50 Years as Santa: Tower City Man Spreads Holiday Cheer for Decades

Dennis Gumke started dressing up as Santa in 1968

BUFFALO, N.D. — For the last fifty years, a Tower City man has been creating extra special memories with his beard and red hat. Back in 1968, Dennis Gumke stumbled on an opportunity that would snowball into an annual tradition. “We lived in Streeter and we needed a Santa for the local community days and couldn’t get one, so I stepped…

Ted E. Bear Makes Donation to Sanford Children’s Hospital, Identity Still A Mystery

The donor sent in four bears this year

FARGO, N.D. — It’s been a holiday mystery for more than 25 years now but the true identity of Ted E. Bear still remains a mystery. Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo has received four, handmade teddy bears from an anonymous donor in Horace. His or her only request since 1986? That the bears go to a child in need. This year…

Nine-Year-Old Enlists Help Of Community to Make Her Birthday Wish Come True

Gowri Pillai is trying to collect more than 600 pounds of food for the Great Plains Food Bank

FARGO, N.D. — A West Fargo fourth grader turns down birthday gifts every year, instead asking for canned goods and non–perishables to give to the Great Plains Food Bank. Sometimes all it takes is an idea. “I like helping people and you feel good after helping a lot of people,” Pillai said. To make a difference in the community around you….

Local Chef Gives Back to Homeless Shelter With Christmas Meal

Jason Halvorson also cooked a meal for the Perry Center Maternity Home in West Fargo

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A local chef uses his techniques to get people around the dinner table and remember what the holidays are all about. KVRR’s Danielle Church tells us how a menu is doing a little more than filling some stomachs at a nearby homeless shelter. Jason Halvorson was raised by two women: his mother and his grandmother. But they both…

Kids Building Long-Lasting Relationship At Shop With A Cop

Each kid was given $200

FARGO, N.D. — Having wrapped gifts to put under the tree isn’t possible for all families Cass County, but local law enforcement is trying to change that. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen tells us how they are bringing a Christmas miracle to some deserving children. They are swerving through Walmart. “They just run from one aisle to the next.” Searching for the most…

KVRR Anchor Alison Voorhees And Her Husband Debut Baby Hayden

Alison went to the hospital after the 9 o'clock news Tuesday night and gave birth a few hours later

FARGO, ND – – We are getting our first video of KVRR co-anchor Alison Voorhees and her new baby. We first told you Wednesday night how Alison went to the hospital after the 9 o’clock news Tuesday night and gave birth a few hours later. Baby Hayden is the first child for Alison and her husband Matt. Lots of family members…

Get Into the Holiday Spirit With a Christmas Classic at West Acres

As part of their holiday classics, you can see Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street for just $5

FARGO, N.D. — If you’re looking for a fun and discounted way to soak up the holiday season, head over to the West Acres Cinema in Fargo. The movie theater is offering different series throughout December and after the New Year. As part of their holiday classics, you can see Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express and Miracle on 34th Street…

Great North Pole Provides $1.5 Million in Goods to Families in Need

This is the second year the non-profit is giving the personal items away

FARGO, N.D. — During the season of giving, community members are spending an entire week packing boxes to go to F-M families in need. KVRR’s Danielle Church tells us how the boxes could provide a special holiday for some families. Toiletries, winter coats, canned goods and even a few games may not seem like extravagant gifts for the holidays. But to…

What a National Christmas Tree Shortage Means for Fargo-Moorhead

Part of the shortage is because less people were planting trees during the 2008 recession

  FARGO, N.D. — A national tree shortage means a real Christmas tree could be harder to come by in parts of the U.S. this year. KVRR’s Danielle Church tells us what it means for both sellers and shoppers in the metro who are looking to bring the outdoors inside this holiday season. For some Christmas tree shoppers, buying a real…

Faith United Methodist Celebrates Beginning of Advent with Live Nativity Scene

The church has put the production on for 25 years

  FARGO, N.D. — The season of advent begins with a live nativity show at Faith United Methodist Church in Fargo. The 25 year tradition is one churchgoers get so excited about that organizers say they call two to three weeks before the show even begins to ask about it. Fargo North’s Jazz choir also made a special appearance. Because…