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 — Talk to anyone who struggles with addiction. It is an evil grip that not only affects the individual, but also family and friends. In the last few months, dozens of families in our area have buried their children as an opiate crisis sweeps the valley. This is the story of one south Fargo family and the tragedy that addiction left them with today. Chase Fliginger was the kind of kid every neighborhood loved to have. "He was the most outgoing, carefree. He did not look at anybody in a bad way," said his sister, Daysha Fliginger.
A chain of popular "walk-in" clinics in our area will be getting a new name and owner starting Wednesday.. After months of talks, WDAY 6 News has learned that 7-Day Clinics will now become part of Essentia Health. There are five 7-Day Clinics in Fargo-Moorhead and Detroit Lakes, Minn. The popular walk-in clinics have 50,000 patient visits a year. But Wednesday, the 7-Day clinic signs will start coming down, and Essentia signs will go up. 70 employees from 7-Day are now Essentia staff.
There have been times when paramedics from F-M Ambulance have responded to three overdose deaths in one week. Sometimes two people in the same room. Dead. As we continue our in-depth community response to addiction in our metro area, WDAY 6 reporter Kevin Wallevand has more on how this crisis is impacting EMS in Fargo-Moorhead. This number hit us like a bag of bricks. Paramedics with F-M Ambulance had to use the overdose reversal drug, Narcan, 99 times last year. That number does not include the more than a dozen who died from overdose here.
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.