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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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.
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.
Medina, ND - Alcohol is believed to be involved in a crash that injured a Medina, ND woman who was driving a golf cart. State Patrol says it happened Sunday morning around 2AM. They say 73-year-old Virginia Jeanotte of Medina was heading east on Water Street in Medina.
Gwinner, ND (WDAY/WDAZ-TV) - One person is dead after a crash in Sargent County. It happened around 10:30PM on Saturday. State Patrol says 39-year-old Oscar Castro of Oakes was driving on Highway 13 a half a mile east of Gwinner when he rear ended a tractor pulling a plow. Castro died at the scene from head injuries.
FARGO—Many of us use Facebook to stay in touch and pass time, but it's also opening a new world of live pornography, violence and drug related activity. Free time these days often includes a phone, tablet or computer. For Katie Kapel and her boys, that comes with physical and virtual boundaries. "They can't use their phones in their rooms so we can always keep an eye on them. We will randomly do checks on them. They can't use social media until they're age 13," said Kapel. Katie's quick to agree these are firm ground rules.
Minneapolis, Minn. (WDAY/WDAZ-TV) - They say there's no crying in baseball, but this heartwarming moment may make you tear up. Fargo South player, 17-year-old Alec Penney, is celebrating his first varsity hit. Teammates tell us he has Down Syndrome and has played with the team for years but never got the opportunity to get a hit.
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.
Walsh County, N.D. (WDAY/WDAZ-TV) - Alcohol is said to be involved in an ATV crash that seriously injured a man in Walsh County. Highway Patrol says 38-year-old Christopher Bata of Adams was driving near Highway 35 around 1:30 Sunday morning. He was on ice-covered dirt and was thrown off his four-wheeler. He was taken to a hospital in Park River with what's described as significant injuries.
Fargo, N.D. (WDAY-TV) - Police have released surveillance footage from an armed robbery that happened Saturday night at a North Fargo liquor store. It happened around 8:45 at Stamart Liquor, which is on 12th avenue, just off of I-29. Police say the suspect showed two handgun, demanded money and left in a black car. Two employees were in the store at the time.
METRO—Area homeless shelters say more elderly and sick people are coming through their doors than ever before. They say it's putting a strain on their staff and the entire community and that the problem is going to get much worse. It's a building most are ashamed to enter, but this homeless shelter is a place that many, like Paul Weeks, call home and share some of their most private problems. "My health is a little bit on the rickety side," said Paul.