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—Many people countdown the years or months to retirement, but not Lorraine Welle. She's 85, and for the last half-century, she "kept the books" for her family's construction and property management company in town. The Welle's have been putting up homes since the 1950's, and one reason for the success is the bookkeeper who on Friday finally got "fired." And Lorraine's okay with that. Lorraine Welle doesn't need computers, she doesn't like them. Or smart phones.
FARGO—There will be a familiar face in the sky when the Blue Angels come to town next summer. Eric Doyle has been named flight leader for the Blue Angels upcoming show season, which includes a stop in Fargo. Doyle is the son of Lakota native Eugene Doyle, who was a decorated F-4 Fighter pilot in the Vietnam War. Eric will fly the Number One slot in the Blue Angels show formation. There will be a ceremony in Pensacola, Florida next month, to officially hand over the commander duties to Doyle.
MOORHEAD—The Moorhead Spuds football team had a good start to their game with Alexandria. The team named Superintendent Lynne Kovash, its honorary captain. She linked arms with players and went to midfield where she took part in the coin toss. The players also had Lynne's initials on their helmets. All part of a "Team Kovash" campaign that has swept through the Moorhead School District as Lynne undergoes treatment for pancreatic cancer.
WHEATON, Minn.—Those of you who live with chronic pain know how debilitating it can be, mentally and physically. As our region continues to find ways to cut back on the use of opioids, an old medical tool now has new, improved technology that's changing lives. 67-year old Jim Sagissor of Wheaton, Minnesota, says he feels ten years younger than he did just months ago. Chronic back pain prevented him from doing much of anything, including holding his grandkids. "They would have to hold them for me, because the pain would get so bad," said Jim.
LAKE PARK, Minn.—The long nights and days spent bringing in the sugar beets from around the region can wear on a worker, unless you have Todd Bergman in the field with you. The Lake Park man has faced many obstacles in his life, but making people smile is not one of them. You would be hard pressed to find another sugar beet field in the valley, where Woody from Toy Story is helping clean out the box of dirt and tailings. Todd Bergman is 38 and the costume thing, well it's every day.
FARGO—A Fargo man who turned his life around after a brief time in jail, is witnessing quite the transformation. The Skill Cutz Barber Shop not only relocated and expanded to 32nd Avenue in South Fargo, the state of North Dakota approved a new Barber College to start there. All from a man who came from impoverished Haiti, and is now leading a successful business. It's a new location for barber and businessman Wil Dort, moving his Skill Cutz Barbershop into what was the Cutting Edge Jewelry store.
MOORHEAD—A south Moorhead church has taken some unique steps to turn the wall of their sanctuary, into "liturgical art." The congregation at Bethesda Lutheran wanted to bring more light and energy into the worship space, and so they turned their ordinary "sound boards" on the wall into art. Members voted to use scripture passages, and record the words. The computer "wave file" was then projected on the fabric and painted. One wall says: "Beloved, let us love one another." Another says: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord."
FARGO – When Fargo Police Officer Jason Moszer was killed in the line of duty in February 2016, the shooter's home and the alley where Moszer went down became places associated with tragedy. But on Wednesday, Oct. 4, that north Fargo neighborhood became a place of rebirth, with Jason's widow, Rachel Moszer, and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers helping to build a new house where the home of the shooter once stood on Ninth Avenue North.
FARGO—It is going to be one of those "antacid" kind of nights for hundreds. On Tuesday, Roers-Keller-Williams hosted the 8th Annual Chili Feed for the United Way in Fargo. It's an effort to raise thousands of dollars for youth programs and the Backpack Project. Area businesses brought 50 of their favorite chili recipes for the contest. Volunteers from around the metro area, including the local colleges, helped serve it up. With 850 people showing up to eat, that means nearly $45,000 dollars will be raised for United Way.
FARGO—Three Fargo couples have arrived back home after surviving the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Now, it's a matter of getting on with life, after a harrowing night of avoiding gunfire and trying to stay alive. What a change for Beau Flom, greeting people at United Way's big Chile Feed in Fargo. It was just hours earlier that Beau, his wife and two other couples celebrated a long weekend in Vegas, taking in the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Then tragedy struck Sunday night for the former Marine and Navy medic.