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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MOORHEAD — A group of Fargo, Moorhead and Lakes Country hotels are warning one another of a possible s cammer who makes up what they call "sob-stories" to get thousands of dollars of free stays in hotels. Hotel managers have been sharing a picture of the alleged scammer on social media, and one has filed a report with Moorhead police. I n some cases, the woman pretends to be a pastor or victim of abuse or bad luck, claiming River City Church will pay for her rooms, the hotels said.
FARGO -- Some who live with it cannot work. It can impact your eyes, skin, and joints. That's why this week across the nation there's an effort to raise awareness about Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, which impacts thousands in our region. The Inflammatory Diseases can be life-altering. Travis and Betsy Husen of West Fargo can't say enough about their little Thanksgiving Turkey, 10-month old Addyson was hoped for, but never promised.
NEAR PROSPER, N.D.—For many farmers in our region, it was yet another "day off." And not the good kind. It's been days since soybean producers drove their combines out of the shed and into their fields. It's just too wet, and the next 72-hours don't look like harvest weather. Nobody is panicking, but this wet break, mid-harvest, has many soybean producers shaking their heads. Everyone is chomping at the bit, some have started then had to stop. Others are still waiting to start.
FARGO—The Piekarski's have been in farming for generations near Fergus Falls, the love of the land is in their blood, that doesn't change. But the size of farm equipment has. This time of year tractors, augers, grain carts, and combines are in and out farmyards. So is machinery that folds up, often getting close to power lines. "Things can happen so quick if you are not mindful of it," Joel Piekarski said. Lake Region Electric is urging farmers like Joel Piekarski to have safety on the mind.
FARGO — The only trial connected to the gruesome death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, will start Tuesday, Sept. 18. Just over a year after his arrest, William Hoehn will sit before a judge and jury on a conspiracy to commit murder charge.
FARGO—Hundreds packed the Fargo Civic Center Wednesday as "Recovery Reinvented" tackled the problem and solutions surrounding addiction and recovery in our region. It's the second year that North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and the First Lady have hosted this statewide project which has grown into a year round battle against addiction and a recently completed survey in the state sheds light on what North Dakotans think about it.
FARGO - More than 2,000 people are expected in the upcoming "Out of the Darkness" walk, set for Sunday, September 9. And one of the largest teams of walkers at the event will be remembering and honoring the memory of Moorhead's Eli Johnson. We told you about Eli in a WDAY News Special Report one year ago.
HENNING, Minn. — After 30 years of milking, Steve Cordes knows his cows by name. "Her mother was Boo. This is Buzz," Cordes said, pointing to a Jersey cow. The rural Henning dairy farmer is preparing for a day this weekend he's dreaded.
OTTERTAIL, Minn. – The city of Ottertail and a homeowner here are at odds over an ordinance that restricts the number and kinds of animals that can be kept in the city. Robyn Hagel talked about the situation while feeding Pepper, one of several potbelly pigs that live with her in her home in Ottertail.
FARGO —It's a tradition in Fargo-Moorhead, families graciously open up their homes to athletes who play junior hockey or professional baseball.