Tragedy

Looking Back on 2018; The Biggest Stories in the Red River Valley

2018 was a year filled with celebrations, sorrow, hope and tragedy in the metro

FARGO, N.D. — 2018 was a year filled with celebrations, sorrow, hope and tragedy in the Red River Valley. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen takes us back to the beginning and walks us through this last year. It all started back in January…a bright new start for a location that once took the life of a young Fargo Police officer. A new…

Star Legacy Foundation Raises Awareness for Stillborn Babies

26,000 families in the U.S. experience pregnancy loss every year

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Star Legacy Foundation is raising awareness for pregnancy loss by hosting a 5K event and fundraiser. One participant in the event, Audra Mikesh, describes how she felt she found out her daughter was stillborn. “Blank. They told me and I didn’t know what to do. It was a very hard day for everybody,” she said. Her baby…

LIVE: Coping With Emotions After Tragedy

How do you work through strong emotions after tragedies like the Las Vegas shootings, and how can you help children do the same?

After the devastating attacks on concert-goers in Las Vegas, how do you cope with strong emotions you feel after seemingly random violence, even if you’re not directly affected? Counselor Shauna Erickson with the Village Family Service Center tells Adam Ladwig about ways to cope with horrific events. Also, she explains how to explain tragedies to children. If you have any…

Run, Hide, Fight: Getting Yourself Out of Danger During a Mass Casualty Tragedy

They recommend prioritizing getting yourself out of the area of danger before trying to hide or fight back

RED RIVER VALLEY — Local emergency officials say there are ways you can stay ready in case you find yourself in a similar mass casualty tragedy. A nationally recognized response is, “Run, Hide, Fight.” They recommend prioritizing getting yourself out of the area of danger before trying to hide or fight back. People traveling with friends should set up a…

Hundreds Turn Out for Grand Forks Vigil Honoring Savanna Greywind

Many of the people said that although they are not next door neighbors to Fargo, they feel the pain here in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, ND — Two women in Grand Forks connected on a Facebook page honoring Savanna Greywind. They decided to hold a vigil for people like them who wanted to honor her. Greywind’s story has touched people all over the country and the community members of Grand Forks are mourning her loss. More than 200 people gathered at University Park…

What to Tell Your Children When Tragedy Strikes

Child Behavioral Specialist explains how to bring light to a devastating situation

FARGO, ND — With this latest terror attack targeting a pop concert, it raises concerns of how parents can talk with their children about tragedies like this. In the days following a tragedy, kids may have a question or two whether something like this could happen to them. There are a few ways you can talk to your children in…

“Mind Over Marathon” BBC Documentary on the Silence of the Mental Health Struggle

Prince William says this topic is especially close to his heart after his brother struggled silently with his mental health for more than 20 years after the death of their mother, Diana

INTERNATIONAL — Prince William is calling a new BBC documentary on mental health “amazing” because it gives those struggling silently with mental health a voice. The Duke of Cambridge was a guest speaker after a special screening of the movie and addressed many of the documentary subjects. He says this topic is especially close to his heart after his brother…

Donations Helping Three Families After Devastating Spearfish House Fire

A GoFundMe account has nearly reached its goal of $50,000 in just two days

SPEARFISH, S.D. — Prayers, money and donations are pouring in for three families dealing with an unbelievable tragedy. The families lost five children in a house fire over the weekend in Spearfish, South Dakota. A GoFundMe account has nearly reached its goal of $50,000 in just two days and has been increased to $100.000. All of the money raised on the…

Battling Cancer and States Away, Fargo Rallies Around One of its Own

At 25 years old, Kellen Summers was diagnosed with stage IV cancer; states away, his family and friends back home are doing what they can to lend a hand

A Fargo Native FARGO, N.D. — Many say Fargo is a tight-knit community. Kellen Summers and his wife, Vanessa, grew up in the Fargo area. They met through their love of theater at Fargo South High School, and their relationship remained strong through their graduation from Concordia College. They both established a deep connection to the F-M area, particularly in…

Neighbors Near Warren Fiberglass Plant Describe Home Evacuation

Neighbors near the Nordic Fiberglass Plant had to leave their homes Wednesday night after it caught fire, spreading smoke through the neighborhood

Some of those who were evacuated from their homes say the fire came as a surprise to the quiet town. People say they didn’t know what they might find when they were allowed to return to their homes. The streets surrounding the Nordic Fiberglass Plant in Warren have returned to their usual quiet hum. “The only other thing that happened…