Heartbreak to Innovation: KVRR’s Year in Review, Part 1

The year 2015 has been a busy year for KVRR News.

This week, we’re looking back at the year’s top stories we’ve covered.

From thrilling finishes to heartbreak to innovation, we’ve seen it all.

So join us in remembering 2015 to relive some memories of the past year.
 
It’s been a year of ups, and downs, searching and innovation.
 
It was a first of its kind.
 
“They’re going to both use the runway where we’ve got both manned and unmanned, commercial and military aircraft landing and taking off they don’t do that anywhere else,” says Sen. John Hoeven.
 
Just as the oil boom slows in the western part of the state, this year proved the strength of the eastern side.

America’s first ever UAS Business and Aviation Park opened for development back in February on the Grand Forks Air Base. A groundbreaking not only for the state of North Dakota, but for the country.
 
And while the New Year brought celebration, it also brought heartbreak.
 
“There are no words that we can ever say that can express what is going on here but this is a community right now that needs to breathe.”
 
Just five days after the New Year, 62-year-old bus driver Max Danner and 17-year-old Cassidy Sandstrom were killed when a bus and train collided.
 
Grief for the town of Larimore and grief for the town of Moorhead, as the community continued to search for missing snowmobiler Cole Schwindt.
 
“We got notified that there may be a snowmobile in the river out on 12th Avenue. It wasn’t really evident right away that there was anything wrong but after looking at some tracks we realized maybe there was a problem.”
 
Schwindt’s body was later found in the Sheyenne River in March. A search that finally had answers but still leaving a community in shock.
 
2015 had more shock in store.
 
“And it shot up a mushroom cloud about as high as those fumes now like that.”
 
When a train carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to York Town Virginia derailed and exploded in West Virginia.

A shock sparking a push for rail safety legislation.
 
For Bison fans, 2015 couldn’t have started on a better note.
 
“There are a lot of question marks around us and I think right away at Iowa State we came out and proved we’re a force to be reckoned with and here we are again,” says Quarterback Carson Wentz.
 
A game that may have earned the spot as the Bison’s most thrilling entertaining championship game in school history. With just 37 seconds to go, the Bison once again claimed their 4th National Championship title.
 
A thrilling win and heartbreaking losses started a roller coaster of emotional stories about the people and businesses of the Red River Valley.
 
KVRR’s Year in Review will continue tomorrow as we look at the year’s top stories from April through June.

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