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—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.
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.