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—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.
NORTH DAKOTA—Water Patrol units from Otter Tail and Becker counties will be out in force in the lead-up to the Fourth of July holiday. The DNR and county deputies will be enforcing boating-while-drinking rules. The blood-alcohol limit for boating is 0.08, and penalties increase if there are kids in the boat. "We will be looking for the erratic behavior, reckless driving and we remind people to call us right away and the quicker we can react, the better we can handle the situation." said Todd Glander of the Becker County Sheriff's Office.
FARGO—When the puck drops at the Fargo Force Hockey game Friday night, family and friends who knew Jason Moszer best will be there. The night will mark the one-year anniversary of his death. Jason's father will hand out blue-light hockey sticks, an honor guard will pay respects to the officer's memory, and the entire community will remember. His grave has been the gathering place these past 12 months for birthday celebrations and private one-on-one grieving, by those who knew him best.
FARGO - A tragic car crash that claimed two lives just days ago near Thief River Falls left a total of 7 children without a parent. Thirty-three-year old Michael Buckley and 25-year old Amber Danzeisen died in two-car accident. Amber leaves behind two children. Buckley's family is preparing for tomorrow's funeral, and trying to piece together how to move forward. The accident left these kids without a dad, and now Ashley Buckley is a single mother of five.
WEST FARGO - There is no question. The roosters are glad to be back at the Red River Valley Fair. "You can get pretty close to your chickens," said Dawn Walden, raises chickens, And Dawn Walden is glad the Poultry Barn is full and noisy again. "We are very excited to be back with the poultry," said Walden. Avian flu cancelled poultry shows across the region a year ago, now the birds are back. "Surprisingly, chickens are very social and they become your pets," said Walden.
WILLISTON -- Though thousands of hotel rooms and apartments sit empty and a major big-box store is about to close, those who work there say they're still optimistic about North Dakota's Oil Patch. "I do say we are busier than you would think we would be," said Tom Rolfstad, Williston's former economic development director. Still, as drilling rigs went from more than 200 during the boom to below 30, development has dried up. A Home Depot store that opened just three years ago will close next week.