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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CALLAWAY, Minn.—It's the latest health and nutrition "wow crop" to come out of our farmer's fields, but perhaps a bit misunderstood. Industrial Hemp is making a comeback after its debut during WWII, but now, the plant promises more uses than just rope and t-shirts. Just outside Callaway, Minnesota a farmer field day for a crop unlike anything our grandfathers raised. Farmers from the area joined hemp producers from Minnesota and Canada, as White Earth members proudly unveiled their new venture.
FARGO -- One of WDAY's great radio pioneers has left us. Longtime announcer and morning radio personality Don Dresser died Friday night. He was 84. Don spent more than 30 years at the WDAY-AM microphone. Always showing up to work every morning, dressed for business.
HENNING, Minn. — Most of you already know this. Small towns around here are often one big family. This is the story of two women from Henning, Minnesota, who went to school together, raised their families, and now are at Sanford Hospital, after one gave the other a life changing gift. This as 2,500 people in our region are waiting for a kidney. Deb Brogard and Julie Lundquist are joking it will be the first year in a long time, they won't bring up the rear with their horses at the Vining Watermelon Parade this Saturday.
WALHALLA, N.D.—Think back to your favorite summer vacation. Is it somewhere like Wisconsin Dells, Medora, the Black Hills? How about the Pembina Gorge, just a few miles from Walhalla, North Dakota? Near the Canadian border in a place where forests give way to grassland, the gorge is a place unlike any other in the state as more and more people are discovering the fascinating fossil digs going on there, making discoveries of giant sea creatures that swam the inland sea that covered this area millions of years ago.
MOORHEAD—People living near Moorhead High called police after they discovered "KKK" graffiti on a utility box. It appears to be an isolated incident, but a special graffiti response team was called in to deal with it. The vandalized utility box with the KKK logo, was on public property, just behind homes in the Morningside neighborhood bordering Meadows Golf Course. The city of Moorhead takes any graffiti seriously, and so a supervised juvenile community service work crew showed up at the site to removed the graffiti.
FARGO—A Fargo based nonprofit has returned from helping families return to their war-torn cities in Iraq. UNSEEN's goal is to partner with existing charities "in-country" helping those groups already doing good work do even more. In its six years, Fargo teams from UNSEEN have traveled the world to work with others to stop human trafficking. Its most recent trip to Iraq proved to be historic and emotional. Melanie Iverson of Fargo doesn't take your typical summer vacation. Instead of Mt. Rushmore or Disney, she travels to the world's hot spots.
FARGO -- The man who heads up one of the most controversial and hotly debated agencies in the country came to hear from North Dakotans on Wednesday. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met in a closed door session at NDSU with Governor Burgum and other state leaders to talk about environmental policy changes. Pruitt also sat down for an exclusive TV interview with WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand.
METRO—This is the third drowning on the Red River in Fargo this summer. All three deadly accidents involved young men who went swimming. While there is an ongoing effort to promote the use of the Red, authorities are warning about the dangers of this powerful river. We are hearing more and more about the need to use this river like it was more than a century ago in Fargo Moorhead, boating and river life, but knowing how to enjoy it safely.
DETROIT LAKES—A few hundred "hardcore" WE Festers won't have to worry about that road construction. They are past the bottleneck areas, and are already in line along Highway 59. For at least three miles, parts of Highway 59, looked more like an RV Parking lot. Campers lined up, eager WE Festers willing to wait. "This lines goes back, all the way almost back to Detroit Lakes," said WE fest attendee Ron Schaefer. Nobody is more excited than Wolfman. Ron Schaefer stands perched high above Highway 59. The unofficial WE Fest greeter.
DETROIT LAKES—Those of you headed to WE Fest this week, will want to prepare for delays and a lot of orange. Construction crews are busy doing bridge replacement and road work at Highways 59 and 10, one of the most traveled intersections in the region.