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 — A Fargo woman faces a laundry list of charges in connection with a bizarre car accident on the city's south side. Rachel Faith Thompson, 28, is charged with felony DUI, home burglary, child neglect, reckless endangerment and terrorizing. She's accused of running from an accident scene, and leaving two young children in the car. Police placed the two, children of a passenger in the car, in the custody of Cass County Social Services. The passenger, 27-year old Phillip Peltier of Moorhead, was also arrested, according to police.
MOORHEAD – Friday, Feb. 17, was the day to celebrate "Random Acts of Kindness Day." At Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, there was nothing "random" about their kindness. The students welcomed a new friend this fall to their school, and months later raised thousands of dollars as she battles a hard-fought fight with brain cancer. They all watched Friday as the beards and hair came off a caring group of teachers.
FARGO – Fargo-Moorhead area Hornbacher's customer Jill Machayya had one heck of a shopping trip on Friday, Feb. 17. Gate City employees showed up at four Hornbacher's stores as part of Random Acts of Kindness Day. The bank surprised shoppers by paying their grocery bill. Jill's was $200.
FARGO — In the old days, they called it "shell shock." Now the initials PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, are sparking help for struggling vets. The American Legion Auxiliary and the Fargo VA Medical Center have come up with a unique way for veterans to deal with stress — art. At the center's first Veterans Creative Arts Festival Wednesday, Feb. 15, the VA proved that care for veterans has to be a lifelong commitment. These veterans turned artists take their work very seriously.
WEST FARGO — Schools across North Dakota have found a new tool in helping their students focus and concentrate. A 10-thousand year old sport. Archery. It's all part of the National Archery in the School Program that is sweeping the country, an effort to get young people interested in the sport that has a rich tradition in North Dakota. Jeff Long of North Dakota Game and Fish spent Tuesday, Feb. 14, teaching physical education teachers the the fine points of archery in the West Fargo gym.
FARGO—We are close to Valentine's Day and some elementary students in South Fargo got an early start on the holiday. First graders in Erica Johnson's class came to Touchmark at Harwood Groves Monday, Feb. 13, to meet with the seniors. The 13 students, along with residents at Touchmark, colored Valentine's Day cards and played games. All part of the "kindness theme" the students have been focusing on these past few days. "The reason we are wearing pajamas is that we are dreaming of kindness," said Emmerich Netland, one of the first graders.
FARGO—Drones are becoming one of the "go-to" things to buy and fly. Some use them for business, others just as a hobby. But in an effort to stay ahead of any potential issues, the North Dakota State University Faculty Senate is amending the university policy, limiting the use of drones on campus. "One thing I like is the camera gimble so I can control the camera with a remote," says NDSU senior Christian Hall. Hall likes drones so much, he built his own. In fact, he uses it to video tape vacations and off-road excursions.
The numbers have increased so much, and the cases so troubling, that Child Protection workers in Cass County are struggling. This week the Social Services board approved a proposal being sent to the full Cass County Commission, asking to hire another case worker, because the numbers in recent months have become staggering, historic highs. We heard stories from this week alone that made veteran Child Protection workers cringe. Cass County has double the Child Protection Services cases compared to other counties in North Dakota.
If you think getting around town is bad, imagine living in the country, where gravel roads are more like one long skating rink. The only ray of hope has been our heavy snow the last 24-hours. Near Hawley, and towns in our region, school bus drivers had their work cut out for them. It seemed like the perfect sunny morning for a return to the route...even a sundog greeting.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo Police have been using some innovative tools to reach people. In an effort to educate and get the word out about crime prevention tips, Police have been using the popular emojis. Symbols like the telephone, police cars, smiley faces, homes and keys have all been used in Tweets coming from the Fargo Police Department.