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 — Mayor Tim Mahoney is proposing a budget that will put a few more police officers on the street, trim the tax rate a bit and raise utility rates a bit in 2018. He told city commissioners at a presentation Monday, July 31, that he's proud of how efficiently the city uses tax dollars. The general fund, which is the city's main operating fund, is budgeted to grow by 0.7 percent, he said. Several commissioners said they liked the way the mayor handled the budget, taking their advice into consideration, and were supportive of the budget itself.
FARGO — A leaky old refrigerator caused a downtown block of Broadway to be closed by firefighters for more than an hour on the night of Sunday, July 30, according to a fire official. Capt. Ryan Viergutz said firefighters weren't sure it it was a gas leak at first and had to wait for the hazmat team to bring in testing equipment before venting it into the street. It was sulfur dioxide, a pungent gas that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says can make breathing difficult at high concentration but is not flammable.
FARGO – With his rescue harness attached to a rope spanning the Red River, Fargo firefighter Justin Werlinger struggled against the rushing waters to reach two men in a boat stuck sideways on the dam at Lemke Park. Here shallow rocks and boulders that make up the dam just south of 32nd Avenue South turns the dark brown river into white-water rapids with powerful currents that could knock a man off his feet. Werlinger could be seen from shore bobbing up and down as he lost and recovered his footing, all while being pulled by one of the boaters with a second rope attached to the firefighter’s harness.
FARGO — When Sanford Health begins moving the 50 to 70 patients from its downtown hospital to its new hospital in southwest Fargo on Tuesday, it will be the culmination of years of planning and several rehearsals. The intricate plans are tailored to patients' specific needs — those on ventilators will need a nurse and respiratory therapist riding in the ambulance with them, for example — and encompass contingencies such as major storms and medical emergencies along the way.
FARGO — A home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's granddaughter that the city wants to demolish to make way for a dike has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Owners John and Sherri Stern, who bought the house at 1458 South River Road because it adheres so closely to Wright's design principles, have tried to show that it's worthy of preservation by applying to be on the register. Their success demonstrates that historians at three levels of government agree.
FARGO — City leaders have agreed to take a fresh look at the city's ban on fireworks, weighing the popularity of the fiery Fourth of July displays against warnings by the fire chief that there would be more house fires if the ban is lifted. The City Commission voted 4-1 Monday, July 17, to study the matter at the urging of David Reuter, who represents Memory Fireworks.
ST, PAUL — Opponents of the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion are appearing in federal court here Tuesday, July 18, to ask a judge to stop all work on the $2.2 billion project, particularly construction of a controversial dam that would span the Red River. Both the Richland-Wilkins Joint Powers Authority (JPA), which represents two counties upstream of the dam, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) say construction cannot continue without a permit from the agency.
CASSELTON, N.D. — The Cass County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips about a pickup that rammed into a gate at the Tharaldson Ethanol plant here about 3 a.m. June 20. The agency released security video on Monday, July 17, that showed a dark vehicle driving up to the west gate of the plant and apparently knocking it down. The sheriff's office says those with information should call (701) 241-5884.
FARGO — Fifty tons of recyclable material from homes all over Fargo and Moorhead have been coming to Minnkota Recycling's facility near downtown each day the last couple of weeks. That's a threefold increase from before, when the two cities required recyclables to be sorted by glass, metal, plastic, mixed paper and cardboard, according to Sales Manager Mary Aldrich. "We are extremely happy with the amount of participation that we've seen and the volume of recyclables," she said, though these are still early days and participation may shift.
MOORHEAD — City and Clay County leaders are seeking Gov. Mark Dayton's help to reopen lines of communication between the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority and state regulators. "It seems like now, more than ever, is the time we need you, (Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr), and the state of Minnesota to be present and active in these communications," said a Monday, July 10, letter to Dayton signed by Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams on behalf of herself and the City Council.