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 — Four applicants remain in the running to oversee Cass County's government, as commissioners trimmed the field at a special meeting Monday, Jan. 30, moving two candidates on with split votes. Based partly on scores from a written interview, commissioners voted unanimously to interview Cass County Engineer Jason Benson and Robert Wilson, assistant commission administrative officer for Minnehaha County, S.D., home of Sioux Falls.
FARGO — When downtown's newest apartment building known as 300 Lime is completed, the lowest opening in its foundation will be nearly 2 feet higher than a 100-year flood. During a flood that the federal flood insurance program considers to have a 1 percent chance of happening each year, the water would only lap at the foundation wall. That's still not good enough for the city's floodproofing rules, which require the opening to go up another half a foot.
FARGO — Saturated soil and abundant snowfall that is expected to continue through the winter has increased the chances of the Red River entering major flood stage here, according to the National Weather Service. In a forecast released Thursday, Jan. 26, the agency's Grand Forks office said there is a 25 percent chance the river will reach 32.9 feet this spring, which is about 3 feet higher than major flood stage. It's about the point the First Avenue North bridge between Fargo and Moorhead must close.
CASSELTON, N.D. — As Bob Sinner watched, a machine with a series of conveyor belts automatically sorted soybeans by shape; the round ones rolled off to the side, the oblong ones didn't. This order was for an overseas customer that wanted just the round ones, he said.
FARGO — With construction of the Block 9 high rise and redevelopment of the old Howard Johnson hotel this year along with many other projects, downtown can expect a lot of changes over the next several years, developers and planners say. "There's been a lot of momentum downtown and that is one of the driving forces that's impacting downtown Fargo," said Scott Page, a consultant whose firm, Interface Studio, has a city contract to develop a plan to accommodate these changes.
FARGO – Police Officer Jason Moszer, who died in the line of duty last year, will be honored by his favorite junior hockey team at Scheels Arena on the one-year anniversary of his shooting Feb. 10. Moszer’s father, Dave, who used to bring his son and his son’s family to see the Fargo Force, asked the team to help honor his son’s memory. A moment of silence will be observed before the game and a police honor guard will present the colors, he said Tuesday, Jan. 17.
FARGO – A Fargo house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s granddaughter is historically significant and should be saved from the wrecking ball if at all possible, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission determined Tuesday, Jan. 17.
FARGO – The owner of the Bison Turf said he expects to start rebuilding the fire-damaged college bar as early as next week. His building permit was approved Friday, Jan. 13, Pete Sabo said. That’s a bit longer than he expected but building codes have changed a lot since the building was erected in 1957, he said. One of the big changes would’ve prevented him from having to rebuild in the first place: fire sprinklers.
FARGO — Last summer, when the city tested the new lift station by City Hall in the middle of a rain storm,it found itself reaching the pumps' maximum capacity. Nathan Boerboom, the division engineer overseeing flood control, said he knew the lift station wasn't designed for heavy rains but still felt surprised. "Holy cow, we did max out these pumps," he said. "There's so much water they weren't able to keep up."
FARGO — A federal judge has allowed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to join a lawsuit against the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion started earlier by upstream opponents of the project. U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim in Minneapolis said the Diversion Authority and the city of Oxbow both conceded that the DNR did have interests to protect but had argued that the DNR should start a separate suit to avoid delays in the current suit. They had argued the DNR had known about the project and been involved with it for many years so should've filed sooner.