Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.
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BATTLE LAKE, Minn.—When Ashley Ladwig of Vining, Minnesota starts her senior year of high school this fall, she will have a summer vacation story to tell all her friends. One of business success and remembrance. In just her second week of business, Ashley Ladwig and her Coffee 33 shop opened bright and early today, to the sound of thunder and lightning. In the heart of Otter Tail County lake country, Ashley and her remodeled camper, have found a home just off busy Highway 210 in Battle Lake.
FARGO—Take a 4-year-old and give him 'super powers', a golden lab, and an adorable little brother, and you have a perfect summer day for Henrik Westerholm. But the last 6-months have been a whirlwind for the North Fargo boy, as he battles leukemia and prepares for a bone marrow transplant at Mayo later this summer. As friends plan a benefit for the Henrik, we get to see first hand his contagious personality. It's hard to believe Henrik Westerholm has just spent the last few months in and out of the hospital, undergoing treatment for leukemia.
FARGO — It is easy to throw away or burn wood scraps since they tend to clutter our garage or basement, but a group of men at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo is turning those scraps into unique "crosses of comfort." In a south Fargo home the work begins; Gerald Larsen, carefully cutting crosses, all from scrap pieces of wood headed to the landfill.
FARGO—Fans of the tropics and house hunting will soon see a Fargo couple get a dream home in paradise. David Hamilton and Bernie Erickson auditioned for the House Hunters International Show by wearing winter parkas and comparing our weather here with the tropics in Central America. Thousands applied for the HGTV spot, and the two were selected for the show. The crew shot in Fargo and Costa Rica, eight months ago, and the show airs March 2nd. The house David and Bernie selected will be revealed that night.
WARREN—A Warren, Minnesota boy has an unusual request for the holidays; he wants to beat cancer, for a second time. Landon LaBine spent a brief part of his Christmas vacation at Sanford on Thursday, Dec. 28, where oncologists studied the latest scans to see if he can claim "remission" yet again. All it took was a 7-year old comedian to break the tension; Landon singing UND Hockey goal song.
CASS COUNTY, N.D. — Paul Vogel says he hopes he feels the spirit of Christmas again. This, after a Grinch cut down a much-loved spruce tree this week at the entrance to his farm north of Fargo. Vogel pulled up to the farm that sits not far from Hector International Airport, and his heart sank. "Why do you want a Christmas tree that reminds you of Christ, and you do something like this," said Paul Vogel, owner of the spruce. The 20-foot tall Colorado blue spruce that had welcomed him and family here for more than 30 years is now gone.
FARGO—Somewhere and sometime growing up we all had that neighbor; the one who always seemed to be there when you needed a sitter or help repairing something. For two Moorhead families, the joy of being a next door neighbor to each other has blossomed into a beautiful, long lasting friendship crossing generations, even though one had to move across town. Inside a cozy kitchen at Touchmark in South Fargo, Clark Tufte and 8-year old Kenzie Case of Moorhead are back together as a team.
MOORHEAD — The family of 19-year-old Eli Johnson of Moorhead is hoping the loss of its much loved son and brother will spark a conversation about mental health, and the need to erase the stigma. Eli died by suicide Sept. 11, and for his family, the warning signs were not there. "He was the best person I know," said Madeline Johnson, Eli's sister. "I always joked he got the good looks and the athletic genes and the sense of humor." Madeline recalled her brother as a kid, going along with her favorite games.
FARGO – When Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer was killed in the line of duty in February 2016, the shooter's home and the alley where Moszer went down became places associated with tragedy. But on Wednesday, Oct. 4, that north Fargo neighborhood became a place of rebirth, with Jason's widow, Rachel Moszer, and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers helping to build a new house where the home of the shooter once stood on Ninth Avenue North.
METRO—Immigration attorneys in Fargo-Moorhead are preparing for some serious conversations with concerned clients following the big DACA announcement on Tuesday. The White House news means that young immigrants brought in here illegally as children, will no longer be protected by the "Dreamers" program. Martha Castanon of Moorhead has heard the stories young people from our area, now with uncertain futures here.