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 N.D.—Now this is a creative way for a local charity to raise money. In front of hundreds in Downtown Fargo, volunteer rappellers stood on the edge of the 8 story Black Building and then, leaned back. It was the second year Charism brought in "Over the Edge" to help raise money for its special programming, benefiting 'at risk' students. It seemed simple, a harness system, some rigging, a few clips. And then a quick primer, how to lean back and rappel an 8 story building.
FARGO N.D.—This would turn out to be no ordinary toy drive. A young Fargo mom, will forever deal with the loss of her two boys from a horrific Easter crash on a snowy I-29, five months ago. Thursday, August 9, would be a day to collect and deliver toys to the Children's Hospital, as a way to honor the memory of those two boys. But it would turn out that two grieving moms found comfort in each other and their toy drives, all because they lost children.
OTTERTAIL, Minn. – The city of Ottertail and a homeowner here are at odds over an ordinance that restricts the number and kinds of animals that can be kept in the city. Robyn Hagel talked about the situation while feeding Pepper, one of several potbelly pigs that live with her in her home in Ottertail.
FARGO —It's a tradition in Fargo-Moorhead, families graciously open up their homes to athletes who play junior hockey or professional baseball.
FARGO N.D.—Some of you may remember the name 'Trent Petrie.' 33-years-ago, his story was plastered across national headlines and magazines. At the time of his birth here in Fargo, he was the smallest preemie baby to survive. Despite many challenges, Trent has made it clear to family that Josh Turner's music is his comfort, and now he is about to meet his country star. Just off from celebrating his 33rd birthday, Trent, the young man from Moorhead has always been a fan of music, but lately there is one country star that just makes life better.
The Dairy Queen in Perham, Minnesota was all set for this week. The height of the tourist season in Otter Tail County and today is DQ's "Miracle Treat Day." Instead, the owners there are cleaning up and preparing to re-open, after a pickup truck came barreling into the restaurant, Wednesday. Brothers Marc and Mike Winjum are "glass half-full" kind of guys. Their popular Dairy Queen here in Perham is closed, and the clean up is full steam ahead.
SOUTH FARGO N.D.—A new clinic has opened on 45th Street, and it promises to change how concussions are treated in young athletes. In the past, hyperbaric oxygen chambers treated victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. Now, the treatment is being used for head injuries and other ailments. Garrett Smith of Fargo went back into the chamber for one more treatment at Fargo's newest clinic, Healing Hyperbarics. He hurt his ankle a week ago at work. "It was literally the size of a softball, if not bigger," Garrett Smith said.
FARGO N.D.—A local 4th grader has spent the last several months changing and saving the lives of those living in an African village, one cookie and one handmade bag at a time. 9-year-old Sawyer Anderson learned how to sew in an effort to make bags to sell. Along with friends and church members at Hope Lutheran, Sawyer got new wells built for villagers in Zambia by raising thousands of dollars. It all started with a story and a garage sale.
FARGO—A new federal regulation set to take effect in 2-months, has area child care centers "scrambling." The new employees will no longer be able to work with the kids until their background check is complete. At the YMCA, just over 250 workers teach the 2,500 kids at their area childcare centers, and when they hire a new worker, that worker can typically start right away under the eyes of a supervisor. But not anymore. "The fact that their background check has to be complete before boots on the ground with the kids," said YMCA employee Kari Uzzle.
FARGO N.D.—You still have time to help United Way get backpacks to area students. The deadline has been extended to Tuesday, because 500 additional backpacks are needed to meet the need. The goal is to fill a total of 6,000 backpacks for children in our community. Monday, volunteers filled donated backpacks with notebooks, glue, pencils, markers and crayons. On this 20th year of the drive, United Way hopes those 500 additional backpacks will be donated in the next 24-hours.