Tran is an enterprise reporter with the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began his newspaper career in 1999 as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, now owned by Forum Communications. He began working for the Forum in September 2014. Tran grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington.
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MOORHEAD — Ezzat Alhaidar, a former Iraqi interpreter for the U.S. Army, and much of his family left Iraq in June 2014 fearing insurgents would kill them because of his work. Two months later, safe in Moorhead, he received news of an even greater catastrophe for family members and others of their Yazidi ethnic group still living in their homeland in northern Iraq.
FARGO — Under the chin of the brand new unmanned aircraft at the Air National Guard's airport hangar is a 2-foot wide turret with six gleaming glass panels. Behind each panel is a powerful camera or a laser used for range-finding and to designate targets for guided missiles. MQ-9 Reapers like this one have been hunting and killing terrorists in Syria and Iraq. With the Guard's 119th Wing planning to fly a pair of Reapers out of their home base at Hector International Airport, officials are wary that these capabilities might somehow inspire fear in the public.
FARGO — Walruses, tigers, bears and leopards are among the new animals on the Red River Zoo's draft 20-year master plan. Maps the zoo submitted to the city's Planning Commission for its 3 p.m. meeting Tuesday, Aug. 1, show changes that range from new exhibits to new facilities, such as additional parking, to new features, such as a miniature railroad.
FARGO — The week after the video of a woman calling for the death of all Muslims in a parking lot here went viral, a leader in the Somali-American community told city commissioners they are partly to blame. "The state and the city asking for how much it costs to have refugees in the community, while a sensible question from the financial standpoint, it has negatively impacted our image in the community," Hukun Abdullahi said at the City Commission's Monday, July 31, meeting. "And it also has increased the number of hostile incidents against the refugees."
FARGO — Mayor Tim Mahoney is proposing a budget that will put a few more police officers on the street, trim the tax rate a bit and raise utility rates a bit in 2018. He told city commissioners at a presentation Monday, July 31, that he's proud of how efficiently the city uses tax dollars. The general fund, which is the city's main operating fund, is budgeted to grow by 0.7 percent, he said. Several commissioners said they liked the way the mayor handled the budget, taking their advice into consideration, and were supportive of the budget itself.
FARGO — A leaky old refrigerator caused a downtown block of Broadway to be closed by firefighters for more than an hour on the night of Sunday, July 30, according to a fire official. Capt. Ryan Viergutz said firefighters weren't sure it it was a gas leak at first and had to wait for the hazmat team to bring in testing equipment before venting it into the street. It was sulfur dioxide, a pungent gas that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says can make breathing difficult at high concentration but is not flammable.
FARGO – With his rescue harness attached to a rope spanning the Red River, Fargo firefighter Justin Werlinger struggled against the rushing waters to reach two men in a boat stuck sideways on the dam at Lemke Park. Here shallow rocks and boulders that make up the dam just south of 32nd Avenue South turns the dark brown river into white-water rapids with powerful currents that could knock a man off his feet. Werlinger could be seen from shore bobbing up and down as he lost and recovered his footing, all while being pulled by one of the boaters with a second rope attached to the firefighter’s harness.
FARGO — When Sanford Health begins moving the 50 to 70 patients from its downtown hospital to its new hospital in southwest Fargo on Tuesday, it will be the culmination of years of planning and several rehearsals. The intricate plans are tailored to patients' specific needs — those on ventilators will need a nurse and respiratory therapist riding in the ambulance with them, for example — and encompass contingencies such as major storms and medical emergencies along the way.
FARGO — A home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter that the city wants to demolish to make way for a dike has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Owners John and Sherri Stern, who bought the house at 1458 South River Road because it adheres so closely to Wright's design principles, have tried to show that it's worthy of preservation by applying to be on the register. Their success demonstrates that historians at three levels of government agree.
FARGO — City leaders have agreed to take a fresh look at the city's ban on fireworks, weighing the popularity of the fiery Fourth of July displays against warnings by the fire chief that there would be more house fires if the ban is lifted. The City Commission voted 4-1 Monday, July 17, to study the matter at the urging of David Reuter, who represents Memory Fireworks.