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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CORMORANT TOWNSHIP Minn. -- Some politicians see their careers end with term limits, or on election day in the voting booth. But in Cormorant Village, the town mayor is pretty "Dog-Gone" certain retirement is just weeks away. Mayor Duke has done it all. Parades, media interviews, dog shows, and now an author has written a new book about him.
FARGO N.D.—Fire trucks, ambulances, and people scattered across an airport tarmac greeted those flying into Hector International Airport Tuesday. After 6-months of planning, an in-depth disaster drill involving nearly 200 EMS responders went into action. While most of us were still asleep, volunteer students prepared to be injured victims from a staged plane crash at Hector. Makeup and fake wounds would help make the disaster more realistic for paramedics and firefighters.
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—125-years ago tonight, people living in Fargo were walking through the ashes and ruins of their blossoming city. There was nothing left of downtown, but smoke and rubble. We used to have a celebration in town, called "The Great Fire Festival", which marked the recovery from the devastation. On this anniversary, WDAY News looked into what caused the 1893 fire and how it moved through downtown like a monster. These rare photos from NDSU Archives, capture the moments of what is now referred to as: The Great Fargo Fire.
FARGO—Take a 4-year old. Give him "super powers", a golden lab and an adorable little brother, and you have a perfect summer day for Henrik Westerholm.
FARGO N.D.—So, many of us share our bucket list or end of life wishes with family. Now, you might want to talk with them about your obituary. A Minnesota newspaper this week published an obit that a family wrote about their mother. It was not kind, and now it has gone viral, appearing on social media and newspapers worldwide. According to her children, Kathleen Dehmlow abandoned them in 1962.
FARGO N.D.—It is easy to take for granted, the simple things. Like flipping on the light switch at night. Now a Fargo business is preparing to light up homes on the other side of the world, with help from the sun. Tom Enright of "Good Bulb" is packing his bags and headed to Uganda, Africa. And a few thousand solar lanterns, are already ahead of him. Enright's "Good Bulb" started as a company that has a mission of helping charities. In this case, entire communities in Uganda.
HANKINSON N.D.—In Richland County, the lights are still on in In Hankinson, North Dakota. The 5th Annual Polka Fest is in town, More than 500 expected to attend. Those coming to the party got to hear something that turned a lot of heads. When Matt Hodek's 'Dakota Dutchmen Old Time band,' cranked up the concertinas at Polka Fest the musicians from little Lawton, North Dakota, had something up their sleeve. 73-year old Laddie Pecka of Lawton, is still making magic with not one, but two trumpets.
FERGUS FALLS Minn.—The community of Fergus Falls has been rallying around a family there after a cancer diagnosis turned their lives upside down. While the diagnosis and treatment has sidelined Jon Martinson for now, the ordeal has given him and his family a whole new perspective on life. Around the holidays last winter, Jon and his wife Tessa knew something was up. "We had just gotten done with corn and I was just dragging all the time and I could not get past that," said Jon. Tests and blood draws and scans, finally revealed the tough news.
METRO—Along with transportation and housing, one of the biggest barriers people in Fargo-Moorhead find when looking for work is quality and affordable child care. A YMCA study found that 4,200 working families in Fargo-Moorhead have trouble finding quality childcare for infants and toddlers. On top of that, if a childcare center is found, it costs more and is the most likely to be needed by lower income families.