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 — As flood waters approached Rose Creek Golf Course in the spring of 2011, city workers were unrolling what was, in effect, a very long water balloon across a low-lying area near the creek. Nathan Boerboom, a city engineer overseeing flood control efforts, said the city wanted to test the water-filled dam to see how it would work in a real flood. The golf course was expected to flood anyway and it wouldn't have mattered if the dam failed, he said.
MOORHEAD — A mild putrid smell wafted from garbage bags set on the table in front of Willy Lies. "Personally, I love sardines myself," he said as he emptied a can of fish. "Mustard or ketchup sauce?" a woman with a clipboard next to him asked. "I'm usually a mustard guy, but I've been talked into ketchup," he said, nonchalantly sorting through the used Kleenex, dried-out flowers, empty fast-food containers and some sort of wet goop.
FARGO — City Attorney Erik Johnson's firm has had its contract extended for another five years after city leaders decided Monday, Nov. 6, to avoid seeking bids from others in the legal community. City Commissioner Tony Gehrig, the lone dissenter in the 4-1 vote, said the city should put out a request for proposal just like it would for other contracted professional services, such as architects and engineers. He said that way it can ensure that Erik R. Johnson & Associates offers the best deal.
FARGO — City Commissioner Tony Gehrig said he thought it was a prank at first when he got word that he had appeared on the satirical news show "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" Sunday, Nov. 5. But he was — for about four seconds. Gehrig was excited though because those four seconds were part of a 15-minute segment skewering corporate tax breaks, including one the city of Fargo gave to FedEx in 2016 even though the company initially said it wasn't needed.
MOORHEAD — Mayor Del Rae Williams says she won't run for a second term in 2018, and now the first candidate seeking to succeed her has emerged. Newzad Brifki, a leader in the Kurdish-American community here, said he hopes to lead Moorhead, highlighting his love of the city he's called home for two decades and public service in local nonprofit groups.
MOORHEAD — A task force seeking consensus on the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion found consensus on a couple of issues at its Wednesday, Nov. 1, meeting even as deep disagreements on other issues continued. The group agreed on the definition of the 100-year flood plain as a minimum level of protection the project should provide, but it couldn't agree what area ought to be protected.
FARGO – A former city sanitation worker trying to get his job back after shoving a supervisor whom he accused of making racist statements to him was rebuffed by city commissioners Monday, Oct. 30. Elected city leaders were Aaron Cockfield’s last hope within the city’s appeals procedure, but they voted 3-0 -- with two members absent -- to uphold his division leader’s decision to fire him. Those voting were Mayor Tim Mahoney and Commissioners Tony Grindberg and Dave Piepkorn.
FARGO — It's been a great three months for Fargo and Moorhead's new no-sort recycling program, with sanitation officials saying they're encouraged by how much more they're collecting. Fargo Solid Waste Manager Terry Ludlum recently told city leaders the city collected the equivalent of 4,400 tons a year, extrapolating from monthly figures from July, August and September, which makes for a 250 percent increase from 2016. In Moorhead, Public Works Director Steve Moore reported collecting the equivalent of 2,500 tons a year, a 350 percent increase from 2016.
FARGO — A Forum journalist who covered a deadly fist fight downtown earlier this year had his notes and recordings subpoenaed by Cass County prosecutors and was questioned by a police investigator and a private detective working for the accused.
FARGO — The city expects to save $2.6 million on its share of its employees' health-insurance premiums next year, an amount that astonished city leaders who approved the new plan in a special session Tuesday, Oct. 24. "It's pretty compelling to look at this type of savings to pass on without a compromise in coverage and with the economy going the way it is with higher (insurance) costs," City Commissioner John Strand said.