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 Piekarski's have been in farming for generations near Fergus Falls, the love of the land is in their blood, that doesn't change. But the size of farm equipment has. This time of year tractors, augers, grain carts, and combines are in and out farmyards. So is machinery that folds up, often getting close to power lines. "Things can happen so quick if you are not mindful of it," Joel Piekarski said. Lake Region Electric is urging farmers like Joel Piekarski to have safety on the mind.
FARGO—An energetic third grader is slowly getting her strength, and life back after a scary diagnosis of West Nile. A mosquito bite has dramatically changed the life of this 8-year old. "Close, you would be good at basketball. There you go," a Sanford occupational therapist, said. Seemingly simple tasks like playing catch are slowly getting easier for Vivi Lee. "We are working on standing balance, Vivi has some issues with coordination and balance." The 8-year old has been at Sanford's Children's Hospital the last several days.
FARGO—Two Minnesota State University Moorhead college students can laugh about it now, but a close encounter with a black bear while they were hiking north of Detroit Lakes, resulted in them running for their lives, and the bear kept up. "Gosh yeah, I was hyperventilating, when we were driving I was, 'I feel like I might puke,'" MSUM Courtney Blinn said. Blinn and friend Damon Pautzke's trip to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge resulted in a scenic walk, a time in a hammock before this happened.
FARGO — The only trial connected to the gruesome death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, will start Tuesday, Sept. 18. Just over a year after his arrest, William Hoehn will sit before a judge and jury on a conspiracy to commit murder charge.
FARGO—The saying goes "there is no friend like a sister." And two women from Baudette, Minnesota 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. They grew up in Minnesota's Lake of the Woods country, Baudette. But these last few months, the girls have found a new bond, a disease called Moyamoya.
DALTON, Minn.—While they are still cleaning-up on Steamer Hill after a big Labor Day weekend crowd in Rollag, the steam show is just about to begin in rural Otter Tail County. The 65th Annual "Lake Region Pioneer Steam Threshers Reunion" runs this weekend in Dalton, Minnesota. And now, those steam engines can even help make beer. After more than a half-century showing off steam engines in Dalton, a lot of grain threshed and lumber cut, but now they have a new product: beer.
FARGO—Hundreds packed the Fargo Civic Center Wednesday as "Recovery Reinvented" tackled the problem and solutions surrounding addiction and recovery in our region. It's the second year that North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and the First Lady have hosted this statewide project which has grown into a year round battle against addiction and a recently completed survey in the state sheds light on what North Dakotans think about it.
PERHAM, Minn. - The Yellowjackets in Perham, are busy "buzzing" on this first day of school.
FARGO N.D.—An NDSU student who finds time to volunteer at Sanford's Roger Maris Cancer Center, has quite the story to share with the young children she works with. The 20-year old West Fargo woman has an incredible "cancer coincidence" family story. "Hello Tommy," Riley Huffman, volunteer at Roger Maris Cancer Center, says to a young boy battling leukemia. In between her organic chemistry and biology pre-med classes at NDSU, Riley Huffman gets to visit adorable tykes like 5-year old Tommy from Viking, Minnesota.
FARGO - More than 2,000 people are expected in the upcoming "Out of the Darkness" walk, set for Sunday, September 9. And one of the largest teams of walkers at the event will be remembering and honoring the memory of Moorhead's Eli Johnson. We told you about Eli in a WDAY News Special Report one year ago.