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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Williston, N.D. (WDAY-TV) A viral video showing a woman taking children out of a vehicle and into the cold without winter gear is going viral on social media. The temperature was -10 degrees Fahrenheit at the reported time of the video. Williston police released a statement saying:
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Service and sacrifice of 90 area men and women are being honored in Washington DC on the Wday Honor Flight. These veterans told us why for so many, this trip has been a dream come true. Day two in D.C. consisted of a jam packed schedule for these service men and women. The day started with breakfast at 7 a.m., then on the bus to see about a dozen historical sites in only about eight hours. "It's been an honor for me to come here and see that," said Ambrose Blaeser, Korean War veteran.
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.
Police are investigating a possible stabbing in North Fargo Monday evening. Around 6:30 p.m., they were called to a neighborhood just east of Roosevelt elementary school. Police say a man flagged someone down and said he was stabbed. He then pointed out a suspect as the bystander called police. When officers got on scene, the alleged victim was not there. Police say they were later called to the emergency room for a report of a stabbing. They're investigating if the two reports are connected.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Fans attending the Potato Bowl game at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks Saturday might notice some changes. The University of North Dakota Football 'Game Day Experience Committee', as well as the Alerus Center staff, have been racing this week to put up new signs and other amenities before kickoff. Fans and the opposing team will be greeted by massive banners of Fighting Hawks players on the outside of the building. Inside, a new sound system and light system will help pump up the crowd. Plus, there's a new bar.
Minn.—A Minnesota nonprofit is planning to give away over 20,000 doses of the overdose reversal drug, Naloxone. Steve Rummler Hope Network plans to give away the doses to anyone who might need it; including police officers, first responders and drug rehab staffers. The organization has received a $200,000 state grant. The state Health Department says more than 500 people died from opioid overdoses in Minnesota in 2015.
FARGO, N.D.—A North Dakota State University student is seriously hurt after being attacked this weekend. Fargo police say an assault happened sometime on Friday. According to a You Caring page, Isaiah Smith suffered multiple injuries after being beat up. His family says he's undergone several hours of surgery for a broken jaw, arm and teeth, as well as nerve damage and a concussion. The fundraising page has raised over $20,000. The family is asking you to pray for Isaiah if you cannot donate.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—This is not your average fugitive, but West Fargo police were able to take him into custody. The department posted this picture of what they call a "rogue iguana". Special tactics were even used to catch it. They say blueberry pie helped lure him. In the post, they used the hashtag #CantMakeThisUp and wished everyone a great weekend.
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.