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.— 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.
FARGO—Take a 4-year-old and give him 'super powers', a golden lab, and an adorable little brother, and you have a perfect summer day for Henrik Westerholm. But the last 6-months have been a whirlwind for the North Fargo boy, as he battles leukemia and prepares for a bone marrow transplant at Mayo later this summer. As friends plan a benefit for the Henrik, we get to see first hand his contagious personality. It's hard to believe Henrik Westerholm has just spent the last few months in and out of the hospital, undergoing treatment for leukemia.
FARGO — People are now using Amazon to order things like big bags of dog food, cases of water and even bed frames. While the Postal Service is seeing an increase in business, its carriers are not delivering justs letters anymore. Joe Cusher has seen it all, a carrier for 25 years in Fargo, his mail route used to be pretty routine; letters and birthday cards.
FARGO — It is easy to throw away or burn wood scraps since they tend to clutter our garage or basement, but a group of men at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo is turning those scraps into unique "crosses of comfort." In a south Fargo home the work begins; Gerald Larsen, carefully cutting crosses, all from scrap pieces of wood headed to the landfill.
WARREN—A Warren, Minnesota boy has an unusual request for the holidays; he wants to beat cancer, for a second time. Landon LaBine spent a brief part of his Christmas vacation at Sanford on Thursday, Dec. 28, where oncologists studied the latest scans to see if he can claim "remission" yet again. All it took was a 7-year old comedian to break the tension; Landon singing UND Hockey goal song.
FARGO—A Fargo orthopedic surgeon who has spent years traveling the world with America's best hockey players is now headed to the Olympics. Dr. Phil Johnson will be one of the team physicians on the Men's Olympic Hockey Team, and training camp is just weeks away. Dr. Phil Johnson of Fargo is used to seeing athletes in his office. Orthopedic injuries are his specialty. But Johnson's office is plastered with memories of high profile hockey games and players. "If you are having a bad day, just come in here," said Dr. Johnson.