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 – With ponds, harvested corn fields and a hunter less metro area, geese have found a safe haven around Crystal Sugar, in North Moorhead. "Especially last fall, there were thousands of geese here," said Doug Emerson, who is in charge of Crystal Sugar's environmental affairs. "They can continue that, eat and come back." In order to keep hundreds, even thousands of geese away from the Moorhead factory grounds and beet piles, Crystal has turned to a propane-powered cannon.
FARGO -- We all like to mark and celebrate anniversaries, but this one will send a shiver down your spine. 20 years ago, we were living through a cold snap. Temperatures in our region that sank to 40 and 50 below. That is without windchill. What better way to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the All Time Record Low in our region than forecasting a 40 degree day tomorrow. Hard to believe two decades ago at this time, we were in a subzero slump.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – An upcoming spaghetti feed in Detroit Lakes could help put a smile on the face of a 4-year-old boy who was born without one. Ryan Larsen is set to travel to St. Louis soon, where surgeons will transplant muscle and nerve to give the little boy what every mother wants to see. Ryan is all about playtime, but soon surgeons will change his life. The sixth and seventh nerves are missing from Ryan's face, so he has no facial movement, meaning he can’t smile or frown.
FARGO - A Fargo family, recovering from a terrible house fire Monday, is being wrapped in the spirit of Christmas. The children of Bruce Geske escaped, but his wife, Nit Geske, was airlifted to the Twin Cities with burns to her hands and face. The schools and community are coming to the aid of the family on leave from mission work in Thailand. At Fargo's Ben Franklin school Tuesday, an emotional principal thanked his students for showing Alicia Geske, whose family lost everything, the care of Christmas.
FARGO - A Cass County District Judge is back on the bench after a bizarre sports injury left him without sight. Judge John Irby heard his first court cases Monday after a two-month leave from the court. The judge has lost vision in his right eye and temporarily reduced vision in his left. "It did feel good to be back. You want to feel like you contribute. I was apprehensive about it," Irby said. With the help of court staff and coworkers, Irby is hearing criminal cases with a few tweaks of technology.
DRAYTON, N.D. - A Drayton woman will be celebrating a memorable Christmas this year. Jodena Larocque will hear things she's never heard before. A cochlear implant changed everything for the mother of five. Covering her mouth, Sanford audiologist Megan Bolda is testing Larocque. Everyone in the room witnessing the amazing progress Larocque has made since receiving one cochlear implant just above her right ear.
A student who is training to become a paramedic in Fargo-Moorhead will return home a hero of sorts. Abdul-Rahman Mohammed attends NDSCS and F-M Ambulance as he prepares to become the first ever paramedic in Ghana. It won't be that long until young men and women will be some of the newest paramedics in our region, but one of the NDSCS students who, with his class, trains at F-M Ambulance will travel beyond the borders of Fargo-Moorhead. Abdul-Rahman Mohammed will head home to Ghana.
FARGO - Not every successful hunt has to end with the picture of a trophy buck. So here's a story about a hunter and a team of friends nobody can compete with. Former Fargo firefighter Rory Eidsness suffered a paralyzing brain stem stroke back in 2006.While it is tough for him to communicate or move, it doesn't mean he cannot hunt. It sure would be easy for Rory Eidsness to be bitter. So much has been taken from him.
FARGO -- At Addictions Tattoo and Piercing, Athena Funk is taking on a project of a lifetime. Her client is someone we know well: Danielle John, who is here as part of her continuing journey: a survivor. As you may recall from the WDAY documentary "Trafficked" Danielle's trafficker demanded that she have a scroll tattooed on her back that included the rules of his house and what he demanded of his victims.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- The parents of Zach and Connor Kvalvog of Moorhead announced Tuesday they're increasing the reward from $10,000 to $50,000 for information about the June accident that claimed the lives of their two boys.