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Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - We still cannot get above zero and, for those of you preparing for another day of work outside, it is a crisp reality check. Our wind chills have been in the 20 and 30 below range, so that means a regiment of bundling, layering and weathering our cold snap. The team at Randall's Excavating had their work cut out for them on Thursday. The team is in South Fargo, to repair a broken water line. "Old water line over time, breaks down and causes a leak," said Mark Stotesbery, Randall's Excavating.
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - All this week, our reporters are sharing some of their favorite stories from the year. This next one captured the hearts of viewers around the country. 11-year old Brandon Bakke of Fargo taught all of us some valuable life lessons about family, hard work and knowing where we came from. A Fargo family adopted Brandon at birth and as he began asking questions about his past the layers began to peel away. As WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand found out, Brandon went above and beyond to honor a loved he did not know.
Herman, MN (WDAY/WDAZ News) - High School graduation is months away for this year's senior class, but it is still the talk of the town in Herman, Minnesota. That is why WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand picked this story as one of his year end favorites. In that West Central Minnesota town, there was small town pride in a "special graduating class." As WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us from Herman-Norcross, the community came to honor its class, and it didn't take long.
Edgeley, ND (WDAY/WDAZ News) - Gene Hanson of rural Edegely, North Dakota, never imagined his shenanigans in his farm field would attract worldwide attention this past year. Gene got on his tractor following the death of Prince, and dug a design that captured the attention of fans and global news outlets. WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand has selected this as one of his favorite stories of the year that we are bringing you this week. As he tells us, Gene has been designing and digging more artwork in the field and without the use of technology.
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - Our dangerous low temperatures are impacting dollars and availability of volunteers for the Salvation Army. In biting cold, and negative 20's, 58-year old Orland Schneider of Fargo was taking his shift ringing the bell for Salvation Army. "Pretty cold out here, but I enjoy being around the people, and sharing the Christmas Spirit," said Schneider. Wednesday was a tough duty; even the donors fought the cold.
Breckenridge, MN (WDAY News) - If heaven has a "Square Dance" party going on tonight, you can be sure a rural Breckenridge couple is there. Family and friends are mourning the passing of Jim and Marlene Jirak. Two deaths unexpected, just hours apart from each other. This love story spans 64 wonderful years.
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - Bill Wolden of Canada is used to our Midwest weather, but even he admits, this a doozy. "I am here till they open the roads...
Fargo, ND (WDAY News) - Since the protests began at Standing Rock, people from Fargo-Moorhead have traveled to the camp and some were there Sunday when the mood at the camp changed. When Barry Nelson of Fargo returned from his fifth trip to the camp at Standing Rock Sunday, he came back with a new impression of life there. "There was an interfaith service going on at the sacred fire, and veterans coming in from all over the world, huge busloads of veterans coming in; the energy was so high, it was incredible," said Barry Nelson, ND Human Rights Coalition.
Moorhead, MN (WDAY News) - When Cyber Monday debuted 11-years ago, some business experts laughed it off. Today, businesses in Fargo-Moorhead joined the marketing mayhem of this online shopping day, part of the $3-billion day. At Old Lutheran in Moorhead on Monday Claire Doolittle was playing Christmas Elf, sending out order after order on this Cyber Monday. "We are sending out Old Lutheran themed ornaments, very popular this time of year," said Doolittle, Old Lutheran Employee.
WATCH: Video above is the last segment in a series of three titled Orphans of the Nile by Reporter Kevin Wallevand and Photographer Devin Krinke. The full documentary will air...