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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ROTHSAY, Minn. — When the first settlers came to western Minnesota, they used to wake up in the spring to the sound of the prairie chicken. The bird thrived on the state's native prairies. Those prairies are now few and far between, except near Rothsay. There are so few tracks of native prairie left, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says those landowners who are willing to preserve them are actually saving the prairie chickens. Once as common as summer songbirds, the Minnesota prairie chickens are confined to just a few spots around Minnesota.
MOORHEAD -- With dating as close as a swipe or click, most college students are picking up the phone or laptop when searching for love outside of the face-to-face. But Minnesota State University Moorhead student Taylor Sele was tired of using today’s typical ways to try to find the perfect man.
FARGO — Students at Longfellow Elementary School were honored Friday for writing the "ultimate love letter" written to their home state. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp challenged the students to take part in a "Why I Love North Dakota" essay. Prepared for an afternoon hockey game, the senator came to Longfellow Elementary knowing hockey and winter are just a few reasons these students love North Dakota.
Right now in central Nebraska, sandhill cranes, nearly a half-million of them, are gathering along 80 miles of the Platte River before continuing their migration to Canada and Siberia. It's believed to be one of the world's largest single gatherings of cranes. As WDAY 6 reporter Kevin Wallevand and photographer Devin Krinke discovered, the ancient chorus of 40,000 cranes is a spectacle unlike anything in nature.
FARGO — Candles were lit and flowers set out Tuesday, March 14, as the students at Oak Grove remembered Rosa, a teenager the students got to know on a recent mission trip. For years, the private Lutheran school in Fargo has taken mission trips to Central and South America. Over the weekend, Oak Grove officials learned a fire that killed 40 girls in a shelter in Guatemala, took the life of a 15-year old girl they had met on a recent trip. "Rosa had nothing, she had nobody," said Bob Noel, an Oak Grove teacher.
MOORHEAD — Hundreds of Moorhead Spuds hockey fans are already in St. Paul for the Thursday, March 9, state tournament game against Hill-Murray. For one Spud hockey mom, this trip is one entry on her life's to-do list. Vicky Westra has been living with a brutal stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis for the last six years. For most Spuds hockey players, this is a memorable time in their lives. For Nolan Westra, it's a life-changing event. "Yeah, it is unbelievable," he said. Because his mom will be there to see him skate in the big show.
FARGO — There is a new manufacturer in Fargo, and its success is coming from reclaiming old, abandoned grain elevators and warehouses around our region. Those buildings can be found in sleepy, quiet towns. But instead of demolishing the elevators and hauling the wood to the landfill, Dakota Timber has found a home for it: Your house. Inside the new Dakota Timber plant, there is the smell of sawdust and pine, but not from freshly cut trees. Inside the new Dakota Timber plant, there is the smell of sawdust and pine, but not from freshly cut trees.
Sit down and talk with any family that has battled addiction. The experience is unlike any crisis they will face in life - often an emotional, physical, financial roller coaster. All this week, WDAY 6 News is taking an unprecedented look at how addiction and the opiate crisis has impacted our community. Record numbers of overdoses and deaths the last 12 months. WDAY 6 News reporter Kevin Wallevand joins us live with one Fargo family's story that reveals addiction can happen to anyone.
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.
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.