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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PERHAM, Minn.—The two owners of the OK Tire store in Perham admit rebuilding after a fire was an exhausting decision, but the brothers are used to overcoming adversity, and beating the odds. It's a dream shop for the Fresonke brothers of Perham, a new building full of light, workspace, and cars lined up for tires and repair. It has taken time to rebuild from the bottom up. There were times after the fire, where it all seemed too daunting to start over.
(WDAY)—It has become a valuable tool, the ability of "Onstar" to shutdown a stolen GM car for law enforcement, but there is a process that is followed to make that all happen. The good news, it takes just seconds. The owner of that stolen car, quickly called 911, his call coming into the Red River Regional Dispatch here in downtown Fargo, where a trained dispatcher took over. Staying in contact with the police officer slowly following the car, the dispatcher had enough information, plates and vin number, to contact Onstar.
(WDAY)—All you "would-be" millionaires out there, now have a couple of chances on Wednesday night of hitting it big. People in the metro area lined up for a chance at the $460-million dollar Powerball jackpot, that'll be announced Wednesday night. The Mega Millions stands at $418-million dollars. This is the first time lottery players have witnessed both jackpots topping $400-million dollars at the same time. The Powerball drawing is Wednesday night. MegaMillions is set for Friday.
FARGO—Not sure if this "streak" is one for the tourism brochure, but we've managed to endure 110-hours straight of below zero temperatures. One of the big casualties in all of this has been the car batteries, they've been losing the battle. After enjoying the holidays inside, Heather Grovum was not happy to what she came outside to. Her car would not turn over, even with jumpers and help from a friend, our subzero temps were too much for the battery.
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, 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 of Thursday; Landon singing UND Hockey goal song. Landon, is your typical Northern Minnesota kid; addicted to hockey and fishing, but cancer has interrupted his young life.
FARGO—A South Fargo family has an "extra-special" gift to talk about this Christmas. Her name is Mae, and the little girl has a story-book beginning to her life. The newborn baby had her first surgery this summer, months before she was even born. Two year old Solomon is all ready for a house full of family this Christmas, and the toddler has a new sister to show off this year. Solomon's baby sister is Mae, now nearly three months old and she arrived into the world after a rollercoaster summer.
FARGO—A carefully worded gun rights and gun control message from Fargo's police chief, in a New York Times video, is getting reaction world wide. Chief Todd is not the first person to be cautious when asked to share his opinions about gun control on a national and international social media stage. "Was not interested in being used in a pawn in a political agenda, so we worked through what my concerns were and I wanted it to be a common sense message," said Chief Todd.
ADA, Minn. - You're about to learn and hear from a woman "nobody" thought would be here for the holidays. For weeks, Sheila Lewis was in a coma, and then hospice. The grandmother of eight and long-time daycare provider is celebrating a remarkable recovery that is still baffling everyone.
MOORHEAD—When nearly 500 students walked across the stage at MSUM Thursday afternoon, families watched with pride and relief. As the students lined up, preparing for the march, 21-year old Cassie Sandberg was feeling it all: anticipation and a little anxiety. "Now, I just want this over with," said Cassie Sandberg, MSUM Graduate. The future school teacher was about to graduate from MSUM, but someone was missing. "He would be so proud of me today, people remind me of that," said Sandberg.
FARGO—A Fargo man has quite the remarkable story to tell about survival. It's what he learned in the jungles of Vietnam in the 1970's, that made him such a valuable employee at Lutheran Social Services for nearly three decades. Tri Phan was a high ranking tank commander with the South Vietnamese Army when the U.S. pulled out and the communists from the north took over, promising harmony to the people defeated soldiers in the south.