Amy is proud to be a Red River Valley native and cover stories that matter to her community. She was raised in Hallock, Minnesota and received her degree at the University of North Dakota where she participated in the student run TV show Studio One. In college, Amy met her husband, WDAY’s Jody Norstedt, while interning at WDAZ in Grand Forks. She started at WDAY in April 2014 and is currently WDAY'Z Xtra News at Nine's anchor and producer. Have a news idea? Amy would love to share your story or investigate an issue you’re concerned about.
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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A shooting that shocked the community here a year ago now has a mom and widow seeking legislative change in hopes of finding more help for veterans with PTSD, or posttraumatic stress disorder. Dustin Defiel, a National Guard veteran, shot and killed his father, Rick. His family said that wouldn't have happened if there was more mental health help. For Tammy Defiel, Dustin's mother and Rick's wife, quiet moments at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls still bring painful and raw emotions from the night her son killed her husband.
LANGDON, ND -- It's lunchtime and you're a farmer in the middle of the field. What do you do?
FARGO—A local man who's called himself "pro-white" is at the center of a social media firestorm, after attending a deadly white nationalist rally in Virginia. The post from a popular Twitter page called "You, You're Racist" points to Pete Tefft of Fargo. It's sparked thousands of retweets and likes, as well as many threats of violence. Local family members also report being harassed.
OMAHA (WDAY)—Healthcare changes could force some families to be without care, including a local boy we've been following through a medical journey. Just last month, Alex Leach of Enderlin got life-saving organ transplant surgery. His mom says that alone cost $1.8-million. The video above is from when we visited Alex in the hospital in Omaha two weeks ago. He's healing, but his family is now facing the stress of not being able to pay for his care. His mom, Candi says his medication and supplies alone costs $600,000 a year.
FARGO—A little boy from Enderlin is recovering from a life threatening and life saving transplant surgery. You may remember Alex Leach from a story we did with him last summer about his love of phone books. It's hard to forget his witty personality. He really is unforgettable, and he turned into a national sensation. When we first told you about Alex, we shared how he read these phone books to pass the time while waiting for a liver, pancreas and intestinal transplant.
GRAND FORKS—A man on death row for the kidnapping, rape and murder of a UND student is back in federal court this week.
COON RAPIDS, MINN. -- It's the middle of June but severe weather cause a twin cities community to look like a snowstorm had passed through. Neighbors and city crews took to the streets to shovel and plow hail, some of which were golf and tennis ball sized. There were also reports of trees down and storm drains were clogged. The national weather service says wind speeds also reached about 80-miles per hour in the twin cities.
MOORHEAD — American Crystal Sugar and its union are back at the negotiating table— something that tore the two sides apart just a few years ago. The last time the two sides negotiated, a bitter and very vocal lockout went on for 22 months. The scene looked bitter in 2011, when union workers were forced out of their jobs after contract talks failed. American Crystal brought in replacement workers and the union vowed to picket outside plants until a contract was in place.
Belcourt, N.D. (WDAY/WDAZ-TV) - Schools in Belcourt, North Dakota went into lockdown for the second day in a row. According to the Turtle Mountain Community Schools Facebook page, there were safety concerns Wednesday, based off of Tuesday’s events where there was a threat to the high school on Facebook. One student was questioned and detained by authorities Tuesday, other people were also interviewed.