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-MOORHEAD — More than 60 came to a candlelight vigil on the Veterans Memorial Bridge Sunday, Aug. 13., to honor the Charlottesville, Va., woman killed the day before in a counter-protest against white supremacists. The event was organized by the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. Jen Welle, a Moorhead resident, told the crowd that silence in the face of hatred is not acceptable. "We have to remember Heather" and carry on her work, Welle said.
MOORHEAD — Hukun Abdullahi was running late. He had planned to meet some journalists at the small, bare-bones office his organization leases near Interstate 94 but was still in the middle of talks at Moorhead School District headquarters. "We got two liaison officers, one from Somalia, one from Iraq," he told the journalists Thursday, Aug. 10, after asking them to stop by the district building instead. "The project ended — it's ending this month. So we are working on the reports on what it has accomplished."
FARGO — Looking for ways to preserve the Jefferson neighborhood against deterioration, some residents here are looking to the past for inspiration. Specifically, they're proposing design standards for homes closest to downtown that would provide guidance to homeowners and developers to maintain the area's historic appearance.
FARGO — City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn wants the world to know he didn't collude with Breitbart, an alt-right national news outlet that sent a reporter to cover his criticism of refugee resettlement practices in October. The city sent out a news release last week disclosing that the High Plains Reader (HPR), a local alternative newspaper owned in part by City Commissioner John Strand, had filed an open-records request to see if Piepkorn had corresponded by email with Breitbart. Emails older than six months had been deleted, per city policy, and no correspondence was found.
FARGO — A cellphone carrier is asking the Park District for permission to build a 91-foot cell tower at Longfellow Park in the city's north end. Park commissioners will consider Verizon Wireless' request at their meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at district offices at 701 Main Ave. It's not a new request from the carrier.
BAKER, Minn. — Scott Dahms looked up and down the stout wall of the old grain elevator and noted the hundreds of pieces of 2-by-8 lumber stacked one on top of another. It's a construction technique called "cribbing," he said, used to ensure the walls were strong enough to support heavy bins bulging with grain when this was a working elevator many decades and many owners ago.
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."