Santa Claus pays a visit to Fargo Air Museum

Coloring contest, Christmas movies, and photos with Santa are some of the highlights

FARGO, N.D. — Santa Claus made a visit to the Fargo Air Museum to spread holiday cheer to those in the community. The Fargo Air Museum is known for a pretty special tradition: Santa arriving from the skies to meet kids and take photos. This year, the museum wasn’t able to hold up that tradition due to COVID restrictions, but…

Fargo Air Museum provides STEAM workshops to families in the metro

The museum offers two free camps a month and one paid STEAM Camp.

FARGO, N.D.- STEAM Camp at the Fargo Air Museum provides kids in the metro the opportunity to enhance skills for a variety of careers. Kids and families were able to work with wood, electronics, and aviation technology. The museum offers two free camps a month and one paid STEAM Camp. The camp usually sees 10 to 15 kids per class,…

Stakeholders discuss moving the aviation industry forward

Aviation continues to be one of the hardest-hit industries by COVID-19

FARGO, N.D. — With no end in sight to the pandemic and the fear of flying still on people’s minds, airlines and airports are continuing to struggle financially. But in Fargo, passenger volume has been on the rise quicker than in the rest of the country. “We’re heading in the right direction,” says Hector International Airport Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein….

Fargo Jet Center celebrates 25 years of business

The company hosted a party and ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the milestone.

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo Jet Center was founded in 1995 by brothers Pat and Jim Sweeney as a startup. The pair never imagined they’d see the kind of success they’ve had so far. “We have been fortunate to have been named in the top 1% of aviation service companies around the world,” said President Jim Sweeney. That good fortunate…

Two Sheyenne High School Students Awarded Aviation Scholarships

Both students received a $500 scholarship.

WEST FARGO, N.D.–Two students at Sheyenne High School have been awarded the West Fargo Municipal Airport’s first aviation-focused scholarships. Rachel Schiltz and Cole Bertrand, both seniors at Sheyenne High School, are a part of the school’s aviation program and are planning to pursue a career in aviation or aerospace after graduation. Airport Representative Robbie Grande says, “These two students impressed…

101-Year-Old War Veteran Has Long History Of “Town of the Year”

John Wheelihan of Ellendale, North Dakota Served During World War II

ELLENDALE, ND — Not everyone gets the chance to see their town change over a century. KVRR’s Danielle Church talked to a 101-year-old World War II veteran who has seen just about all in Ellendale. At ten years old, John Wheelihan knew he was meant to be in the skies. But it wasn’t until he was an adult that he’d…

Scholarship Winners Take On Flight Simulators As Allegiant Works To Improve Service

They were all enrolled in the Cass County Career & Technical Education Center aviation program

LAS VEGAS, NV — On Sunday night, KVRR featured three local winners of aviation scholarships from Allegiant airlines. The recent high school graduates each brought a parent along for a whirlwind trip to company headquarters in Las Vegas. Allegiant is doing its part to groom a new crop of much needed airline industry employees. They just started awarding $2,500 scholarships…

Allegiant Hosts Three West Fargo Graduates After Awarding Them Aviation Scholarships

Reece, Seth and Kylee were all awarded $2,500 by Allegiant

LAS VEGAS, NV — A pilot shortage is expected in the country in the near future as more and more pilots face retirement. Allegiant wants to do something about that. The deep-discount airline has awarded its first Allegiant Careers in Aviation Scholarships to just six high school graduates. Three of them attended a program at Sheyenne High School. KVRR’S TJ…

Aviation Industry Sees Rapidly Growing Demand for Pilots

UND hopes to get people interested in aviation early on

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — If you think there have more delayed or canceled flights over the past few years, there are several reasons for that. “It’s not just the pilot shortage, it’s even the number of routes, size of airplanes that are being used today, so there’s multiple factors that are being looked at,” Jeremy Roesler, chief flight instructor at UND,…

UND’s Aerospace Community Day Gives Kids One-of-a-Kind Experiences

Aerospace Day is a way to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in the field

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — If you’re fascinated by flight, UND’s Aerospace Community Day is the place to be. From touring airplanes to control tower simulations to weather broadcasting, kids get to have one–of–a–kind experiences. “We decided to make it a pop-up science museum and open the doors and come together and have an exciting day for kids,” Elizabeth Bjerke, associate dean…