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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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.
FARGO -- One of WDAY's great radio pioneers has left us. Longtime announcer and morning radio personality Don Dresser died Friday night. He was 84. Don spent more than 30 years at the WDAY-AM microphone. Always showing up to work every morning, dressed for business.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn.—A man walking from Breckenridge to Fargo in order to raise money for Shriner's kids is at about the halfway point of his journey. Jerry Meadows, 60, made it just south of Wolverton on Highway 75 by late Tuesday, July 25. Meadows is making his trek to raise money for Shriners Hospitals. He hopes to make it to Fargo's El Zagal Shrine by the end of the week. His wife follows him and makes sure he has oxygen in his tank and water to drink. The two stayed in their car last night before he headed out Tuesday morning.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn.—A Wahpeton, N.D., man has a long piece of asphalt ahead of him as he begins a long walk from Breckenridge to Fargo. Jerry Meadows has endured his share of heartbreak and health issues, but decided that he wanted to raise money for the El Zagal Shrine in Fargo because of the work they do with children. As semis and cars blew by on Highway 75 north of Breckenridge Monday, July 24, you could barely see him. A slow speck of inspiration.