Holidays

“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…

Healing Touch Chiropractic Helps Family After Tragedy

Suggested donations include money and gift cards

WEST FARGO, N.D. — One chiropractic office in is giving back to the community by helping a family in need. Dr. Tiffany Johnson says every year, they pick a family that’s going through sickness or tragedy. This year, they’re helping the Radtke family, which recently lost their husband and father in an accident. The program will put together a care package…

Minnesota Law Enforcement Will Have Extra DWI Patrol Over Holiday Season

2,717 DWI arrests were made in Minnesota during the holiday season last year

MINNESOTA — Before you head out to celebrate the holidays, make sure you don’t drive drunk and turn joy into tragedy. Officers in Minnesota want to remind you to plan for a safe ride home and to have a backup plan as well. If you’re not drinking, offer to be a designated driver. Everyone should buckle up and report any suspected…

Salvation Army Plans to Raise $900,000 through Its Red Kettle Campaign

KVRR's Rob Kupec Helped Kickoff The Campaign

FARGO, N.D. — As winter nears, you might see a slew of red kettles popping up around the metro. The Salvation Army is planning to raise $900,000 this winter through its annual Kettle Campaign. Last year, the Salvation Army fell just short of its $900,000 goal, raising just over $850,000. In her first year leading the charge, Major Vangie O’Neil says…

LIVE: Coping With Loss Over The Holidays

Bereavement Specialist Helps People Deal With Loss During Holiday Season

  Connie DeKrey, bereavement specialist with Hospice of the Red River Valley, joins Adam with tips on how to cope with loss during the holiday season. Loss can be felt more severely during the holidays. A joyous time can bring out greater feelings of loss and hopelessness. DeKrey says it’s important to manage your energy well during the holidays. They…

Holiday Homes of Hope Tour Raises Awareness for Cystic Fibrosis

Funds from the event go towards medication, scholarships, and education

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Some call cystic fibrosis an invisible disease, but one organization is raising awareness with the Holiday Homes of Hope tour. “It can be very frightening to know you have an invisible disease. There’s a lot of uncertainty with that. There’s also a lot of hope,” Pam Thompson, development director for Cystic Fibrosis Association of ND, said. The group’s Holiday…

Great Plains Food Bank Gets Ready to Fight Hunger This Holiday Season

The food bank in Fargo got a big boost courtesy of a $60,000 donation from Hornbacher's

FARGO, N.D. — Having a good holiday dinner with friends and family is something some people take for granted. But for some in the area, having a quality holiday meal is sometimes hard to come by. “We definitely see a spike in demand. With cold weather coming in, we see thousands of people donating food, money, and other supplies. They too…