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— It is one of those great traditions. Sitting at the kitchen table cleaning out the guts of a pumpkin in preparation for the upcoming Halloween Holiday. But before you cut out the eyes, and design that perfect jack -o'-lantern smile, some good advice from a hand surgeon. Certainly seems simple enough, grab a knife, carve a pumpkin. But now a warning to stay out of your silverware drawer in the kitchen. Those knives are meant for cutting chicken and peeling spuds, not carving pumpkins.
AMENIA, N.D.—Farmers up and down the valley woke up, smiled at the sky, and hopped on their combines. Finally a weather day they could all embrace, after a winter storm turned fall harvest into a nightmare. After days of disappointment and harvest heartache, farmers like Joe Morken shook off last week's wicked weather, and got the combine back out into the field. Near Amenia, Morken and his harvest crew attacked the corn fields first. Finally, the breeze, blue sky, and soil conditions all came together for a relaunch of field work.
FARGO— Sometimes the "hot dog" gets no respect. Unless you are an elementary principal, that is, who has 560-students ready to drench you in "condiments."
FARGO — His life story script reads more like a spy novel or James Bond movie. A young man who left the reservation in South Dakota back in the 1960s to begin a career in aviation, that would bring him to some of the most secret spots in the world, courtesy of the CIA. When Sam Dupris grew up on the Old Cheyenne Agency reservation in South Dakota, along with his four brothers and sisters, he knew his career choices were limited. It was the end of the depression.
FARGO—There is no official "Fall Clean-Up" in Fargo, but the landfill is going out of its way to help you get rid of junk. Most of us wait until the famous "Spring Clean-Up Week" to fill our boulevards with couches, stoves and mattresses. But the Fargo City landfill is waving all fees until Saturday. That means you can bring in your "throw-away items" to the landfill and not get charged. Doing it now, helps reduce the mass of garbage and waste we see on city streets in the spring.
FARGO—Craig Cline of Fargo has done his share of treasure hunting. The carpenter-handyman and his metal detector have searched Fargo-Moorhead parks and fields looking for that one rare part of our past. Well, he found it.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Valley City was one of the hardest hit areas during the region's first snow storm. Between 6 and 9 inches of snow has fallen. The combination of wind, ice and snow made it hard to drive and forced schools in the area to school. In a matter of just hours, Interstate 94 went from a long, dry gray ribbon of concrete, to a frozen, slippery, slushy mess and dangerous. Semis and cars began sliding into the ditch. More than a dozen near Valley City. Tow truck operator Jason Rungee spent most of the day hooking and towing cars.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck mom took her children shopping Monday, Oct. 8, only to find wildlife in a pair of winter boots they were trying on. With rain and snow already here, Shasta Riederer of Bismarck headed to K-Mart with her two boys for some snow boot shopping. But she and the boys got quite a shock they found more than one kind of fur inside those boots. Talon and Deakon Riederer along with their mom Shasta were not sure what those little things were rolling out of the new winter boot.
NEAR PROSPER, N.D.—For many farmers in our region, it was yet another "day off." And not the good kind. It's been days since soybean producers drove their combines out of the shed and into their fields. It's just too wet, and the next 72-hours don't look like harvest weather. Nobody is panicking, but this wet break, mid-harvest, has many soybean producers shaking their heads. Everyone is chomping at the bit, some have started then had to stop. Others are still waiting to start.
MOORHEAD Minn.—We all know them. They are wives, sisters, friends and co-workers who could not wait to deliver that baby and bring them home to start an amazing life journey. And then, the unthinkable happens. The sudden loss of that pregnancy or infant at birth. Next week, a new non-profit in town called "The Hopeful Heart Project" will celebrate and honor those children. Who's behind it? Moms who needed each other to heal.