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Michael Yoshida

Michael grew up just south of Grand Forks. He enjoyed riding horses, dog sledding , orchestra, playing sports and all of the other great things that Grand Forks has to offer. Michael is a proud graduate of Kelly Elementary, Schroeder Middle and Red River High School.

Following his high school graduation Michael attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. While at Wesleyan he played on the Cardinals' football team for two seasons before deciding to focus on academics and all of the other great opportunities available to him. During his time at Wesleyan Michael volunteered in Alaska, Uganda and also worked for the Wesleyan Media Project; studying political campaigns and the influence of outside finances.

Michael also co-founded a sports broadcasting program called WesPregame. A program that he saw develop from the idea of two friends into a university funded department that is now revolutionizing the way sports are covered and broadcast in the New England Small Athletic Conference.

After completing his coursework in the fall of 2012, Michael worked in New York City for Major League Baseball. A job that he loved but decided to leave when he was presented with the opportunity to return home to Grand Forks and start his broadcast journalism career. Michael spent the 2013 summer working as the WDAZ News Summer Intern. He is proud to join "Your Home Team" as a full-time reporter and is looking forward to telling the stories and covering the news that matter most to the people of this community.

Feel free to contact Michael with any story ideas or for just a friendly conversation.

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Several fire departments battle building fire in Beltrami

Several fire departments battled a building fire throughout the night in Beltrami, Minnesota. The fire severely damaged The Beltrami Mall.

WDAZ, 04/18/2014

Scammer impersonating Grand Forks sheriff's deputy

The Grand Forks Sheriff's Department wants to alert the public to a current phone scam.

WDAZ, 04/14/2014

UND gets ready for rival Minnesota Gophers

The University of North Dakota men's hockey team are going for their 8th national championship in school history. But first they have to go against the University of Minnesota. A rivalry that is as bitter and spirited off the ice as on it.

WDAZ, 04/09/2014

UND Men's Hockey Team Seeks 8th National Championship

The University of North Dakota men's hockey team is going for its eighth national championship in school history.

WDAZ, 04/09/2014

Last defendant in case involving synthetic drug overdoses of 2 area teens pleaded guilty

The last defendant in a case involving the synthetic drug overdose of two area teenagers pleaded guilty Friday. 18-year-old Chrisitan Bjerk of Grand Forks and 17-year-old Elijah Stai of Park Rapids died in June 2012 as a result of a synthetic drug overdose.

WDAZ, 04/04/2014

Beyond The Lecture Hall: Ben Hylden

Each person makes a difference. In our Beyond The Lecture Hall series we meet a man whose whole life changed drastically at a young age and how this UND student is using his life lessons to help others.

WDAZ, 04/01/2014

North Dakota continues to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft systems industry

North Dakota continues to be a leader in the unmanned aircraft systems industry.

WDAZ, 03/30/2014

"Native American Children's Safety Act" was introduced in Congress Thursday

The safety procedures regarding foster children on Native American reservations may soon be getting major improvements. The "Native American Children's Safety Act" was introduced in Congress on Thursday.

WDAZ, 03/28/2014

String of arrests involving meth being made close to schools has the community concerned

A meth bust on Wednesday resulted in the arrests of three Grand Forks residents. It's the latest in what officers are calling a first for the community, a string of arrests involving meth being made close to schools.

WDAZ, 03/20/2014

How to stay safe when crossing railroad tracks

More than 2,000. That's the number of train and vehicle collisions that occurred at railroad crossings in the U.S. last year. Just last week, two accidents happened in Pierce and Polk County.

WDAZ, 03/17/2014

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