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 — Brook Berntson still wears the promise ring her boyfriend got her on Valentine's Day. "It's still on my finger; it still means everything to me," the Oriska, N.D., woman said Sunday, April 16. She and Kevin Lemna, a man from nearby Enderlin, N.D., had talked about building a house together with a shop for his Chevy Silverado and a barn for her horses, she said.
RURAL HORACE, N.D. — As Patrick Loree, pastor of Horace Lutheran Church, delivered a prayer for the flood diversion that dignitaries would soon break ground on in an empty field here, protesters could be heard yelling from across Cass County Road 17. "When I was asked to offer the invocation for today's activities, I found myself torn with mixed emotions," he told the crowd Monday, April 17. "My congregation has a great number of people who are very much for and very much against this project. And I love them all."
FARGO — A car was severely damaged and the driver hospitalized about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, April 16, following a crash at the 25th Avenue South ramp off Interstate 94. A Highway Patrol officer said only one vehicle was involved, but he was not able to offer additional information immediately. The white Lincoln Towncar appeared to have been westbound as it exited the freeway when it slid off the road and knocked over a tree. The front end was destroyed and the air bag appears to have deployed. Check back for more on this developing story..
WEST FARGO — Rue21, a budget clothing store aimed at teens on 13th Avenue East, will soon shut down, joining hundreds of other stores in the chain, according to the company's website. Other North Dakota stores, one in Grand Forks and two in Bismarck, are also slated to shut down as the company files for bankruptcy. "It's true — we are closing some stores. It was a difficult but necessary decision," Rue21 announced Saturday, April 16, on its Facebook page. "We still have hundreds of locations across the country, and our website rue21.com, open for business."
FARGO — Mark Bittner pointed to an area behind Oak Grove Lutheran School where an emergency levee had been erected two decades ago against the rising Red River. That was the traditional location for a levee, but the flood of 1997 was different than the others, said the former city engineer. "I've never seen currents like that. It just chewed that levee up," he said last week in recalling the flood.
MOORHEAD – Police here are looking for a man who, they said, robbed Brady’s Service Center around noon, Saturday, April 15. The suspect, described as a black man wearing a red scarf or bandana over his face, entered the store at 2404 Eighth St. S. with one hand in his jacket as if bearing a weapon. He demanded money from the clerk and, after receiving some cash, fled north across 24th Avenue South.
FARGO – A recall effort against City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn is likely to run afoul of state law, City Attorney Erik Johnson said in a Tuesday, April 11, letter to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. But the Fargo attorney wants Stenehjem to weigh in and settle the matter. Johnson disagrees with Secretary of State Al Jaeger, whose office in March gave petitioners the go-ahead to gather the 3,504 signatures needed to force a recall election of Piepkorn.
FARGO — With space running out at Discovery Middle School, the Fargo School Board agreed Tuesday, April 11, to study how the building could be expanded. Board member Jim Johnson said the most critical needs are with the music program, which now holds classes in the auditorium, and the cafeteria, which is "extremely tight." But the student population is expected to keep growing, which could require a new "pod," or cluster of classrooms, be added to the current five, he said.
FARGO — A four-story apartment and retail development next to North Dakota State University has received the green light by city commissioners, but not without complaints from future neighbors and a tongue-lashing by a commissioner. The NDSU Foundation project is aimed at students with a total of 364 bedrooms in 109 units, and 3,900 square feet of retail space. It'll take up nearly all of the 1600 block of 12th Street North across University Drive from the university's new basketball arena, and result in the razing of 21 single-family homes.
FARGO — City leaders have agreed to buy the Corwin home for $1.5 million as part of a series of buyouts intended to finish levees in the River Drive neighborhood. The City Commission voted 3-1 Monday, April 10, to pay the price, which city staff negotiated with the owner, Timothy F. Corwin. Commissioner Tony Grindberg was the lone "no" vote. Commissioner Dave Piepkorn was absent.