Briggs, along with biography editor Jan Jorgensen, will be signing copies. The proceeds made from the book's sales Thursday will go to the next Honor Flight. Briggs says it can be a great way to attract a new crowd to check the book out.
FARGO—At the Cass County Courthouse a handful of people held signs saying "No More sisters" and "Justice for Savanna" The group says they are here for two reasons. They demand justice for Savanna and they want to shed light on the large number of indigenous women that are missing and murdered. A small group of just eight people with a big message stood outside of the Cass County Courthouse Wednesday morning before William Hoehn's court appearance.