Holidays

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…

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…