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 — City commissioners agreed to some slight changes to the city's policy on tax breaks Monday, Feb. 13, after months of committee discussion and lengthy debates at commission meetings. Though the policy has come under greater scrutiny as more breaks have been given out, most commissioners agreed this economic development tool is a good thing for the city and wholesale reform is not needed.
FARGO — A new effort by the city to make better use of its data and share with the public could help the city work smarter, city officials say. For instance, data could help the city change police shifts to reduce fatigue and identify which emergency dispatcher need treatment for stress, Mayor Tim Mahoney and other officials told reporters Monday, Feb. 13.
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Carson Dennis Roney had plans to practice medicine in his hometown, and his friend, Danie Leigh Thomssen, wanted to be an orthodontist, their parents said. Those plans were dashed Saturday night, Feb. 11, when the two first-year students at North Dakota State University, friends who both had hopes to help the less fortunate, were killed in a crash on Interstate 94 about four miles east of Moorhead, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
FARGO — Ronald McDonald is building a new house here to keep up with the growing number of children and their families coming to the area for medical care. Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley announced Saturday, Feb. 11, at a fundraiser that it's planning a $5 million house near the new Sanford Medical Center on Interstate 94. So far it's raised $3.8 million with land donated by Sanford.
FARGO — A suspected hitman and top leader in a Mexican drug cartel was overseeing a drug-dealing operation in the Red River Valley whose leaders were responsible for a 2005 murder in East Grand Forks, federal prosecutors allege. Juan Sillas-Rocha, also known El Ruedas, is accused of drug trafficking, running a criminal organization and conspiring to murder a family in the San Diego area, according to indictments unsealed in U.S. District Court in Fargo on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
FARGO — A historic home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter has been spared for about a year after city officials decided to push back the construction schedule of a levee that would require its demolition. With the owners of some houses on South River Road unwilling to sell, the city won't be able to acquire the properties in time for construction in 2017, City Engineer April Walker said on Friday, Feb. 10. Appraisals alone would take months. "I'm delighted — we're all delighted," said John Stern, owner of the house. "We'll take what we can get."
FARGO — When Karianne Jackson visited a Norwegian prison a couple of years ago, the North Dakota prison system official thought all she'd learn was how to make a prison look like Ikea. Photos of Halden Prison, the maximum-security prison 70 miles south of Oslo she visited, did make it look like it was furnished by the Scandinavian home furnishing store. The cells looked like dorms rooms and the kitchen shared by inmates looked like it belonged in an apartment.
FARGO — A new park and a narrower three-lane roadway that leaves room for a bike lane are among ideas being explored as the city considers rebuilding Main Avenue as it goes through the downtown area. As one of the oldest roads in the city, with base pavement dating back to the 1950s, Main Avenue and the utility lines beneath requires more frequent maintenance, Jeremy Gorden, the city's division engineer overseeing transportation, told city leaders Monday Feb. 6.
FARGO — January seemed to have one foot in the deep freeze of winter and one in the early days of spring, temperature data compiled for the area show. Arctic winds roared in a few days after the New Year, plunging temperatures into double digits below zero. The coldest it got about 27 below on the 13th, the National Weather Service's observation station at the airport shows. A few days later, temperatures rose above freezing and stayed that way on most days, melting the ice rains from December. The warmest it got was 37 degrees on the 20th, the 21st and the 30th.
FARGO — A recent letter City Commissioner Tony Gehrig wrote urging state lawmakers to eliminate tax incentives has led to a debate among commissioners about the limits of such advocacy. Gehrig told his colleagues at their meeting Monday, Jan. 30, that he has a right to express his opinions on city issues as an elected official. "As long as I'm not saying that I represent the city of Fargo or that I represent the entire commission, honestly folks there's nothing you can do about it."