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 — 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.
MOORHEAD, Minn.— This weekend friends are rallying around a local family that is all too familiar with 'the cancer fight.' Cassie Kraft recently lost her brother to the disease and her mother also lost the battle to cancer. But now the young mother of two is herself making that drive to the cancer center. It doesn't take long before you realize 15-year-old Will and 7-year-old Jaxon are what keeps Cassie Kraft going.
NORTH FARGO - The three men charged in connection with stealing a Colorado Blue Spruce tree last Christmas, won't go to jail, but they will pay up. It's an update to a story WDAY-TV first brought you in December . That's when Paul Vogel in North Fargo discovered a longtime family treasure had been cut down near his farm's driveway.
FARGO—Thursday night marks a grim anniversary for our community and a family that lost their little girl. 25-years ago, 11-year old Jeanna North asked to go rollerblading with friends near her North Fargo home. She was never seen again, her body never recovered. Never has a story gripped our region this much, and for so long. And still, 25-years later, some of the most tragic unanswered questions of all. What happened to Jeanna North?
FARGO — Deb and Dave Vosseteig raised their three children here in Fargo. But as they approach retirement age, they have found themselves busier than ever dealing with the frustration of immigration, refugee and state department bureaucracy. "Behind them is a black hole, they can't go back. so they are stuck right here, they can't leave Turkey so they are stuck," said Deb Vosseteig. Their daughter Sarah traveled to Turkey for missionary work four years ago.
BATTLE LAKE, Minn.—When Ashley Ladwig of Vining, Minnesota starts her senior year of high school this fall, she will have a summer vacation story to tell all her friends. One of business success and remembrance. In just her second week of business, Ashley Ladwig and her Coffee 33 shop opened bright and early today, to the sound of thunder and lightning. In the heart of Otter Tail County lake country, Ashley and her remodeled camper, have found a home just off busy Highway 210 in Battle Lake.