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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FARGO — The last several weeks have seen a flurry of announcements from legislative candidates in North Dakota but few if any in Minnesota, even though caucuses and conventions are coming up in both states. The simple reason is that North Dakota's political process is a little more streamlined than Minnesota's.
FARGO — All four parties in a lawsuit involving the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion met Monday, Jan. 29, to discuss a flood-control project that they can live with, and diversion officials say it looks promising so far.
FARGO — Fargo Cass Public Health is proposing a needle exchange in downtown Fargo as part of an effort to reduce the societal cost of diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS, according to city officials.
FARGO – A sharp-eyed driver alerted firefighters to a trailer on fire at the North Softball Complex Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 30, potentially saving the maintenance building it was parked next to from worse damage.
FARGO — At the urging of city leaders Monday, Jan. 29, city staff plan to begin discussions with Xcel Energy to bury power lines in older neighborhoods. City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, who hails from the city's tree-filled north end, is the main force behind the move having heard residents complain about trees getting heavy trimming to prevent contact with overhead lines.
FARGO — A brewery with a video-game arcade and a separate ice cream shop have been granted Renaissance Zone tax breaks by city leaders at their meeting Monday, Jan. 29. City commissioners voted 3-1 on both Renaissance Zone applications, with the lone dissent by Tony Gehrig, who opposes tax breaks in general. Mayor Tim Mahoney was out of town on city business.
FARGO — Contracts awarded for office furniture and equipment at the new City Hall building under construction are 16 percent lower than estimated, according to city documents. Fargo city leaders approved the contracts at their meeting Monday, Jan. 29. For five separate contracts, the lowest bids totaled $1.5 million, including a $64,000 contingency in case of cost overruns. Successful bidders were Christianson's Business Furniture Plus, Hannaher's Workplace Interiors, Interoffice Workspace Furniture and Design, Smartt Interior Construction and Business Essentials.
FARGO — The lights are back on at all of the Fargo Park District's outdoor ice rinks and will remain so after the district fielded complaints from residents, some prompted by a Forum story, according to Executive Director Joel Vettel. "We always try to be as responsive as we can when we get public input," he said Wednesday, Jan. 24. "We had staff try to figure out a game plan." But many closed warming houses that residents also complained about will remain closed for the season.
MOORHEAD — With the No. 1 and No. 2 sellers of lottery tickets located here, Moorhead is once again among the top-selling cities in the state, Minnesota Lottery Executive Director Robert Doty told reporters Wednesday, Jan. 24. Though he didn't say it, a lot of that likely has to do with North Dakotans buying their tickets in Minnesota. The No. 1 store, M&H, on Main Avenue, and Orton's Holiday Stationstore at 725 30th Ave. S., near Interstate 94, are both on major east-west corridors near the state line.
FARGO — An allegation of bullying or hazing at the Richland Junior-Senior High School in Colfax, N.D., has been turned over to the Richland County Sheriff's Office for investigation, according to Superintendent Tim Godfrey.