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 – A former professor who sued Minnesota State University Moorhead for age discrimination has reached a settlement with the university, her attorneys said Friday, June 16. Claudia Murphy will receive $150,000 from MSUM for wage and nonwage damages and attorney’s fees, according to Schaefer Halleen, a Minneapolis law firm.
FARGO — The city's Human Relations Commission declined to wade into the controversy over the namesake of Woodrow Wilson High School at its meeting Thursday, June 15, at City Hall. Commissioner Paul Jensen said he recognized that certain historical figures may have done things considered today to be very offensive, "but doesn't really serve much of a purpose in my opinion to start renaming here and renaming there."
FARGO — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the victim of a fatal crash on Wednesday, June 14, near Tower City. The victim was Rogina Cusic, 56, of Bismarck, the patrol said in a news release Thursday, June 15. The crash happened about 11:30 a.m. on Interstate 94 about 4 miles east of Tower City while Cusic was behind the wheel of a Toyota SUV. She was eastbound when the vehicle crossed the median, entered westbound lanes and overturned ending up in a ditch. Rescuers extricated her from the vehicle and airlifted her to a hospital in Fargo.
WEST FARGO — About three years ago, Alycia Peter got a job in a different department at Rasmussen College that she said had more room for growth. But, sitting alone in her new office, she realized she missed her old department where her co-workers were like family. They missed her, too, and persuaded her to come back when a new job opened. "I did leap at the opportunity to come back and haven't regretted it," she said.
FARGO — Bright blue recycling bins have started appearing on driveways here as the city prepares to begin single-sort recycling next month. For most households participating in the program, the 96-gallon containers replace much smaller totes that were just large enough for three paper grocery bags used to sort recyclable material into plastic, metal and glass. Recycling Coordinator Jen Pickett said the city expects more households will recycle and the city will collect more recyclables when citizens no longer have to sort recyclables by categories.
FARGO — When Janel Simonson built her home in Reile's Acres, the engineers miscalculated and she built it at a much higher elevation than needed to avoid flooding. "We have a dike behind our house," she told members of the Cass County Joint Water Resource District Tuesday, June 6. "Our window wells are actually higher than that dike." Yet the water district told her in a letter that she benefits fully from the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion and her special assessments are in the highest category, she said.
FARGO — Plans for a historical marker commemorating Teddy Roosevelt's Sept. 5, 1910, visit to the city are in the works, according to a city official. Dawn Mayo, a city planner with the Historic Preservation Commission, said the commission doesn't yet have a specific location or timeline, but it does have a $6,000 state grant to pay for the project. Another $3,000 worth of work designing the marker has been donated by Matthew Boreen, an architect who serves on the commission, she said.
FARGO — The First Avenue North bridge will close for a day in September for a special event, according to a plan city leaders approved Monday, June 5. City staff recommended Bridge Bash be moved to the less busy NP Avenue North bridge, but organizers at the Moorhead Business Association preferred First, which staff said is still doable.
FARGO — A compromise has ended the controversy over how many homes will be packed in the new Bison Meadows subdivision and, reportedly, no one involved is happy. City commissioners, though, voted unanimously on Monday, June 5, to allow 347 homes on the 72-acre development northeast of Davies High School. "I don't think anybody in any of the neighborhoods is really happy, even with this change," said Richard Thomas, who lives in the nearby Eagle Pointe subdivision. "We didn't walk out of it entirely happy, either," said developer Jim Bullis.
FARGO — When Lei Zhang and her husband began house-hunting a couple of years ago, they made sure houses they looked at were outside the floodplain. "My husband and I are the type of persons with strong risk aversion," she said. Early that year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency put into effect a new 100-year floodplain, which shows areas with a 1-percent chance of flooding each year for federal flood insurance purposes.