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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WEST FARGO—Overcrowding in a West Fargo middle school will push some kids into high school early. Administrators say overcrowding is so bad at Liberty Middle School on the metro's south side that something needs to be done. A group of West Fargo administrators gave their plan to the school board tonight, proposing 100 8th graders be moved a few blocks west to Sheyenne High School next year. They're posing this as an academic opportunity for 8th graders. Each student will be able to earn elective credits.
Fargo, N.D. (WDAY-TV) - Fargo police are looking into an incident at the Cass County Annex Wednesday afternoon after a car ran into the building and other vehicles in the lot. There is a report of one minor injury. It's unclear if the crash was a medical situation or driver error. Police, fire crews and ambulance are on scene.
A social media post of a phone said to be found at the site of the Las Vegas shooting is going viral and possibly shows an NDSU grad. According to a comment on the post, the owner of the phone has now been found.
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.