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—When students one day read the history books and online stories of North Dakota Governor George Sinner, the pages will be filled with good humor and tales of leadership through adversity. Bud Sinner, a two term governor, was remembered on Friday in Fargo as a man of dignity whose "caring for others" surpassed any partisan politics. All those who packed Nativity Church in south Fargo on Friday, had some kind of "Bud Sinner Story."
FARGO—Imagine the thrill of parents watching their two-year-old run, jump and climb stairs. All this after sitting by that child's side for his first 300 days of life, it is an update to a story we first brought you a year ago. Owen Kummer is now spending his days, just being a kid. In addition to a lot of mom and dad time, Owen is working at and learning to do "two-year old things," thanks to physical therapists like Jordan Bahr. "Our goal for them is to do for them what their peers are doing," says Jordan Bahr, Owen's phyiscal therapist.
METRO—Thousands of students here in our region joined a national rally for school safety today in one of the country's biggest school walk-outs ever. In Moorhead, students didn't have to even leave the building, in order to get their point across. A thousand Moorhead High students didn't pack a school gym just for a 17-minute break. "We all deserve to live, yet these lives were cut short. These are their stories," said Moorhead High School student, Luke Seidel.
FARGO—We all know the importance of having family and friends walk alongside us during an illness or cancer battle. But a stranger beside you? Monday March 12th was the last day of chemotherapy for a Fargo mother of two. That itself is reason to celebrate. But throw in a surprise from someone she did not know, who volunteered to be there with her for her these last few weeks. It all started in a hair salon. Rachel Hinton was shaving off her hair in preparation for Lymphoma cancer treatment.
FARGO—Are you nursing or icing a sore back tonight? Join the club. If you shoveled today's snow, we don't have to remind you. It's heavy and wet. But there was one thing this snow was good for, building snowmen. Eli and Braeden had the perfect solution to boredom on this storm day off from school. "I am making a snowball for my snowman," said, Eli. Mackenzie Hamm of the Schlossman YMCA helped guide the two boys to a day of building a snowman. It indeed was a perfect storm.
MOORHEAD—You know that feeling when you pull on brand new socks? Across the nation, volunteer groups are delivering something life-changing to homeless shelters; thick, quality socks. Bob Baker knows what comfort and safety mean. "New socks, Bombas, they are good, really good socks. They are thick and comfortable and don't drop down. Bombas, they are the bomb," said Baker. He's survived hurricanes and storms, and is a guest now at Churches United.
(WDAY)—It's reached such a crisis point in the dairy industry that some farmers, are getting a sobering message with their milk checks; the 1-800 number for suicide prevention. You can now count the number of dairy producers in Clay County on one hand. For the third straight year, prices are "bottom of the barrel," giving some farmers no choice, but to give up a life they love. Daryl Spillum of rural Hawley loves working the farmlife, cracking corn for a good friend he now works for. The two custom raise calves for a larger dairy in Minnesota.
METRO—We had a blast of winter last weekend and now word of a storm likely to hit our region on Sunday; that's the bad news. The good news? Winter actually ends Wednesday, if you believe that. It sure looked, sounded, and felt like a Spring Melt Kind of day on Wednesday. Meaning that the meteorological Spring starts on Thursday. Local weather observer, Daryl Ritchison, has been measuring our new snowfall lately, all too mindful that this holiday, the Meteorological end of winter, is all about location, location, location.
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.
OAKES, N.D. --The State Fire Marshal's office was in Oakes, North Dakota Monday, sifting through the remains of the Oakes Times newspaper building. Fire over the weekend destroyed everything, including archives going back to 1904. Nobody was injured, but so much was lost. However, there is a silver lining, thanks to volunteers at the museum in Oakes. As investigators looked for answers to the fire, the newspaper vows it will not miss a deadline. There will be an Oakes Times this week, but in the ashes, over 100-years of local history gone.