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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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The family of a Moorhead woman has filed a civil lawsuit against a Moorhead assisted living facility after her 2016 death. Lila Hazemann, 80, who was living with dementia, entered Lilac Homes for about two months before she rushed to a Sanford hospital from Lilac Homes in Moorhead for what family was told was a “pressure ulcer.” Trish Olson, Hazemann’s daughter, quickly learned her mother would never leave the hospital.
FARGO- Former Vice President Joe Biden will be campaigning for U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in Fargo Thursday, Nov. 1. Biden has been on a nationwide campaign for Democrat candidates and incumbents up for election in recent weeks. Former Vice President Joe Biden shows his support for Senator Heidi Heitkamp's re-election campaign at the Dem-NPL state convention in Grand Forks in March of 2018.
We have all driven through them, maybe you live in one, a small town that would go above and beyond for someone they love and admire. In Fertile, Minnesota, there's talk of the big celebration for Jon Hovde. He's a well-known Vietnam Veteran who just received a horrible cancer diagnosis, but he got a surprise from his town upon returning home from the Mayo Clinic. On a crisp, cold night the Fertile-Beltrami Falcons flew past Fosston during its Oct. 23 football game. But the crowd was light and for good reason.
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. "He goes, 'Mom, look,' Shasta Riederer said.
FARGO -- U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will vote no on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination. Heitkamp sat down exclusively with WDAY News to share what she will do when the U.S. Senate votes on Kavanaugh. Heitkamp also shared her reasoning behind her decision. You can see her answer on Kavanaugh and part of her one-on-one interview with WDAY News reporter Kevin Wallevand in the video.
FARGO — The saying goes "there is no friend like a sister." And two women from Baudette, Minn. are living proof of that. Tasha and Katrina Baldwin both suffered some strange tingling and numbness in their arms and face recently. Turns out, they both made some rare medical history, and a trip to Fargo and Sanford's Stroke Center perhaps saved their lives. Katrina, sister Tasha have always been close. But these last few months, the girls have found a new bond, a disease called Moyamoya. "Right, like, Moyamoya, that's a disease?" Katrina Baldwin said, laughing.
OTTERTAIL, Minn. — The city of Ottertail and a homeowner 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. The pigs, Hagel said, are like family. "They are all I have, I rescued them," she said, adding, "They are like kids, a little kid." Penelope Rose, the largest of the pigs, "is the big one that sleeps with me," Hagel added.
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 — Medical and legal teams in our region come together to help victims of rape. Immediately following the kidnapping in Fergus Falls earlier this week, authorities directly brought the victim to Fargo. What happened after that could play a vital role in convicting the man now charged. The process starts with specially trained, SANE nurses.