Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!
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WEST FARGO — A family of ducks managed to cross a busy West Fargo street Wednesday morning, May 17, thanks to a police escort. West Fargo Community Service Officer Annie Burthold helped the ducks cross Ninth Street East near 13th Avenue South about 9 a.m. It was a mother duck with ducklings, but the babies were struggling to climb the curb, so Burthold scooped them to safety. Burthold said it was one of the more unique animals she's helped rescue.
NOME, N.D. – It's back to life as usual in sleepy Nome, for now. A renowned white supremacist who has sought to create havens for like-minded people in multiple small North Dakota town has given up his land in Nome.
An HIV alert came out Friday from the North Dakota Department of Health. The state is stressing the importance of HIV testing after an outbreak of infections. Typically, the Health Department sees about eight new HIV cases each year. Since the beginning of 2016, 28 people have been diagnosed with 10 so far in 2017.
FARGO—Emergency responders are getting better acquainted with the region's newest emergency room. On Friday, Sanford invited more than 300 police, fire and EMS agencies from North Dakota and Minnesota to tour its new Fargo hospital. Groups started with a barbecue social in the emergency room garage and a look at Sanford's new transport ambulance. Tour guides showed off state-of-the-art operating and patient rooms and told first responders how to navigate the huge building.
FARGO — Today's blast of winter isn't enough to keep one NDSU student indoors. Right now, Logan Moir is getting ready to spend all night in the sub-freezing temps.
Fargo wants your feedback on a massive road project. In 2018 the city and the North Dakota Department of Transportation are planning to overhaul Main Avenue near downtown. Tuesday, project leaders showed their ideas and answered questions during a public input meeting. The $12 million reconstruction will tear up the road between University Drive and Second Street. Engineers are still deciding on the final design. They say Main Avenue desperately needs upgrades to its pavement and utilities.
FARGO—Don't panic if you hear sirens going off in Fargo this week. The city is upgrading and testing its outdoor warning system. By the end of the week, emergency management crews will be able to remotely check sirens for issues. Between Wednesday, April 19, and Saturday, April 22, you may hear one of the three-dozen sirens blaring during the day. Cities across the state will be conducting similar tests April 26. Even in the age of smartphones, the sirens help alert the public about severe weather or other hazards.
Fargo-Moorhead is measuring some success in a community wide crusade against the opioid epidemic. Fargo police say so far in 2017 they've seen half as many overdoses as this time last year. It's a bitter pill to swallow. Fargo-Moorhead is far from immune to the opioid epidemic sweeping the country. "We haven't seen a big indicator saying it's not in our area anymore," said Fargo Police Lt. Shannon Rusizka.
FARGO—The power of social media helped put a suspected burglar behind bars. A Fargo family posted these surveillance photos on Facebook this weekend. They captured a man breaking into a home and going through the owner's' property. The break-in happened mid-afternoon on Friday, April 14, in the Woodhaven neighborhood. After seeing his face online, 35-year-old Shaun Pederson turned himself in to police. He faces felony burglary charges.
MOORHEAD — Child Services workers are seeing a disturbing trend in Minnesota. This week, the Department of Human Services released its 2016 child abuse statistics. Reports jumped by 25 percent from the previous year.