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…

$5 Movies on Christmas and New Year’s Day

Rewards members also get free popcorn

FARGO, N.D. — Both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Tuesday this year, and that means you can get a good deal at the movie theater. Marcus Theatres has five dollar Tuesdays, so enjoying a movie with your family during the holidays is more affordable. You can also get free popcorn if you’re a rewards member. There’s something for…

Olive Street Holds “Last Hurrah” Holiday Shopping Event

The whole store is 25 percent off

WEST FARGO, N.D. — If you need to get some last minute shopping done or just want to complete your holiday outfit, the store Olive Street has some special deals. The “Last Hurrah” shopping event includes a 25 percent discount for the entire store. There’s a hot chocolate and coffee bar, and even a candy necklace making station for the kids….

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…

Three Soldiers Return Home after Ten Month Stint in Afghanistan

The unit's commander met his newborn daughter for the first time upon his arrival

FARGO, N.D. — Three soldiers are back home with their families after spending ten months in Afghanistan. The three are members of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 191st Military Police Company. The soldiers provided protective service detail while assigned to assist North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Afghanistan. While all the soldiers reunited with their families, the day was…

Anne Carlsen Center Gives Kids a Unique Holiday Celebration

This is the first time the Moorhead location has hosted the event

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Opening in Moorhead four months ago, the Anne Carlsen Center provides opportunities for kids with developmental disabilities. One way they plan on making the holidays an inclusive experience for everyone is by calling in a friend from the North Pole. But unlike most meet–and–greets with Kris Kringle, there are no long lines. “The mall atmosphere, the bustle of…

“Tree of Hope” Shines Brightly for Mental Health Awareness in North Dakota

One tree was lit outside West Acres, while others were lit in Jamestown and Bismarck

FARGO, N.D. — One of the brightest symbols for mental health awareness in the metro lights up in the sky for the first time this winter. The Tree of Hope is an initiative spearheaded by two groups, including Mental Health America of North Dakota, to help erase the stigma for mental health issues in North Dakota. Republican State Senator Judy Lee…

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…

Evergeen Trees Temporarily Fill Gaps Left by Ash Trees in Fergus Falls

The city plans to install lilac trees permanently in the spots this spring

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Three months after ash trees were removed from the city’s streets, new evergreens are filling the voids in Fergus Falls. Concerns over the spread of emerald ash borer and haphazard sidewalk conditions caused Fergus Falls officials to uproot the trees. “We heard a lot of comments about what happened downtown. People knew something was missing but I…

Shoppers Buy Last Minute Goods at Markets Open on Thanksgiving

The Asian and American Supermarket stayed open for part of the day

FARGO, N.D. — Most stores and restaurants are closed for the holiday, but some markets were still open for part of the day. One grocery store, the Asian and American Supermarket on Main Avenue, stays open on holidays. The owner, John Huynh, says people still come in to grab those last–minute goods for their meals. The store closed earlier than usual so…