UPDATE: Missing Ellendale Man Found Safe

Update – 8/24/2021 – Mr. Rains has been located and is safe. *ORIGINAL STORY BELOW* ELLENDALE, N.D. —  Police in Ellendale are looking for a missing man. They say 62-year-old Everett Rains was last seen leaving his home on Sunday at 9 a.m. Rains was driving a white 2002 Ford F-250 with North Dakota plates 359 CBW. The vehicle has a…

Teenager seriously hurt in rollover near Ellendale

ELLENDALE, N.D. (KVRR) – A 17-year-old boy is seriously hurt after rolling his vehicle near Ellendale, North Dakota. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, he was driving south on 89th Avenue Southeast Saturday morning when he lost control on the gravel roadway and overcorrected. His vehicle entered a ditch and came to a rest before he was transported to…

WWII Veteran in Ellendale, North Dakota Dies at 103

KVRR spoke to John Wheelihan during the celebration for Town of the Year in 2019

ELLENDALE, N.D. — One of Ellendale, North Dakota’s oldest community members has passed away at the age of 103. We featured John Wheelihan during KVRR’s Town of the Year celebration last year. He was a World War II veteran. He attended the University of North Dakota and after graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force. When our reporter interviewed him,…

Ellendale Celebrates Being Named KVRR’s “Town of the Year”

The city of just over 1300 people still has a lot of activity on its Main Street

ELLENDALE, ND — KVRR’S Rob Kupec spent the day in our “Town of the Year”, Ellendale, to see just what makes it a special place. The city of just over 1300 people still has a lot of activity on its Main Street. But with an aging population it’s having a tough time finding people to take over some of the…

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…

KVRR Travels to “Town of the Year” Ellendale, North Dakota

KVRR's Rob Kupec & Danielle Church visit Ellendale for the day

ELLENDALE, ND — KVRR Chief Meteorologist Rob Kupec along with reporter Danielle Church are in Ellendale for our “Town of the Year” celebration. There’s plenty of history here in Ellendale and 101-year-old John Wheelihan has lived through most of it. He served in World War II from 1941 to 1945, flying all kinds of warplanes. He was a second lieutenant…

Rob’s Ellendale Hat

Every year for Town of the Year, Chief Meteorologist Rob Kupec’s mom make some article of clothing related to the winning town. This year it is a cardinal hat in honor of the Ellendale High School mascot. Categories: Town Of The Week Tags: ELLENDALE, Town of the Year

Ellendale is Our 5th Town of the Year

Congratulations to Ellendale on winning Town of the Year. In the final round Ellendale defeated Hamilton 19,506 to 8,895.  Ellendale joins Badger, Fosston, Abercrombie and St. Thomas as Town of the Year winners. Categories: Town Of The Week Tags: ELLENDALE, Town of the Year