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 young man from Haiti can thank an army of volunteers, who brought him to Fargo, to get a prosthetic arm. 29-Year old Jacquelin Joseph has been a translator for a local medical team for years when they travel to Haiti. Jaquelin found himself smack dab in the middle of a workshop, buzzing with tech talk. The owner-entrepreneurs Josh Teigen and Cooper Bierscheid, with Fargo's Prosthetics company are measuring and calculating the geometry, physics and human anatomy of Jacquelin's upper body, in order to fit him with a 3D Printed arm.
FARGO—It was a sea of purple in Fargo as hundreds showed support for the Annual Pancreatic Cancer Vigil and Walk. Crowds braved the weather to walk up and down Broadway Thursday Night. The crowd of walkers carried posters of loved ones who had lost battles with the disease. Marchers raised money before hand to help fund clinical research for pancreatic cancer patients. Supporters say the huge crowds mean a lot to those fighting illness. "It sneaks up on everybody and to see this many people here is really inspiring," said Toni Grabinger, walker.
METRO—You and your workplace have the chance to keep an important storage locker stocked. Essentia Health is asking area businesses to host a giving tree. That tree would allow employees or customers at a business to take a tag, and purchase clothing for a special cupboard in the Essentia Health Emergency Department. It is a chance to get sweat pants, socks, shirts and more for patients who come into the ER and have soiled or ripped clothing from injury or sickness. Nurses use the cupboard to send the patient home in dry, clean clothes.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (WDAY) - We all know the headaches and pocketbook pain that sometimes comes with owning a car; car repair costs can add up quickly. On Wednesday one local business decided that Thanksgiving and Christmas should come a little early for a few families in need. The service bays at Matt's Automotive in Moorhead once again packed with cars, but it was not "just another day" for the mechanics. "We call it a day of service," said Mike Klockmann, Matt's Automotive.
MOORHEAD—More than 200 students from across the country are packing their trumpets and trombones for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Stephanie Beyah of Moorhead will be there. She works for the company, Music Festivals and Tours, which helps recruit, select and guide the high school musicians from around the country, who are part of the prestigious "Macy's Great American Marching Band. " The students rehearse for a week before marching in the parade on Thanksgiving morning.
FARGO—North Dakota DOT plow drivers have a powerful tool this winter in the annual battle with storms. In the past, plows could clear one lane and perhaps a shoulder during a trip down the interstate. Then came the "Tow-Plow" and it's revolutionizing how quickly and efficiently our roads will be plowed. Jon Skedsvold has plowed his share of snow-packed drift covered highways. Now he has a control board in front of him fit for the space age. "Sensors so you can Now you can track air temp, road temp, dew points," said Jon Skedsvold, DOT driver.
MOORHEAD—After 35-years of service to students in the Moorhead School District, Superintendent Lynne Kovash says she'll retire at the end of this month as she battles Pancreatic Cancer. Lynne is grateful to the community wide Team Kovash that has been standing beside her during the cancer fight. "I have places where this is going, can't wait for this to get off my desk," said Lynne. After three decades in Moorhead Schools, Lynne Kovash is slowly packing up years of memories, gifts, and items that come out of nowhere.
FARGO—Support for the Warbirds came from across the Southern Valley as one of the players grieves the loss of his father this week. Number 79, Connor Barton, is a tight-end on the Wyndmere-Lidgerwood team. His 48-year old dad, Jason, died Monday. Players wore the initials of Connor's father on their helmets Friday. Connor was the first player to get the championship trophy following the Wyndmere-Lidgerwood game. Connor called his dad, "a great man."
WYNDMERE, N.D.—The "Dakota Bowl" is one of those traditions in the valley that signals we are about to settle in for the holidays and a long winter. However, this year not all fans were able to make it to the games, not when there's work in the fields. Where the Sandhills meet the southern valley, farmers near Wyndmere had their eyes on the cornfield, but their ears tuned to their much loved Warbirds playing the Championship game at the FargoDome. "A lot to watch, a lot going on, watching the game at the same time," said Rick Bladow, Warbirds fan.
WEST FARGO— At the Rustad Recreation Center in West Fargo, you will find 48-hours of stiff competition. It's all about a paddle, a wiffle ball, and a growing sport that is finding roots here in the valley. Thursday and Friday is the "Battle of the Paddle," an international Pickleball tournament. These four women from Canada even made the 5-hour drive to our metro area, "It is so much fun and you meet so many nice people," said Barb Parobec, Canadian Pickleball player. Barb Parobec of Winnipeg never played any sports before.